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Neil Young will release his latest studio album ‘Storytone’ on November 3rd via Reprise Records. ‘Storytone’ features ten brand new compositions recorded live in the studio with a 92-piece orchestra and choir. The deluxe edition comes with a bonus disc including a solo album of Storytone.

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  • Audio CD (26 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: WARNER BROS
  • ASIN: B00JROMHM4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Neil Young recorded this collection of covers with Jack White on a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man's Nashville headquarters. Imagine a very simple recording studio not much larger than a phone booth and you’ll get the idea. He describes the album as "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology captures and unleashes the essence of something that could have been gone forever." Recorded live to track to one-track, mono, the album has an inherent warm, primitive feel of a vintage Folkways recording,

As for the track-listing, Young chose songs that have personal meaning for him, such as Bert Jansch’s ‘Needle of Death’ (which inspired Young to write 1972’s ‘Needle and the Damage Done’), Bob Dylan’s 'Girl from the North Country', Willie Nelson’s ‘Crazy’, Don Everly’s ‘I Wonder If I Care as Much’, Bruce Springsteen’s ‘My Home Town’ and many others.

The album begins with Neil Young recording a spoken letter to his late mother, informing her of his personal and present state of affairs which sets the tone and atmosphere for the duration of the album. In a way which could explain why he’s selected these particular songs to record. In essence, this presentation is, as its title implies, A Letter Home from Neil. This is a deeply personal and expressive listening experience which is as real and raw emotionally as it is sonically and yet light of touch in its form and flow.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Vinyl
Well the idea is as mad as a box of frogs. The sound quality is rubbish - although it sounds like it's coming across and old am radio station and this in itself gives it a nostalgic appeal. But bottom line is there are some very beautiful songs on here. Crucially it's a grower because the more you listen the more you move beyond the idea of the album (the perversity of which I admit appealed to me) to the music itself, which is as good as anything he has ever recorded.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By music man on 6 Jun. 2014
Format: Audio CD
Like others, I knew the premise going in, but this is pretty awful. We've been used to getting the odd bum track or even the not quite so good album over the last few years, but don't forget we shelled out for this indulgence. For someone who is championing sound and the so called excellence of the PONO, the sound on this is (deliberately I know) awful. The songs are classics, and the spoken letter to the past makes its point I guess. But it sounds worse than a really bad bootleg. Imagine Neil sitting in his kitchen playing acoustic guitar and warbling through some quite good songs. This would be ok if you were there. Intimate, raw, live. Now imagine that you are on the other side of the closed kitchen door and recording this on your phone. And then you fork out a tenner for the recording. One star for being Neil Young, another for the good songs. But you could have made this so much better.
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Format: Audio CD
The comments already posted about this album are really helpful. There's such a contrast between the ones who loved it and the ones who hated it - and almost nobody in between. Clear enough. It's EITHER you love NY and you followed his artistic line for the last 50 years with great joy and you will like his latest album OR you won't. Neil Young is great at many things but certainly not at compromising. There is nothing here that will satisfy you if you are used to the over-done glamourous music that fills up radios these days. Nothing groovy that will make you boy-/girlfriend to be frantically dance with/for you. But if you won't to get the feel that your idol - or at least one of them - did a intimate home-made recording - "low-fi" would actually be overrating the sound - a recording just for you, if you want to feel every hint of emotion through the rough sounding result... then you will love it. Maybe even reach heaven.
Be warned.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert Pomeroy on 19 July 2014
Format: Vinyl
What is the point?, commercially released '78s from the 20's & 30's never sounded this bad. Even the budget depression era releases from the notoriously shoddy Paramount label didn't sound this bad hot off the press. When we hear a really bad transfer, of say an old Son House 78', it sounds awful because it's taken from the only known (and well used) copy. Jack White's Voice-o-Graph booth is nothing more than a fairground attraction and not indicative of professional recording standards at any point in the 20th century.

Clearly then, this is album not intended replicate the golden era sound of pre-war recordings (odd considering Jack White's interests and Neil's analogue evangelism) . So what are we left with? Neil decides it might be a nice idea to spend the afternoon knocking out a few acoustic covers and then uses some novelty technology to add spooky attenuation to the sound. He could equally have decided to record the album through a tin can walkie talkie and come up with similar results. I have to say that anyone who has shelled out the big bucks for the box set has been had.
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85 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 9 May 2014
Format: Vinyl
I have loved much of Neil Young's music for four and a half decades now, and I admire him enormously as a musician and songwriter. But - oh Lord! - he can be a real cross-grained cuss sometimes. It's part of what makes his great stuff great, but it also means we get things like this, which is a frankly infuriating album.

What's so annoying is that it's a good idea, and, as far as I can tell, I like Neil's performances of this mix of covers of very good songs. But...he's had a whim to record the whole lot in a refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph recording booth, which is effectively a poor quality microphone in a phone booth with extremely crude means of recording. The result sounds like a badly recorded 78, pressed off-centre and then used for generations of kids to eat their lunch off. It's awful. I can just about cope with the hiss, the scratches and the fades but the variable speed making the pitch wander is almost unbearably painful at times, as is the ear-piercing treble distortion on some of the harmonica.

I suppose after the brilliant Psychedelic Pill and the joy of hearing the great early performances on At The Cellar Door we were just about due for something pretty grim, and we've got it. The thing is, Neil himself won't give a hoot about what we all think of this. It's what he felt like doing so he did it. We can take it or leave it - it's behind him now and he's on to the next thing he feels like doing, whatever that is. I've got to admire him for it, even if I don't always like the results.

"I sing the song because I love the man, I know that some of you don't understand..." Well, I love the man, but this time I don't understand.
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