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A Letter Home [+digital booklet]

A Letter Home [+digital booklet]

26 May 2014

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Digital Booklet: A Letter Home
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 19 May 2014
  • Release Date: 19 May 2014
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 2014 Reprise Records
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  • Total Length: 39:25
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  • ASIN: B00JY37EVC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,941 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 14 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Jun 2014
Format: Audio CD
"A Letter Home' is essentially a curiosity of a record by Neil Young aimed at cocking a snook at a perennial hobby horse of his. He has consistently argued that the biggest problem with music today is sound quality not least the digital age of MP3's et al degrading our music. His long awaited high resolution Pono alternative may or may not be the answer, but why not in the meantime time strip it all back to mono and record on electro-mechanical technology. Ah, the good old days and with Neil at the helm what a prospect it could be? Indeed one of the top reviews here begins with the statement that "its Neil, so gotta be good, aye?

The answer is an emphatic negative as Neil Young like other great artists regularly release product which can be sub standard and in this case frankly baffling. Many, including this reviewer, worship at the alter of old Shakey yet he has recorded some real stinkers in his time. Some of his 1980s output was horrific not least the pitiful "Landing on Water" and equally bad "Reactor". In more recent years "Are you passionate" would have better served the listening public by leaving it on the studio floor and sadly this also applies to "Letter Home". The recording quality is a gimmick, the notes to "Ma" embarrassing and the covers are essentially a very conservative choice. It is difficult to recall a worse version of Dylan's "Girl From the north country" although its the Springsteen song "My Hometown" that suffers most. Granted the old Patsy Cline song "Crazy" does have some charm but that is probably because when we first heard it played the track sounded like this. The piano cover of Tim Hardin's classic "Reason to Believe" is workmanlike while his version of "Needle of Death" by Bert Jansch deserves better sound quality.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bassnick on 26 Aug 2014
Format: Audio CD
Well, just because some people give this 5 fawning stars, don't be fooled, (and there's always going to be someone perverse enough to). Its not that those disagreeing "don't get" it because there's nothing to "get". Most people would have been aware that the album was recorded in an unusual way but, like myself, they presumed that it would be listenable to an acceptable degree (and Neil Young is the man with the campaign against compressed audio files because he says they degrade the listening experience). I don't feel there's anything to get here - I got the impression that there were some good performances that unfortunately have been rendered practically inaudible because they thought it would be a wheeze to use a device that would remove 90% of the audio frequencies - pure self indulgence. I have a large number of the field recordings of American folk and blues by by Harry Smith and Alan Lomax and they lose nothing for being recorded in a basic fashion (1 hand held mic) but they are hi-definition compared to this tat. They're both capable of making some great music but the pair of them want a good slap.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. S. Smith on 28 May 2014
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Neil Young has been a recording artist for 51 years and has established a reputation for doing things his way, sometimes baffling his audience (and record company) with whatever he decides to release.

A Letter Home is an album of cover versions recorded on a refurbished 1947 Voice -o-Graph recording booth which offered users a primitive form of recording personal messages or songs that people might use to send messages to their families. The album was rush released on April 19th (Record Store Day) but was not a typical RSD release as no participating shops were provided with copies to sell on the day. When news broke that the album was available through Third Man Records the initial pressing sold out in a day leading to at least one copy selling on eBay for over £100.

A few weeks later came news of a standard CD release and a vinyl boxed set – news that surely could have been shared earlier to avoid Young’s fans from panic buying that first “vinyl-only” release.

This review is of the vinyl box set, which is currently selling for a hefty £144 to UK buyers but was available (briefly) on Amazon for around £84 on pre-order. Fortunately, this reviewer paid the lower price.

The box set boasts 11 discs, a download code and a book that provides the purchaser with 6 copies of the largely the same material in various formats and in at least 2 grades of quality. I’ll come to the formats later while covering the music.
Neil Young’s musical roots lay in the folk music of North America and on A Letter Home he is effectively paying tribute to the song writers that provided him with those roots, including Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Bert Jansch, Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, Don Everly and Ivory Joe Hunter, plus the modern day troubadour that is Bruce Springsteen.
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