Sometimes you can be in the right place at the right time and the right place to be yesterday – on Record Store Day – was at Jack White’s Third Man Records on 7th Avenue in Nashville. Not only was White in the process of recording and pressing the world’s fastest record – less than half a day from go to woe – but his store also had exclusive copies of Neil Young’s new covers album, A Letter Home.
White came in well ahead of schedule on his plan to record the world’s fastest record. According to Third Man Records the first batch of 7″s for Record Store Day were recorded, pressed and available for sale within four hours.
While a long line of people stretched up the street waiting for White’s single to arrive, the wait to get into the store and grab a copy of Young’s album, released through Third Man Records, was only about 15 minutes.
A Letter Home includes covers of songs by Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson and others and was recorded in a 1947 Voice-o-Graph vinyl recording booth at White’s Third Man store. A message on Young’s website 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.”
A Letter Home track listing:
1. “Changes” (Phil Ochs)
2. “Girl From The North Country” (Bob Dylan)
3. “Needle of Death” (Bert Jansch)
4. “Early Morning Rain” (Gordon Lightfoot)
5. “Crazy” (Willie Nelson)
6. “Reason To Believe” (Tim Hardin)
7. “On The Road Again” (Willie Nelson)
8. “If You Could Read My Mind” (Gordon Lightfoot)
9. “Since I Met You Baby” (Ivory Joe Hunter)
10. “My Hometown” (Bruce Springsteen)
11. “I Wonder If I Care As Much” (Everly Brothers)
Third Man was accepting orders for the vinyl version, retailing for $20, plus shipping, but it appears that the first pressing might be sold out. Copies are selling on eBay for US$131 and up.