Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Neil Young Denies Jack White Duets Rumors; Jack White's Third Man Records to 'Unearth' Neil Young's A Letter Home

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 3:03 PM

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As you may recall, word made it around the Web last week that Jack White and Neil Young were maybe perhaps possibly going to join forces for an album. (That bit of hot goss came courtesy of Michael Goldberg's blog post, in which he cited an anonymous source.) As it turns out, whatever it is that Young and White may have worked on, it will definitely not be an album of duets. That's according to Young's official Facebook page, where the following status update was posted:

False Rumours: Neil Young and Jack White are not doing a record of duets as has been erroneously posted on various outlets. We are certain those rumours have no basis in truth.

Now, it does appear as though Jack White's Third Man Records might have a little something to do with a forthcoming Young release by the name of A Letter Home. You see, earlier today, Rolling Stone caught up with Young on his way to the Grammy Event of the Producers and Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy, and ol' Shakey confirmed that his next record (due out in March) is called A Letter Home, and its recording was "one of the lowest-tech experiences I've ever had."

Shortly after Young revealed that hot tidbit to RS, Third Man Records posted the following message on their site:

Third Man Records unearths NEIL YOUNG’s A LETTER HOME

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. — Homer Grosvenor

First of all, a quick Googlin' of the name "Homer Grosvenor" turns up little other than genealogy records. WHO IS HOMER GROSVENOR? And second, "unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past" implies deep cuts or rarities, but "ancient electro-mechanical technology" and "one of the lowest-tech experiences I've ever had" make me think of one thing and one thing only. This:

TMR's refurbished 1947 Voice-o-Graph machine, which (as we've mentioned) Young has used in the past. Now, the last thing this story really needs is to have the flames of speculation further fanned, but how do you interpret "ancient electro-mechanical technology"?

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