Thursday, April 24, 2014

Neil Young Sings 'Needle of Death' at Third Man Records

Posted By on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Lord knows it ain’t first time Neil Young’s sung about needles, but nevertheless, this fresh clip of Shakey a-whistlin’ and a-croonin’ the late Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” from inside Jack White’s antique Voice-o-Graph instant-vinyl recording booth at Third Man Records’ Blue Room is pretty boss.

The song — along with stripped-down takes on gems by Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot and others — appears on Young’s Jack White-co-produced lo-fi covers collection A Letter Home, which Third Man stealthily released on vinyl last week, and which drops in expanded CD-, DVD- and myriad other novelties-boasting box set form on May 27.

Food for thought: The Voice-o-Graph only records up to 111 seconds of audio —according to Third Man’s site — yet this Neil clip clocks in at a lengthy five minutes and 20 seconds. How do you suppose they made that magic happen?

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