Watch Neil Young Cover ‘Needle of Death’ at Third Man Records

By Brian Ives
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Neil Young (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Neil Young (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

(CBS SF) – Neil Young has offered up the first taste from his upcoming album, A Letter Home, which will be released on Jack White‘s label, Third Man Records. His cover of Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” was recorded in Third Man’s “record booth,” a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Gram machine that cuts songs directly to vinyl.

Young has just posted a video of the song, in which he is seen from a few different angles recording in the booth, with the lyrics to the song in full view in front of him. Watch the performance below.

At the end of the performance, Young is seen exiting the booth, saying, “That’s a heavy song, a very heavy song.” It’s noteworthy that, while Third Man’s website says that the Record Booth records “up to 2 minutes of audio,” the song clocks in at about five minutes.

A Letter Home will be available on all formats, vinyl, CD and mp3 (and of course, Pono), on May 27.


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