Neil Young is hardly the first famous musician to try painting, but he’s traveled a difficult road to get there.
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After a hand injury, Frank “Poncho” Sampedro suggested Lofgren take over.
A classically gnarled Young rocker, but with a gospel twist.
Lofgren’s ‘Face the Music’ set includes 169 original songs from across his career.
“Ever,” David Crosby says. “Anybody. Anybody. Ever.”
So we were standing around the Something Else! water cooler the other day, getting a lot of laughs from an absolutely ridiculous article we’d read about guitar players.
“My friend Jack has this box,” Young says as A Letter Home begins, in an opening message to his mother — but, by then, it’s already clear that A Letter Home is an album like no other, recorded in a situation so old fashioned as to seem otherworldly.
But for the lack of surface noise, “Needle of Death” could just as well be a just-dug-up vinyl relic from a bygone era — so complete is Neil Young’s trip back into age-old technological nostalgia. Then, the lyrics begin to pierce through the facade of hype built up around its low-tech recording.
Let’s talk about the Pono. You’ve never heard of it? Well, you’re not alone, though if audio (and its quality) really aren’t your thing, then you really can’t be blamed.
‘Then they got the call': Time Fades Away reissue was already pressed when Neil Young changed his mind
Fans were understandably taken aback when Neil Young suddenly pulled Time Fades Away from the list of releases for Record Store Day, though they likely assumed he simply wanted to continue tinkering with the out-of-print 1973 live document.