- 1 standard 12 LP vinyl
- 1 direct feed from the booth audiophile 12 LP vinyl
- Seven 6" clear vinyl record booth discs
- 1 standard CD
-1 standard DVD
- 1 32-page, 12 x 12 book
- Download card to redeem the digital album of the direct feed from the booth audiophile version
Neil Young recorded this collection of covers on Third Man's refurbished 1947 recording booth at their Nashville headquarters. Imagine a very simple recording studio not much larger than a phone booth and youll get the idea. He 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." Recorded live to track to one-track, mono, the album has an inherent warm, primitive feel of a vintage Folkways recording.
As for the track-listing, Young chose songs that have personal meaning for him, such as British folk artist Bert Janschs Needle of Death (which inspired Young to write 1972s Needle and the Damage Done), Bob Dylans Girl from the North Country, Willie Nelsons Crazy, Don Everlys I Wonder If I Care as Much, Bruce Springsteens My Home Town, and many others.
The album begins with Neil recording a spoken letter to his late mother, informing her of his personal and present state of affairs which sets the tone and atmosphere for the duration of the album. He does this once again at the beginning of Side 2 in a way which could explain why hes selected these particular songs to record. In essence, this presentation is, as its title implies, A Letter Home from Neil.