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Thursday, February 17, 2022

UNBOXING VIDEO: Neil Young's "A Letter Home" - Limited Edition Box Set

Neil Young's "A Letter Home" - Limited Edition Box Set
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Back in 2014, Neil Young released "A Letter Home" - Limited Edition Box Set.

The Deluxe box set, included a special "direct feed from the booth" audiophile vinyl version and a DVD that captured the original electro-mechanical process, along with comments from the producers and recording engineers. 
In this unboxing video by Dave Gallagher, he unpacks the goods which include:
  • Standard audio LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl
  • Audiophile LP pressed on 180-gram black vinyl
  • Standard audio CD
  • DVD with footage from the recording
  • 12" x 12", 32-page full color booklet
  • Seven 6" vinyl discs pressed on clear vinyl. The 7th disc of this set features a version of Dylan's "Blowin' In The Wind" backed with an alternate take / arrangement of "Crazy"


Thanks for the unboxing video Dave!  We really enjoyed your last UNBOXING VIDEO: BARN by Neil Young & Crazy Horse.

Also, see Neil Young perform "Needle of Death," from album, 'A Letter Home.'

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At 2/17/2022 12:44:00 PM, Blogger Be The Rain said...

These unboxing videos are hilarious! Soon we'll be seeing online videos of kids unwrapping their Xmas gifts. How exciting!!!!

At 2/17/2022 12:56:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

This has been one of my favorite releases from Neil during this early part of the 21st century, and I took the plunge and spent the extra money for this beautiful set. There’s absolutely nothing left out from the entire sessions as far as I can tell, and each element included is of the highest quality.

As a rule; I don’t buy music or movies for collectibility sake, I just want the physical product, anything after that is simply a bonus. I struggle with that from a conservation standpoint, and I understand that streaming is more popular and less invasive to our environment. But I’ve grown up with physical media and I genuinely appreciate the artistic aspects of it, and this set is definitely a wonderful example one of those.

The package really reflects the antique nature of the recordings and the intentions behind this particular project. The whole thing just screams vintage, and you can’t truly appreciate through photographs. There’s a real nostalgic vibe to each part that is included.

Just my observations.

Peace 🙏

At 2/17/2022 01:00:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

@ Be The Rain - well, not sure if a bit of sarcasm here, maybe?

assuming so, anything in particular that you think TW should stay focused on? Neil's politics maybe? or his music?

@ Dan - your observations are always welcome here @ TW. And valued and respected, as well, as you know.

say, heard from Brother Alan of late?


At 2/17/2022 01:35:00 PM, Blogger Dan Swan said...

@ Thrashers: I think brother Alan is doing just fine, and I’m sure we’ll be hearing from him again very soon. I really admire his passion and commitment to the environment and Neil’s legacy. A true rustie if there ever was one.

Peace 🙏

At 2/17/2022 02:30:00 PM, Blogger Steve L said...

I have the standard vinyl, not the box set, but I love this record and play it heaps.

The song selection for me is in lieu of Neil ever appearing as a guest on Desert Island Disks (a weekly BBC Radio show that has been around since the 1940s) and sharing with us his all time favourite records.

At 2/17/2022 03:49:00 PM, Blogger Phil said...

Something else on NYA: the today's timeline concert is Amsterdam, 9th of July 2016. I was there and it was so huge. And very long, Neil says the longer one in 42 years !!! Change your Mind, Revolution Blues, Don't Be Denied, Like An Inca, Here We Are The Years among other wonderful performances.

At 2/18/2022 12:33:00 AM, Blogger Alan said...

@ Thrasher : Hello! Thanks for asking. I am doing well. I never miss the posts. I never wanted TW to be a place of hostility, and I am grateful that it has simmered down. I would like to hear from more TW readers / Neil Young fans who don't post much or maybe never have. This has been a very safe place to share, historically. I have been hiking with my dog a lot, enjoying nature.

@ Dan : Thanks for the kind words. You guys are the Salt of the Earth. I enjoy reading your thoughts on this priceless blog, and seeing what Thrasher has cooked up for us, what Neil Young has done lately, what people think.

I too love the physical product. I was irritated with A Letter Home for sound resolution issues and a speed wobble that I heard... after taking the plunge for a Blu ray surround system for NYA 1. A kind TW reader sent me a link to the clean source and I ripped it. That is the good stuff, as far as I am concerned. I was pissed that Neil didn't do NYA 2 on Blu ray. Ironically, I probably can't afford NYA 3 on Blu ray at this point. But there are more important things than whether I get to rock out on Blu ray, or CD. I do have most of the available NY blu rays, so I won't cry no tears. I love NYA.

I hold Barn to be a masterpiece of sorts. Some hear nothing good in it. For me, its classic. Human Race is spectacular, and so heatrfelt it sends a chill up my neck. Molten, furious intensity cooked up in Neil's Rage against the planet wreckers and those who would do nothing to save Earth / the Humans / Nature, and all the critters. Some media is saying today that sea level rise won't be as bad as previously thought. And yet, 18 inches of rise in the next 30 years. Superstorms gonna be bringing untold misery to the US East coast and Gulf, and all over the world, for all you international readers to endure.

NY has some picky fans. I am glad he doesn't let any of us bring him down.

Was the clean CD part of the ALH deluxe package? I always thought it was but I didn't see that on the list of contents.

You guys, Rust on! (As if we had a choice!). It never sleeps.

Your brother from another mother in Seattle

At 2/18/2022 12:44:00 AM, Blogger Andy Walters said...

Shame these type of releases were not available for the truly great Neil records. this one passed me by just a personal opinion of course so don't ban me.

At 2/18/2022 01:53:00 AM, Blogger Davy said...

BeTheRain....not sure why you would not just skip content not to your liking?

A review of the set, and a look at it for those that missed it...what exactly is the issue there? Maybe BeTheSun for once! :)

At 2/18/2022 01:20:00 PM, Blogger Be The Rain said...

@thrasher -- yep.. a bit of sarcasm (not at you or this thread -- just notice lots of these "unboxing" videos on various subjects on Youtube)

Love what your doing here mainly cuz I've loved Neil's music since 1966 Buffalo days as a 16 yr. old!

Smell the Horse!

At 2/18/2022 10:09:00 PM, Blogger The Metamorphic Rocker said...

I'll always champion Neil's work with POTR, most particularly The Visitor and Earth. "Noise and Flowers" (did I get the title right?) will be much welcomed, whenever it may appear.

Also, I've recently come to the conclusion that NYA--whether online, blu-ray, or CD--is the overall best way to appreciate Neil's (ongoing) body of work in the sense of a bigger picture. One of the rewards is consistently finding that the Performance Series, special releases, and overall chronological view elevates songs and work that didn't stand out for me as originally presented.

For instance, Dreamin' Man > Harvest Moon or Bluenote Cafe > This Note's for You. This may have to do with the seemingly piecemeal aspects of assembling certain albums, something I noted recently with regard to the Geffen epoch. Such a process can have fascinating--yet occasionally inconsistent--results.

Of course, ymmv based on personal tastes.

"Don't forget love."


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