My first reaction when I learned about Neil Young’s A Letter Home Limited Edition Box Setwas first disappointment then elation at what this packaged sound solution represents. It’s truly history recorded and preserved for us to witness.
Neil Young, bless the music of his heart, is a prolific human being. He keeps us fans on our toes. I like when artists I enjoy and respect challenges us to stay in league with their artistic direction. That is something both Neil Young and Jack White very much have in common.
I had just purchased the Record Store Day 2014 A Letter Home (12″ Vinyl) edition on the Third Man Records Store on Tuesday 4/22. Next I read about the expanded edition on the Guitar Afficionado Web site last night. I thought, hmmm maybe I should have waited for the box set. But who knew that as both these recordings were stealth announcements. We all love surprises, don’t we?
I became elated when I processed what the expanded edition of A Letter Home provides Neil Young and Jack White audio technology fans. Neil Young and the Pono team are delivering the sheer joy of the Pono Music Player and high-resolution audio for our listening and collecting pleasure. Pono is a technological innovation that will have far-reaching positive effects how we will appreciate music in the very near future.
At the same time Neil Young and Jack White share an affinity for music technology from another era of history. A Letter Home was recorded onancient electro-mechanical technology. This is a striking contrast to Pono as these two technologies are literally opposite ends of the recording spectrum.
What I love about A Letter Home is the recording technology partnership between Jack White and Neil Young. Neil Young has recorded an entire album in a refurbished 1947 Voice-O-Graph recording booth at Third Man’s Nashville headquarters.To me this is like sitting in a 1950’s kitchenette plugged into your Pigboy amp playing your electric guitar while you make music and record it on one of the first reel-to-reel tape recorders. It’s raw, it’s honest and it’s real!
I mean dig this you have Jack White purveyor of vintage vinyl and vintage recordings, our music preservationist who is innovating and creating with his “vision” recording experience, working with Neil Young who is bringing us Pono. This blows my mind and makes me totally satisfied with the spectrum of recorded sound.
Now the question becomes how do I afford the limited edition box set as well as Pono?
I have a feeling where there’s a will there’s a way 😉 Stay tuned…
I have been waiting for the Neil Young low-fidelity recording, A Letter Home to become available. I anticipated it would be released on Record Store Day 2014. A Letter Home proved to be a low-key, release with silent fanfare. I did not learn about that the recording was made available at a discreet number of Record Store Day locations until today.
Thankfully I was able to order a vinyl copy on the Third Man Records Store today. I understand that Third Man Records is backlogged on orders but I am a patient soul when it comes to music 🙂
Third Man Records unearths Neil Young’s A Letter Home. “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…” —Homer Grosvenor
1) It started with Neil Young for free at the Oakdale in Wallingford, Ct.
The first act was the play Greendale. Then Neil Young & Crazy Horse rocked the house with a live set that had my blood pumping for more.
2) The next concert event was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Freedom Tour at Mohegan Sun. It was all about Living With War as the centerpiece of that memorable evening.
3) The next combination was David Crosby & Graham Nash in Stamford, Ct. This was broadcast live from The Palace Theater over HDnet. It was also captured on audio and DVD. I loved having seen a concert live that was done that way, very well staged, with impeccable timing and polished performances.
I have thought about Neil Young the inventor today. Pono Music is entering the product engineering stage of validating first phase requirements. Today is the first day of Spring. So the robins are out and the green grass will follow. Later this year after Harvest Moon time comes October when people like myself and others will be listening to their Pono Music players as they flow the bountiful high-resolution audio cornucopia. Good things come to those who wait 😉
So let’s dance into the night happily savoring those we love in the music of our heart, Goodnight Rosemary.
Pono translates from Hawaiian to mean righteous, and the intent is to honor recorded music and get it into the hands of fans without compromising the sound.
I am proud to be involved as a PonoMusic player early adopter. In quick fashion (7+ days) the PonoMusic player has reached the first project milestone of 10,000 units sold. Now to some people that amount is construed as minor in the Internet of Things which will encompass a trillion connected devices and appliances by 2040.
Quite the contrary, Pono is a major achievement in music industry circles. I see a direct correlation between how Microsoft has cultivated a trusted set of 10,000 beta testers to test their products and how the initial Pono community of 10,000 quality music lovers are will feel, share and give feedback.
I now have an active participant role as an early adopter of Pono. I am in the vanguard of perpetual change helping to influence how music will be embraced and felt in the soul of the new machine.
Let Neil Young the inventor of Pono explain why he wants you to truly hear music.
We are liberated from the entrapment of lossy MP3. Bye bye 5% of the sound, hello 100% high-resolution audio direct from the artists master recording to the expressway of your soul. When it comes to Pono Music we are truly Rockin In The Free World!