Remember when Neil Young kicked it at Jack White’s Third Man Records last year, turning in a show-stopping “Long May You Run” at the CMT Willie Nelson birthday special taping and cutting an on-the-fly cover of Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death” in TMR’s nifty antique Voice-o-Graph instant-vinyl recording booth? Well, turns out Shakey and J-Dub may have been up to more than just that.
According to music writer Michael Goldberg’s Days of the Crazy-Wild blog, Young and White have cut a full-length covers album together, possibly for release on either (or both) Third Man or Warner Bros. Records. The blog cites an anonymous source “associated with the project.”
Moreover, last month another anonymous source posting on the Neil Young fan site Thrasher’s Wheat (so, you know, grains of salt all around) said the album boasts 12 covers of Young favorites by other classic troubadours. They “likely” include “Needle of Death,” along with Phil Ochs’ “Changes,” Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain,” Ivory Joe Hunter’s “Since I Met You Baby,” Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe” and the long-lost Bob Dylan rarity “Blowin’ in the Wind,” the source says. Young sang each of those songs — with the exception of “Needle” — during an appearance at last year’s Farm Aid concert.
Perhaps adding credence to the report, in a recent chat sesh with TMR Vault subscribers, White let slip that he’s finishing production on two albums this month and “one of them is mine.” Could the other one be the Neil collab? Will the sun rise in the west tomorrow? Who knows!
Inquiries to representatives for both Third Man and Warner Bros. were not immediately returned, but we’ll keep you posted!