Neil Young and Jack White rumored to collaborate on a covers album
Journalist Michael Goldberg’s blog has become ground zero for pretty credible rumors on a forthcoming covers album from Jack White and Neil Young.
Here are some of the results of Goldberg’s sleuthing:
What I’ve now confirmed is that Young and White have recorded an entire album together, according to a source associated with the project. The album will be released on Third Man Records, and probably Warner Bros, as well.
In December 2013, the Neil Young website Thrasher’s Wheat had these quotes from a source: “It is an album of covers. In it, as anticipated, he pays tribute to other renowned singer-songwriters. There are 12 tracks on it. There are no Neil Young originals…”
It is likely that the album will include “Needle of Death,” as well as Phil Ochs “Changes” Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Gordon Lightfoot’s “Early Morning Rain,” Ivory Joe Hunter’s “Since I Met You Baby” and Tim Hardin’s “Reason To Believe,” songs that Young played at the 2013 Farm Aid concert.
The mutual admiration between Young and White is one of the best platonic love affairs in recent musical history, and it was probably only a matter of time before the two started collaborating.
Still, with nothing confirmed and all sources remaining anonymous, it’s probably best to exercise the appropriate amount of caution. What we know for sure is that Jack White already confirmed that he is producing two projects in the month of January, one of which is his own album. Also, Neil Young stopped by White’s Third Man Records during last year’s Record Store Day to record of cover of Bert Jansch’s “Needle of Death“.
Until there’s official word, here’re a few of the aforementioned covers from Neil Young’s Farm Aid set to tide us all over.