May 16, 2014 9:21 am
Updated: May 19, 2014 11:27 am to stream new Neil Young album ‘A Letter Home’

Neil Young, pictured Jan. 12, 2014 at Massey Hall in Toronto.

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UPDATE: You can listen to the album HERE.

TORONTO — Neil Young fans anxiously awaiting his new album, A Letter Home, need only click on starting Monday.

The full album will be streaming for a week prior to its May 27 release.

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A Letter Home features acoustic versions of the Canadian singer’s favourite songs by Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Bruce Springsteen and the Everly Brothers. It was recorded at Jack White’s studio in Nashville using a 1947 Voice-O-Graph booth.

Young also covers two songs by fellow Canadian Gordon Lightfoot — “If You Could Read My Mind” and “Early Morning Rain.”

“These are songs that resonate with my soul,” Young told Rolling Stone. “These are songs that I truly believe, that I can live in. They are what make me who I am. They are songs that make me feel.”


Young was born in Toronto but started his musical career in Winnipeg, playing in a band called the Squires. He returned to Toronto and developed a career as a folk singer.

Young, 68, lives in California but frequently returns to his native country. In January he sparked debate about Alberta’s oil sands with a four-city Honour the Treaties tour and, last September, he caused a stir when he compared Fort McMurray to Hiroshima.

To preview A Letter Home, go to starting Monday, May 19 (follow @GlobalJRK for an alert when the album stream goes live).

BELOW: Watch the video for Neil Young’s version of “Needle of Death” from A Letter Home.

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