In addition to being a rock icon and guitar virtuoso, Detroit native Jack White enjoys achieving impressive feats in the field of audio recording technology.
The former White Stripes frontman performed what he called “the fastest record in the world” last week, recording his new single “Lazaretto” in front of a group of fans on Record Store Day, rushing him to the pressing plant and making the first vinyl copies. available for sale in less than four hours.
And a few days later, the release of a video of folk-rock legend Neil Young recording a cover of Bert Jansch’s “Needle Of Death” in White’s renovated recording booth in 1947.
The phone booth-sized Voice-o-Graph machine records straight to vinyl, and Young recorded his entire “A Letter Home” album on it.
“Young recorded the collection of covers on our renovated 1947 recording booth at our Nashville headquarters,” White’s Third Man Records announced. “Imagine a very simple recording studio not much bigger than a phone booth and you’ll get the idea. He describes the album as’ a never-before-seen collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electromechanical technology that captures and releases the essence of something that could have been gone forever. ‘”
Watch Young record the haunting “Death Needle” below.
White, who grew up in southwest Detroit, will be returning home this summer for two concerts.
He will perform July 28 at the Fox Theater and July 30 at the Masonic Temple, with Benjamin Booker opening act.
Young is also on tour, but doesn’t appear to have planned to stop in Michigan.