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Watch Neil Young record a Willie Nelson song in one take and make history
A seven-inch single made TV history.
Last night on The Tonight Show, Neil Young and Jack White made history with Willie Nelson in a recording booth.
Young and White, which is an excellent rap duo name, demoed White’s refurbished Third Man Records’ Voice-o-Graph recording booth, which allows musicians, and the general public, to record straight to vinyl.
Young recorded his upcoming album, A Letter Home, in the booth. He told Spin that the album will be “retro-tech,” and straddle the divide between analog and the high-resolution sound of his Pono listening device, which debuted at this year’s SXSW:
“You can make a lo-fi, analog record, direct to vinyl, transfer it to 192, and you have a high-res copy of a lo-fi vinyl record.”
Young captured the booth’s warm sound last night, when he recorded a one-take cover of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy,” which was pressed directly to vinyl. The seven-inch single was then played at the end of the show, as Young, White, and guest Louis C.K. looked on.
That’s a lot of pressure to record a song in one take on live TV, but Young’s like, “I got this.”
Screengrab via NBC
Audra Schroeder is the Daily Dot’s senior entertainment writer, and she focuses on streaming, comedy, and music. Her work has previously appeared in the Austin Chronicle, the Dallas Observer, NPR, ESPN, Bitch, and the Village Voice. She is based in Austin, Texas.