Watch Neil Young Record Willie Nelson’s ‘Crazy’ Straight to Vinyl on ‘Tonight Show’

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By Shannon Carlin

With a little help from Jack White, Neil Young made history last night (May 12) on The Tonight Show by recording a song straight to vinyl.

In one take, Young performed, recorded and pressed a cover of  “Crazy,” which was written by Willie Nelson, but made famous by Patsy Cline, using White’s refurbished 1940s-era Voice-o-Graph recording booth. The vinyl was played at the end of the show.

Young recorded his new album, A Letter Home, at Third Man Records using the booth, which White unveiled on Record Store Day last year. According to Consequence of Sound, the machine allows you to record up to two minutes of audio, which is then dispensed in the form of a 6″ phonograph disc. It’s supposedly the only machine of its kind that’s operational and open to the public.

Related: Interview: Neil Young Says Pono Is ‘a Revelation’ Because You Can ‘Hear Everything’

Last month, White also pulled off a similar feat and earned himself a Guinness World Record for the fastest released record by recording a live version of his new song, “Lazaretto” and then pressing it in less than four hours. The record was previously set by Swiss polka trio Vollgas Kompanie, who in 2008 released an LP the day after recording it.

Young’s new record, out May 27, features covers of some of Young’s favorite songwriters including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Gordon Lightfoot.

Young also performed Ivory Joe Hunter’s “Since I Met You Baby” as a web exclusive and sat down with Fallon to talk about his impression, to which Young said, “I was here a long time ago, looking good.”

Watch Young cover “Crazy” straight to vinyl below.


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