Good Friday is all good for Neil Young fans as he shock-releases covers album

Rocker NEIL YOUNG has followed BEYONCE's pre-Christmas (13) example and released a new album online without any fanfare.

The Canadian star released his new covers album A Letter Home, which features versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nelson and Gordon Lightfoot, on Friday (18Apr14).

Announcing the sudden release on his website, Young describes A Letter Home as "an unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology".

The album was reportedly recorded at Jack White's Third Man Records base in Nashville, Tennessee last year (13), but neither Young nor White confirmed online rumors about the project.

Beyonce pulled a similar stunt at the end of 2013, releasing her self-titled new album by simply alerting fans of its existence via social media.

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