- Audio CD (22 Oct. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Warner
- ASIN: B000VEA31Q
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- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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NEIL YOUNG Chrome Dreams II (2007 UK 10-track CD album. Produced by Neil Young with Niko Bolas Chrome Dreams II is a musically diverse collection on which Young is backed by Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina pedal steel guitarist & dobro player Ben Keith and bassist Rick Rosas picture sleeve booklet containing images from the studio sessions and printed lyrics)
The sequel to a late seventies album that never actually appeared (supposedly after Young played it to Carole King, who described it as "demos"), Chrome Dreams II is the latest entry in the late flowering of the increasingly mortal looking Young, very nearly seen off by illness in 2005. The following years blunt Living with War, fuelled by disgust at American foreign policy, eschewed platitudes and vague sentiments in favour of attacking specifics, and Chrome Dreams II, though less single-minded, also takes sides. Musically it is terrific too, ranging from the offhanded country-rock prettiness of eighties outtake "Beautiful Bluebird" and the elegant, faintly churchy closer "The Way" to the all out aggression of the wonderfully sleazy rocker "Dirty Old Man" ("I like to get hammered on Friday night, sometimes I cant wait, so Mondays alright"). The oft-bootlegged "Ordinary People", originally deemed too long for 1988s This Notes for You, finally gets an official release, an eighteen minute horn powered epic defending the victims of Reaganomics which still carries a contemporary resonance. But its not the only marathon number here. The grungy, hook-laden "Spirit Road" and "No Hidden Path" are just as fine, perfect examples of the turgid but irresistible riffing Young has been purveying for some forty years. With his romantic side emerging on "Shining Light" and the soulful "The Believer" it makes for a perfectly balanced set, and one which genuinely bears comparison with anything in his long back catalogue. --Steve JelbertSee all Product Description
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The first track, 'Beautiful Bluebird' is, indeed, beautiful. A gentle, romantic piece of acoustic tenderness, it convinces you immediately that this album is going to be no dud. It, like all the first three tracks, was written and shelved in the 1980s during Young's well-documented artistic struggle with Geffen. Incredibly, 'Ordinary People', a stunning horn-laden epic, manages to last for an amazing 18+ minutes without ever overstaying it's welcome. Such ambition doesn't end there - 'No Hidden Path' also clocks in at 14 minutes and 33 seconds and also manages to be both a great piece of music and also continually interesting.
In fact, this album has enough depth, texture and diversity to make it one of the most varied, most intresting and fulfilling Neil Young album for quite a while. Although arguably the majority of Young's releases in the past 15-20 years have been excellent, it can be argued that even the very best of that work has been a little one-dimensional, with Young tending to pick a genre, dedicating the whole album to the pursuit of that particular idea or feeling. 'Chrome Dreams II' doesn't suffer from that particular trait and, as a result, feels more complete and is certainly more engaging than much of his recent work.Read more ›
If you are a fan, don't even think, just get it. If you aren't, well, get it anyway. And thanks, Neil!
all in all 9/10 well done neil we still love u!!
Now, 'Chrome Dreams II.' I think we should forget all about 'Chrome Dreams I.' I do not believe there is any connection whatsoever between these two. I believe Neil is just being a little obscure and deliberately enigmatic. If I have to compare this to another Neil album I will choose 'Sleeps With Angels.' Both of these albums are BIG, they are LONG, they are of MIXED STYLE, they contain an enjoyable rocking throwaway in 'Dirty old Man / Piece of Crap,' they contain a lot of JAMMING. They were both conceived in MIDDLE AGE. Let's not make comparisons with 'Everybody Knows this is Nowhere.' Neil was a young lad when he made that and a number of other truly WONDERFUL recordings. How different are you now to what you were twenty or thirty years ago? Or more?
In all honesty I am writing this review a little too early. 'Sleeps With Angels' took many plays for me to appreciate just how much of a gem it really is.Read more ›
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Unlilke many of his fans, I tend to prefer the quieter Neil Young with an acoustic guitar and lovely melodies. Read morePublished 7 months ago by ANTHONY KERRY
Worth it alone for "Ordinary People" this is a wonderful album.This helped me through a rough period in my life along with Los Lobos's "Town and the City" and i urge you to BUY... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2013 by Vlad the emailer
Item recieved very quickly, helpful service, would recomend to others and use them again myself, very pleased with cd. Thank,s Bob HearnPublished on 27 Dec. 2012 by robert hearn
Five ROCKIN' Stars!! Neil Young's great "Chrome Dreams II" is wonderful music: dedicated to modern-day common people: their life, loves, dreams, and problems. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2012 by RBSProds
Chrome Dreams II is up there with Neil's best albums. Easily as good as his 70's works. From the great banjo lead 'Boxcar' to 'Ever After' (which sounds like a song that could have... Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2011 by Warren1