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Chrome Dreams II [CD]

Neil Young Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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NEIL YOUNG TO RELEASE LIVE ALBUM, ENTITLED A TREASURE, ON JUNE 13TH, ON REPRISE RECORDS

RENOWNED ROCKER UNEARTHS LIVE COUNTRY ALBUM RECORDED WITH LEGENDARY BAND, THE INTERNATIONAL HARVESTERS, WHILE ON TOUR IN THE U.S. IN 1984/1985

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  • Audio CD (22 Oct 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B000VEA31Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beautiful Bluebird
2. Boxcar
3. Ordinary People
4. Shining Light
5. The Believer
6. Spirit Road
7. Dirty Old Man
8. Ever After
9. No Hidden Path
10. The Way

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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 year’s 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 can’t wait, so Monday’s alright"). The oft-bootlegged "Ordinary People", originally deemed too long for 1988’s This Note’s 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 it’s 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 Jelbert

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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)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Diverse, interesting and enjoyable 17 Feb 2008
By A. Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
'Chrome Dreams II', Neil Young's 30th studio album, is - bizarrely - a sequel to a late-70s album that was never released and, I must confess, when I heard that fact and saw the title, I feared the worst. Quite honestly, I shouldn't have feared anything as this album is wonderful, a continuation of the artistic roll that Neil has been on for a considerable amount of time and is very similar in feel to his 1970 masterpiece 'After The Gold Rush'.

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.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Big Jim TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Bloody brilliant all the same! If it helps to show where I stand on Neil Young albums, my favourite was, is and forever will be Zuma closely followed by the "Rust" albums so those are what I am measuring this work against. Chrome dreams II has a fascinating mix of styles which it would appear has upset some of the purists, but if you come at this as a lover of rock music and not necessarily a Neil Young obsessive then you will find much to enjoy here. Superb playing by all concerned, Young's singing is above par (for him!), and even the 18 minutes of "ordinary people" flies by with nary an indulgent, unnecessary moment (honest). I've heard some good stuff this year and this is well inside the top 10.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of excellent - Neil is back!! 20 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
Man, was I waiting for this one! Close your eyes and you go back 20 years, to all the ragged glory and passion that Neil brings to his work. "Ordinary People" is just one of the real stand-out tracks, a real belter with 'Old Black', his trusty Gibson, in overdrive heaven. Every song brings something good to this, his best album in years.

If you are a fan, don't even think, just get it. If you aren't, well, get it anyway. And thanks, Neil!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars epic & superb 18 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
heard this today... its great, mish mash of lots of young styles...so much better in many ways than his previous last few records...ordinary people is superb and goes straight into legend as a lost young classic....every song works well on its own level and even tho some of the songs are country flavoured there are no yee-har moments here...

all in all 9/10 well done neil we still love u!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen, and listen again 30 Oct 2007
Format:Audio CD
I love Neil Young's stuff and bought this as soon as I saw it on the shelf. The first listen was disappointing, it sounded like he was rehashing things he had visited over the years, but the second time around I began to realise what a good album this is. A real mix of styles, some great vocals and guitar work, and a sense of spirit running through it. Not as great as some critics and reviews suggest, but well worth its place in the Neil Young collection, showing he can still write and perfom songs that touch a chord in us.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Continuing the Tradition 17 Nov 2007
By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Back in 1970 my mate played me After The Goldrush. Some time later I stayed up late one night and listened to Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's Four-Way Street on Kid (now David) Jensen's Radio Luxemburg programme, heard Harvest, and bought Heart Of Gold on a second-hand single. Young himself did a live show broadcast on the BBC, and a subsequent girlfriend of mine had CSN&Y's Déjà Vu, which got played quite a lot, though mostly for Graham Nash's paean to Joni Mitchell, Our House.

I then put Neil Young and his mates away in a cupboard until the next millennium, when on a whim I bought first Goldrush, then Harvest, Harvest Moon, and Silver & Gold. So far, so folk/country/soft rock.

Buying Four Way Street and really listening to it, as opposed to dozing intermittently during a crackly radio broadcast, made me realise there was something more to Neil than a laid back West Coast sound. But imagine the effect when I bought Decades and first heard Like A Hurricane. I was, as the man says on that song, "blown away". Those of you who have followed the twists and turns as they've happened can only imagine the almost orgasmic euphoria of hearing that guitar lick for the first time three decades after its first release, dispelling in one stroke all those years' preconceptions.

Subsequent purchases - Mirror Ball springs to mind; Old Ways too - further testified to the modality of the protean Mr Young's oeuvre.

Chrome Dreams II, the work of a man of pensionable age, a CD/ DVD accompanied by a booklet whose artwork looks like the publicity material for a very groovy old folks' home, in its own small way continues the tradition.

Note "small way".
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5.0 out of 5 stars ORDINARY PEOPLE
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 more
Published 16 months ago by Vlad the emailer
5.0 out of 5 stars Chrome Drerams
Item recieved very quickly, helpful service, would recomend to others and use them again myself, very pleased with cd. Thank,s Bob Hearn
Published 19 months ago by robert hearn
5.0 out of 5 stars ENDLESSLY FASCINATING: THE LEGENDARY NEIL YOUNG ROCKS ON
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 more
Published 20 months ago by RBSProds
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best in years
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 more
Published on 24 Mar 2011 by Warren1
4.0 out of 5 stars Best since Zuma?
I agree very much with Big Jim's review. As a big fan of Neil's early work right up to Zuma plus Rust, this album blows away most of the stuff since. Read more
Published on 15 July 2010 by sirc
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent enough effort from Neil
I suppose I have to put myself in with those people for whom Neil Young can't really do much wrong. That's not to say I like everything he's ever produced, just that I'll give his... Read more
Published on 28 May 2009 by A. Macfarlane
2.0 out of 5 stars Neil By Numbers
It took me a long time to realise why I don't play this album very much.
Everything sounds right on it. Read more
Published on 27 May 2009 by J. Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars My opinion don't matter neither do these others
I am not sure why I am writing this, it may be because I'm pissed by some of the other re-viewers, and the fact that it is Neil Young. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2009 by E. Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Young at his peak?
A magnificant album which sees Young at possibly his peak, will be
difficult to follow, a landmark.
Published on 13 Jun 2008 by Nudger99
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
This is a real corker of a Neil Young album ranking on a par with 'After the goldrush', 'Harvest' and 'Rust never sleeps'. Read more
Published on 11 Jun 2008 by fleet22
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