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Product details

  • 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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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)

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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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By Andy Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Feb. 2008
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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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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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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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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Some years ago Neil Young meant everything to me. I loved the classics (no need to mention their names here.) I also found great value in a lot of his more lowly rated and ignored music also. Time goes on and Neil has become more and more of a challenge! The last Neil release of new material that really did the job for me was 'Broken Arrow' with Crazy Horse. That was 1996!!! Nearly twelve years ago!!! 'Silver & Gold' is a reasonable, reflective little album but there are some shoddy releases, 'Road Rock,' 'Are you Passionate,' 'Prairie Wind' and the utterly pathetic 'Living with War.' I got off to a bad start with 'Greendale' after sitting through Neil play it in its entirety at Manchester Appollo to an increasingly restless audience. Try as I might I cannot look back on that night as great and memorable. My old hero visited my home town.............what a waste!

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.
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