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Chrome Dreams II


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 23 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000VEA31Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,432 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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)

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What we have here is easily Mr. Young's finest work in years, one that erases the memory of his well-intentioned but anemic 2006 protest album, Living with War. Recorded using analog gear, with Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina, pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith, and Rick Rosas on bass, CD2 manages to sound both home-grown and experimental. It's the work of an artist still not afraid to take chances, who also knows what his strengths are and doesn't stray too far from them. Trainspotters will note that three of the ten songs were written but never released before, while we all might puzzle over the title. Chrome Dreams is the name of an unreleased album from 1977. So, why is this Chrome Dreams II? Is it a similar case to 1992's Harvest Moon, when Young went back to the virtual land of his 1972 hit Harvest to write more material in that vein? As the original was reportedly lost in a fire, we may never know. Chrome Dreams II offers up gorgeous, plaintive laments and country-tinged numbers sung in that achy breaky, heart-on-sleeve voice of Young's, as well as ragged barn-storming rockers delivered with a growl. There's even an 18-minute dirge that excitedly mixes R&B back-up horns with searing electric guitar leads! Wow. --Mike McGonigal

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By motu on Sept. 30 2007
Format: Audio CD
Chrome Dreams II - Review by MOTU [...]

Neil Young’s latest effort shows a mature artist getting older and drawing upon past creative styles for expression. The album contains ten (10) new Neil Young songs and runs just a little over sixty-six minutes. The songs cover a variety of styles that Young has been comfortable with ranging from acoustic Harvest Moon type to harder Crazy Horse type material. Like most of Neil Young’s recent works, I found that I had to listen to it at least twice to digest it and form any opinion of it.

The CD opens with Beautiful Bluebird which is an effective acoustic type song that has a striking slide resonator guitar lead throughout giving it a blues dimension. However, the song remains vintage Young and is a good attention catching opening to the CD. The second song; Boxcar; follows this acoustic Harvest Moon type style that is set in the first song with a banjo providing the key background instrument. That is where the mood of this CD ends because the third song; Ordinary People; bursts the acoustic mood with a rock sound more like Crazy Horse. You also get the sense that Young may be looking to break some kind of rock song record as Ordinary People runs well over 18 minutes! Time aside, the song flows well and like a good movie seems to be far shorter than it really is. The fourth song; Shining Light; then gives the listener a retro fifties type feel only to be followed by another Crazy Horse style rock song; Spirit Road.

In general, I didn’t find Chrome Dreams II cohesive as a total work. On a first listen, it does not knock your socks off the way some of Young’s past classic albums succeeded in doing on the first play. However, there are some real great individual songs here if you are willing to give it a chance. On a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being best), I give it a 7.
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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 23 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD. Not perfect. But great. When I saw Neil Young in 1988 at the CNE he did a song called "Ordinary People" at the end of the 20 min. song he got a standing ovation. That is the only time in 27 years of concert going that i have seen that happen for an unreleased song. Now 19 years later the song gets released on "Chrome Dreams 2" and it's just as good as i remembered it. This song will sit aside Neil's best work!
The rest of the album is stonger then anything he has done in the last 15 years. "Dirty Old Man" is in the vain of "Piece Of Crap" and "F'!#in' Up" and "No Hidden Path" brings to mind songs like "Cortez The Killer". This CD is not acoustic (Like Harvest) and not electric (Like Ragged Glory) but a little of both. The album it is the closest in style to is the CD the first "Chrome Dreams" mutated into "American Stars and Bars".
If you like Neil Young you will love this CD. If you are new to Neil Young this is not a bad place to start.
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By Stephen Bieth TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 25 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD. Not perfect. But great. When I saw Neil Young in 1988 at the CNE he did a song called "Ordinary People" at the end of the 20 min. song he got a standing ovation. That is the only time in 27 years of concert going that i have seen that happen for an unreleased song. Now 19 years later the song gets released on "Chrome Dreams 2" and it's just as good as i remembered it. This song will sit aside Neil's best work!
The rest of the album is stonger then anything he has done in the last 15 years. "Dirty Old Man" is in the vain of "Piece Of Crap" and "F'!#in' Up" and "No Hidden Path" brings to mind songs like "Cortez The Killer". This CD is not acoustic (Like Harvest) and not electric (Like Ragged Glory) but a little of both. The album it is the closest in style to is the CD the first "Chrome Dreams" mutated into "American Stars and Bars".
If you like Neil Young you will love this CD. If you are new to Neil Young this is not a bad place to start.
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