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Chrome Dreams II review - Neil Young

Chrome Dreams II
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

Chrome Dreams II review - Neil Young
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1. Beautiful Bluebird 3:30 
2. Boxcar 3:15 
3. Ordinary People 18:13 
4. Shining Light 4:33 
5. The Believer 2:38 
6. Spirit Road 5:01 
7. Dirty Old Man 2:52 
8. Ever After 3:32 
9. No Hidden Path 11:31 
10. The Way 5:15 

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Neil Young Guitar (Acoustic), Banjo, Harmonica, Percussion, Guitar (Electric), Organ (Hammond), Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Producer, Vibraphone, Organ (Pump), Choir Arrangement, Piano (Grand)
Ben Keith Dobro, Pedal Steel, Guitar (Electric), Organ (Hammond), Sax (Alto), Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Slide Guitar
Ralph Molina Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Rick Rosas Bass, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Frank "Poncho" Sampedro Guitar
Pegi Young Vocals (bckgr), Inspiration
Tommy Bray Trumpet, Soloist
Claude Cailliet Trombone
Larry Cragg Sax (Baritone), Vocals (bckgr), 
Chad Cromwell Drums
John Fumo Trumpet
Nancy Hall Vocals (bckgr)
Annie Stocking Vocals (bckgr)
Cheyenne Elliott Choir, Chorus
Owen Smith Choir, Chorus
Emily Viola Choir, Chorus
Reginald Wilson Choir, Chorus

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Released Oct 2007
Label - Reprise 

Chrome Dreams II review - Neil Young


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