Chrome Dreams II

Chrome Dreams II Neil Young has a new record coming out this week called Chrome Dreams II.

Back in the mid ’70s, Neil worked on a record called Chrome Dreams that never saw the light of day. That record had Pochahontas, Like A Hurricane, and Powderfinger on it. Here’s a blog post that has the entire track listing and the original tracks from Chrome Dreams on it. That blog post alone is reason to get the download them all firefox plugin!

Chrome Dreams II takes its inspiration from the Chrome Dreams project. I listened this morning on Rhapsody which apparently got a preview of the record. The CD comes out on Tuesday. It’s always hard for me to form a reaction on first listen, but this is a strong record. It was recorded using analog gear, with Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina, pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith, and Rick Rosas on bass.

If you are a Neil Young fan, you have to get this record. If you aren’t, hold off, and I’ll let you know after a few more listens.

Here’s my favorite track so far, an 18 minute jam called Ordinary People (hype machine link).

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Comments (Archived):

  1. Pierre

    I LOVE Ordinary People.Listening to that reminds me of what is missing from music today. It’s a certain authenticity… maybe you can call it substance, or even heart… that bands don’t seem to have as much today as they did back then. No one can ever say that Neil Young has the best voice in the world but, even still, you are almost forced to listen to every word he sings because he is actually saying something.Good stuff Fred!

    1. fredwilson

      Not sure I can go but the lineup is amazing

  2. simon

    When Devo Covered ‘Hey Hey My My’ with Neil in the 70’s, this track remains one of all time favorite songs / video clips.

  3. ppearlman

    hype machine seems cool… found skaggs and hornsby cover superfreak…play w it some more…

  4. jmb173

    Thanks for the link Fred.Powderfinger (Live Rust version) is my all-time favorite Neil Young tune. Now I get it as an acoustic mp3. Excellent. Definitely looking forward to getting Chrome Dreams II this week.”Look out, Mama, there’s a white boat comin’ up the river”

  5. JayR

    Ditto on jmb173’s comment on Powderfinger. Love the version of it on CD I.The band on the new album is also supposed to be the touring band, I understand.

  6. Fred333

    Great Song.

  7. Dave Hyndman

    Just gave Ordinary People my first listen. Perfect Neil Young. Only artist with the balls and vision to write and record an 18 minute song. No fear (or even consideration) of the listener’s patience or lack thereof. He’s got 18 minutes worth of something to say (and guitar to play); come along if you want.Looking forward to the album.

    1. fredwilson

      You got that right dave

  8. jackson

    How come all the new releases I purchase these days are Neil Young records?