Chrome Dreams II [CD/DVD]

( 1 )

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Neil Young spent his 2006 hawking Living with War, an album as immediate as a news bulletin, so perhaps it made sense that after its promo push was done he would retreat into the past, planning to finally finish Archives, the long-promised box set of unreleased performances from his vaults. Two individual discs of classic live performances were released in the winter of 2006/2007, acting as a teaser for the proposed fall release of the box, but like with most things involving Neil, things didn't work precisely as planned, as he once again pushed Archives to the back burner so he could release Chrome Dreams II, a sequel to an album that never came out in the ...
See more details below
CD (Bonus DVD)
$21.65
BN.com price
(Save 19%)$26.99 List Price
Other sellers (CD)
  • All (12) from $2.84   
  • New (6) from $4.89   
  • Used (6) from $2.84   

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Neil Young spent his 2006 hawking Living with War, an album as immediate as a news bulletin, so perhaps it made sense that after its promo push was done he would retreat into the past, planning to finally finish Archives, the long-promised box set of unreleased performances from his vaults. Two individual discs of classic live performances were released in the winter of 2006/2007, acting as a teaser for the proposed fall release of the box, but like with most things involving Neil, things didn't work precisely as planned, as he once again pushed Archives to the back burner so he could release Chrome Dreams II, a sequel to an album that never came out in the first place. The first Chrome Dreams was slated for a 1977 release, but for some indiscernible reason Young scrapped the album, parsing out some of the songs on subsequent albums, sometimes re-recording the originals, sometimes overdubbing, sometimes just sticking the previously unreleased tracks onto new albums. Among the Chrome Dreams songs that popped later are some of his greatest, including "Like a Hurricane" and an originally acoustic "Powderfinger" and "Pocahontas," along with other such excellent tunes as "Sedan Delivery," "Too Far Gone," and "Look Out for My Love," a pedigree that would suggest that Chrome Dreams II could include its fair share of major songs. Despite the inclusion of the long-bootlegged (and simply long at a lumbering 18 minutes) "Ordinary People," that's not quite true: it's a modest collection of stray songs and new tunes, pieced together in a fashion similar to 1989's Freedom, which in fact is where the 1977 "Too Far Gone" was finally unveiled. Indeed, Chrome Dreams II shares more similarities to Freedom than the original Chrome Dreams -- so much so that it's a mystery why it's dubbed as a sequel, but it's a mystery not worth pondering, as there are few clues to their correlation, and even if a definitive answer to their kinship could be dredged up, it wouldn't illuminate the 2007 album, which is merely a good Neil Young album. Perhaps a little more than good, actually, as this has a shagginess and tattered heart that's been missing from his work for a long time, as he's spent a good chunk of the past 15 years pursuing conceptual works, ranging from thematic concept albums (Living with War, Greendale) to musical genre exercises (Are You Passionate?, Prairie Wind). Here Neil dabbles in all his signatures, starting the album with the sweet country corn of "Beautiful Bluebird," then careening to the mildly menacing minor-key groove "Boxcar" before he gets to the light, almost bouncy soul-pop of "The Believer" (complete with call-and-response backing vocals), the Crazy Horse mysticism of "Spirit Road," the lazy loping country of "Every After," and the elongated guitar workout of "No Hidden Path." He even gets way out with "The Way," singing with a children's choir, a stab at innocence that's cheerfully at odds with the sludgy "Dirty Old Man," an unexpected revival of the boneheaded off-color jokes of "Welfare Mothers," and then, of course, there's the album's centerpiece, "Ordinary People," a winding epic recorded with the Bluenotes in 1988 that's dated in its splashy production (and perhaps its blaring horns, since Neil largely abandoned the Bluenotes after This Note's for You), yet it sounds immediate and gripping. It's the kind of song to build an album upon, which is precisely what Neil has done with Chrome Dreams II, using it as an excuse to round up other songs with no home. This doesn't make for an album that holds together thematically the way other latter-day Neil albums do, but its mess is endearing, recalling how charmingly ragged albums like After the Gold Rush, Tonight's the Night, Rust Never Sleeps, and Freedom are, even if Chrome Dreams II never manages to soar as high as those classics.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2007
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624990642
  • Catalog Number: 348220
  • Sales rank: 349,789

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beautiful Bluebird (4:30)
  2. 2 Boxcar (2:46)
  3. 3 Ordinary People (18:12)
  4. 4 Shining Light (4:46)
  5. 5 The Believer (2:43)
  6. 6 Spirit Road (6:35)
  7. 7 Dirty Old Man (3:20)
  8. 8 Ever After (3:34)
  9. 9 No Hidden Path (14:33)
  10. 10 The Way (5:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 [DVD]
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Young Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Harmonica, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Background Vocals, Vibes, Track Performer, Pump Organ, Piano (Grand)
Ben Keith Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Hammond Organ, Alto Saxophone, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
John Fumo Trumpet
Claude Cailliet Trombone
Larry Cragg Baritone Saxophone, Background Vocals
Chad Cromwell Drums
Ralph Molina Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Rick Rosas Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Frank "Poncho" Sampedro Guitar
Annie Stocking Background Vocals
Pegi Young Background Vocals
Owen Smith Choir, Chorus
Reginald Wilson Choir, Chorus
Tommy Bray Trumpet, Soloist
Cheyenne Elliott Choir, Chorus
Emily Viola Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Neil Young Composer, Producer, Choir Arrangement
Niko Bolas Producer, Engineer
Gary Burden Art Direction
Larry Cragg Guitar Techician
L.A. Johnson Video Producer
Tim Mulligan Digital Editing, Mastering
Elliot Roberts Director
Pegi Young Inspiration
Bernard Shakey Video Director
Jenice Heo Art Direction
Toshi Onuki Video Editor
Elliot Rabinowitz Executive Producer
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Neil: Ragged, Smooth, & Delivering his sound

    The big chords in Ordinary People is old and fresh. It is simply enough song to be it's own CD.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 Customer Reviews