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Friday, August 24, 2007

Chrome Dreams II: "Like 'After The Goldrush' or 'Freedom'"

Comments in a recent interview with Neil Young reveal some fascinating insight into the upcoming Chrome Dreams II CD. From MARKET WIRE (via Bad News Beat) Neil says "from a vacation retreat with his family":
"It's an album with a form based on some of my original recordings, with a large variety of songs, rather than one specific type of song. Where 'Living With War' and 'Everybody's Rockin'' were albums focused on one subject or style,'Chrome Dreams II' is more like 'After The Goldrush' or 'Freedom,' with different types of songs working together to form a feeling. Now that radio formats are not as influential as they once were, it's easier to release an album that crosses all formats with a message that runs through the whole thing, regardless of the type of song or sound.

"Some early listeners have said that this album is positive and spiritual. I like to think it focuses on the human condition. Like many of my recordings, this one draws on earlier material here and there. I used to do that a lot back in the day. Some songs, like 'Ordinary People,' need to wait for the right time. I think now is the right time for that song and it lives well with the new songs I have written in the past few months. I had a blast making this music."

The comments seem to indicate that the release could potentially be a real blockbuster. With reports that manager Elliot Roberts played Chrome Dreams II to an enthusiastic reception at Warner Bros' England and France headquarters, all signs are pointing to the release receiving considerable label backing.

Guess we'll know for sure in October.


At 8/24/2007 09:19:00 PM, Blogger haahnster said...

Well, After The Gold Rush and Freedom are two of my all-time, I say, "SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!"

At 8/25/2007 12:40:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The album, according to a post that appeared on the forum "Gearslutz", was recorded in a garage! Here is what the poster wrote:

"All new recordings, done in an auto repair garage. They laid down rubber mats with holes and then poured wood shavings in the holes to absorb some sound. Recorded live, I think very few overdubs, minimal processing. Yes there was a songs or two that had horns-I believe Ordinary Poeple was one of them."

The thread has subsequently disappeared from the forum ...

At 8/25/2007 01:17:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 8/25/2007 02:49:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've been waiting for something like this..... I like the old albums that aren't all one style. I can hardly wait, I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve....
It's been awhile since I have anticipated a new cd this much...

At 8/25/2007 11:52:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great honor to be a Neil Young fan!!! I am sure that the new album Chrome Dreams 2 will be one of his greatest.I dont know any other star that can cause this much excitement!! Thank you Neil, ahead of time,cause I know it will be great!!!

At 8/25/2007 12:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AT circuit citys website the song list has 1. pocahontas 3:24 2.will to love 7:11 of bethleham 2:42 a hurricane 8:14 5.too far gone 2:41 6.hold back the tears 5:16 7.homegrown 2:20 8.captain kennedy 2:55 9.stringman 3:32 10.sedan delivery 5:22 11.powderfinger 3:23. they dont have ordinary people listed,i'm dissapointed powderfinger is only 3:23 long idont see anysongs listed at 13 or 18 minutes long as previousley reported. so is the circuit city listing correct?

At 8/25/2007 12:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds like the original Chrome Dreams bootleg song listing

At 8/25/2007 01:26:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, that's definitely, the track listing for the original Chrome Dreams.

At 8/25/2007 11:21:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Neil you truely are my best friend.I think it's great Farm Aid going to New York.However bring it back to the midwest are Alaska!!!!Thanks Brother Love ya Mike T

At 8/26/2007 12:08:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want him to bring it back to Australia. Someone said he was coming here, then someone said he wasn't. Does anybody know? I was watching him do Don't Let it Bring You Down on Youtube and my son walked passed and asked who it was. This is a kid who mostly listens to MTV style 'music'. I think I've got Neil a new fan and I'd love to take him to a concert and give him a musical education!

At 9/11/2007 11:53:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well, folks...i am rightly giddy

i can't recall the last time i was this excited......i am a neil nut and i have a great feeling about this album AND tour.....ordinary people has been a favourite of mine for years and to think that he feels the time is right for this record tells me great things about it...and he himself compared the record to After the Goldrush.....i am going to ride this high for a long long time!!!!


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