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Past is prologue, so someone said. But the acoustic prologue to “Driftin’ Back,” the epic (and we mean epic, clocking in as it does at more the 27 gripping minutes) opening song of Neil Young & Crazy Horse’s inspired album Psychedelic Pill, sets the calendar at right now. This is an artist, ever in the moment, fully grounded, firmly rooted, renewing the ... Read more in Amazon's Neil Young Store

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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000VQQO3K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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8. Ever After
9. No Hidden Path
10. The Way

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This Walletpak CD/DVD version includes Hi-Res audio of the whole album, with a moving video image. ''One of the most influential and idiosyncratic singer/songwriters of his generation.'' -All Music Guide. Enjoying one of the most prolific periods of his phenomenally prolific career, Neil Young (sans Crazy Horse) delivers Chrome Dreams II. Hard but shiny, acoustic but also electric, Chrome Dreams II continues the new millennium resurgence in popularity for one of the greatest singer/songwriters in rock history.


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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Really good song writing, as always.
Adam C. Stark
I feel inclined to give it 3.5 stars but since I can not then I give it 3.
Bjorn Viberg
Spirit Road and Dirty Old Man are also great tracks.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By geoff on October 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The new neil is great, people, about the dvd, it is included because neil is an audiophile. Just because you hear it is a dvd, don't assume movies or videos are going to be on it. The dvd is for the dvd-audio mix! Yes, it sounds better than the flat one dimensional drink coaster (i mean CD!). To sum it up you are getting the best of both worlds, a cd for your ipod or car cd player and a DVD audio disc for your high quality stereo system at home! Insert the DVD and sit down and enjoy!!
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Inverarity VINE VOICE on November 8, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Chrome Dreams II ain't a bad album, by any means. But neither is it a great album - as far as albums go, Prairie Wind is the best in ages, and this doesn't touch it. (I say that as a fan of Old Black-wielding Neil first and foremost, too). It's lumpy - putting an adrenaline-pumping epic like Ordinary People in the #3 spot guarantees that the rest of the album feels slow and uncommitted. Neil isn't as focused as he has been on the last two albums. The album's too long. And, for all the strengths that these songs have, they can't live up to the material that was on Chrome Dreams I. What this album is, and what it should have been called, is Freedom II.

Beautiful Bluebird is a very close rewrite of "Sail Away" from Rust Never Sleeps, itself a rewrite (though not as obviously) of Comes a Time's "Human Highway." Sail Away is so far the superior song that Bluebird feels a little wrong, though it's a sweet, sad little lyric anyway. It dates back to the early 80s, from the original (still unreleased) Old Ways album.

Boxcar is a rerecording of a song from Times Square (an unreleased album from '89). This one improves on the original version - it works better coming from a grizzled old Shakey than the still-young man of 40. The band is great.

Let's get it out of the way: Ordinary People is a priceless contribution to the Neil Young discography.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Lundgren on November 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"I can think of something better to do"? The purpose of Neil's included DVDs is to provide a high-resolution recording of his album without forcing the consumer to buy a DVD-Audio player. By using the DVD-Video spec for the hi-rez audio version, he is affording owners of ordinary DVD players the opportunity to hear a high quality music recording. Any video/slideshow that happens to accompany the music is simply fluff. If the listener is content with music as background while doing other things, then purchasing the regular CD version of the albums is more than sufficient. The ipod/mp3 generation is really missing out by not listening to music for the music's sake alone. Oh, and I did listen to both the CD and DVD versions of this album, and the DVD is clearly superior in clarity, dynamic range, and overall depth of sound.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Rob on October 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm a huge Neil Young fan. I've seen him many times in concert and always love how he's adapted his styles and changed without caring what others thought. I love his voice and think it's just beautiful when he wails out and puts all his effort into it.
Owning all his CDs, rarities and even Chrome Dreams I (hard to get) I was ecstatic to hear that this was in release.
I've heard Ordinary People many times before and Boxcar on Times Square so these aren't new to me. First of all, I think Ordinary People is a fantastic song and the 18 minutes moves along at a steady pace that sews together a fabric of different people and lifestyles in our society. Amazing.
Other great songs on this CD are "No Hidden Path" , "Beautiful Bluebird" "Spirit Road" and "Dirty Old Man". "The Way" is a beautiful (albeit different) song and reminds me of "Lost In Space" from Hawks and Doves with the children chorus.
I do hear alot of Stars and Bars in this album, too, which is way underrated.
Seeing Neil in concert November 21st in Toronto at Massey Hall (another great great album!!) and cannot wait. I can't wait to see his hometown Canadians response to him.
Keep going, Neil. You've got a lot to still contribute. Bring on the boxset!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Neil Young "Chrome Dreams" DVD is playing right now, and my wife just wandered out of the room, exclaiming, "I can find something more interesting to do."

And that's the caveat emptor for this Combo Pack: the DVD is only a higher-audio-quality version of the CD. Content on some Neil CD/DVD combos feature live rehearsal/performance footage. Not this one. Perhaps it's the fact that some of the songs on this album were recorded back in the eighties, when he was being sued by Geffen for not recording "Neil Young albums," but the DVD simply has a montage of photographs of broken-down cars accompanying the songs. "It would be better," she told me, as she walked out of the room, "if they included the 'brown acid' with it. That would make it more watchable." Wow! Harsh criticism from a long-time Neil fan.

If you're just going to listen to this in the car, on your mp3 player, or on a boombox, save the bucks and buy the CD only version. The DVD is only for serious-180-gram-vinyl-audiophiles.


Oh, yeah. Neil Young rocks. 78 stars.
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The back of the sleeve says 16:9 aspect ratio...color...multi-angles...and it lasts 66 minutes...roughly equal to the times of the songs...
Oct 23, 2007 by Annie |  See all 8 posts
is this really DVD-Audio??
Well it's regular DVD, but it still provides better audio quality than a CD, the idea behind it being to deliver that quality to people without forcing them to buy a DVD-A player to hear it.
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