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Albums Of The Week: Neil Young | Chrome Dreams

Even if it is nearly five decades too late, it's hard to argue with an album that includes Like A Hurricane, Powderfinger, Homegrown, Pocahontas and other NY essentials.

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THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Chrome Dreams, one of Neil Young’s most individual and powerful albums, was scheduled to be released in 1977, but as is often the case with Young, things change. And then change again. What starts as one thing can often end up as another. For all those who have followed the singer-songwriter’s ever-evolving career, it’s best to let those changes happen.

With Chrome Dreams, it has been a long time coming to this final version of an album that includes some of rock’s most unforgettable songs. And now is the time for Chrome Dreams to find its way into the world, as Young hears and sees it. The music included on Chrome Dreams consists of 12 classic Young songs. Manufactured as a three-sided LP with an etching on side 4, Chrome Dreams is comprised of studio recordings from 1974-1976, including two previously unreleased versions and four tracks never before released on vinyl.

The 12 songs on Chrome Dreams may have existed in other forms at other times, and that is part of the creative process. Many of these are the originals. This release has a sense of monumentality about it that conveys a place in history. Songs like Pocahontas, Like A Hurricane, Powderfinger, Homegrown, Stringman and Look Out for My Love join six other tracks to finally present Chrome Dreams as a guide into the world of a musician who leads the way into the future, never second-guessing what could have been.

Powderfinger is the early/first solo version, the original. Pocahontas is the same version that first appeared on Rust Never Sleeps, but without the overdubs. Sedan Delivery and Hold Back the Tears are originals with lyrics that were not included in later released versions. Both are very different versions than previously released. Stringman is another original performance, included on the Odeon / Budokan disc in Archives Vol. II; prior to that the song had only appeared on Young’s Unplugged album in a later version, not the original.”

 

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