Neil Young Set To Release Lost Record “Chrome Dreams”
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Neil Young was an incredibly prolific musician in the 1970s, releasing a substantial amount of music. In 1977, he and his band Crazy Horse released the LP American Stars ‘N Bars. However, during that time, Young had another album ready to be released, but it never saw the light of day.
This unreleased album, known as Chrome Dreams, has gained legendary status as one of the great lost albums in history.
Over the years, bootlegged versions of Chrome Dreams have circulated, adding to its mystique. While some of the songs from the album eventually appeared in later releases, like “Pocahontas,” “Powderfinger,” and “Sedan Delivery,” there were other songs that have never been officially released.
Chrome Dreams Is Finally Set for Release
Excitingly, Neil Young has now announced that Chrome Dreams will finally be released next month. The album features 12 tracks recorded between 1974 and 1976. As part of his Neil Young Archives series, he has been giving these long-delayed records their official releases. The cover art for Chrome Dreams is done by Ronnie Wood.
Young recently shared the original version of “Sedan Delivery,” which differs from the version that appeared on “Rust Never Sleeps.” This authorized version replaces the bootlegged one that was previously available on YouTube.
The press release for Chrome Dreams provides some insights into the different versions of the songs: “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.
Chrome Dreams will be released on August 11th by Reprise Records. In addition to this exciting release, Young also started his solo-acoustic West Coast tour in Los Angeles on July 1st.