Chrome Dreams

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Chrome Dreams
Studio album by Neil Young
ReleasedUnreleased (1977)
GenreFolk rock, Country rock
LabelReprise & Warner Bros. Records
Neil Young chronology
Long May You Run
Chrome Dreams
American Stars 'n Bars

Chrome Dreams is a 1977 unreleased album by Neil Young, and also an acetate from that period which is claimed to be of that album.

Jimmy McDonough's Shakey: Neil Young's Biography supports the claim that Chrome Dreams is indeed a bootlegged acetate with said title.[1] A document that accompanied the acetate (which according to Young's archivist Joel Bernstein is a forgery) gave the impression that Young had officially given Chrome Dreams as the title, inspired by rumours in the press of a new album with the same title. Young is quoted as saying "What Chrome Dreams really was, was a sketch that [David] Briggs drew of a grille and front of a '55 Chrysler, and if you turned it on its end, it was this beautiful chick...I called it Chrome Dreams."[1]

Writing in The Guardian, Alexis Petridis opined that the album "could have been Young's strongest album of the 70s".[2] There have been a number of unofficial recreations of Chrome Dreams.[3] Three of the songs featured on Chrome Dreams were officially released in September 2017 on Hitchhiker.

On October 23, 2007, Neil Young released a new album entitled Chrome Dreams II.[4]

Song information[edit]

Chrome Dreams features a large amount of still-unreleased material. The version of "Powderfinger" included is the original acoustic demo, while the "Sedan Delivery" featured is at a slower pace than the Rust Never Sleeps take and contains an additional verse. "Pocahontas" is the same version heard on Rust Never Sleeps without overdubs. "Hold Back the Tears" is a radically different take compared to the one that appears on American Stars 'n Bars, also featuring additional lyrics. "Too Far Gone" would not see release until 1989's Freedom. It is presented on Chrome Dreams with Crazy Horse's Frank "Poncho" Sampedro accompanying Young on a 1917 mandolin. "Stringman", a piano ballad, was (according to Shakey) written for Jack Nitzsche and is presented as a performance from Young's 1976 European tour with slight studio overdubs. Eighteen years later Young revived it for his Unplugged performance, never having released the song as a studio track. "Homegrown" here is a different mix than the version on American Stars 'n Bars. The rest of the songs are for the most part identical to their releases on subsequent albums.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Pocahontas" – 3:24
  2. "Will to Love" – 7:11
  3. "Star of Bethlehem" – 2:42
  4. "Like a Hurricane" – 8:14
  5. "Too Far Gone" – 2:41

Side two[edit]

  1. "Hold Back the Tears" – 5:16
  2. "Homegrown" – 2:20
  3. "Captain Kennedy" – 2:55
  4. "Stringman" – 3:32
  5. "Sedan Delivery" – 5:22
  6. "Powderfinger" – 3:23
  7. "Look Out for My Love" – 4:06

All songs by Neil Young


  1. ^ a b McDonough, Jim (2002). Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. Jonathan Cape. ISBN 978-0-224-06914-4.
  2. ^ Alexis Petridis (October 2007). "Neil Young, Chrome Dreams II". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Ltd. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Neil Young - Chrome Dreams (Rust Edition) (review)". Retrieved 25 February 2008.
  4. ^ Andy Greene (August 2007). "Neil Young to Release Sequel to Unreleased 1977 Album". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 February 2008.
  5. ^ "Chrome Dreams acetate". Sidestreet Publishing Company. 1992–2004. Retrieved 2007-10-22.