5 On A Friday : Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams

October 19, 2007 by
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In honor of Neil Young‘s Chrome Dreams II coming out next week, today a look back at Neil’s unreleased 1977 classic Chrome Dreams. 6 of the songs still remain unreleased while others have appeared on subsequent albums. So instead of the usual 5 today you get a bonus track as I bring you that half dozen unreleased gems.

via wiki:
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 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.

The original tracklisting:
Side One
– 3:24 (solo acoustic version – overdubbed for Rust Never Sleeps)
Will to Love – 7:11 (American Stars ‘n’ Bars)
Star of Bethlehem – 2:42 (Decades)
Like a Hurricane – 8:14 (American Stars ‘n’ Bars)
Too Far Gone – 2:41 (alternate version)

Side Two
Hold Back the Tears – 5:16 (alternate version)
Homegrown – 2:20 (alternate mix)
Captain Kennedy – 2:55 (Hawks and Doves)
Stringman – 3:32 (3-31-76 Hammersmith Odeon + studio overdubs)
Sedan Delivery – 5:22 (alternate version)
Powderfinger – 3:23 (alternate version)
Look Out for My Love – 4:06
(Comes a Time)



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