According to Young,
"It's an album with a form based on some of my original recordings, with a large variety of songs, rather than one specific type of song. Where Living with War and Everybody's Rockin' were albums focused on one subject or style, Chrome Dreams II is more like After the Gold Rush or Freedom, with different types of songs working together to form a feeling. Now that radio formats are not as influential as they once were, it's easier to release an album that crosses all formats with a message that runs through the whole thing, regardless of the type of song or sound. Some early listeners have said that this album is positive and spiritual. I like to think it focuses on the human condition. Like many of my recordings, this one draws on earlier material here and there. I used to do that a lot back in the day. Some songs, like 'Ordinary People,' need to wait for the right time. I think now is the right time for that song and it lives well with the new songs I have written in the past few months. I had a blast making this music."The first three songs of Chrome Dreams II date from the 1980s. "Beautiful Bluebird" was first recorded for the original version of Old Ways that was shelved by Geffen Records; "Boxcar" was a track on the unreleased Times Square album, which was scrapped in favor of the more commercially viable Freedom; and "Ordinary People," which was recorded in 1988 for the This Note's for You album, was highly regarded as one of Young's greatest unreleased songs, and was often played live during the "Sponsored By Nobody" tour with The Bluenotes to promote the album. This was the album's first single, and was sent to radio on Monday, September 10th. The length of this track (clocking in at 18:13) makes it hard to program into today's limited radio playlists, so it was initially heard on radio web sites.
A version of Chrome Dreams II with a bonus DVD, containing the album in high resolution 24 bit/96kHz stereo was also released. In addition, there will be a traditional LP pressing of the record with 180 gram vinyl.
The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart at number 11, selling about 54,000 copies in its first week.
All songs written by Neil Young
The Young People’s Chorus of New York City
Recorded at- Feelgood’s Garage (except as noted)* Recorded and mixed by- Niko Bolas Assisting Engineers- John Hausmann, Rob Clark L.A. Johnson- in studio production Will Mitchell- in studio sound Larry Cragg- guitar tech Harry Sitam- senior technical engineer Digital editing¬- Rob Clark Analog-Digital transfers by John Nowland Mastered by Tim Mulligan
Recorded at Plywood Analog Recorded and mixed by- Niko Bolas Assistant Engineers- Brent Walton, Tim McColm Digital editing- Tim Mulligan Analog-Digital transfers by John Nowland Mastered by Tim Mulligan