Neil Young is borrowing the intended title for a 30-year-old shelved album for his next release. “Chrome Dreams II” is due Oct. 16 via Reprise. The 10-song set includes three previously penned tunes and seven new cuts. Two unnamed songs run well past the double-digit mark, at 13:00 and 18:30, respectively.
Young recorded the album quickly with assistance from Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina and pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith, and only played it for Reprise reps last week. The project is the follow-up to 2006’s “Living With War” and will be supported by a North American tour set to begin around Oct. 13, according to Young’s publicist.
The original “Chrome Dreams” was scrapped in 1977 for unknown reasons, but a number of the songs pegged to appear on it become Young classics after being released on later albums, including “Pocahontas,” “Sedan Delivery,” “Powderfinger,” “Look Out for My Love” and “Like a Hurricane.”
According to Young’s Web site, “all original documentation and art for this album was lost in a fire that destroyed Neil’s Malibu home in early 1978.”
Meanwhile, the first volume in Young’s “Archives” boxed set series is holding steady with a Feb. 18 release date, however, the project’s arrival has shifted countless times in recent years.