Chrome Dreams is a collection of demos and outtakes taken from Neil Young's American Stars and Bars sessions, and although this album never had an official release, it's been made widespread through underground manufacturing. Any fears as to sound defects should be laid aside, however -- this release is remarkably close to official quality audio. Many tracks on Chrome Dreams are otherwise unavailable in studio form, noticeably including the live regulars "Pocahontas", "Sedan Delivery" and "Powderfinger". For Neil Young zealots, these alone would make Chrome Dreams^ a definite purchase. But add to that "Stringman", Young's touching ode to Stephen Stills, as well as the emotional "Hold Back the Tears." As any Young fan could tell from this list, Chrome Dreams is quite an album. The fine track list, together with the rarity value, should make this a high priority on the purchase list of all Neil Young fans or, indeed, all rock fans.
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AllMusic Review by Ben Davies