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Neil Young To Release Sequel To Unreleased 1977 Album

August 20, 2007 11:25 AM ET

Thirty years after shelving Chrome Dreams, Neil Young has taken to his official Web site to announce plans to release a new album entitled Chrome Dreams II. The forthcoming album -- which was previewed for Reprise Records last week and is due October 16th -- contains ten songs, three of which were previously written. Two of the tracks are epics, clocking in at 18:30 and 13:00. Young's current backing band on the record includes Crazy Horse drummer Ralph Molina, bassist Rick Rosas and pedal steel guitarist Ben Keith. The Blue Note Horns are on one track and a children's choir is on another. Young will launch a North American tour to support the album that kicks off around October 13th. After the original Chrome Dreams was put aside, many of the songs appeared on subsequent Young albums, such as "Like a Hurricane," "Powderfinger," "Sedan Delivery" and "Pocahontas." What does this mean for the twenty-years-in-the-making Archives: Volume 1 box set, due out February 14th, 2008? "This doesn't push the box set back, according to [Neil Young's manager] Elliott Roberts," a spokesperson for Young says. "But don't make me sign a blood oath on that one."

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