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Neil Young - American Stars 'N Bars   

American Stars 'n Bars is a studio album by Neil Young released in 1977. The album included "Like a Hurricane", one of Young's most well known songs. The album was produced by Neil Young and David Briggs with Tim Mulligan except "Star of Bethlehem" by Elliot Mazer. The album cover was designed by Young's friend, actor Dean Stockwell, and features Connie Moskos keeled over with a bottle of Canadian whiskey in her hand and an intoxicated Young with his face pressed against the glass floor. According to writer William Ruhlmann:

"Neil Young made a point of listing the recording dates of the songs on American Stars 'n Bars; the dates even appeared on the LP labels. They revealed that the songs had been cut at four different sessions dating back to 1974. But even without such documentation, it would have been easy to tell that the album was a stylistic hodgepodge, its first side consisting of country-tinged material featuring steel guitar and fiddle, plus backup vocals from Linda Ronstadt and the then-unknown Nicolette Larson, while the four songs on the second side varied from acoustic solo numbers like 'Will to Love' to raging rockers such as 'Like a Hurricane.' 'Will to Love' is a particularly spooky and ambitious piece, extending the romantic metaphor of a salmon swimming upstream across seven minutes. The album's centerpiece, however, is 'Like a Hurricane,' one of Young's classic hard rock songs and guitar workouts, and a perpetual concert favorite."


  • A1)   The Old Country Waltz
  • A2)   Saddle Up The Old Palomino
  • A3)   Hey Babe
  • A4)   Hold Back The Tears
  • A5)   Bite The Bullet
  • B1)   Star Of Bethlehem
  • B2)   Will To Love
  • B3)   Like A Hurricane
  • B4)   Homegrown

Track listing above is from 1977-Jan-01 | Canada | Reprise Records - KMS 2261 LP

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