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American Stars N Bars

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  • Audio CD (August 19, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B00009P1NY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,809 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 1977 album was a little uneven, but the high points ( Like a Hurricane; Star of Bethlehem ) were Everest-like.

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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Love that Expression On Neil's Face!! July 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
For the longest time, I did not add Neil Young's "American Stars 'N Bars" to my CD collection, because I had read and heard so much intense critcism of this album. But, I found a copy at my local 'used CD' store around the corner and decided to take a chance on this so called "oddities" album. Instantly, I fell in love with this crazy-quilt of both acoustic and electric music. I seem to love this CD for the very reasons that others disparage it. Yes, I know it's disparate, hodge-podge of songs. But, it's also raw and alive and seems to have a goofy, not-to-serious charm of it's own. On this album, Neil is no longer in the "middle of the road" ("Harvest"), but he isn't in the now infamously quoted "ditch" either ("Tonight's the Night", "On the Beach"). Young is sort of doing a balancing act in the middle, creating an album thats' sort of a warped, Frankenstein-like version of his classic, "Harvest". But it's a Frankenstein, that can tap it's toes and sort of dance. I love songs like the rustic "The Old Country Waltz" or the pulp Western tale, "Saddle Up the Palimono". I in particular, like the contributions of singers Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris & Nicolette larson. They really work well with Young giving, that perfect '70s era country-rock feeling (especially Harris, who shines on "Star of Bethlehem"). According to one tale I've heard, the ladies thought they were just doing some 'practice, run throughs' of the songs. Much to their chagrin, they later learned that Neil was using these sessions as the final takes, hence the raw feeling of the songs.The electric portions of the CD are wonderful as well. "Like a Hurricane" is of course a classic and Young has played this long & Winding song for many years in his concert repertoire. Read more ›
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Several Tracks You Cannot Live Without December 24, 2003
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OK, "Like A Hurricane" and "Star Of Bethlehem" have been available on CD for years ("Decade"), and "American Stars & Bars" is sort of a Frankenstein effort, combining material from the aborted "Homegrown" album and featuring a mish-mash of Crazy Horse & Stray Gators with Emmylou, Linda and Nicolette thrown in. However, forget all that. The three essential "Lost CD Tracks" are: 1). "Hey Babe"...Nice easygoing Neil that would have sounded perfectly at home on the "Comes A Time" album, 2). "Bite The Bullet"...He must have been channeling BB King when he recorded the solo on this, because it is atypical of his "spray the air with random notes and feedback for ten minutes" style: brief (30 seconds or so), precise, and it stings like a big ol' mother bee. Plenty of bad attitude whammy bar vibrato being squeezed out of his beloved "Old Black" on this one, folks. Nicolette (and particularly Linda) shout / chant "Bite The Bullet" like a crazed mantra as Neil and the band slash and burn through three and a half minutes of the toughest, loudest, cleanest music he's ever recorded. EVER. Listen to it and you'll know why some people use the words "Neil Young" and "Lou Reed" in the same sentence. Finally, 3). "Hold Back The Tears"...which backs off a bit in intensity from "Bullet" but still features many of the dynamics that make that track great (Linda and Nicolette, and a memorable chorus). Legendary stuff that still smolders 26 years later.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The brighter side of Neil -- a classic! September 3, 2003
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Most hard-core Neil Young fans know that the man usually produces his best work when he's mired in dispair and depression. This was evident on classic gems like "Tonight's the Night" and "On the Beach."
But "American Stars & Bars" shows that the brigther side of Neil can be just as entralling. Cobbled together from a variety of recording sessions in the mid-70s, AS&B features up-tempo countrified songs filled with caustic humor and sly insights into subjects such infidelity. (On "Saddle Up The Palemino," Young sings, 'There's no reward in your conscience, Lord, when your sleepin' with another man's wife...' And notes that 'It's a cold bowl of chili when life lets you down...')
Many of these songs feature outstanding back-up vocals from Linda Ronstadt and Nicolette Larson -- giving the tunes a joyous, raucous feel: this includes the aforemention 'Palemino,' along with the lilting, light-as-air 'Old Country Waltz,' and the jaunty 'Hey Babe.'
The album is not without its rockers: "Bite the Bullet," also featuring Ronstadt and Larson, is a scorching tune, loud and boisterous filled with leering sexual innuendo ('She's Carolina dream, A walkin' love machine, and I like to make her scream, When I - bite the bullet'). AS&B is also the album that gave us the all-time classic epic rocker 'Like a Hurricane.' Clocking in at just under 10 minutes, 'Hurricane' features one of Neil's signature guitar riffs accompanied by dreamy, surreal lyrics about a chance encounter:
"Once I thought I saw you in a crowded hazy bar
Dancing on the lights from star to star..."
However, one of the tracks that really stands out on AS&B the most is the enigmatic acoustic ballad, "Will to Love." Young recorded this one all by himself at his ranch home in central California.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Okay, 6 stars. Maybe 7.... August 24, 2003
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First, I'd like to thank Neil for finally consenting to re-release this album. It's still hard for me to believe that I'm holding it in my hand. This has been a favorite of mine since it first came out. The album kicks off with a gentle waltz. "The Old Country Waltz" is a classic crying in your beer weeper about the demise of a relationship. "Saddle Up The Palomino" plugs in, while name dropping "Carmelita, the daughter of the wealthy banker" and Neil's horse Melody. "It's a cold bowl of chili when love lets you down and it's the neighbor's wife I'm after". "Hey Babe" is a pretty love song with just the right amount of pedal steel and violin thrown in. "Hold Back The Tears reverts back to the subject of lost love. The difference is this time Neil urges the person he's comforting to "keep on trying, just around the next corner may be waiting your true love". "Bite The Bullet" does away with love in favor of lust. Plugged in again, Neil sings "she's a rockin love machine, I like to make her scream when I bite the bullet". You can just use your imagination there. "Star of Bethelehem" features a pretty guest turn from Emmylou Harris. "Will To Love" is just Neil and his guitar, the only classic love song I can think of with salmon in it. I could be wrong. Everybody knows the next one. "Like A Hurricane" is a demented guitar freakout that shows why Neil is always mentioned when the subject of greatest rock and roll guitar players comes up. We end with "Homegrown" which might be a tribute to tomatoes like the Guy Clark song "Homegrown Tomatoes" but I doubt it. I think we're talking herb garden here. Go out and buy this sucker. Much has been made about Neil's influence on the grunge scene of the early 1990's. Very few mention the fact that his forays into "power twang" pre-date the entire "No Depression" movement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent sound
Excellent sound on this N. Young classic. It's not 5.1 surround, only stereo.
Published 3 days ago by Karl L.
5.0 out of 5 stars On point
Fab mix of song selections. Sorry, but I'm not a fan of his hit, Hurricane. Every other tune needs to be heard by all.
Published 5 months ago by P. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it...almost a 5 star
Let me start by saying I am a HUGE Neil Young fan. and I almost gave this 5 stars. The tracks "Hurricane" and "Will To Love" are masterpieces without a doubt. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael Crisp
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Neil's best Country "Sleeper" CD's
Used to have recording in 8-track form, forgot about it and years later needed to get the CD- can't have too much Neil Young! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Joe Chiocca
5.0 out of 5 stars Neil Young American Stars N Bars
This was bought to replace an LP. Great CD to add to your collection if you are a Neil Young fan and do not have it.
Published 9 months ago by David Mccorkle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!
Love the cover artwork and every song on this album, great production and sounds awesome, "Like A Hurricane" is one of my all time favorite Neil songs, recommend this to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ian
4.0 out of 5 stars It isn't his best work, but better than most
Nothing to say about it. Typical Neil Young sound and production, I got it for the live version of "Like a Hurricane"....
Published 14 months ago by Jeff McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
One of his best albums in my opinion. A must have in your collection. At his best with some of these songs.
Published 19 months ago by R. J. Hollis
4.0 out of 5 stars weaker than Zuma but still very good
American Stars 'n Bars is a really good album despite the many negative feelings towards it. Hey I personally like it a LOT more than Comes a Time (an album I always believed was... Read more
Published on May 18, 2012 by B. E Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Album has grown on me
When I first bought this record years ago, I wasn't terribly impressed. Now, after listening for a while, it stacks up as one of Neil's better albums. Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by jjp83
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