1. (00:02:59) Neil Young - The Old Country Waltz
2. (00:03:00) Neil Young - Saddle Up The Palomino
3. (00:03:37) Neil Young - Hey Babe
4. (00:04:20) Neil Young - Hold Back The Tears
5. (00:03:36) Neil Young - Bite The Bullet
6. (00:02:42) Neil Young - Star Of Bethlehem
7. (00:07:11) Neil Young - Will To Love
8. (00:08:20) Neil Young - Like A Hurricane
9. (00:02:21) Neil Young - Homegrown
Playing Time.........: 00:38:06
Total Size...........: 87.81 MB
American Stars 'n Bars is a 1977 rock album by Neil Young, the most popular track being "Like a Hurricane". 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.
"Star of Bethlehem" was originally intended to be released as part of Homegrown, as was an earlier version of the song "Homegrown."