American Stars 'N Bars

American Stars 'N Bars

by Neil YoungNeil Young


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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." Side one consisted of more lightweight compositions, while side two had more ambitious ones, with "Will to Love," for example, extending the romantic metaphor of a salmon swimming upstream across seven minutes. The album's saving grace was "Like a Hurricane," one of Young's classic hard rock songs and guitar workouts, and a perennial concert favorite.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2003
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624849629
catalogNumber: 48496
Rank: 5711

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Neil Young   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Crazy Horse   Track Performer
Linda Ronstadt   Vocals
Nicolette Larson   Vocals
Ben Keith   Dobro,Guitar,Steel Guitar,Vocals
Tim Drummond   Bass,Drums
Karl Himmel   Drums
Carole Mayedo   Violin
Ralph Molina   Drums,Vocals
Frank "Poncho" Sampedro   Acoustic Guitar,Strings,Electric Guitar
Billy Talbot   Bass,Vocals
Mo Ostin   Slack Key Guitar

Technical Credits

Neil Young   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
David Briggs   Producer
Bobby Charles   Composer
Gary Burden   Repackaging
Tim Drummond   Composer
Elliot Mazer   Producer
Tim Mulligan   Producer
Elliot Roberts   Director,Direction
Dean Stockwell   Artwork,Cover Art
Jenice Heo   Repackaging

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