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American Stars 'n' Bars [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Neil Young Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (14 July 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00009P1NY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the critics! 13 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
One of Neil's most under-rated albums. This is a typically ragged and dirty sounding work, patched together with recordings from different years. Neil recorded whenever he felt like it and often left the material in the tape vault instead of issuing it straightaway. I approached this album with great trepidation but my fears were ungrounded. It's sloppy, raw and all heart. Whilst it lacks the gravitas of "Tonight's The Night" and "On The Beach", it contains plenty of good humour. Crazy Horse are at their bar-room brawling best on the tracks featuring them whilst the country-tinged remainders are harsher and more soulful than the Eagles. I play this album all the time and still can't believe it wasn't released on CD earlier.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying For "Will To Love" Alone 18 Jun 2003
Format:Audio CD
While this isn't one of Neil Young's most consistently brilliant albums (I think "Tonight's The Night" wins that award) the second half is fabulous. 'Star Of Bethlehem' and 'Like a Hurricane' are both on "Decade", so everybody should know how great those songs are, but in my opinion, "Will To Love" is the standout. A fragile, dreamlike and beautiful acoustic track complete with log fire crackling in the background and ghostly instrumentation floating in and out of the mix, this is one of Neil's most original songs. The album ends with 'Homegrown', which is a classic, wonky Crazy Horse track cut from the same cloth as the title track from "Everybody Knows...". The first half isn't quite up to the same standards, none of the songs could be described as classics, but are good nonetheless, with some nice violin and backing vocals from Nicolette Larson (who features on "Rust Never Sleeps") and Linda Ronstadt. This album was well overdue a CD release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the wait 21 Jan 2008
By Neil
Format:Audio CD
I've always been led to believe that this was one of Neil Young's weak albums. As ever, opinion is divided. Just as Mirrorball and Living With War are among my favourite Young albums, there are others who rate Harvest Moon and Ragged Glory highly.

American Stars N Bars isn't about to become one of my favourites, but it's still strong. I've read reviews that say it doesn't hang together, that there's too much disparity between the first half of the album and the second. Of course it's essential if only for the inclusion of the classic "Like A Hurricane", though I've also read that the version here is tame compared to some of the live workouts from the 1976 tour. I wouldn't say that's fair either. It's shorter than some of the live versions I've heard, but the long, slow bends at the end of the solo are outstanding, and stand up to any lead guitar work from any era.

So as I'm sure you've heard, and without delving into the history that caused this album to be released, the first half of the album is comprised of country rock songs. And they're fairly good. "Saddle Up The Palomino" has a particularly good riff, and jaunty tune. I've heard disparaging remarks about "Bite the Bullet", but really it stands as a fairly average Young rocker - neither great nor poor.

This record does contain "Star of Bethlehem", which was on the Decade compilation, but that is one song I do feel to be overrated.

I guess the second half of the album is marginally stronger, but I wouldn't say that is detrimental to the album as a whole - it just gives you something to look forward to. "Will To Love" is intriguing, and contains the sound of a fire crackling in the background.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars american stars' n' bars 14 July 2003
Format:Audio CD
I may be alone in adopting this as my favourite Neil Young album but that may be more to do with the year it was released (1977)and what else was going on in my life at the time.
I was 17 then and well into UK punk, The Ramones, Talking Heads and Television. I remember John Peel on Radio 1 playing "Like A Hurricane" in between The Damned, Generation X and The Desperate Bisycles and thinking that I had never heard a guitar sound like that.
I got the album on vinyl and became instantly converted to his version of country-rock - to the extent that I still prefer the tracks on this album ("Bite the Bullet", "Homegrown") to a lot of his more famous records.
This CD version sounds a bit pristine and smooth around the edges compared to the original but, nevertheless, this is a fantastic position statement of a true artist.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Your Plaice or Mine 19 Jun 2003
By wabrit
Format:Audio CD
If like me you sometimes find yourself hankering for songs sung from the point of view of a fish then you won't be disappointed by "American Stars 'n' Bars", as it's got a particularly good example in "Will to Love". In fact it's the best track on the album, which considering there's also "Like a Hurricane" is something of an achievement. The other standout track is "Star of Bethlehem"; the rest of the album doesn't reach the same standard but for these tracks alone (and the fish) it's good enough.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Under estimated Album 27 July 2009
Format:Audio CD
Not one of Neil Young's best albums, but very much an under estimated one.

Hey Babe, Hold Back the Tears, Bite the Bullet, Will to Love and Like a Hurricane are all great songs.

That's five great songs out of the nine on the album.

How many other artists can do that on one of their average albums?
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of His Best
definitely one of his best albums. a must for all Neil Young fans.
Published 11 days ago by N. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars What a great album
I bought this for my husband for his birthday and it was every bit as good as he remembered it
Published 29 days ago by Purple Plum
4.0 out of 5 stars Hidden Nugget
This is a really refreshing Young album, and its appeal is in it's honesty and humanity....and of course many classic songs to rival most things of Harvest, Rust never sleeps etc. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Doyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Stars and bars
This album has a lot of contry sound in it, and some people feel it's a bit quirky, but I've always loved it! Would recommend to any one Neil Young fan or not.
Published 6 months ago by M. Fenwick
5.0 out of 5 stars starred n barred
bought primeraly to replace worn out vinyl and to here how well it sounds on cd glad i bought this one dont think the album gets the credit it deserves but worth the purchase just... Read more
Published 8 months ago by tiddleypips
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Sound in DVD Audio
I Like Neil Young Sound's. This quality in DVD Audio of Neil Young is Candy of my Ear.Thank you. Buy. Buy.
Published 11 months ago by Carlos Nat Budeu
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
Loved this album when it first came out, nothings changed I still love it.
Neil Young, that says it all.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. William Barnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I love this CD, I had it on vinyl many years ago. Bought it on CD to add to my collection
Published 15 months ago by Nicola Gargan
5.0 out of 5 stars great artist look forward to more cds
ive loved neil youngs voice and music since 1970,i like when his music comes out on c/d ,hope more old stuff comes out this year.
Published 18 months ago by T. perkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Stars n Bars
Timeless, often overlooked quintessential Neil in action with the always trustworthy Horse. So much more than just the album which contains Hurricane.
Published 19 months ago by Mr. I. Walsh
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