Or
Includes FREE MP3 version of this album.

See Wishlist
American Stars 'N Bars (Reissue)
 
See larger image
 

American Stars 'N Bars (Reissue)

27 May 1977 | Format: MP3

3.99 (VAT included if applicable)
Buy the CD album for 7.42 and get the MP3 version for FREE. Does not apply to gift orders.
Provided by Amazon EU Srl. See Terms and Conditions for important information about costs that may apply for the MP3 version in case of returns and cancellations. Complete your purchase of the CD album to save the MP3 version to your Amazon music library.
Song Title
Time
Popularity  
30
1
3:00
30
2
3:00
30
3
3:34
30
4
4:18
30
5
3:31
30
6
2:42
30
7
7:11
30
8
8:21
30
9
2:21

Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 27 May 1977
  • Release Date: 27 May 1977
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 1977 Warner Bros. Records Inc.
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 37:58
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B001F30P60
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,323 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Mohammad A. Rahman on 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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. A. Styles on 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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Neil on 21 Jan 2008
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.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Steve Swift on 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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By wabrit on 19 Jun 2003
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerry Mc Nally on 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?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Product Images from Customers

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for similar items by category