Like a Hurricane (Neil Young song)

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"Like a Hurricane" redirects here. For the Scorpions song, see Rock You Like a Hurricane.
"Like a Hurricane"
Cover to German single release, backed by "The Old Country Waltz"
Single by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
from the album American Stars 'n Bars
B-side "Hold Back the Tears"
Released August 8, 1977
Format 45 RPM Record
Recorded November 29, 1975 Broken Arrow Ranch, Woodside CA
Genre Rock
Length 8:20 (Album version)
5:24 (Single edit)
Label Reprise
Writer(s) Neil Young
Producer(s) Neil Young
David Briggs
Tim Mulligan
Neil Young & Crazy Horse singles chronology
"Hey Babe"
"Like a Hurricane"
"Comes a Time"

"Like a Hurricane" is a song written by Neil Young in 1975 and first released on the album American Stars 'n Bars in 1977.


The song was written in July 1975 with friend and La Honda neighbor Taylor Phelps in the back of his car—a DeSoto Suburban—when Young was unable to sing because of an operation on his vocal cords. Driven by Young's trademark fierce guitars, the song became a landmark of the 'electric side' of his concerts. The song has been played on nearly every tour Neil Young has done since. It has also appeared on the compilations Decade and Greatest Hits and on the live albums Live Rust, Weld and Unplugged (this last rendition is played almost entirely on a pump organ).

An edited version of "Like a Hurricane" was released as a single on August 8, 1977, with "Hold Back the Tears" as B-side.[1]

Cover versions[edit]

Recorded for music release

Other known performances



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