Like a Hurricane (Neil Young song)

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"Like a Hurricane"
Like a Hurricane German single cover.jpg
Cover to German single release, backed by "The Old Country Waltz"
Single by Neil Young and Crazy Horse
from the album American Stars 'n Bars
B-side"Hold Back the Tears"
ReleasedAugust 8, 1977
Format45 RPM Record
RecordedNovember 29, 1975 Broken Arrow Ranch, Woodside, California
Length8:20 (Album version)
5:24 (Single edit)
Songwriter(s)Neil Young
Producer(s)Neil Young
David Briggs
Tim Mulligan
Neil Young and 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.


Young wrote the song in July 1975 with the help of his friend and La Honda neighbor Taylor Phelps in the back of his DeSoto Suburban, during a time 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's guitar riff is one of the most famous in rock history. The song has been played on nearly every tour Young has done since its release. 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]

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