Neil Young

Like a Hurricane

Composed by Neil Young

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Inspired by the re-birth of Crazy Horse in 1975, Neil Young set out writing some his finest rock songs, and "Like a Hurricane" was one of the first. Led by a heavy riff (one of Young's dirtiest and finest), and set against a mid-tempo groove, Young's lyrics illustrate the overwhelming confusion of not love, but lust. There's also an underlying feeling of a "liquid" atmosphere -- meaning that the setting is in a bar. It adds a certain lightness to the piece, as does the beautiful melody, which, underneath all of that glorious noise, is readily evident. The song has re-appeared in Young/Crazy Horse sets throughout the years, and this is a tribute to the song's lasting appeal. A true Neil Young classic.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
American Stars 'N Bars 1977 Reprise 8:20
Decade 1977 Reprise / Warner Bros.
In Berlin [Video/DVD] 1986 Rhino
No Image 1992 Bootleg 0:00
Chrome Dreams 1992 Red Robin 8:14
Greatest Hits 2004 Reprise / Warner Bros. 8:23