Tuesday, 3 July 2012


Back when I was a spotty teenager, if you had told me that one day I would be writing the sales notes for a Stephen Stills album, I would not have believed you. So, I am in the happy position of being able to scour the online caverns for stories about one of my favourite artists. Like this one:

Stephen Stills, photographed on 27 June 2012 at the Hilton Short Hills, New Jersey. © Joe Bosso

Stephen Stills looks out the window of his hotel suite in Short Hills, New Jersey, and dreams of bentgrass fairways. It's a clear blue sky outside, and the temperature is an easy-to-take 77 degrees. "Man, I should be playing golf on a day like this," he says.

Today's a show day – there's Carry On, Marrakesh Express, Almost Cut My Hair, Our House, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, among others – and they could easily double the set with just as many biggies. The band members (along with their occasional fourth mate, Neil Young) are all Rock And Roll Hall Of Famers, twice each, in fact, when you consider their previous bands, The Byrds, The Hollies and Buffalo Springfield

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And look what I have found:

The lost broadcasts are a highly acclaimed series of releases from Gonzo Multimedia, taken from the archives of German TV company Studio Hamburg. All the takes are included with false starts, studio chit-chat and everything else that is usually edited out, left in. As a result these are an invaluable historical document for those of us who are interested in following the highways and byways of rock ‘n’ roll music. For two years from 1971, Manassas were one of the most exciting and critically acclaimed musical ensembles on the planet formed by Stephen Stills during the first hiatus of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. This band mix rock, soul, funk, and Latin influences to produce a melodic and eminently listenable-to (and danceable-to) brand of music. Sadly, internal conflicts tore the band asunder after only two brief years, and all their fans (and fans of Stephen Stills) have bemoaned the fact that there were so few recorded artefacts from the period. The discovery of these lost tapes, and their release on this DVD package are an invaluable boon for all of us. Well done to everyone involved.

Tracks: 1. SOUNDCHECK 3:37 , 2. BOUND TO FAIL 1 1:55 , 3. BOUND TO FAIL 2 2:41 , 4. BOUND TO FAIL 3 2:32 , 5. IT DOESN'T MATTER 1 2:38 , 6. IT DOESN'T MATTER 2 2:34 , 7. HIDE IT SO DEEP 3:15 , 8. SONG OF LOVE 3:23 , 9. ROCK 'N' ROLL CRAZIES/CUBAN BLUEGRASS 1 10:28 , 10. JET SET (SIGH) 4:04 , 11. ANYWAY 5:52 , 12. THE TREASURE 8:23 , 13. ROCK 'N' ROLL CRAZIES 2 0:47 , 14. ROCK 'N' ROLL CRAZIES 3 8:46 , 15. ROCK 'N' ROLL CRAZIES/CUBAN BLUEGRASS/JET SET (SIGH) JAM 14:05.

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