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Overly critiqued, quite listenable

While not received well by critics, Stills was released on the heels of two highly successful Manassas compilations, leaving it to be compared to perfection. It is not perfect, but that does not mean it is trash, either. With Donnie Dacus backing up Steve instead of Chris Hillman, the album has more of a pop flavor to it, espcially Turn Back the Pages, To Mama from Christopher and the Old Man and First Things First. But hints of Manassas turn up near the end of the album, especially As I Come of Age and Cold Cold World. Stills ends the collection with a dreamy Myth of Sisyphus. Bottom line: If you like Stephen Stills' brand of southern/country/rock/Cuban bluegrass, your appreciate "Stills."

It wears well

When I picked this up from a sale table in about '76, I knew it hadn't sold well or been received well, but I loved his first couple of solo albums and here's the dumb reason: I really wanted a black Gibson SG at the time (what he's holding on the cover). This ended up in the short stack of albums that I put on every time I had a marathon working session in college and grad school, and I listened to it hundreds of times over a few-year period and never got tired of it. A few years ago I found the cassette copy of the long-lost original album, and played it in the pickup on a drive, and I was able to hum along with things and remembered the words as they were coming up, and it all still sounded good. I think that medicore Stephen Stills songwriting is better-than-average for nearly everyone else. He sounds better when he collaborates on the instrumentals and vocals more, but these songs are as good now as they did 30 years ago when I was a teenager, and that says a lot. The first album and the first Manassas album are better, but this is only in their shadow, it's a really good set of songs. (Eventually I did get an SG, but it took a long time.)

Pain, Hope & Love

I have loved this album for many years. The songwriting has a theme throughout: Pain, Hope & Love. As if Steve was possibly going through something at that time in his life. I certainly was, and felt it in the music! The critics look for the gloss, not the message. Although Steve atempted to put a commercial feel in the production, it didn't ruin the message or the artful songwriting and musicianship. The vocals and keyboards will haunt the listener over and over again. When I picked up the album again after several years, I expected to listen to a dated 70's sound. What I did hear was a sound dated only to me. And a time, in my life. This is a world, and period of songwriting Steve once knew. Worth a listen just to know also!


Born: January 3, 1945 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Famed for his work in Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash, two of pop music's most successful and enduring groups, Stephen Stills was born in Dallas, Texas, on January 3, 1945. He became fascinated by music at a young age, and by the age of 15 was playing professionally. He eventually dropped out of college to move to New York City to try his hand as a folk performer before signing on as a guitar player with the Au Go-Go Singers, where he befriended a fellow bandmate named Richie Furay....
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