21 Songs, 1 Hour 11 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1972 Stephen Stills successfully braided a musical rope that blended strands of folk, rock, country, Latin, blues and bluegrass into one panoramically earthy sound. From the first verse of the opening boogie-rocker “Song of Love,” it’s really easy to imagine how much fun it was to play in a band this amazing and Stephen Stills knows it — you can hear him having the time of his life, especially when “Rock and Roll Crazies/Cuban Bluegrass” makes good on its title and shape-shifts from twangy California canyon biker-rock into a Latin mountain string-band jam. Stills sounds right at home with a band comprising some the era’s best musicians like Chris Hillman of Byrds/Burritos fame as well as drummer Dallas Taylor, guitarist Al Perkins and Byron Berline’s country fiddle. But he sounds completely in his element on the more Latin-tinged tunes like “It Doesn’t Matter,” a percussion-heavy number that grooves on cascading vocal harmonies, watery pedal steel and feverish conga beats that all blend to sound like Matthews Southern Comfort exchanging band members with Malo.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In 1972 Stephen Stills successfully braided a musical rope that blended strands of folk, rock, country, Latin, blues and bluegrass into one panoramically earthy sound. From the first verse of the opening boogie-rocker “Song of Love,” it’s really easy to imagine how much fun it was to play in a band this amazing and Stephen Stills knows it — you can hear him having the time of his life, especially when “Rock and Roll Crazies/Cuban Bluegrass” makes good on its title and shape-shifts from twangy California canyon biker-rock into a Latin mountain string-band jam. Stills sounds right at home with a band comprising some the era’s best musicians like Chris Hillman of Byrds/Burritos fame as well as drummer Dallas Taylor, guitarist Al Perkins and Byron Berline’s country fiddle. But he sounds completely in his element on the more Latin-tinged tunes like “It Doesn’t Matter,” a percussion-heavy number that grooves on cascading vocal harmonies, watery pedal steel and feverish conga beats that all blend to sound like Matthews Southern Comfort exchanging band members with Malo.

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