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Lost for nearly 40 years, this fascinating tape of Stephen Stills performing with his acoustic guitar on April 26, 1968 (in a New York City recording studio after a Judy Collins session) captures Stills months before his involvement with David Crosby and Graham Nash, performing songs that would appear on his future solo albums and with the now legendary supergroup. The intimacy is hard to beat. Essentially, these are professional demos with no special effects or extensive overdubs of tunes that Stills wanted to document for his own memory. Distortion occasionally will slightly mar a take, but Stills is in fine voice for tunes he would slowly unveil to the world from “Change Partners” to “Wooden Ships” and “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”  — and even a demo of a song simply called “Judy” that sounds like it might be an earlier writing inspiration for “Suite” that Stills still felt fondly towards. Stills’ involvement with Neil Young in Buffalo Springfield can be heard in Stills’ raw, achy vocal takes on “The Doctor Will See You Now” and “Black Queen.” Finding these tapes must have been quite a jolt for Stills and are quite intriguing for fans who get a snapshot of what it would be like to sit around the campfire with Stills and his guitar in 1968.

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This is music at its core!

How refreshing to go back to a great artist when he was young, and did not care about anything other than the emcumberances, no worries, just the desire to write the songs as he felt them grow from his heart! In a day where music seems desperately trying to reinvent itself, sometimes hitting the mark, and mostly missing, it is refreshing to look back at what may have been the beginning of the golden era of rock music,; 1967 thru 1974, an era when music was not as enthroned to the money machine and mass commercialism, a time when a song moved people, and often helped people as they were growing up during the period when America was first beginning to feel the growing pains of the time we currently find ourselves in...a time where predictions of "the greenhouse effect" have been recognized as a very real period of "global warming..." A time to where for the first time in our history, police, and then soldiers fired shots at American students and citizen's exercising their right to freedom of speech and assembly. Maybe it is time where we begin to get "back to the garden," and make some hard decisions to make the kind of choices we sang about back in the day when Stephen Still's penned these songs!

Must Have for Stills fans

Stills voice and Stills' guitar and nothing else to clutter up the view! Wow! A treasure from that time, after Buffalo Springfield, before CSN... if you are a Stills fan or a CSN fan, you won't regret this purchase. In places it is obvious that it is not "polished" but, hey, he said "Just roll tape" and I can't think of a better way to hear it. I love it.

Real Goosebump Material

Pardon my emotion, but I nearly cried when I discovered this album on iTunes. What a GIFT. This album is raw, pure, and in hindsight, absolutely astonishing. An exquisite collection of early material in a 'rustic' format, Just Roll Tape gives the listener the opportunity to savor some of Stills overly mastered hits in the way he initially conceived them. Any Stills fan will be thrilled to experience this collection. It's music the way it was for so many of us back then; intimate, touchable, nourishing.


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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