Monday, 28 October 2013

Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills 2 (2nd Album US 1971)


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Stephen Stills 2 is the second solo album by Stephen Stills and was released in 1971. He had already performed "Bluebird Revisited" on tour with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young in 1969.

The album was not as well received as its predecessor peaking at #8 on the Billboard album chart and with most reviews labeling it as indulgent, or as Rolling Stone put it, "fifth-rate self-indulgence". About the only thing the reviewers complimented were the songs "Change Partners" and "Marianne", which were the album's singles but only hit #43 and #42, respectively, on the Billboard singles chart.

Flushed with the success of his first solo effort and the continuing adulation from his role in the supergroup CSNY, Stephen Stills must have felt like he could do no wrong, and in many instances, his second solo disc proves him right. The superb "Marianne" and "Change Partners" more than satisfy the listener, while the dark and brooding "Know You Got to Run" and the prophetic "Fishes and Scorpions" are prime examples of his power as a singer and a songwriter. But when he misses the mark, as on "Ecology Song," he misses it by a mile and then some. Besides that cut, "Bluebird Revisited" is pure self-indulgence that someone of his craft and technique should have known better than to include here -- or anywhere. But with CD players, one can omit anything offending and concentrate on what's good about Stephen Stills 2. Cut the disc in half, and you have a very enjoyable listening experience. As for the rest, well, let's just say you've been warned.

Stephen Stills - Jukebox EP US 1971
Biography: 
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.

Last Time Around After a tour of Canada (during which they headlined a bill with the Squires, which featured guitarist Neil Young), Stills left the Au Go-Gos in 1965 for Los Angeles, where he became enmeshed in the city's burgeoning folk-rock community. After a series of session gigs and auditions (including one for the TV series The Monkees), in the spring of 1966 Stills enlisted Young, Furay, bassist Bruce Palmer, and drummer Dewey Martin to form the Herd, later dubbed the Buffalo Springfield. A year later, the group issued their eponymous debut; its Stills-penned single "For What It's Worth," made them stars. Internal problems, ego clashes, and drugs were already tearing the band apart, however, and by the release of 1968's Last Time Around, the Springfield had already dissolved.

Stephen Stills - Jukebox Strip EP US 1971
Super SessionStills quickly resurfaced with 1968's Super Session, recorded with fellow guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper. A jam session with ex-Byrd David Crosby and former Hollies member Graham Nash led to the formation of the vocal harmony supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash; released in 1969, their self-titled debut was hugely successful, propelled by the single "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," written by Stills for folksinger Judy Collins. Later that year, Neil Young joined the loose-knit group, and in 1970, as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, they issued Déjà Vu, another major hit.

Stephen Stills 2 From its inception, CSNY was designed to allow the individual performers great latitude for their solo work, and following the recording of the group's live LP Four Way Street, in late 1970 Stills released his self-titled solo debut. Sparked by the success of the hit single "Love the One You're With," the album, which featured cameos from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton, was another smash, as was his 1971 follow-up Stephen Stills 2. In 1972, Stills began performing with a new backing unit, Manassas, which featured ex-Byrd and Flying Burrito Brother Chris Hillman; both their eponymous debut and 1973's Down the Road continued Stills' long string of chart successes.

Stills In 1975, he celebrated his signing to Columbia with Stills, followed a year later by Illegal Stills. In the summer of 1976, he planned to tour with Neil Young; however, Young was hampered with throat problems, so Stills took to the road alone, although he and Young did team for the LP Long May You Run. In 1977, Stills reunited with Crosby and Nash for CSN, which sold over four million copies; the following summer, the trio mounted an acoustic tour, and Stills issued the solo record Thoroughfare Gap. CSN continued their reunion throughout the early years of the next decade, teaming in 1980 for Replay and in 1982 for Daylight Again, which featured the hits "Southern Cross" and "Wasted on the Way."

Allies Following 1983's live CSN effort Allies, Stills again went solo for 1984's Right by You. In 1985, Crosby was sent to prison on drug possession charges, and Stills spent much of the late '80s out of the public eye. Following Crosby's release, in 1988 the reconstituted Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young recorded American Dream, followed in 1990 by the CSN release Live It Up. In 1991, Stills issued the solo LP Stills Alone, while CSN's After the Storm appeared in 1994. Stills, Young, and Furay finally reunited as Buffalo Springfield for a pair of shows at Young's annual Bridge School Benefit in the fall of 2010. It wasn't a complete reunion, since bassist Bruce Palmer had died in 2004 and drummer Dewey Martin passed in 2009, but the three singers used drummer Joe Vitale and bassist Rick Rosas to fill in. The same configuration played six concerts in the spring of 2011 but reportedly did no studio work.

The lyrics for this album were printed on the inside of the gatefold cover in red, on a background photograph of Stephen Stills in a mountainous outdoor setting pointing into the distance. There were numerous errors in the original printing of the lyrics, which necessitated that Atlantic issue the album with a large sticker affixed to the shrink wrap of the back cover with the corrections to the lyrics. Later editions of the album had corrected lyrics inside the gatefold and thus did not include a correction sticker on the album. [Wikipedia + AMG]

Personnel:
Bass - Calvin "Fuzzy" Samuels, Stephen Stills
Congas - Gaspar Lawrawal, Rocky Dijon
Drums - Conrad Isidore, Dallas Taylor, "English Richie" (Ringo Starr)
Engineer - Bill Halverson
Guitar - Eric Clapton (on "Fishes And Scorpions"), Nils Lofgren, Stephen Stills
Keyboards - Billy Preston, Mac Rebennack, Nils Lofgren, Paul Harris, Stephen Stills
 Producer - Bill Halverson, Stephen Stills
 Saxophone [Baritone] - Floyd Newman, James Mitchell
 Saxophone [Tenor] - Andrew Love, Ed Logan, Sidney George
 Trombone - Jack Helm
 Trumpet - Roger Hopps, Wayne Jackson
 Vocals - David Crosby, Fearless Freddy, Henry Diltz, Nils Lofgren, Stephen Stills
 Pedal steel guitar (on "Change Partners") - Jerry Garcia

01. "Change Partners" – 3:13
02. "Nothin' To Do But Today" – 2:40
03. "Fishes and Scorpions" – 3:13
04. "Sugar Babe" – 4:04
05. "Know You Got to Run" (Stills, John Hopkins) – 3:50
06. "Open Secret" – 5:00
07. "Relaxing Town" – 2:20
08. "Singin' Call" – 3:01
09. "Ecology Song" – 3:22
10. "Word Game" – 4:13
11. "Marianne" – 2:27
12. "Bluebird Revisited" – 5:23

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Stephen Stills - Netherland Single 1971

2 comments:

Paramecio said...

Thank you for this beautiful album. All the best.

Gus said...

You mention that "Bluebird Revisited from Stills 2 is pure self-indulgence that someone of his craft and technique should have known better than to include here -- or anywhere."

I have to disagree with you big time since this song is a masterpiece and if it falls outside Stills music genre (folk rock or rock) is because he had such a wide range of writing that thank God he didn't stuck to the same style, sorry I couldn't read all your didn't read all your comment but as soon as I saw this song being torn apart I had to come out and defend it, why? because I love the song and I think Stills is a music "genius" (now that everyone is using that word ) Sorry I haven't read all your work on stills but I will you bet I do, seems is very complete and very nice done, congrats on that but not on what I just wrote here, later
Gus ♫