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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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
159 Ratings

159 Ratings

Jimvpp ,

Manassas

This album was far ahead of its time. One of the most underrated rock albums of all time. I would put this in the top ten of all time. Combining rock and roll, bluegrass, & r&b. This is Stills at his peak along with a tour de force band including Chris Hillman, Dallas Taylor and Al Perkins. I have listened to this album for more than 30 years and it never grows old. Perfect concept record.

sffilmstagemusic ,

Buried Treasure Unburied

This album features some of the greatest songs of the era and has been one of the most unjustly neglected records since then. Because of the variety of musical styles, people will have different favorites--I like "So Begins the Task," "It Doesn't Matter," "Johnny's Garden," and most of all, "The Treasure (Take One)."

"The Treasure" shows off the entire band at its best, where all of the instruments are vital, the harmonies are great, and the complexity of the composition is almost symphonic. Stills' solo work just wasn't appreciated as it should have been in its time; perhaps its time has come today.

petalumablues ,

Manassas Stephen Stills

I also saw this album performed live in 1973 at Winterland in San Francisco with Crosby, Nash, and Young playing backup to the song "The Treasure" along with Stephen Stills and Manassas! This was one of the top concerts I have ever seen only second to the Stones and the Who. This album rocks and like the other reviews state has blends of Rock, Country, Jazz, and Latin. Don't miss getting this fantastic album that still beats out most music on the charts today!

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