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Stephen Stills

Stephen Stills

1970

Stephen Stills
Album Summary

Stephen Stills is the debut solo album by American musician Stephen Stills released on Atlantic Records in 1970. It is one of four high-profile albums (all charting within the top fifteen) released by each member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their 1970 chart-topping album Déjà Vu, along with After the Gold Rush (Neil Young, September 1970), If I Could Only Remember My Name (David Crosby, February 1971) and Songs for Beginners (Graham Nash, May 1971). It was primarily recorded between CSNY tours in London and Los Angeles. It was released in the United States on November 16, 1970, and in the United Kingdom on November 27, 1970. The album features many themes common to 1960s' countercultural beliefs, with many songs directly inspired by Stills' on-going and previous relationships with girlfriends and members of CSNY. The album was an immediate commercial success, in both the UK and the US, going top ten and being certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. In 1974, it was ranked number 70 by the NME writers in their best albums of all time. The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It was voted number 129 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums in 2000.

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3.22

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Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Singer Songwriter

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Tue Jul 25 2023
2

Music for people who clap when an airplane lands. Neil Young is Mario, David Crosby is Luigi, and Stephen Stills is Toad. I will not elaborate further, but there are mountains of factual evidence to support my claim. Four albums featuring this guy on a list like this is insanity. That's like four crusty phone videos by your drunk neighbor Ted on a "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" list.

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Sun Oct 15 2023
5

I am a stereotype but sometimes that's okay.

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Thu Jul 13 2023
4

3.5 considering i expected to really dislike this, i was pleasantly surprised. the first half was definitely stronger than the latter in my opinion but it was overall very pleasant background music while i was getting ready. church was my favourite it made me quite happy to listen to.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
4

Stephen Stills' Stephen Stills hung out with me on my drives to and from my first day of work on this continent, amiably addled company on the way in, something of a guardian angel through the scary rainstorm coming home. Just a very easy album to get on with, hang-out yacht rock. The tunes are laid back, as are the jams - long enough to get absorbed in, short enough to swerve tedium. It's more a vehicle for eyes-closed emotional vibes than for melodies. Earnest, sincere and hopeful, this is music I would once have despised, mistaking doomed idealism for complacency. What the heck is the percussion doing on the opening Bucks Fizz song? Whatever it is, I like it! ‘Love the One You’re With’, I can imagine Clapton hiding behind his heroin beard when Stills was playing that back to him. This list always leads me back to Clapton, my Anti-Mecca. And Neil Young, my hairy Vatican. With one eye to Si's review, this is not as good as 'After the Gold Rush', but better than Young's songs on 'Deja Vu'. On that subject, this record has inspired an idea to reenact the making of Robert Altman’s “The Big Sleep”, with Stephen Stills as Philip Marlowe/Elliott Gould, Graham Nash as gangster Marty Augustine, David Crosby as Sterling Hayden/Roger Wade/Hemingway, Rita Coolidge as Eileen, John Lennon and Yoko Ono as Robert Altman, and special guest star Eric Clapton as Terry Lennox, whom will be shot by Stills at the climax. Neil Young will play the naked hippy girls living across from Stills. As too many of the cast are already dead, this will have to be a written exercise. The twist ending is a final shot of Crosby/Hayden rising back out of the night sea, eyes black, described in Hemingway barks.

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Fri Nov 10 2023
2

A timely companion to After The Gold Rush earlier in the week. Went into this with low expectations, as I have thought Love The One You're With to be a weird and terrible song since I saw Bucks Fizz perform it at Thorpe Park randomly over 35 years ago (disappointingly instead of their current hit at the time which was a real banger, even without any ripped skirts). But I digress: LTOYW is awful here too, the rest isn't as bad although run-of-the-mill, '70s singer/songwriter stuff. Go Back Home is pretty good. Stills seems to be the least interesting of the CSNY set, but I've heard worse solo albums. Yawn

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Fri Jun 16 2023
5

Something about this type of music that just soothes my soul! Just good old classic folk rock with some awesome harder guitar riffs in there. And backing guitar in sone tracks by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and other legends! This is a great album. Listen again: yes Purchase for my collection: yes Favourite Song: Love The One You’re With

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Sun Jun 25 2023
5

All those years I thought that voice belonged to David Crosby

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Mon Jun 26 2023
5

What a tremendous album from the Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young. Album standouts include Love The One Your With, Do For Others, Old Times Good Times, Go Back Home, Cherokee, and We Are Not Helpless.

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Sat Jul 01 2023
5

Can't do much better than Stephen Stills.

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Tue Jul 18 2023
5

Pleasant surprise. A little more three dimensional than CSN, a little more 'rawk.'

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Fri Jul 21 2023
5

I thought this would be mostly Americana songs in the vein of Love the One You're With, but it was very eclectic. Some blues, soul, and funk mixed in. And I enjoyed reading about and listening for the other notable musicians who contributed, like Ringo and Hendrix.

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Mon Sep 04 2023
5

4.95/5 je reexoute. Très bon e chanson d'un super artiste.

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Fri Sep 08 2023
5

I enjoyed that hell out of this. Really good songwriting, delightful performances, and great production. There's such a good blues vibe here. It's chill but still energetic. I can't really find anything bad to say about this one. Over the corse of the relatively short album it steadily rose from a 4 to a 5-star album. That's despite the saxophones and jazz flute, mind you. The guitar work on "Black Queen" alone is enough to overcome a half-dozen saxophone solos. Which is good because "Cherokee" pushes my limits on both.

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Fri Sep 22 2023
5

Man this was really great. Great arrangement, vocals, songs, and not horribly dated like much of the stuff of the era. Very strong from start to finish. 9/10.

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Sun Oct 15 2023
5

One of the first vinyls I bought because it was easily obtainable at thrift stores. It kicks ass. Love the whole thing still to this day

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Fri Nov 03 2023
5

Significant contributer to the rock genre. I‘m loving the blues and rock combinations in the songs. Knew him already from CSN(&Y). Love their songs too. Personal Top3 in no order: Old Times Good Times Go Back Home Black Queen

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Fri Nov 03 2023
5

Really enjoyed that album and there are definitely some songs, i will enjoy further on. Never heard of Stephen Stills before, but his lyrics and guitar skills are outstanding and top class. I am really glad now, having joined this 1001 gen app. My top 3 in a particular order are: 1) Do for the Others 2) Go Back Home (awesome song concerning the sequences of e guitar, bass and piano. Outstanding e guitar solo btw) 3) Black Queen (really enjoyed the country style guitar parts) 4.8

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Tue Dec 05 2023
5

Didn't really care for his collab work with Bing Crosby and Ogden Nash, but this album kinda slaps.

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Tue Dec 05 2023
5

Hendrix and Clapton as features on the same record is pretty incredible. Then you’re gonna flute it up another notch on Cherokee? Get out of town

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Wed Dec 06 2023
5

A nice album from an incredible songwriter. I wish he had more songs to make this album a little longer, though. 4.7/5 Favorite: “Sit Yourself Down” Least Favorite: “Cherokee”

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Wed Dec 13 2023
5

Liked this wayyyy more than I thought I would, thought it'd just be cool songwriting but the amount of different styles and themes across this album while still remaining super cohesive is fantastic. Cool asf

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Fri Dec 15 2023
5

Aika kova. Ei ihan kympin kokonaisuus, mut kai tää silti viiteen tähteen pyöristyy. Folkkia, countria, bluesia, gospelia.. kaikki 70-luvun saundeilla ja menolla.

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Thu Dec 28 2023
5

My First «play on repeat»-album! Right up my alley, and this will be a stater in my collection. Awesome songwriting, great musicianship, and a whole album I enjoyed from start to end.

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Sun Jan 14 2024
5

This was a complete surprise. I knew Love the One You’re With and I thought the rest would just be him noodling. This whole record maintains the heights of its first track. This is great 70s blues and keep an amazing momentum throughout

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

BL: I've heard the name Steven Stills be mentioned a few times but never really got the chance to dig into him in any particular way so will be excited to hear this record. AL: I loved this record a lot. The perfect mix between emotional ballads and more traditionally upbeat story writing. Highly worth the listen, stylistically nothing mindblowing especially for the time. But the musicianship and lyricism was highly worth the listen. Also a special mention to a very cool (but very 70s) cover art FT: "Love the One You're With", "Church", "To a Flame", "We Are Not Helpless" 5/5

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Mon Jan 29 2024
5

Engaging and fun. Great album… Stephen jumped up to my top rated artists.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

great album i love the acoustic feel mixed with the gospel additions on some of the tracks. lyrics go from so so to really good so they even out. the blues fusion with roots notes is perfect. best songs: church, love the one you’re with, we are not helpless

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Mon May 06 2024
5

Absolutely great - every song was remarkable. I had heard of Stills just from Crosby, Stills & Nash but never actually listened to him separately. Will definitely add to my favourites and listen to it again.

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Fri Jun 16 2023
4

Blues. Folk. Emotion. 70s Rock. Best Song: Cherokee

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Wed Jun 21 2023
4

One of the four horsemen of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young! Stephen Stills, credit the guy for spelling his name right. I really liked this project, some cool sound territory explored. A couple really great guitar tracks, and some that just plain rock. "Love the One You're With" seems like a classic, I really like the background choir on that song. This guy's great. Not sure how much solo work he did but if there's more like this I hope we get another album. Favorite tracks: Love the One You're With, Do for the Others, Old Times Good Times, Black Queen. Album art: Mr. Stills sitting in the snow next to a giraffe statute of sorts. I like the font used for the top. I wonder if he was cold shooting this picture in just a polo? 4/5

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Sat Jun 24 2023
4

I enjoyed this a lot. Great listen and a great artist.

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Tue Jul 04 2023
4

I have a playlist called 'Warm and Fuzzy' that this would fit really well into. Dreamy, cosy, classic rock for wintertime (as the album cover suggests). Liked 'Old Times Good Times' and 'To a Flame'.

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Sun Jul 09 2023
4

For some reason I didn't want to like this as much as I did, but it's got a laid back soulfulness to it that I can't deny. The reason I was cautious going in is probably because of the hippie sentiment of the overplayed opening track. I feel that's one anthem that hasn't aged gracefully. Once you get past that though, this is one smooth ride. Covers alot of ground in its 39 minutes.

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Tue Jul 11 2023
4

I enjoyed this, and was a bit taken aback by the stylistic differences from song to song. These CSNY guys really know their stuff. However, I was not super taken overall. All the songs were good, not great (except Love the One You're With) 3.75/5

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Fri Jul 14 2023
4

Shocked: there was me thinking that this was going to be a shit album by an artist that I've never heard of and I would spend my time slagging it off but yk what I'm not going to do that bc it's actually quite good. It has hit it's target of being a rock record which gives you that cosy feeling inside, it may not be the most technically advanced but a nice relaxing time.

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Wed Jul 19 2023
4

Before Marvel, there was the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young extended universe. Just like Marvel, they cranked out content but unlike Marvel, almost everything they did was high quality. This album is no exception!

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Thu Jul 20 2023
4

8/10 solide album. très plaisant. hard rock, rock, soul. beau mélange. a revenir

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Tue Aug 22 2023
4

I have always liked Stephen Stills voice but have never listened to his solo work. The album starts with his hit, 'Love the One You're With' which feels more akin to his work with CSN(Y) with its layers and production. I really enjoy the more stripped down songs like 'Black Queen' as they show Stills at his most raw and playful. Overall, this is an easy to listen to psychedelic folk/blues/roots record. The caliber of musicianship is insane. The album credits list Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Booker T. Jones, Ringo Starr, and Cass Elliot in addition to David Crosby and Graham Nash. Something about it feels a bit undefined, but I chalk that up to Stills finding his identity outside his massively successful supergroup.

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Fri Aug 25 2023
4

Feels like a perfect record to take us from the sixties into the seventies - enough grounding in folk rock songwriting to feel familiar, enough movement into a heavier, orchestrated sound to feel fresh. Really enjoyable.

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Thu Aug 31 2023
4

Not a lot different from CS&N, which I think is a good thing. Good listen, especially the first half

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Thu Aug 31 2023
4

Great music, however would have liked just bit more blues rock or blues guitar by Stills

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Thu Aug 31 2023
4

Another great album from a great artist that makes great music.

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Wed Sep 06 2023
4

I was expecting something sort of straight ahead folky, but there was a lot going on here. Strings, background vocals, horns, and electric guitar (including some from Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton no less!) This is really a great album, so glad I got the chance to listen to it. 4 stars.

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Wed Sep 13 2023
4

A whole lot of clean guitar playing and singing that sounds like it's coming from the next room. Best track: Go Back Home

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Fri Sep 22 2023
4

The most enjoyable album by one of Crosby, Stills or Nash (and arguably Young) that I've heard so far. Those records have generally been good but a little on the boring side. Not this. Stills goes straight for soulful bluesy folk rock with a big commercial sound. He throws everything at it, drenching the album with gospel choirs, strings, Springsteenesque raspy vocals, guitar licks, saxophone, and even a touch of jazz flute. It's not subtle and it's not particularly clever, but its instantly enjoyable. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Love The One You're With Date listened: 21/09/23

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Sat Sep 23 2023
4

Strong material throughout with a couple of real standouts, but not really breaking new ground on CS&N(& sometimes Y) territory, and a little unfocused.

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Thu Sep 28 2023
4

As lovely as anything he did in the groups he belonged to in the sixties.

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Fri Oct 20 2023
4

Album 202 of 1001 Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills Rating : 4 / 5 Favorite Track : Love the One You're With Wonderful album. There was a time when I wondered why Stephen Stills had the following he did. Now, I wonder why he doesn't get more attention for his work. Great songwriting, great production. Great career. This album has many guest musicians including Clapton & Hendrix. Good stuff.

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Mon Oct 23 2023
4

#1 already familiar with this one. Stills was as good as any songwriter at the time.

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Wed Oct 25 2023
4

I enjoyed this album a lot more than I thought I would. Varied and interesting the whole way through.

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Fri Nov 03 2023
4

Rating: ** 4+ ** Notes: Really nice Album. Listended to it during work and got little bit unfocused.... but was nice to work to :) loved the choire. Have to listen it again... maybe its a 5 then. Songs which stood out in no particular order (credits to Uncle Gue for the idea): "Love the One You're With" ------------------------------------------------------------- Rating Scale: 1- very bad 2- bad 3- neutral 4-good 5-very good additonaly -/+ sign if necessary

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Sat Nov 04 2023
4

On a bright sunny Friday I found this album pretty annoying. Listening again the next day, a rainy, grim, lazy weekend morning, I love it.

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Sun Nov 05 2023
4

Decent music, I mostly liked the folk/gospel direction. I never realized Love the One You're With had a message that I strongly disagree with, but hey now I do. What an unfortunate (to me) message for such a catchy song.

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Thu Nov 09 2023
4

This gets 4 stars for Cherokee

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Thu Nov 09 2023
4

Did not expect to like this as much as I did. There's an abundance of CSNY and their associated work on this list so I wasn't looking forward to it. I was pretty happy with this. I didn't know he was responsible for "Love The One Your With" I always thought it was some one hit wonder

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Thu Nov 09 2023
4

Pleasant sounds for a morning commute. Classics are classics for a reason.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
4

Stephen Stills? Stephen Stills what? Oh STILLS! Like him off of Crosby and Nash! I have already established I know nothing of their work and the album that has appeared so far wasn’t great. I had zero expectations. The album cover doesn’t give anything away. A random dude freezing his bollocks off, sitting on a bench that is covered in about 12 inches of snow. Obviously he’s playing a guitar. And obviously there is a small wooden pink giraffe stood next to him. Of course there is. None of that gives any indication to the whole bunch of tracks that are absolutely dripping in orchestral gospel warmth. Like if Primal Scream had done a whole album like Moving On Up … but better. I thought this was great. I’m really starting to worry that I’m turning into a dad from US sitcom in the 90s.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
4

Good sounds, nothing flashy.

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Wed Nov 22 2023
4

First track amazing Album closer is incredible Everything in between is pretty great 4/5

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Thu Nov 23 2023
4

While listening to each one of these songs I keep reminding that this was released in 1970 - before Sticky Fingers, before before Springsteen’s albums and before most of Zeppelin’s work. It is impressive the swing, versatility, power this album has. I came with low expectations and was surprised. Definitely will come back to this album.

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Thu Nov 30 2023
4

Waffled between a 3 and 4 star on this. Overall a 4 star album with a couple of 2 or 3 star songs. But, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

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Sat Dec 09 2023
4

Could be my favorite out of all the CSNY-adjacent albums on the list. Or I’ve developed Stockholm Syndrome from having to listen to so many CSNY-adjacent albums (17 and counting!). 8/10

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Sat Dec 09 2023
4

7/10. Not bad at all, little over-dramatic. If this truly is my final album on this list from the CSNY extended universe, goodbye, it was an okay time.

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Fri Dec 15 2023
4

Of all the CSNY guys, S is for sure my fav. Just really appreciate the songs he writes.

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Mon Dec 18 2023
4

Strong upper 4. Lots of love for this album, almost a 5 but not quite. Insane personnel, Hendrix, Clapton, Booker T., Ringo, etc. Live recordings of a number of these songs sit in my all time favorites, but the production does no favors. Great but not the best Stills has done.

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Thu Dec 21 2023
4

Enjoyed the album. Added quite a few songs to my likes. 3.75-4/5.

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Fri Dec 29 2023
4

A very good album that doesn't need CN&Y to stand up on its own.

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Mon Jan 01 2024
4

This was great! I mainly enjoyed Manassas when that came up earlier but it was a bit too long and inconsistent because of that. This was a much more concise and on the whole stronger set of songs and just a good old time

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Thu Jan 04 2024
4

01) Love The One You're With - 8,5 02) Do for the Others - 8,0 03) Church (Part of Someone) - 8,5 04) Old Times Good Times - 7,5 05) Go Back Home - 8,0 06) Sit Yourself Down - 8,5 07) To a Flame - 7,0 08) Black Queen - 7,0 09) Cherokee - 7,0 10) We Are Not Helpless - 7,5 TOTAL: 7,75 (78/100) Nice music, it has everything you expect of the 70's... It even has Hendrix, Clapton, Ringo Starr and Cass Elliot. What more could you wish for.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
4

Actually was alright. The back half wasn't as inspired and the production falls flat, but the musical direction is memorable enough to still hold up. Its interesting to look at each member of CSNY and try and figure out why I don't like them as a band. Young's solo stuff is alright (thank god because there's tons of it), and so is this it turns out.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
4

viagem gostosa! a simpatia da capa se confirmou... ps. embarquei tanto que acabou o álbum e fiquei um tempão ouvindo músicas recomendadas sem perceber kkkkkkk

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Mon Jan 29 2024
4

Really lovely, great stuff, American treasure. 4 stars.

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Mon Jan 29 2024
4

Amazing, wasn't expecting much from the cover and the album name but it was a pleasant surprise.

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Wed Jan 31 2024
4

Love the one you're with is a fantastic song. Great lyrics bonded to great guitar work. This is generally a uplifting album without being saccharin. A melding of an acoustic folk and blues sound with electric and rock sensibilities. Actual singing is important rather than just a style of vocal delivery. The opening to Black Queen is straight blues styling and some excellent playing. I don't think the singing on it is quite perfect but it is pretty good. I'd love to hear it re-interpreted by some modern bands.

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Thu Feb 01 2024
4

easy rock. never heard of before

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Sun Feb 04 2024
4

Damn! A lot of stills, nash, crosby, & young joint and solo projects on here. Id complain but i like pretty much all of them. This is not an exception

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Sun Feb 04 2024
4

Some of the songs were lovely but the others I really didn’t like … very dichotomous

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Mon Feb 12 2024
4

Love the One You're With is kinda annoying but the rest of the album is surprisingly good!

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Wed Feb 14 2024
4

Fine Stephen Stills album, which was new to me.

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