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Down the Road

Stephen Stills, ManassasAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002I74
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Isn't It About Time
2. Lies
3. Pensamiento
4. So Many Times
5. Business On The Street
6. Do You Remember The Americans
7. Down The Road
8. City Junkies
9. Guaguanco De Vero
10. Rollin' My Stone

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And the winner is... January 15, 2004
Format:Audio CD
...for Most Unfairly Maligned Recording of 1973... Stephen Stills and Manassas, 'Down The Road'!!! This is a solid album by SS and the boys... no need to call it anything less than fine. In fact, many of the songs on 'Down The Road' have counterparts on the predecessor to this album, the highly regarded 'Manassas' double-LP. 'So Many Times' readily brings to mind 'Hide It So Deep'; 'Remember the Americans' is reminiscient of 'Fallen Eagle', both being fiddle-fied side two openers; 'Business On the Street' resembles 'Don't Look At My Shadow', both being country-fied side closers; and 'Pensamiento' is a bouncy Latin number ala 'Cuban Bluegrass'. Both albums open with hard-rocking protest numbers. Perhaps people perceive the 'mimicking' as a conscious attempt to (less than successfully) clone the formula for the original Manassas LP's, but I think Stills was too far along as a musician at this point to need that. Besides, Stills' clones are more obvious, such as transplanting 'Questions' to 'Carry On' on the 'Deja Vu' LP, or revisiting 'Bluebird' via 'Bluebird Revisited'. Maybe this is just their style...?
If you want to measure 'Down The Road' against 'Manassas', and many people do, there is an upside for each. The upside for 'Down The Road' is that it rocks harder than the first Manassas double-LP. 'Isn't It About Time' lashes out first, really cracking the whip. 'Down The Road', 'City Junkies' (aka "When I Was a Young Man" Part One and Part Two), 'Rolling My Stone' and 'Lies' continue the scourge. The upside for 'Manassas' are the three classic love ballads that 'Down The Road' has no answer for: 'Both Of Us', 'So Begins the Task', and 'It Doesn't Matter'. Stills offers two Latin-influenced numbers in their stead, 'Pensamiento' and 'Guaguanco de Vero'.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A mistreated album. Not the best but still good. December 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I read alot of bad reviews about this one when compared to the first. I agree that when you compare a good album to it's precursor (first one being a masterpiece) that the good album comes across as poor. While there are no radio hits or familiar songs, this album hits the spot if you like that "roadie"-music sound from the early 70's. As usual, you get the above-average vocals of Stills with some good country-rock backcountry licks (ie, inc the Steel guitar of Joe Walsh) and nice harmonizing vocals and some catchy latin-influenced tunes. "If" this "is" a weak album, it's a compliment to Stills because it's still a thousand times way, way better to my ears than any of the so-called new classics by highly overrated modern bands like Creed, Disturbed, 9-inch nails, Tool, etc which everyone seems to rave about for whatever reason.. Yes Manassas sound tired, weary and worn but it adds to the "roadie" feel of traveling by bus and staying up late getting kicks on route 66. Seems like the kind of album that was done late at nights in the bus while traveling on tour for their first album. Plenty of coffee/cigarrettes and JD must have been consumed doing this album. A vintage 70's sounding album. If you like Grateful Dead, vintage Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, etc.., you should like this album too despite it's negative reviews. No southern rock fan should be without the 2 Manassas albums in their collection. If you're traveling across country in a beat-up vehicle living at rest areas and truck stops, you'll identify with this album :-) I wish I was in my early/mid 20's back in 1972 instead of 1993-1994 because it sure seemed like everyone was having a great time. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong set December 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
DOWN THE ROAD often receives the disdain usually dealt those who must follow a great performance (in this case, the first MANASSAS album), and that's a shame -- it's a solid set of good songs, and only suffers because it is directly compared to its predecessor. This is roughly analogous to comparing ABBEY ROAD to the White Album [properly titled THE BEATLES, but who calls it that?], and about as useful.

Mix this in with the first album and hit the shuffle button, and you'd be hard-pressed to say which songs come from which album. DOWN THE ROAD is not so much a sequel or broadening of MANASSAS as a further delving into the same territory.

Mr. Schmittdiel has done an excellent job of describing DTR's qualities, and Mr. Silberman is quite right in suggesting that MANASSAS is the better album; if you can only afford one, it should be the first. But DOWN THE ROAD is certainly among Stephen's artistically successful albums, and definitely rewards repeat listening (sadly not the case for almost every album he made after this).

In fact, I came upon this Web page in search of a CD to replace my vinyl, worn from 20 years of playing (as is the first album). In my opinion, any Stills fan should get both -- along with his first [STEPHEN STILLS] -- all three are solid albums :-)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well I like it.... March 7, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Conventional wisdom and reviews here seem to suggest that "Down the Road" is very much the poor relation of the eponymous first album. Having listened to both many times over the years, I still prefer the second one. But then I don't like The Beatles White Album much either. Maybe it's my attention span. Anyway, I thoroughly recommend "Down the Road" to any lover of West-Coast stuff (as we like to call it over here). The tunes are great and the musicianship is tight, as were the musicians (allegedly) when they recorded it. Excellento.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Great Album
Unparalleled talent ~ Music I grew up listening to. Whether it's Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, C,S & N, or just Stephen Stills (Buffalo Springfield) they were great in the day and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. W. Meador
2.0 out of 5 stars Brief, Sketchy and Not Well-Played
I am a Stephen Stills fan and I heartily vote for the first Manassas record and their
Musikladen video (check that out--it is very cool), but if you are thinking
of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Johann Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars well worth buying
Much like George Harrison with ALL THINGS MUST PASS, it appears there was a little bit of putting all his eggs in one basket for Stephen Stills with the follow-up to the first... Read more
Published on September 23, 2012 by dingbatt
5.0 out of 5 stars stills 3
i'm a 45 year fan of stephen stills.
i bought this album years ago as a follow up to manassas.
the album's gone so i must not have liked it or just dismissed it as a... Read more
Published on January 7, 2012 by journey46
5.0 out of 5 stars stellear
not quite as good as vinyl , but excellent! I had this piece before and it got stolen , way ahead of its time great mix of tunes and texture of rock bluegrass country and country... Read more
Published on May 25, 2011 by timo r
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Music is Good Music
Steve Stills .. More Manassas ... If you like the first one, you better buy this and Pieces.
Published on October 26, 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Slide Guitar Paradise
Make no mistake, this is a great album. 30 minutes of hot rock n roll ( 31.07 to be precise ) . I immediately write to correct the misinformation that exists out there. Read more
Published on November 3, 2009 by Ian Goodall
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated
Brilliant guitar playing, excellent all-around musicianship and singing, and fine, inventive songwriting make this a fine, enjoyable album. Read more
Published on May 28, 2009 by Statman
5.0 out of 5 stars Without all the artistic analytical BS
I bought this album when it came out in vinyl. I still listen to it often and love every cut on it. The lyrics, the rhythms, the soul of this album are what I love about it. Read more
Published on October 13, 2008 by Mike Killingsworth
4.0 out of 5 stars I really like this album
Clearly, Stills fans are quite divided on this one, I am of the opinion that this is indeed a fine record. Read more
Published on August 9, 2008 by K. Hall
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