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Live [Live]

Stephen StillsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)


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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, TX, 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 ... Read more in Amazon's Stephen Stills Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 21, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1975
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Atlantic / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002I8U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wooden Ships
2. Four Days Gone
3. Jet Set (Sigh)/Rocky Mountain Way/Jet Set (Sigh)
4. Special Care
5. Change Partners
6. Crossroads/You Can't Catch Me
7. Everybody's Talkin' At Me
8. 4 + 20
9. Word Game

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a timepiece October 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
In 1974, after completing a summer tour with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Neil Young, Stephen Stills launched a solo tour which stopped in my home town of Detroit in March. I was fortunate to see a sterling, dynamic performance at the largest Masonic Temple in North America, an old and ornate venue, from a front row balcony seat. Stills was at his peak, and he put together what had to be one of the hardest rocking bands of his career, the sort of band Crazy Horse has always been for Neil Young.
This unnamed band, and the recording master, seem intent on highlighting the impressive lead guitar interplays between Stills and Donnie Dacus, who would play a major role on a later studio album by Stephen, 'Illegal Stills'. For the most part, Stills contributes a psychedelic wah-wah, at times in rhythm guitar mode, while Dacus rips off one sterling solo after another. Jerry Aiello's keyboards and Russ Kunkel's drums resound loud and clear as well through the high decibel mix. A bit muted are Kenny Passarelli's bass (I suppose something had to yield the right-of-way), and especially Joe Lala's percussion, better suited to the more tempered sounds of Manassas. Stills handles virtually all the vocals, although Dacus and Passarelli occasionally add some surprisingly harmonious harmonies.
The real magic of this live performance, recorded over two nights at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, lies in the song selection. By this point in his career, Stills had an impressive catalog to select from, and his choices are an eclectic mix of his own best work, coupled with some impressive covers. Of the 11 songs featured, 4 were penned by other artists.
The album is divided between an electric and acoustic set.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an outstanding showcase July 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
If you are not a fan of Stephen Stills individually,this recording will not convert you.If you are,however,this compilation of electric and solo acoustic performances

will bring you many hours of enjoyment.

The highlights of this disk are the full band,electric tracks

(Wooden Ships,Four Days Gone,and a sort of odd choice to

cover Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way)

We forget that in addition to being a very talented singer/songwriter that Mr Stills can really wail on that guitar!

Here he uses the opportunity that he does not get on the

CSN&Y studio recordings to do extended electric guitar solos,and they are a delight.

His singing and his overall performance are in fine form here,and his backup band is his usual crop of the best

studio musicians available at the time.

As previously stated--an excellent showcase for an excellent

musician doing what he does best.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Live Album November 29, 2003
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Format:Audio CD
I often worry about live albums. They are often contractual obligation fodder tossed into the marketplace by an artist who is ready to move to a new label. In fact, Stills was apparently set to move to Columbia from Atlantic. However, this album stands as one of the best live discs from its era. It features great singing and playing. And, it was also noteworthy for dividing the set into unplugged and electric portions. This is a wonderful live disc.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Set From Stills February 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is a nice collection of Stills playing live, a no-frills CD-packaging of the popular 70's album. the first half (Side 1) is electric, the second (side 2) is accoustic. Give SS kudos for an interesting set list, this isn't just a re-hash of hits. Well worth having.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Stills May 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I waited in line for two hours to get second row seats in an old gym at the Univ. of Fla. in the late '70s(the student gov. geeks got the front row seats). Stills performed this album with minumal backup (I remember 2 others for the electric, a base & drums, and he was solo for the acustic). For the accustic he was surrounded by at least 10 different guitars. He looked a bit raged (and maybe hung over), but gave one of the best shows I've seen. This album is just right on for the concert experience. Flaws and all it is perfect. I waited years for this to come out on CD, and after not hearing it for years it is as sweet as I remember. The accustic side is the best Stills on record. Don't skip it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various recordings from the 60's and 70's.

A great artist always seems to have one release if not more that has slipped through the cracks. Stephen Stills "Live" (March 8 and 9 of 1974) is missing from too many CSN and sometimes Y fans collections.

Maybe it is because the trademark Stills harmonies aren't the featured attribute of the recording. At the front of the line is the terrific guitar playing of Donnie Dacus (Chicago, Roger McGuinn, and Billy Joel) with the pure emotion of Still's stage energy and song content.

The album was split into an acoustic side and an electric. "Wooden Ships" is outstanding from the electric portion and representing the acoustic selections in fantastic fashion is "Everybody's Talkin At Me." Stills is superlative in the inclusion of the cover tunes "Rocky Mountain Way" (Put on the map by Joe Walsh, although he did not write it), "Crossroads" (From blues great Robert Johnson, made famous by the legendary Cream version), "You Can't Catch Me" (A Chuck Berry classic that John Lennon did a 5 star version on his "Rock & Roll" album), and "Everybody's Talkin At Me" (Although written by folk great Freddie Neil, the signature version is from Harry Nilsson).

Stills rendition of the Freddie Neil composition is one of the finest covers ever. The joy and heartfelt fondness for the song is evident in every word.

Yes, he did go back to the vaults and unlock Buffalo Springfield material for us!

In case this has been gathering dust in your vinyl collection, an upgrade to CD would do wonders. If you haven't experienced the pleasure of this effort, no time is better than now!

Enjoy the music and be well,
Craig Fenton
Author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Stills - Need I say more.
I recently bought Stills newest work with "The Rides" and it made me miss hearing his legacy music. Staying current by way of the oldies.
Published 3 months ago by Jonathan Ashton
5.0 out of 5 stars Stills In Top Form On A Classic Live Recording
I owned the cassette when it first came out. Wore it out. Stills fan? Rock fan? Buy this now. This how rock music should be played.
Published 7 months ago by Ron Fent
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Stills
Lost the lp years ago. Stills at his finest. Electric side, acoustic side. Both are knockout. My favorite solo work of his. Get it now if you don't have it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by KSF
5.0 out of 5 stars not so known but excellent!
Stephen Stills is one of my all time favorite artists, and this live album caught him with a really good band and in top form. Read more
Published on August 5, 2012 by seabiscuit1958
5.0 out of 5 stars this is worth owning for one song
Buy this album if only for the song "Word Game"......a much stronger rendition than the "S.S. 2" version. Read more
Published on April 18, 2009 by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Stills
This package arrived quickly, packing was excellent and the CD was in sealed and in pristine condition. Read more
Published on March 4, 2008 by V. Roig
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stills
I found this album to be great. I just heard Steven Stills in Concert and had to get this album. Reminds me how much I enjoyed his music in my younger years~
Published on October 21, 2007 by G. S. Bond
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Amazing Acoustic Guitar Work I Have Ever Heard
I have been an SS fan since my old man turned me on to him,(late 80's). You cannot touch the guitar work on Crossroads/You Can't Catch Me. This is SS at his non-electrical best. Read more
Published on January 27, 2005 by Dylan E. May
5.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITELY ONE OF THE BEST LIVE ALBUMS BE STEPHEN STILLS
The musicians from STEPHENS STILLS solo band in 1974 display excellent musical skills. The sound of JERRY AIELLO's HAMMOND organ sounds a whole lot like ELP's KEITH EMERSON, KENNY... Read more
Published on December 24, 2004 by TIM LUCERO
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