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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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  • Audio CD (August 9, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Pyramid Media
  • ASIN: B000A7Q1YW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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New solo album from the guitarist and songwriter of Buffalo Springfield as well as Crosby Stills & Nash (and Young), his first in more than a decade. Among the 13 tracks is a duet with good friend Neil Young. Titan. 2005.

While Man Alive! may not be the quintessential Stephen Stills album, the venerable singer-songwriter nevertheless enters his sixth decade with passion and fire. Stills has always done his best, most convincing work on the acoustic guitar, and the wood-and-steel material here proves no exception. On "Different Man" (with Neil Young) and "Piece of Me," he draws on his southern roots and demonstrates his uncanny knack for soulful blues. That soulfulness carries over to much of the electric material, whether the danceable, B-3-driven "Around Us," the achingly good "Ole Man Trouble," or the Zydeco-inflected "Acadienne," on which Stills sounds positively loose and unusually comfortable. Some material doesn't work as well––"Drivin' Thunder" (cowritten with Young) suffers from production that's more in tune with 1985 than 2005, and neither "Round the Bend" nor "I Don't Get It" shines with the full-blown brilliance that the artist clearly remains capable of. Still, this sometimes-flawed endeavor is a more-than-welcome return from one of rock's great, underrepresented treasures. --Jedd Beaudoin

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Really good music, even in B flat.
Man Alive"show us Stephen Stills as always .Excelente musician, composer and interpreter and over all the consistent of a "trail" that counstancily he walks.
It was certainly a long time coming, but well worth the wait!

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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on August 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Stephen Stills aficionados will certainly have to give 'Man Alive' some time to settle in, but as with most of the previous reviews offered (this apparently being one of the first reviews on the US release, the remainder tendered for the earlier UK release), the early returns lay kudos all over this one, and I pretty much intend to do the same. While this review may one day demand a rewrite, let's give it a once over.

It's been fourteen long years since Stephen gave us a solo release, and 1991's 'Stills Alone' was certainly restrained in production and investment relative to 'Man Alive'. 'Man Alive' sounds lovingly, painstakingly nurtured. You really have to go back to 1984's 'Right By You' and Stephen's 1970's solo discs to find a comparable work. Nevertheless, 'Man Alive' does offer songs that are reminiscient of 'Stills Alone' ('Hearts Gate', in particular, sounds like it could be an outtake from those sessions, as does 'Piece of Me'), 'Right By You' (the steady rocker 'Wounded World' being a kissing cousin of 'No Problem'), and Booker T's 'Ole Man Trouble', a staple on recent tours, sounding like a knock off of 'Myth of Sisyphus' from 1975's 'Stills' early on.

Then there are those numbers that sound better than you hoped they would ('Spanish Suite'), or just like you always imagined they could ('Round the Bend'). A live performance of 'Spanish Suite' from the Greek Theatre in Berkeley has circulated as a bootleg since 1978 (must be where I heard it), but this stunning studio version featuring Herbie Hancock's virtuoso jazz piano adds a perfect complement to a truly classic Stills acoustic track.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bluematter on July 20, 2005
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But well worth the Wait! Stephen Stills has hit the mark with this new offering. The CD opens up with a new tune that carries shades of his first LP. Throughout the Disc Stills has compiled a collection of songs that run the table with tastes of Manassas, Stills early solo works and CSN influences. Stephen hasn't forgotten his blues roots either with songs like "old Man Trouble" and the excellent "piece of me". My favorite has to be the hard rockin "Round the Bend" with Neil Young and Stephen Stills going back and forth on the electric guitars. The last song is pulled from the archives.Spanish Suite is a 11 minute coda from the 70's that should have made it on the CSN box set. It's been 14 years since Stephen Stills last Solo CD. Let's hope we don't have to wait that long for his next offering.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on August 19, 2005
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I must admit that I haven't been this excited about a new CD being released for many years, and Stephen Stills' emergence from a 14 year CSN/Y exile doesn't disappoint. I suppose Stephen's diminished, but not obliterated, capacity as a lead singer precludes a solo tour to promote this disc, but there is certainly enough new material here, and literally scores of compositions from his past releases, to justify one.

'Man Alive' isn't a perfect disc by any means, but it possesses a heapin' helpin' of downhome ethnic hospitality, an eleven minute 'Suite' that stands toe-to-toe and eye-to-eye with Stephen's more famous 'Suite' (for Judy Blue Eyes), and plenty of blues and pop fare to suitably round-out the nearly one-hour running time.

The more I listen to the CD, the more impressed I am by five or six stand-out tracks. The set opens with the sort of vibrant pop that Stephen has often chosen to open his solo discs with (consider that 'Love the One You're With', 'Change Partners', 'Turn Back the Pages', and 'Buyin' Time' opened his first four solo efforts from the 1970's, and 'Isn't It So' grabbed the pole position on 1991's 'Stills Alone'), the rip snortin' 'Ain't It Always'. Lots of sharp guitar chops and catchy lyrics on that one. Two tracks later we're treated to Stephen's homage to his friendship and creative relationship with Neil Young on 'Round the Bend'. Fittingly, it is a raw and bruising rock and roll romp, with Neil and Stephen finally trading lead guitar runs like everyone had hoped they would when the Stills-Young Band recorded and toured together in 1976.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful By o dubhthaigh VINE VOICE on August 11, 2005
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I've heard it said that this was the CD Stills has been trying to make since Buffalo Springfield fell apart. And that's about right. Were it not for the ravages of an excessive life that have shredded his vocal chords, this might be absolutely Stills' best. No matter, the songs here showcase all of Stills' protean talents: consummate and tasty guitar player, stylistice songwriter and brilliant instrumentalist. The songs are well produced and show the sides of Stills that are his best: rock 'n roller, acoustic bluesman, r & b enthusiast and spanish guitarist. As I mentioned his voice has not held up that well, but it sounds better on this disc certainly than STILLS ALONE.

His songwriting hasn't been this good in more than a decade. Joe Vitale assisted on the production chores, so there is a clarity to Stills' playing, even electric rock, and a balance among the instruments and voices that has not been present since the Columbia album, STILLS.

The songs, but for one, are terrific. "Driving Thunder", a Stills-Young collaboration about a car race is stupid. Songs about cars are stupid period. Songs about cars that take left turns for 2 hours are moronic. John Hiatt's only dud is the homage to Dale Earnhardt. Songs about race car drivers bugger the entire theory of evolution. Sure, if there is a wortthy metaphor lurking, perhaps there is some redeeming value, but no one will remember George Harrison for "Faster."

That said, from "Isn't It Always" through the incredible "Spanish Suite", Stills brings his A material to the table and delivers the goods. He renders a moving take on Booker T's "Ole Man Trouble," a wonderful paeon to his friendship with Neil Young in "Round the Bend", a fine collaboration with Nash on "Wounded World.
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