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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 (April 21, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: 1971
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I6X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,706 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Change Partners
2. Nothin' To Do But Today
3. Fishes And Scorpions
4. Sugar Babe
5. Know You Got To Run
6. Open Secret
7. Relaxing Town
8. Singin' Call
9. Ecology Song
10. Word Game
11. Marianne
12. Bluebird Revisited

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Out-of-print in the US. Q (8/00, p.123) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...Finds the singer/songwriter on the top of his game....blues-rock gold..." . Warner.

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As I had said before the majority of songs on this album are very strong.
Jared Insell
The handclaps are a nice addition, but... I'm just getting started explaining what makes this song much different from the other ones!
B. E Jackson
Thanks Barb... I still have all the albums she gave me or we bought together at the Vinyl Doughnut in Kailua, Oahu..
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Barker on January 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This was a much-maligned album, but nonetheless spent a great deal of time on my turntable. In those days, I couldn't get enough of Mr. Stills and his illustrious pals.

While the album contains several gems, it also included quite a few duds. I wasn't one to complain back then, but I can also see why the critics were in such an uproar. Cheesy horns, falsetto singing, and throwaway lyrics had no place on an album made by the guy who brought us For What It's Worth, Bluebird, Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, and Love The One You're With.

Change Partners gets things off to a big start. It's swinging 3/4 time, soaring chorus, and gorgeous pedal-steel from Jerry Garcia make this a monster track, and the lyrics were especially wry. It seems that Graham Nash took "Love The One You're With" a little too seriously, and made off with the one Stills loved. Stephen gets his revenge by making the woman out to be a country-club debutante who saves herself for no one. Touche.

Know You Got To Run, Stills' ode to his pal Neil Young, proves to be one of his strongest vocal takes, and is also another great set of lyrics. The banjo and guitar interplay shows Stills at his folky best, and the overall tone of the song is sufficiently dark, effectively conveying the gloom that often beset his friend.

Sugar Babe should have been a hit, but was overlooked by DJs. It had a soulful feel to it, enhanced by the Hammond B3. The big, beautiful suspended chord at the end is a touch only Stills could have thought of.

Singin' Call is a subtle gem that never seemed to show up in his live set. Too bad, as this was a real showcase for Stephen's considerable vocal chops.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Jared Insell on February 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In 1971 it looked like Stephen Stills was the member of the recently disbanded CSN&Y who would go on to bigger and better things. He had already had a massively successful self titled solo debut and had a few hit singles. But of course when the time came to record a solo follow up, it seemed the only place Stills could go was down. In many ways he does as on a whole this record is weaker than his brilliant debut or his later Manassas album. However Stills song writing is still excellent here and it's the majority of strong songs on this album that kept it from being a complete self indulgent disaster.
As I mentioned before Stills songwriting is in top form here with such songs as the twangy country rocker CHANGE PARTNERS and the fast paced rocker MARIANNE (both were minor hits). The extremely powerful SUGAR BABE also should have been a single as well. NOTHIN' TO DO BUT TODAY is a great guitar rocker. While FISHES AND SCORPIONS and KNOW YOU GOT TO RUN have some excellent (almost apocolyptic) lyricism. OPEN SECRET and SINGIN' CALL also display his brilliant poetic lyrics. However other songs here have not stood the test of time as well. RELAXING TOWN is a silly rocker with strange lyrics . WORD GAME is Stills' attempt to be like a preaching Bob Dylan. Whereas ECOLOGY SONG and BLUEBIRD REVISITED are somewhat overblown self indulgent orchestrated pieces. Not that these songs are terrible but I just can't understand why Stills would have an entire orchestra backing him up. It seemed almost as if he were trying to better himself only it back fired and these songs suffered unfortunetly.
Overall this is still a good album. As I had said before the majority of songs on this album are very strong.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Erica on April 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Dated, muddy, and moving, this is CSN boiled down into honesty and the breath of an entire era. Tunes like the bitter, quirky "Change Partners", the quinessential 60's ethos of "I've Got Nothing To Do But Today", the exquisite "Singin' Call"--which sounds as if it was indeed recorded in a canyon at dusk--all underscore Stephen Still's lovely clarion voice, and are unmistakable emblems of those days and the California wilderness that inspired him. And you'd be hard-pressed to find a more sere and bitter lyric than this one on the 6th track: "Still, my heart is an open secret....Someone, tell me: have I been gifted or robbed?"
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Booby Slimm on August 18, 2004
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By the time his sophomore set, Stephen Stills 2, was released, Stills had driven the Buffalo Springfield to folk rock highs, joined Al Kooper on the successful collaborative jamming lp Super Session and co-founded and written and performed most of the music for the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash and (sometimes) Young. Not long after the success of the Wall of Sound Setphen Stills, Stephen still had a mass of songs to get out. He had a backlog dating back to his jamming sessions with his close friend Jimi Hendrix (many still not released - possibly some of the best 'lost' and certainly more interesting songs to never be released from this era) and many more written on a recent sell-out tour with the Memphis Horns. What this album represents is a snapshot of Stills at work and play from 1971. It is a great album but if you want his masterpiece go check out Manassas from the following year.

It is unfair to criticise Stephen over this album as his work rate and output was incredible - he was still only 26 by this album and was admired by, and played with, people like Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones and Joni Mitchell in this year.

So to begin the album, 'Change Partners' is a pretty folk-gospel tune with another of those wonderful tunings by Stills, which gave such charm to Suite: Judy Blue Eyes or the guitar on Mitchell's Carey from her album 'Blue'. It would not sound out of place on his debut. And great emotional Stills singing on this.

Nothing To Do But Today - great title, nice electric tone on his guitar and sounds like Manassas doin their blues things - runs out of steam at end, which brings us to

Fishes and Scorpions - one of Stills' best songs.
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