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Stills Alone

Stephen StillsAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 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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  • Audio CD (September 11, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vision [Sel658]
  • ASIN: B00000488U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,459 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Isn't It So
2. Everbody's Talkin'
3. Just Isn't Like You
4. In My Life
5. The Ballad Of Hollis Brown
6. Singin' Call
7. The Right Girl
8. Blind Fiddler Medley
9. Amazonia
10. Treetop Flyer

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rare cd

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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, middlin' execution February 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is a frustrating CD. I've owned it for the better part of a decade and I like it. But it actually doesn't wind up in my CD player all that often.

Why? Because it _should_ have been the album that fans of Stephen Stills's acoustic music had been waiting for. And it isn't.

It falls flat -- not because Stills himself does anything less than a terrific job, but because somebody got the bright idea of recording him on an 'electrified' acoustic guitar (using what sounds like a low-end piezoelectric pickup). In short, the production here is terrible.

The result is a twangy, clickety-clacky guitar sound that doesn't even remotely resemble the angry growl Stills used to coax out of his Martin dreadnoughts on the best of his old acoustic tunes. 'Treetop Flyer' is one of the coolest songs Stills has ever written. But the guitar part, instead of revisiting the territory of 'Black Queen', sounds like something recorded in some teenager's garage.

Ah, well. Most of the music is good. Stills covers 'Everybody's Talkin'' (by his old pal Fred Neil), the Beatles' 'In My Life', and Dylan's 'Ballad of Hollis Brown', and revisits a handful of tunes from his first two solo albums. There are some new (as of 1991, that is) tunes, including the aforementioned 'Treetop Flyer' and 'Isn't It So' (which wound up as the theme song for the short-lived television series _Second Noah_). All of it works pretty well. (The exception is 'Amazonia', which tacks a mediocre lyric over the chord progression from Stills's 'Fair Game' and some sort of electronic percussion track.)

But you have to be able to stand the sound. I think Stills is a decent guitar player and I like to listen to him when he cuts loose. But I sure do wish somebody had done a better job recording him here.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Missed Out, Now it Costs a Fortune June 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First released back in 1991, this little gem is just Stephen singing and playing on acoustic guitars. Covers of: (Fred Neil) "Everybody's Talkin" and (Lennon-McCartney) "In My Life", right alongside Stills' own compositions: "Isn't it So" and "Singin' Call". Stephen has been the master-of-tales for over 40 years now and: "Stills Alone" is the proof of the greatness of this performer. This is the ONLY place to find the great tune: "Treetop Flyer" in a studio setting, and that alone makes this one special.

If there is one thing wrong with: "Stills Alone" that would be the length of this CD, as it is too short. Stephen, needs to re-release this one with 20 tracks, add on: "Stateline Blues" or "Midnight Rider." As I have have witnessed these performances in concert, and Mr. Stills, armed with only an acoustic guitar NAILED them.

This is my favorite Stephen Stills CD, and now it's out-of-print and will cost you BIG BUCKS. I do hope the powers that be will bring this one back, bigger & better...
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Silberman, you've made a mistake May 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Mr. Silberman, can't you hear that Singin' Call is most likely an outtake from SS 2 rather than a recent remake? Your comments about the inferiority of the playing and the vocals to the original version of the song are pretty funny, given that any fan who listens to the Stills Alone version in the context of the other songs on Stills Alone can tell from the vocal quality and guitar sound that the song was recorded decades ago. You may not know Stills' work quite as well as you think you do.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must if you like accoustic guitar-based folk/blues December 19, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Even though he sings out of key on a few songs, I give this ***** for many reasons. The first being that this was a labor of love for music on the part of Stills. It's refreshing because most other musicians are motivated by making $$$. It's obvious that making $$$ was not on Stills' mind when he did this. Stills is a legend having done so many good/excellent albums with varied styles. Here is yet another gem to add to your collection. Basically just him and his Martin accoustic with occassional help on background vox on a few tracks. He redoes some tracks from his first few solo albums with an added accoustic twist which was good to hear. The packaging was excellent as well.

Stills is a legend. Seems to take a backseat to more known folks like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, etc.. However, I am not fooled by the lack of publicity from the press/media and think Stills is the best of the bunch.
All and all, one of the few albums from the 1990's that I would call "take with you to a desert island because it's too good to leave behind".
If you want to hear a great accoustical folk album with some bluesy parts as well as country-rock parts and a time worn/raspy voice (which adds to a positive effect), this album is a must. Stills sings/plays from the heart on this non-commercial album(which he knew would not make any money) rather than from the wallet (like so many others do). Quite refreshing and one of my favorite albums from the 1990's. Stills is a legend and this album prooves it to me. You cannot be without this album if you play accoustic guitar as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the tuning! March 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you're a "wooden" guitar player this album is a must have. Can you recognize the DDDDAD tuning used in Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Bluesman, 4+20, etc? My favorite is "Just Isn't Like You" .... simple, yet powerful. I'd love for Stephen to do another acoustic album .... yes, his vocals are worn .... but like they say "the older the violin, the sweeter the music."
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Stills rocks!
Better than expected. Arrived in a reasonable amount of time..
Published 2 months ago by Amanda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Have always liked Stevens guitar and vocal style, especially on Tree Top Flyer and In My Life. Great feel!
Published 3 months ago by james j panek
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overlooked recording
This Stills recording has been sadly overlooked over the years and it's hard to find status sadly continues to keep newer fans from discovering the talent of this guitar master. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Edward J. Korber
5.0 out of 5 stars Treetop Flyer...the ONLY CD you can find it on....
this is a great CD...i bought it for one song (treetop flyer) but it has a few other good songs as well.... Read more
Published 5 months ago by mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephan Stills is the greatest musician
Thank you very much for sending the finest music.
I believe Stephan Stills is the greatest musician of the world.
Published 7 months ago by hiroshi yamaguchi
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have
His best solo work, period! That should spell it out. If you are a Stephen Stills fan this is a must have
Published 7 months ago by W. Reis
4.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of tunes and great performance
I’ve waited a long time to find a reasonably price used version of this CD and am very happy to finally have this. Read more
Published 10 months ago by D.C.G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Stills Alone & Fabulous
Stephen Stills is my favorite artist ever so it is hard for me to be critical. I consider him to be one of the most talented if not the most talented musician from the 60's era. Read more
Published 13 months ago by BAS
4.0 out of 5 stars Price.
$124.00?? You have got to be kidding. I love Stills, but You lost a Customer on that one. I know this is a rare CD, but come on.. Price it so the average Person can Buy.
Published 16 months ago by D. Hinkle
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent album.
Stephen Stills comes through big on this album. Yes if your only in your twenties you probably won't like it, but for those of us that are a little up there in the years- a must... Read more
Published 17 months ago by BILL
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