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The show is split into solo acoustic and electric band sets, and rather than following a strict timeline, Stills has arranged the songs into a program that makes for a good show, with crowd-pleasing favorites placed strategically among the deeper album cuts. The solo tunes show Stills to still be a powerful acoustic picker (both finger and flat-pick), and though his singing voice is rough in spots, the song introductions and storytelling are incredibly engaging. Best of all, the disc provides generous helpings of between-song continuity and gives you a good sense of how the show felt as a whole. This is a document of a live concert performance rather than a cleanly edited set of live songs.
The show kicks off with "Tree Top Flyer," a 1968 solo tune that didn't appear on a commercial release until CS&N tackled it fifteen years later.Read more ›
Stills looks healthier, and by his own admission, feels so. His voice is coming back, much as Levon Helm's has, and that's just amazingly great news. While there is no new material here, the renditions, now from a 63 year old campaigner and defender of democracy, a cancer survivor, and a man who has lived his life with eyes open and his mind on, all sound brand spanking new and infused with an insight that comes from the road thus travelled. It ain't the years, it's the mileage, and Stills delivers a triumphant survey of his work. He has found different registers in which to cast his voice and the songs he has written. For my money, I think his take on Suite: Judy Blue Eyes and Rock and Roll Woman eclipse the CSN and Buffalo Springfield versions. The loss in both songs is more palpable, the tragedy accepted with a wisdom that knows one's life runs against time. His sense of humour is spot on throughout and there is even a sense of self deprecation, first evident in his tumble during the Deja Vu film and now in his wry asides about his own youthful perceptions found in Four and Twenty.
There is a clarity of tone to his guitar playing that I haven't heard in ages and his command of his instrument and the Latin and American blues that are the bedrock of his influences ring with an authenticity that has been enhanced by age, by life.Read more ›
After the break he dives into a solid electric performance backed by a congenial band anchored by the always inventive drumming of long time musical partner Joe Vitale. And here the show really takes flight with classics like "Bluebird", "For What it's Worth", "Dark Star". But also some lesser known tunes like "Rock & Roll Woman" and the stylish "I Wanna Make Love To You" (from the Stills-Young album).
The often reclusive Stills comes across here as a humorous and relaxed performer facing a great and enthusiastic crowd. The days when he was a pioneering artist may be long gone, but he can sure still deliver a magnificient evening armed with a collection of songs many others would have to envy him. Blues, rock, country, latin, impressive wah-wah drenched psychedelic solos all blend into one.
Like the recent brilliant album of Manassas outtakesPiecesthis is essential stuf for any CSN(Y) fan.
The versions of Rock N Roll Woman and Bluebird were delightful. After the concert I was thinking how lucky I was to hear those songs once again, but how unlucky it was that I could replay those songs as they were performed that night again.
But low and behold.....here comes this CD and DVD with those two songs included. It was pretty much the same versions without Crosby and Nash singing harmony. I like the new arrangements and the guitar solos as well. The makeup of the band makes Stills' song stand out more....no organ, percussions, extra singers, or other guitar players. It's a simple rock band with one guitar - one solo instrument. And I loved it.
As a guitarist myself, I haven't been a huge fan of Stills' electric guitar solos. But over the last decade, he's learned some new tricks (techniques) to create better sustained notes and bends. He'll never be as fluid as Clapton, but in a live setting with a song like Rock N Roll Woman, this guy can really soar.
I'm so happy that this album came out and want to encourage any CSN or Buffalo Springfield fan to get it and listen to the new energy of Mr. Stephen Stills. Even his singing was surprisingly good for a guy who we all thought had completely lost it vocally.
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I've been a fan of Mr. Stills since the 60's. He is one super talented guitar playing master!! The range and quality of his work is unmatched!Published 6 months ago by Robert Perry
This was an excellent tour and this video /cd is a great remembrance of a night out with my father and brother.Published 18 months ago by the big guy
some of stills at his best. and his band is top rate too. production is crisp and clean. great albumPublished 20 months ago by Ted
what a great set.his is on top of his game, as usual. can never get enough S.S. i listen to somrthing of his every day .every day. this might hurt, but i put S.S. Read morePublished 22 months ago by robert poole