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Stephen Stills - Stills/Illegal Stills/Thoroughfare Gap
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2007 digitally remastered double CD featuring CSN' Stephen Stills' three mid-'70s studio albums recorded for CBS. Stills was released in 1975, followed one year later by Illegal Stills. Fans had to wait another two years until the release of Thoroughfare Gap (1978). This two disc set comes in a slimline double jewelbox housed in a slip case featuring extensive liner notes., BGO.
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First, the packaging is great, especially for what this is - a 3 album reissue. I have the "official" Columbia pressing of "Illegal Stills" on CD; this version sounds better. There is an extensive booklet and the sound quality of the songs is improved over previous pressings. In other words, this was not just some cheap, quickly put together compilation.
As for the content, these are definitely lesser albums in Stills' catalogue. Another reviewer stated that one of these albums was the best album Donnie Dacus ever made, so take that as you will. He's there for Stills and Illegal Stills, he's gone by Thoroughfare Gap. If you don't get the Donnie Dacus reference, you probably shouldn't buy this.
There are some good songs to be found across all three albums. Plus, if you are looking at this review, you are most likely well beyond "Love the One Your With". The playing is good, Stills' voice sounds in tune, there are several lost gems to be found across the three albums featured here, and this is a really repackaging job, both in terms of sound quality and content. If you are a Stills fan, it's worth the money. If you are a curious beginner, start with Stephen Stills and Stills 2.
If you own a high quality audio system, you will be disappointed with the sound of this CD.
Illegal Stills is also very good, although I didn't care for every song, still an added bonus to the Stills CD.
Thoroughfare Gap I didn't really care for, a song or two maybe, but for the most part It's just not something I would have bought myself, but it came with it so I'm not really complaning.
To recap: Stills - Awesome, a must have. Illegal Stills - Cool, Not Bad, Enjoyed it. Thoroughfare Gap - Ok I guess, Not a Must.