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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 (1 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000002I8U
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,850 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Wooden Ships (Live Version) 6:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Four Days Gone (Live Version) 3:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Jet Set (Sigh)/Rocky Mountain Way/Jet Set (Sigh) (Live Version) 5:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Special Care (Live Version) 3:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Change Partners (Live Version) 2:530.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Crossroads/You Can't Catch Me (Live Version) 4:410.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Everybody's Talkin At Me (Live Version) 2:420.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 4 + 20 (Live Version) 2:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Word Game (Live Version) 4:080.79  Buy MP3 

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a go 28 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
At the time this album first came out, Stills had just moved to Columbia and released a great studio album "Stills". This appeared to be Atlantic just cashing in on their asset, and the reviews were very luke warm. Actually, it's a pretty fine live album and well worth checking out. OK, it's too short at just over 35 minutes and the CD format cries out for some additional material from this gig or the tour. OK, I guess the vocals were overdubbed in places so it's not a "live" album in the truest, Neil Young sense. But even so, all the songs are strong with material from Springfield, CSN and Manassas era Stills. "Wooden Ships" has great pace and variety, Stills swapping his wah wah leads with Donnie Dacus's clean breaks. "Four Days Gone" and "Special Care" are updated nicely, the latter benefiting from some great Latin percussion and sizzling guitar. "Jet Set/Rocky Mountain Way" is a good, solid slab of blues rock played with a sense of humour. The acoustic section, with Stills solo on guitar, showcases both the introspective (Everybody's Talkin' and 4 + 20), lyrical (Change Partners) political (Word Game) and blues (Crossroads/You Can't Catch Me) sides of his repetoire. The voice was strong back then and the guitar playing extraordinary and it would have been great to hear the band backing him on some more acoustic songs. If this ever gets remastered, I think it would feel and sound more complete if it ended with a band/electric finale.
Whatever you may think of Stills then or now (and the comparisons with Neil Young are rarely favourable), this album does remind me that he was a first rate songwriter and guitarist with great versatility and breadth of style. Worth the price of purchase.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great addition to any Stills or CSNY fans collection. Unfortunately this recording lasts just over 30 mins and could have benefited from more electric material which I'm sure the concerts produced. The highlight of the album has got to be the acoustic versions of the classics Crossroads and Can't catch me which give a glimpse of one of the most under-rated acoustic guitarists (Hendrix wanted him to be in The Experience) at his best and puts Clapton's version in the shade where it firmly belongs. On the whole a fine album but if you want to buy one live album fron the CSNY collection buy 4 Way Street.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 2 Definate highlights, rest dull 22 July 2000
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Format:Audio CD
Wooden ships definate highlight of album, Jetset also has some good psychedelic guitar work. Unfortunately the rest of the album sounds a bit boring and tinny. Nothing compared to the CS&N studio albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a timepiece 30 Oct 2003
By Don Schmittdiel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In 1974, after completing a summer tour with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Neil Young, Stephen Stills launched a solo tour which stopped in my home town of Detroit in March. I was fortunate to see a sterling, dynamic performance at the largest Masonic Temple in North America, an old and ornate venue, from a front row balcony seat. Stills was at his peak, and he put together what had to be one of the hardest rocking bands of his career, the sort of band Crazy Horse has always been for Neil Young.
This unnamed band, and the recording master, seem intent on highlighting the impressive lead guitar interplays between Stills and Donnie Dacus, who would play a major role on a later studio album by Stephen, 'Illegal Stills'. For the most part, Stills contributes a psychedelic wah-wah, at times in rhythm guitar mode, while Dacus rips off one sterling solo after another. Jerry Aiello's keyboards and Russ Kunkel's drums resound loud and clear as well through the high decibel mix. A bit muted are Kenny Passarelli's bass (I suppose something had to yield the right-of-way), and especially Joe Lala's percussion, better suited to the more tempered sounds of Manassas. Stills handles virtually all the vocals, although Dacus and Passarelli occasionally add some surprisingly harmonious harmonies.
The real magic of this live performance, recorded over two nights at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre, lies in the song selection. By this point in his career, Stills had an impressive catalog to select from, and his choices are an eclectic mix of his own best work, coupled with some impressive covers. Of the 11 songs featured, 4 were penned by other artists.
The album is divided between an electric and acoustic set. On the CD, the opening number is a scorching version of 'Wooden Ships', the Crosby-Stills composition from the first CSN album. The only drawback to this arrangement is that Stills handles all the vocals, blurring the dramatic verbal interplay between the two warring soldiers featured in the opening lyrics. Nonetheless, the hard-driving spin Stills puts on this take has always sounded to me like the 'right way' to play 'Wooden Ships'. Despite some brief audible feedback on the lyrics early on, this may be the best rendition of 'Wooden Ships' ever put on record.
Two Buffalo Springfield compositions are included, the timely (considering the year, 1974, was in the immediate aftermath of the Vietnam era) 'Four Days Gone', which paints a sympathetic portrait of a draft evader, with Stills sitting in on piano. This song represents the only respite in a burning electric set. A raucous rendition of 'Special Care' concludes the electric set in a highly frentic mood, and this is the only time Lala's vibrant percussion can be seriously appreciated.
Inserted between these Springalo Toones is the centerpiece of the electric set, a chest pounding medley of the Joe Walsh masterpiece, 'Rocky Mountain Way', and the blues-rock Manassas number, 'Jet Set'. Stills and the band segue seamlessly between the two numbers, which adapt to an amazingly complementary musical structure. The only drawback here is a muddy attempt by Stills to replicate Walsh's deft use of the voicebox on Barnstorm's studio version of 'Rocky Mountain Way'.
The acoustic side is just as artistically rendered and eclectic as the powered side. 'Change Partners', from Stills second solo album, is a beautiful opening selection. The set ends with a somewhat predictable choice from the same album, 'Word Game'. Sandwiched between are '4+20', a crowd favorite, again from the debut CSN LP, and 3 unusual covers. First up is another medley, mixing the classic, up-tempo blues of 'Crossroads' with Chuck Berry's barreling 'You Can't Catch Me'. This robust medley is followed by the completely unpredictable choice of Fred Neil's hit, 'Everybody's Talking At Me'. Unlike the electric set, where Stills all but takes a backseat to Dacus, the acoustic numbers feature some of the finest guitar work Stills has ever put on record, no small accomplishment.
Inspiration is dripping from these performances, and the recording is remarkably clean, especially the acoustic set. Indeed, it is hard to imagine a rock audience showing enough discipline today to actually allow an uninterrupted performance of acoustic music such as we have here.
So in a number of ways this brief slice of Live Stills serves as a timepiece reminding us of 'what was', both in our own lives, and in the career of a remarkable musician. And give the dearth of live material from his most productive years, this CD is a 'must-have' for fans of Stephen Stills.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an outstanding showcase 16 July 2006
By little dave - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are not a fan of Stephen Stills individually,this recording will not convert you.If you are,however,this compilation of electric and solo acoustic performances

will bring you many hours of enjoyment.

The highlights of this disk are the full band,electric tracks

(Wooden Ships,Four Days Gone,and a sort of odd choice to

cover Joe Walsh's Rocky Mountain Way)

We forget that in addition to being a very talented singer/songwriter that Mr Stills can really wail on that guitar!

Here he uses the opportunity that he does not get on the

CSN&Y studio recordings to do extended electric guitar solos,and they are a delight.

His singing and his overall performance are in fine form here,and his backup band is his usual crop of the best

studio musicians available at the time.

As previously stated--an excellent showcase for an excellent

musician doing what he does best.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Live Album 29 Nov 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I often worry about live albums. They are often contractual obligation fodder tossed into the marketplace by an artist who is ready to move to a new label. In fact, Stills was apparently set to move to Columbia from Atlantic. However, this album stands as one of the best live discs from its era. It features great singing and playing. And, it was also noteworthy for dividing the set into unplugged and electric portions. This is a wonderful live disc.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Set From Stills 10 Feb 2006
By L. Lawhead - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is a nice collection of Stills playing live, a no-frills CD-packaging of the popular 70's album. the first half (Side 1) is electric, the second (side 2) is accoustic. Give SS kudos for an interesting set list, this isn't just a re-hash of hits. Well worth having.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Stills 13 May 2001
By Rob Hennon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I waited in line for two hours to get second row seats in an old gym at the Univ. of Fla. in the late '70s(the student gov. geeks got the front row seats). Stills performed this album with minumal backup (I remember 2 others for the electric, a base & drums, and he was solo for the acustic). For the accustic he was surrounded by at least 10 different guitars. He looked a bit raged (and maybe hung over), but gave one of the best shows I've seen. This album is just right on for the concert experience. Flaws and all it is perfect. I waited years for this to come out on CD, and after not hearing it for years it is as sweet as I remember. The accustic side is the best Stills on record. Don't skip it.
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