Given how long this album has been out and the thorough review that Jason Sparkes has written in this page, doubts about the need for further praise may be justified. Well, that may be the case yet the width and weight of the music contained, as powerful and current today as it was revolutionary then, must conclusively inspire many more testimonials.
This is Stephen Stills at the height of his powers, something that has been amply demonstrated in his first solo album earlier on, and now augmented by one of the greatest line-ups anyone ever put together as a band. Yes, Manassas is a band. This is not "Stills' vehicle," rather it's Stephen Stills leading a group of talented peers and feeding off the creative sparks they generated together.
As I said before other reviews have dutifully listed the gifts of the many classic songs in Manassas, so for the sake of brevity, I won't go on detailing the beauties contained here. To end while I'm ahead, let me just say that this is American music at its best, Rock-Country-Blues-Folk and even some Latin influences condensed into an album that still has few equals.