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Stills Alone [Import]

Stephen Stills Audio CD
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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 (11 Sep 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Gold Hill/Vision
  • ASIN: B00000488U
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,919 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

Product Description

Catalogue number VR-3323 on the Gold Hill/Vision label with the following tracks: 1> Isn't It So [3:14], 2> Everbody's Talkin' [3:20], 3> Just Isn't Like You [2:01], 4> In My Life [2:10], 5> The Ballad Of Hollis Brown [3:30], 6> Singin' Call [2:20], 7> The Right Girl [2:54], 8> Blind Fiddler Medley [4:37], 9> Amazonia [2:28], 10> Treetop Flyer [4:02].

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stills searching 6 Nov 2003
Format:Audio CD
Since his creative high of the early 70's, Stephen Stills has not in my opinion produced anything to match the sheer musical genius of the first Manassas album. Everything that followed was passable, at times interesting but it rarely packed the energy, insight and breadth of style that he had so wonderfully demonstrated on that magnificent opus. By all accounts, his live performances became the real expression of his talent and intriguing personality, both as a solo and band performer. So, when news arrived of this solo (mainly unplugged)set, I guess my expectations weren't high, although I have always held onto the hope that he still had a great album left in him. "Stills Alone" isn't a bad set at all and there are some really good songs, but it is patchy and lacks enough new songs and performances to do a musician of Stephen's stature justice.
With the strength and range of that wonderful southern voice beginning to fade, an acoustic setting seemed perfect for Stills. The quieter,gentle approach to "Isn't it So" and "It Just Isn't Like You" is matched by an enthusiasm in the phrasing and playing, possibly because these were new songs and not somewhat tired reworkings as in the case of " Singin' Call" and "Everybody's Talkin". "In My Life" is lovely and although covered again by CSN on the "After The Storm" album, it shows that as with "Blackbird", Stills knows how to interpret a great Beatles song. But there are too many retreads and covers on what is very short album, suggesting that the songwriting inspiration had still not been recaptured, lost possibly to the ferocious personal demons that had continued to plague his career and undeniable talent.
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3.0 out of 5 stars As The Title Suggests.... 26 Jan 2014
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After the low point that was CSN's 'Live It Up'(1990), you get the impression from 'Stills Alone'(1991), that Stephen Stills knew exactly the kind of album he needed to make to get his career back on track. Basically it's as the title suggests, Stills and his acoustic guitar, and coming from the man who over the years brought us the likes of '4+20', 'Word Game' and 'Black Queen', the idea alone should be enough to get the pulse racing. So it's a real shame that the songs just aren't strong enough. Made up of a couple of choice covers, re-workings of some older songs and a few lightweight new tracks, there is nothing actually wrong with the songs, it's just all a bit underwhelming and it leaves you with the feeling of what might have been.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Below Average 23 July 2011
Format:Audio CD
This is a very rare CD [i think it got deleted shortly after release - perhaps our Stephen cottoned on just how poor it is) but the muisc is well below par for a man of Stills vintage. I guess, like his old mucker Neil Young, he's run out of new ideas but still (NPI) has to pay the bills.
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, middlin' execution 29 Feb 2004
By John S. Ryan - Published on Amazon.com
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. This could have been a great album, and instead it's only pretty good.

This CD isn't _just_ for Stills fans, but if you haven't heard Stills's solo work before, don't start here.
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Missed Out, Now it Costs a Fortune 13 Jun 2007
By Philip S. Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
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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...
FOUR STARS!
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Silberman, you've made a mistake 13 May 2006
By M. Donovan - Published on Amazon.com
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.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to the tuning! 13 Mar 2002
By Allen Scott Nelson - Published on Amazon.com
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."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must if you like accoustic guitar-based folk/blues 19 Dec 2001
By Hawke and Dove - Published on Amazon.com
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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