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4.0 out of 5 stars Give it a go
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...
Published on 28 Nov 2003 by Andy Clare

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3.0 out of 5 stars Stills shows how a great live guitarist should sound.
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...
Published on 23 Nov 2000


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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
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars Stills shows how a great live guitarist should sound., 23 Nov 2000
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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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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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