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A welcome return to former glories,
This review is from: Can't Get Enough (Audio CD)
With the exception of the first CSN album, Stills is usually at his best when not in the company of Crosby and Nash - his first three solo albums and the two Manassas albums providing the best evidence in support of this claim. This album is further evidence - a thoroughly enjoyable and consummately performed series of tracks on which Stills teams up with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Barry Goldberg (collectively `The Rides'). The musicianship is outstanding, with Stills somewhere near his very best (why he only ranks 47th in the Rolling Stone Magazine 100 best guitarist list beggars belief - rendered all the more absurd by Neil Young being ranked 30 places higher). The weakest track is the Stooges composition `Search and Destroy' - which is rather bland generic US rock. The best tracks are those where Stills takes the vocal lead - including the rousing electric version of Word Game, which, although not better than the original acoustic version, is a terrific alternative. The Neil Young cover `Rocking in the Free World' is rather too close to the original (to the extent that Stills even plays lead in the style of Neil Young - another example of his penchant for mimicry best heard in the Suite Judy Blue Eyes guitar cadenza in the latest CNS live album, played in the style of George Harrison) to be of any especial interest. Let's hope Stills continues to perform with this level of skill and creativity (which he sadly lost somewhere in the mid-70s and has only recently regained) as a reminder of the elevated position he deserves to hold in the pantheon of rock greats.