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4.0 out of 5 stars Stills does Latin, rock and country, 16 July 2011
This review is from: Down the Road (Audio CD)
I agree with a.Ian Stevens: I prefer this one to the first Manassas album. This album sounds more intimate. With CSNY support again (Dallas Taylor on drums, Fuzzy Samuels on bass) plus ex-Byrd Chris Hillman and guests including Joe Walsh (guitar) and Bobby Whitlock (keyboards), Down The Road was going to be good, whatever.

The history of the album is that Manassas had toured the first album, over-indulged on 'stuff' and got sloppy when it came to recording this follow-up. Stills himself has discounted the album (see Dave Zimmer's CSN biography) but none of this shows on the recording - the playing is sharp, tight on the rhythm and some great harmony vocals.

Yes, the album is short (around 36 mins) but apart from perhaps a couple of duff tracks (Business On The Street, City Junkies) there's an even balance of Latin (Pensamiento, Guaguanco De Vero), Stills-style rock (Isn't It About Time, Rolling My Stone) and Hillman-influenced country (Lies, So Many Times).

My non-remastered CD copy is crisp on the percussion, warm on the vocals and overall, a good-sounding album.

If you liked Stills' first solo album, you'll like this. Not worth the £40+ it was being offered at, when I wrote this review (unless you're a Stills completist) but I WOULD pay that price for a remastered HDCD copy - the music is good enough to warrant that.
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