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on 10 May 2006
After the 2005 release "Man Alive" brought Stephen Stills some unexpectedly good reviews, perhaps a few people are going back over his solo career to revisit some of his earlier work. Of all the albums he released after "Down The Road" with Manassas, this is in my opinion his strongest, most cohesive set and evidence that in 1975, he could still be at the top of his game.

"Stills" is a confident, mature offering showcasing the diverse range of styles he has always called upon and which give his best albums such richness and interest."First Things First" and "Turn Back The Pages" have the infectious latin beats that lit up so many of his, and CSN's past hits. "As I Come Of Age" sounds as though it would have fit nicely on his first solo album with great harmony vocals from Crosby and Nash and "My Favorite Changes" and "Shuffle Just As Bad" feature some easy, relaxed playing from Stills and his then right hand man, Donnie Dacus. "My Angel" is a nice, funky workout with a bluesy vocal from Stills and the kind of song that would never make it into a CSN show but adds pace and variety to this set. I think this may also be the first time that Stills included a Neil Young cover on one of his solo albums - something he did with less success on future albums. His reworking of "New Mama", previously an acoustic number from "Tonight's The Night" gives it a tougher edge, which again brings a slightly different dimension to the album. However, although Stills is well known as a consummate and original guitarist, its for the songwriting and arrangments that this album really garbs my attention. The best example is "Myth of Sisyphus" which is a dreamlike excursion with confessional lyrics over a piano lead. Songs of this quality became rare from Stills over the coming decades, until "Spanish Suite" from "Man Alive".

As always with a Stephen Stills release, the quality of musicians and singers is first class and the production is first class. His second and third albums with Columbia pale in comparison to the consistent quality of this album so if you are catching up on past glories, this is the album (after Manassas) that I would recommend to you. It would make a wonderful companion to "Man Alive" and may just cause you to re-evaluate a musician who has frequently suffered poor reviews and unfavourable comparisons with Neil Young.
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on 15 September 2002
This is Stills'third solo album from 1975, and the omens were not auspicious. CSN&Y's star was on the wane, with no product of consequence since 1971, and Stills had moved from his spiritual home Atlantic for CBS on this release. And yet, despite expectations to the contrary, he turned in an album of mature variety, with stunning, melodic songs from start to finish. He draws, with consummate skill, on his pedigree: there are richly textured west-coast harmonies here (on 'As I Come Of Age' with Crosby and Nash), soulful outings with gospelly back-ups, and some of Still's' most intense excursions into philosophical reflection ('The Myth of Sisyphus'). All this, plus some great singing and superb guitar. It's an overlooked album - better, in my opinion, than Stills I and II.
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on 16 January 2014
Sometime just after 1972's classic 'Manassas', Stephen Stills lost it. So seems to be the theory. Well 1975's 'Stills' goes some way to disproving that idea. This is probably his last great solo album, and remains very much an underrated gem. A strong set of songs, classy band of musicians(C&N, Ringo Starr, Dallas Taylor) helping out, and a focused and confident Stephen Stills in fine voice, what more could you ask for. My own favourites are 'Turn Back The Pages', 'In The Way', 'First Things First' and 'Myth Of Sisyphus'. Quite how the last track didn't make it onto the box set is beyond me. In my opinion, the weakest song on the album is the cover of Neil Young's 'New Mama', which i think i prefer acoustic. It's safe to say that you can add 'Stills' to the list that includes 1 & 2, and 'Manassas', of essential albums by Stephen Stills.
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on 12 March 2014
Stephen Stills, one of the most important songwriters from the sixties and the early seventies. But during the seventies his importance started to wane due to lesser quality in his songs and his records. I think his 1975 “Stills” shows that process.

“Stills” is a nice, poppy, gentle record that lacks a edgy attack. It starts good, but in the end it is a little bit too flat. Further, the record is a collection of tracks Stephen Stills had been working on over the preceding several years. The song ‘my angel’ is for example based on a demo for 1967. Therefor it gives a little bit too much the impression that Stills couldn’t find and come up with enough good songs.

I consider the first five songs interesting and creative. “Change partners” is the subtle attack on the on-going-on way of constant change in relations and partners. The song ‘my favorite changes’ contains subtle, gentle low-key guitar work and a couple of changes. It is great rhythm song. But after “To mama from Christopher and the Old Man” it looks like Stephen Stills have lost his creative ideas. While listening you start to loose attention and the music changes from interesting into background music.
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on 15 June 2013
One of the least feted albums from Stephen Stills, but one of my favourites because of the mix of styles across the album. Still sounds good 30 years after I bought the vinyl version.
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on 14 November 2016
great album played it back to back against phil collins no jacket required.no match. stills far superior by a mile.just proves that something that sells well against something that did not .does not mean a thing.throw away pop against pure class.radio friendly hype against pure class
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on 28 April 2016
Great music love Stephen Stills.
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