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Stephen Stills (album)

Stephen Stills is the debut solo album by American musician Stephen Stills released on Atlantic Records in 1970. It is one of four high-profile albums released by each member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their 1970 chart-topping album Déjà Vu. Stills dedicated the album to Jimi Hendrix, who had died two months before the album arrived in stores.

Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills sitting outside in the snow and playing a guitar, with a toy giraffe nearby
Studio album by Stephen Stills
ReleasedNovember 16, 1970 (US)
November 27, 1970 (UK)
RecordedJune–July 1970
StudioIsland Studios, London; The Record Plant, Los Angeles; Wally Heider Studios, Los Angeles
Genre
Length38:56
LabelAtlantic
ProducerStephen Stills, Bill Halverson
Stephen Stills chronology
Super Session
(1968)
Stephen Stills
(1970)
Stephen Stills 2
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]

Contents

ContentEdit

The album features an array of well-known guest musicians, including John Sebastian, David Crosby and Graham Nash, who contributed vocals. Ringo Starr drums on two tracks under the pseudonym "Richie,"[3] which he also used for his contribution to the London Sessions album by American bluesman Howlin' Wolf, recorded in England the same year. Stills' album is also the only album to which both Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix supplied guitar work.

The song "We Are Not Helpless" was wrongly assumed by many critics to be a response to Neil Young's song "Helpless" from the Déjà Vu album.[4] "Love the One You're With," Stills' biggest solo hit single, peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 19, 1970, and another single pulled from the album, "Sit Yourself Down," went to #37 on March 27, 1971.[5]

The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart[6] in the week of January 2, 1971. It was reissued by WEA after being digitally remastered using the HDCD process on December 5, 1995. "We Are Not Helpless" and "Love the One You're With" were first performed in concert on May 12, 1970 during Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Déjà Vu tour. In 2009 Crosby, Stills, & Nash released Demos featuring an early demo of "Love the One You're With".

Reviews of the album were decidedly mixed ranging from lukewarm to positive.[citation needed] Ed Ward in a contemporary review in Rolling Stone felt that the album had an "elusive" quality, and though he didn't dislike the album, and admired parts, he felt it lacked "meat".[7]

In a retrospective summary Allmusic calls it "a jaw-dropping experience" just short of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Déjà Vu[1]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Stephen Stills.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Love the One You're With"3:04
2."Do for the Others"2:52
3."Church (Part of Someone)"4:05
4."Old Times Good Times"3:39
5."Go Back Home"5:54
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Sit Yourself Down"3:05
2."To a Flame"3:08
3."Black Queen"5:26
4."Cherokee"3:23
5."We Are Not Helpless"4:20

PersonnelEdit

Additional personnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce. Stephen Stills at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2006.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Stephen Stills > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 25 May 2006.
  3. ^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 93. ISBN 0-345-25680-8.
  4. ^ Rogan, Johnny (2001). Neil Young : Zero to Sixty : A Critical Biography (2 ed.). London: Calidore Books. p. 267. ISBN 978-0952954040.
  5. ^ Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2006.
  6. ^ Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2006.
  7. ^ Ed Ward (January 7, 1971). "Stephen Stills Stephen Stills > Album Review". Rolling Stone (74). Archived from the original on 15 April 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2007.

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