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STEPHEN STILLS ... " Manassas " ... Atlantic SD-2-903. 1972 Double Rock LP. Stereo. Gatefold cover. Vinyl VG+. Cover VG, slight wear. Some great musicians on a really great album. Manassas was an American rock band formed by Stephen Stills in 1971. Predominantly a vehicle for Stills’ artistic vision, the band released two albums during its active tenure, 1972’s Manassas and 1973’s Down The Road. The band dissolved in October 1973. Manassas was formed in the fall of 1971, following Stills' concert tour to support his album Stephen Stills 2 (1971). While Stephen Stills 2 was Stills’ second solo album, it was his first completed following the acrimonious 1970 breakup of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY), and was not critically well-received. After a chance meeting with Flying Burrito Brothers singer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Hillman in Cleveland, where Stills’ tour schedule crossed paths with that of the Burritos – a band that, by late 1971, had undergone multiple personnel changes and was in financial trouble – Stills saw an opportunity to change his artistic direction. He subsequently contacted Hillman, asking him, along with Burritos’ guitarist Al Perkins and fiddler Byron Berline, to join him in Miami at Atlantic Records’ Criteria Studios facility to jam. Stills also invited several members of his touring band – drummer Dallas Taylor, bassist Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels, keyboardist Paul Harris and vocalist/percussionist Joe Lala – to play at the session. _______________________________________ Manassas is the 1972 debut double album from Stephen Stills' band of the same name. "It Doesn't Matter" was released as a single and peaked at #61. Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones plays bass on and co-authored "The Love Gangster" and is reported to have said that he would have left the Stones to join Manassas. Manassas would mark somewhat of a critical comeback for Stills with Allmusic going so far as to call it a "sprawling masterpiece". Even Rolling Stone in a joint review with the Graham Nash/David Crosby album, said "[i]t's reassuring to know that Stills has some good music still inside him". The album debuted on the Billboard Top LP's chart for the week ending April 29, 1972 and eventually peaked at #4 in June. Interestingly, Stills' album shared the Top 10 with an album by David Crosby and Graham Nash (Graham Nash/David Crosby) and an album by Neil Young (Harvest), all collectively members of the quartet Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Track listing All songs by Stephen Stills except as noted; the four suites of music correspond to the four sides of the album's original LP release. The Raven 1."Song of Love" – 3:28 2.Medley – 3:34 "Rock & Roll Crazies" (Stephen Stills, Dallas Taylor) "Cuban Bluegrass" (Stephen Stills, Joe Lala) 3."Jet Set (Sigh)" – 4:25 4."Anyway" – 3:21 5."Both of Us (Bound to Lose)" (Stephen Stills, Chris Hillman) – 3:00 The Wilderness 1."Fallen Eagle" – 2:03 2."Jesus Gave Love Away for Free" – 2:59 3."Colorado" – 2:50 4."So Begins the Task" – 3:57 5."Hide It So Deep" – 2:44 6."Don't Look at My Shadow" – 2:30 Consider 1."It Doesn't Matter" (Chris Hillman, Rick Roberts, Stephen Stills) – 2:30 Note: Original releases of Manassas do not credit Roberts as a co-author. 2."Johnny's Garden" – 2:45 3."Bound to Fall" (Mike Brewer, Tom Mastin) – 1:53 Note: Original releases of Manassas do not credit Mastin as a co-author. 4."How Far" – 2:49 5."Move Around" – 4:15 6."The Love Gangster" (Stephen Stills, Bill Wyman) – 2:51 Rock & Roll is Here to Stay 1."What to Do" – 4:44 2."Right Now" – 2:58 3."The Treasure (Take One)" – 8:03 4."Blues Man" – 4:04 In tribute: Jimi Hendrix, Al Wilson, Duane Allman. _____________________________ Personnel Stephen Stills - vocals, guitar, bottleneck guitar, piano, organ, electric piano, clavinette Chris Hillman - vocals, guitar, mandolin Al Perkins - pedal steel guitar, guitar, vocals Calvin "Fuzzy" Samuel - bass Paul Harris - organ, tack piano, piano, electric piano, clavinette Dallas Taylor - drums Joe Lala - percussion, vocals Additional personnel Sydney George - harmonica Jerry Aiello - piano, organ, electric piano, clavinette Bill Wyman - bass Roger Bush - acoustic bass Byron Berline - fiddle Jerry Garcia - pedal steel guitar (Rumored to have played on "Jesus Gave Love Away For Free". Various interviews have Garcia talking about playing uncredited on the first Manassas album) ______________________________________________ From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ******* IMPORTANT ****** Please Read >>>> Vinyl Grading. I use GOLDMINE: STANDARD CATALOG OF AMERICAN RECORDS for grading guidelines. Therefore, NM (Near Mint) will not be seen unless the album is still in original shrinkwrap. Most all of the albums and covers I sell will be VERY GOOD + (or) VERY GOOD. Here are Goldmine's defintions of those two classifications. Verbatim in part. VG+ VINYL > may show some slight sign of wear, including light scuffs or very light scratches that do not affect the listening experience. Slight warps that do not affect the sound are okay. Minor signs of handling are okay, too, such as telltale marks around the center hole. There may be some very light ring wear or discoloration, but it should be barely noticeable. VG+ COVERS > are close to their near mint counterparts. Only close. A cover may be marred by a cutout marking (cut corner, small hole punch, a cut in the spine) or promotional stamp. There may be some slight signs of handling, such as light creasing in the corners. There may be slight signs of wear at the most vulnerable areas, even a bit of ring wear. But all in all, except for a few minor imperfections, this should be a very nice copy. VG VINYL > have more obvious flaws. They may lack some of the original factory gloss. Groove wear may be evident, as well as light scratches. When played, a VG record will porbably have some surface noise, especially at the beginning of a song and at the end. But the noise will not overpower the music. You may run into an audible surface scratch, but will not be a major detraction from the music. Minor writing, tape, or a sticker may detract from the label. But overall, the record will still remain a fine listening experience, just not the same as if the record was in better condition. VG COVERS > have more signs of wear, such as minot seam splits, most common at the bottom center, middle of the spine, and the upper and lower right where the record is removed from the cover. These will not be overwhelming, and can be neatly repaired. Also, minor writing, tape, or stickers may detract from the cover. Visible ringwear will be more evident. There could be minor scuffing or cut out markings.Though a VG cover will still be pleasing to the eye, there's no way it could pass as new. FAIR or POOR vinyl I usually throw away, unless it's rare. FAIR or POOR covers may sometimes be sold, but only if the vinyl is still very good, and the album itself is considered collectable. I usually price this kind of quality very low. ************ Please, don't hesitate to ask questions if you have any. It is NOT an inconvenience to me. Talking about records has always been fun to me. That's why I do this. And I've been doing it over 54 years. 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