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Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Dan R, Mar 19, 2019.
Stephen Stills is a living legend in my book.
The guy knows where the bodies are buried.
Is anyone else still upset with Neil for cutting that Buffalo Springfield reunion tour short several years ago? I thought I was actually going to get to see one of my all time favorite bands live. Thanks a bunch, Neil.
Well Jimi played on Stills' first album
And they also recorded some stuff in 69
I played with him a few times back in the '80's, and I've never heard anyone get more sound - plain old volume of sound - out of an acoustic flattop. I played his Martin and the action was high, the strings heavy. I couldn't make it work: in his hands it sounded like an orchestra.
It's not Neil.Remember , it's The Muse.
Great acoustic player, instantly recognizable electric player, great singer and writer, plus one of my favorite bassists. Too bad his hearing is almost gone. The first Mannasas album is a masterpiece!
I wish he’d go back to wearing his Cleveland BROWNS jersey.
Always liked Stills a lot and long wished there was a modern authorized biography.
In the meantime here he is in great form in my favorite Stills band.
I think it's cool to hear the demos of these two famous CSN songs
It's all Stills without the amazing harmonies
So glad he was turned down for a part in The Monkees (if that story is true).
He's the guy who got me interested in old guitars, and the reason why I played a Martin for many years.
He auditioned but they thought he looked too old due to his thinning hair
He was friends with Peter Tork and recommend him to the producers. He got the job.
Good friends are good to have!
IMO he doesn't get included by many in their short list of players because he is not particularly blues-based, nor is he an excessively flamboyant lead showman. From the first time I heard him, he stood out as incredibly musical and song-oriented in his approach, and remarkably inventive. He is a musician's musician and therefore probably less of a fan favorite as far as guitar wizardry is concerned. I think he's harder to emulate than many more flashy soloists.
He is a great guitar player with soulful voice and his songwriting is a cut above the rest. So many interesting and varied type songs. Bluebird, Suite to Judy Blue eyes, Love the one you're with, Black Queen....the list goes on.
I saw Stills' tour with the Memphis Horns and Steve Fromholz in 1972, then with Manassas in 1973.
Great band! In one show, they opened with "Rock and Roll Woman", then proceeded to play most of the first Manassas
double album in sequence, for the most part, with a brief solo spot by Stills between the country and rock sides of that
LP. I remember that Stills had 17 guitars (and one banjo) on stage.
My understanding is that the record label was more interested in more CSN&Y output, so didn't
promote the band (which was perceived as a Stills solo project, despite the fact that Manassas had seven guys in the band) as much as they could have. Which is a shame.
He improvised when he had to. Consider the B side of Super Session, especially It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
what an inovative player , some of the best iconic music ever made , he once stated the best carreer move he ever made was when he was not chosen to play the part that Micheal Nesmith got in the Monkeys , it would have killed his carreer before it started, I agree. a rare talent!
Dave Gilmour did a tour before he retired with David Crosby and Graham Nash on back up vocals and Phil Manzanara on guitar, just the chemistry and vocal talents CSNY had was mind boggling the sum of the parts exceeds the whole for sure
Some people don't like all the "accidents" Steve has while improvising, but I think they're great and they don't scare me off one bit.
I do agree that more people should put their picks down and attempt some of the stuff that Steve does, but I do not think his rhythm playing stands out over any of the other, seemingly unlimited sets of skills Steve has shown on keyboards, bass, you name it. Basically, he does everything well, except that his furious pace is not sustainable over months and years and so he's gone into retreat from time to time, in search of repair from trying to do too much.
I saw the show at the Fox in Oakland, in 2011, with Gillian and David opening. Ritchie was in great form and Stephen was full of presence and swagger and I was satisfied he had in fact licked the disease than had taken Dan Fogelburg a few years before. Neil was mostly just being solid old Neil, real good skill sets but the bass player and drummer were Neil's people and it felt like Neil Young with special guests Stills and Furay. The setlist started all Springfield but towards the end it devolved into a typical Neil Young gig.
But honestly, my fault for demanding way too much, and traveling way too far we should've stayed nearby overnight but we thought we were 21 or something.
Anyway, I've got to stop pushing back on Neil. We've always assumed there would always be another Neil Young album, then another. What if he's decided he's good with what he's done, and the creativity monkey is off his back? Maybe we're guilty of taking Neil for granted all this time.
As an acoustic guitar player, and songwriter, he's legendary, and not just rhythm, he's got pretty great chops as a picker as well. I just love the way he does both in "Treetop Flyer", (a few mistakes in that as well), but he was after all, battling an alcohol addiction. Just about all his songs he did in open D tuning are incredible, and made him a fortune! Count me as one of his biggest fans....
Always liked him. Saw him twice with CSN & Y and once solo where Neil Young came out at the end and they played a couple old Buffalo Springfield songs. Then the next night I was in this little bar in Georgetown in D.C., the Apple Pie, and they came walking in. Good times.