Stephen Stills (album)

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Stephen Stills
Studio album by Stephen Stills
Released November 23, 1970 (US)
November 27, 1970 (UK)
Recorded June–July 1970 at Island Studios, London
Genre Folk rock, hard rock[1]
Length 38:56
Label Atlantic
Producer Stephen Stills, Bill Halverson
Stephen Stills chronology
Super Session
(1968)
Stephen Stills
(1970)
Stephen Stills 2
(1971)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Stephen Stills is an eponymous rock album by Stephen Stills, famous for his long-time membership in Crosby, Stills, & Nash. It consists of songs written by Stills and 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.

The album features an array of well-known guest musicians, including 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 in rock and roll history to which both Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix supplied guitar work. Hendrix died before the album was released—Stills dedicated the album to "James Marshall Hendrix."

The song "We Are Not Helpless" was written in response to Neil Young's song "Helpless"[citation needed] from the Déjà Vu album and the song and "Black Queen" have remained in the performing repertoire of both Stills and CSN. "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.[4]

The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart[5] in the week of December 5, 1970. 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 positive to lukewarm. Allmusic calls it "a jaw-dropping experience" just short of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Déjà Vu[1] while others such as Rolling Stone were less effusive, qualifying the somewhat negative tone by writing "I'm not saying I don't like this album."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stephen Stills.

Side 1[edit]

  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 2[edit]

  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

Personnel[edit]

Horns arranged by Stephen Stills; strings arranged by Stephen Stills and Arif Mardin

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce. Stephen Stills (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2006.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Stephen Stills > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 25 May 2006. 
  3. ^ a b 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. ^ Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2006.
  5. ^ Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2006.
  6. ^ Ward, Ed (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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