Stephen Stills 2

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Stephen Stills 2
Studio album by Stephen Stills
Released June 30, 1971
Genre Folk-rock, Rock
Length 43:02
Label Atlantic
Producer Stephen Stills, Bill Halverson
Stephen Stills chronology
Stephen Stills
(1970)
Stephen Stills 2
(1971)
Manassas
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Village Voice C[2]

Stephen Stills 2 is the second solo album by Stephen Stills and was released in 1971. He had already performed "Bluebird Revisited" on tour with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young in 1969.

The album was not as well received as its predecessor peaking at #8 on the Billboard album chart[3] and with most reviews labeling it as indulgent, or as Rolling Stone put it, "fifth-rate self-indulgence".[4] About the only thing the reviewers complimented were the songs "Change Partners" and "Marianne", which were the album's singles but only hit #43 and #42, respectively, on the Billboard singles chart.[5]Stills later re-recorded two songs from this collection: "Singin' Call" for his 1991 CD Stills Alone, and "Word Game" for his 2013 CD with blues supergroup The Rides.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stephen Stills unless otherwise noted.

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Change Partners" – 3:13
  2. "Nothin' To Do But Today" – 2:40
  3. "Fishes and Scorpions" – 3:13
  4. "Sugar Babe" – 4:04
  5. "Know You Got to Run" (Stills, John Hopkins) – 3:50
  6. "Open Secret" – 5:00

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Relaxing Town" – 2:20
  2. "Singin' Call" – 3:01
  3. "Ecology Song" – 3:22
  4. "Word Game" – 4:13
  5. "Marianne" – 2:27
  6. "Bluebird Revisited" – 5:23

The lyrics for this album were printed on the inside of the gatefold cover in red, on a background photograph of Stephen Stills in a mountainous outdoor setting pointing into the distance. There were numerous errors in the original printing of the lyrics, which necessitated that Atlantic issue the album with a large sticker affixed to the shrink wrap of the back cover with the corrections to the lyrics. Later editions of the album had corrected lyrics inside the gatefold and thus did not include a correction sticker on the album.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chrispell, James. Stephen Stills 2 at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 September 2006.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (October 14, 1971). "Consumer Guide (19)". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Stephen Stills 2 - Stephen Stills > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  4. ^ Mendelsohn, John Ned (August 19, 1971). "Stephen Stills Stephen Stills 2 > Album Review". Rolling Stone (89). Archived from the original on 3 July 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2007. 
  5. ^ Stephen Stills 2 - Stephen Stills > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2011.