After a very critically and commercially successful year, 1972, things changed when they regrouped to record at Criteria Studios in early 1973. Stills had met and married French pop singer Veronique Sanson, while Hillman re-united with the rest of the Byrds for a one-shot reunion album. Hillman was also entertaining a big-money offer from David Geffen’s Asylum Records to form a new super-group with J.D. Souther and Richie Furay. Arguments and increased drug-use were extremely prevalent, and Stills was losing money paying for each member each night.
The album was initially recorded at Criteria Studios, Miami with the Albert Brothers, until an increasingly combative Stills caused the brothers to leave halfway during recording. So sessions moved to Caribou Ranch, Colorado and in Los Angeles. To make matters worse Atlantic Records, then rejected some of the tracks recorded for the album which necessitated re-recording of certain songs. Resulting in patchwork quality. Other people suspect that the album was rejected for containing too few Stills songs and too many from Chris Hillman.
After a tour lasting until October 1973 the group then broke up for good, with Stills, joining Crosby, Nash and Young in Hawaii for an (ill-fated) reunion, and Hillman (along with Perkins and Harris) joining the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band.
The album was not very well received. Rolling Stone was especially critical, saying "[i]t would be sad to think the people involved put this record out not because of business pressures but because they were proud of it." It made it only to #26 on the Billboard album charts and its single, "Isn't It About Time", made it only to #56 on the Billboard singles charts. By 1974, the album had sold an estimated 300,000 copies in the US.