Down the Road (Manassas album)

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Down the Road
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 23, 1973
RecordedCriteria Sound Studios, Miami, Florida, Caribou Ranch, Colorado January 1973
GenreCountry rock, blues rock, folk rock, Southern rock
Length30:50
LabelAtlantic
ProducerStephen Stills, Chris Hillman, Dallas Taylor
Stephen Stills chronology
Manassas
(1972)
Down the Road
(1973)
Stills
(1975)
Manassas chronology
Manassas
(1972)
Down the Road
(1973)
Pieces
(2009)
Singles from Down The Road
  1. "Isn't It About Time" / "So Many Times"
    Released: 1973
  2. "Down The Road" / "Guaguancó De Veró"
    Released: 1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]

Down the Road is the second and last studio album by Stephen Stills' band Manassas. It was released in 1973.

Background[edit]

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.[3]

Recording[edit]

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.[4] Other people suspect that the album was rejected for containing too few Stills songs and too many from Chris Hillman.

Aftermath[edit]

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.[5]

Reception[edit]

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."[6] It made it only to #26 on the Billboard album charts[7] and its single, "Isn't It About Time", made it only to #56 on the Billboard singles charts.[8] By 1974, the album had sold an estimated 300,000 copies in the US.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Stephen Stills, except where indicated..

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Isn't It About Time" 3:02
2."Lies"Chris Hillman2:55
3."Pensamiento"Stephen Stills, Nelson Escoto2:36
4."So Many Times"Chris Hillman, Stephen Stills3:30
5."Business on the Street" 2:55
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Do You Remember The Americans" 2:05
2."Down The Road" 3:16
3."City Junkies" 2:50
4."Guaguancó de Veró"Stephen Stills, Joe Lala2:51
5."Rollin' My Stone"Stephen Stills, Calvin Samuel4:50

Personnel[edit]

  • Stephen Stills - guitar, piano, bass, vocals
  • Dallas Taylor - drums
  • Chris Hillman - guitar, bass, mandolin, vocals
  • Joe Lala - percussion, vocals
  • Al Perkins - guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo
  • Calvin "Fuzzy" Samuel - bass, vocals
  • Paul Harris - piano
  • Joe Walsh - slide guitar
  • Bobby Whitlock - keyboards
  • Sydney George - flute
  • Jerry Aiello - organ
  • Charlie Grimes - guitar
  • Guille Garcia - percussion
  • Lachy Espinol - percussion
  • Pat Arnold - vocals

Tour[edit]

Date City Country Venue
14 February 1973 Charlotte United States Charlotte Colisseum
17 February 1973 Atlanta Municipal Auditorium[9]
19 February New York Academy Of Music
24 March 1973 Ames Hilton Colisseum
24 March 1973 Illinois Illinois State University
28 March 1973 Illinois Horton Field House
30 March 1973 Chapel Hill Carmichael Auditorium
2 April 1973 Atlanta Municipal Auditorium
3 April 1973 Athens Georgia Colisseum
8 April 1973 West Virginia West Virginia University Coliseum
11 April 1973 Richmond Eastern Kentucky University
13 April 1973 College Park University Of Maryland
14 April 1973 Charlottesville University Of Virginia
15 April 1973 Salem Roanoke College
16 April 1973 New York Bannanafish Garden
Date City Country Venue
7 July 1973 Cleveland United States Blossom Music Centre
29 July 1973 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
30 July 1973 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Centre
1 August 1973 Illinois Mississippi River Festival
31 August 1973 Honolulu Hawaii HIC Arena
28 September 1973 Ann Arbor United States Crisler Arena
September 1973 Purdue University Mackey Arena
6 October 1973 Sacramento Sacramento Memorial Auditorium
7 October 1973 San Francisco Winterland Arena
12 October 1973 Columbus St John Arena

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chrispell, James. Down the Road at AllMusic. Retrieved 3 September 2006.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2007). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195313734.
  3. ^ "The story of Stephen Stills and Manassas". Bill DeYoung dot com. 2018-07-04. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  4. ^ "The story of Stephen Stills and Manassas". Bill DeYoung dot com. 2018-07-04. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  5. ^ "The story of Stephen Stills and Manassas". Bill DeYoung dot com. 2018-07-04. Retrieved 2019-08-13.
  6. ^ Nolan, Tom (June 21, 1973). "Stephen Stills: Down The Road : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone (137). Archived from the original on 2007-02-04. Retrieved 12 January 2007.
  7. ^ Down The Road - Manassas > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  8. ^ Down The Road - Manassas > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2011.
  9. ^ "31 Dec 1972, 78 - The Atlanta Constitution at Newspapers.com". Newspapers.com. Retrieved 2019-09-21.