Long May You Run

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Long May You Run
Studio album by
The Stills–Young Band
ReleasedSeptember 20, 1976
RecordedFebruary 16 – June 7, 1976
StudioCriteria Studios (Miami, Florida)
Stephen Stills chronology
Illegal Stills
Long May You Run
Still Stills: The Best of Stephen Stills
Neil Young chronology
Long May You Run
American Stars 'n Bars
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

Long May You Run is a studio album credited to the Stills–Young Band, a collaboration between Stephen Stills and Neil Young, released in 1976 on Reprise Records. It peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200 and was certified gold in the United States by the RIAA. The album is the sole studio release by Stills and Young in tandem.


Following the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young stadium tour of 1974, an attempt by the quartet to finalize a new album ended amidst acrimony without result. David Crosby and Graham Nash resumed their partnership, while Stills and Young continued their independent careers. Songs from the aborted CSNY album appeared on various albums by group members, and Stills covered two Young songs on his contemporary studio albums: "New Mama" on Stills and "The Loner" on Illegal Stills.

In early 1976, Stills and Young reached a rapprochement, and began to work on a joint album project from a desire by both to pick up where they left off with their Buffalo Springfield-era guitar explorations, a decade after the inception of the band. Crosby and Nash signed on as well, and briefly Long May You Run looked to be the awaited CSNY reunion album. However, on a deadline Nash and Crosby left Miami to finish the sessions for what would become their 1976 album Whistling Down the Wire, and Young and Stills reacted by removing the duo's vocals and other contributions from the master tapes.[3] Crosby and Nash vowed never to work with either again, although less than a year later they would regroup with Stills for the album CSN.

The Stills-Young Band, comprising Stills' then-current touring band behind the pair, began a tour in 1976 prior to the album's release. The tour commenced in Clarkston, Michigan on June 23, but after nineteen dates Young dropped out after July 20 via a telegram to Stills, forcing Stills to complete the concert tour solo through October.[4] The telegram read: "Dear Stephen, funny how some things that start spontaneously end that way. Eat a peach. Neil."[5] Young would later cite cryptic personal reasons for his departure, namely that he had "voice issues" but he has since stated the tour "wasn't working" and that the "balance was off in some way" as it progressed. During the tour, critics were writing harsh reviews of Stills while praising Young, titled "Young Hot, Stills Not". Stills began drinking heavily and started to take out his frustrations on tour personnel thinking they were purposefully making him look bad. However, even after Young told Stills not to read the reviews, he would not accept the advice, so Young left.[6]

The album's advance single, "Long May You Run", peaked at #71 on the UK singles chart.[7] The song was an elegy for Neil Young's first car (which he nicknamed "Mort"[8]), a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse that died in 1962 when its transmission blew in Blind River, Ontario.[7] Mort was a different vehicle from the 1953 Pontiac hearse, nicknamed Mort 2, that Richie Furay, traveling with Stills, saw Young driving in a Hollywood traffic jam in 1966 that led to the formation of Buffalo Springfield.[9] On January 22, 2010, Young performed "Long May You Run" on the final episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.[10] A few weeks later, Young performed the song during the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, accompanying the extinguishment of the Olympic cauldron.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Side one

1."Long May You Run"Neil Young3:53
2."Make Love to You"Stephen Stills5:10
3."Midnight on the Bay"Neil Young3:59
4."Black Coral"Stephen Stills4:41
5."Ocean Girl"Neil Young3:19

Side two

1."Let It Shine"Neil Young4:43
2."12/8 Blues (All the Same)"Stephen Stills3:41
3."Fontainebleau"Neil Young3:58
4."Guardian Angel"Stephen Stills5:40
Total length:39:10


Additional musicians


  • Stephen Stills – producer, mixing
  • Neil Young – producer, mixing
  • Don Gehman – producer, recording, mixing
  • Tom Dowd – associate producer
  • Steve Hart – recording assistant
  • Michael Lasko – recording assistant
  • Alex Sadkin – mixing
  • Tom Wilkes – album design



Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[24] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


1976 North American Tour
Tour by The Stills–Young Band
Start dateJune 23, 1976
End dateJuly 20, 1976
No. of shows22 (44 planned)
The Stills–Young Band concert chronology
Date City Country Venue Attendance Gross
23 June 1976 Clarkston United States Pine Knob Music Theatre Sold Out $138,995
24 June 1976
26 June 1976 Boston Boston Garden 15,550/15,550 $127,000
27June 1976 Springfield Civic Center 10,000 $70,000
29 June 1976 Philadelphia The Spectrum 18,500/18,500 $125,980
1 July 1976 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
2 July 1976
4 July 1976 Niagara Falls Convention Centre 9,000 $54,000
5 July 1976 Rochester Community War Memorial Auditorium 9,000/11,000 $60,071
7 July 1976 Providence Providence Civic Centre 18,781 $140,684
9 July 1976 Landover Capital Centre
10 July 1976
11 July 1976 Hartford Colt Park $167,000
13 July 1976 Richfield Richfield Coliseum 14,815/19,276 $97,452
14 July 1976 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum 16,960/16,960
15 July 1976 Pittsburgh Civic Arena 17,334/17,334 $117,371
17 July 1976 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum 10,743 $83,785
18 July 1976 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
20 July 1976 Columbia Carolina Coliseum 9,892 $65,128
21 July 1976 Atlanta Omni Coliseum (Cancelled)
23 July 1976 Jacksonville Civic Auditorium
24 July 1976 Miami Miami Baseball Stadium 12,231/22,000 $101,928
25 July 1976 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center 9,000 $71,000
27 July 1976 Mobile Municipal Auditorium
28 July 1976 Shreveport Hirsch Memorial Coliseum
29 July 1976 Memphis Mid South Coliseum
30 July 1976 Dallas Dallas Memorial Coliseum
31 July 1976 Norman LLoyd Noble Center
2 August 1976 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
3 August 1976 San Antonio Convention Center
10 August 1976 Chicago Chicago Stadium
13 August 1976 St. Paul Sports Centre
14 August 1976 Milwaukee Summerfest Mainstage
17 August 1976 San Francisco Cow Palace
19 August 1976 Concord Concord Pavilion
21 August 1976 San Diego Balboa Stadium
24 August 1976 Inglewood The Forum
29 August 1976 Denver Red Rocks Amphitheatre
30 August 1976
31 August 1976
2 September 1976 Vancouver Canada PNE Coliseum
4 September 1976 Seattle United States Seattle Coliseum
8 September 1976 Edmonton Canada Unknown Venue
10 September 1976 Calgary



This is the setlist from the Boston Garden date on the 26 June 1976[28]

  1. "Love the One You're With" (Stills)
  2. "The Loner" (Young)
  3. "Long May You Run" (Young)
  4. "For What It's Worth" (Stills)
  5. "Helpless" (Young)
  6. "Black Queen" (Stills)
  7. "Southern Man" (Young)
  8. "On the Way Home" (Young)
  9. "Change Partners" (Stills)
  10. "Too Far Gone" (Young)
  11. "4+20" (Stills)
  12. "Word Game" (Stills)
  13. "Buyin' Time" (Stills)
  14. "Evening Coconut" (Young)
  15. "Make Love to You" (Stills)
  16. "Cowgirl in the Sand" (Young)
  17. "The Treasure" (Stills)
  18. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (Stills)


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