Long May You Run

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Long May You Run
Studio album by The Stills-Young Band
Released September 20, 1976
Recorded February 16 – June 7, 1976
Studio Criteria Studios, Miami
Genre Country rock, roots rock, blues rock, art rock, Americana
Length 39:10
Label Reprise
Producer Tom Dowd, Don Gehman, Stephen Stills, Neil Young
Stephen Stills chronology
Illegal Stills
(1976)Illegal Stills1976
Long May You Run
Still Stills: The Best of Stephen Stills
(1976)Still Stills: The Best of Stephen Stills1976
Neil Young chronology
(1975) Zuma1975
Long May You Run
(1976) Long May You Run1976
American Stars 'N Bars
(1977) American Stars 'N Bars1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB[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, catalogue MS 2253. It peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200 and certified gold in the U.S. by the RIAA. The album is the sole studio release by Stills and Young in tandem. Musically, it follows mostly in a similar vein to the duo's other joint work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, traversing various facets of Americana and folk music, while songs such as "Make Love to You" have something of a jazz feel, and the extensive use of synthesised strings on the second side give the songs an art rock sound.


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 as Crosby & Nash, 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 a new CSN album in 1977.

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 nine dates Young dropped out after July 18 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 the tour "wasn't working" and that the "balance was off in some way" as it progressed.

The album's advance single, "Long May You Run", peaked at #71 on the UK singles chart.[6] The song was an elegy for Neil Young's first car (which he nicknamed "Mort"[7]), a 1948 Buick Roadmaster hearse that died in 1962 when its transmission blew in Blind River, Ontario.[6] 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.[8] "Long May You Run" was performed by Young on the final broadcast of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien on January 22, 2010, and during the closing ceremonies for the Vancouver Olympics on February 28, 2010.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

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[edit]

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




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


The Stills-Young Band Tour[edit]

The Stills-Young Band tour lasted until July 20 1976, when Neil Young pulled out. Stephen Stills carried on for three more dates 23-25 July, when the rest of the tour was cancelled.

Date City Country Venue
23 June 1976 Clarkston United States Pine Knob Music Theatre
24 June 1976
26 June 1976 Boston Boston Garden
27June 1976 Springfield Civic Center
29 June 1976 Philadelphia The Spectrum
1 July 1976 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
2 July 1976
4 July 1976 Niagara Falls Convention Centre
5 July 1976 Rochester Community War Memorial Auditorium
7 July 1976 Providence Providence Civic Centre
9 July 1976 Landover Capitol Centre
10 July 1976
11 July 1976 Hartford Colt Park
13 July 1976 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
14 July 1976 Cinccinati Riverfront Coliseum
15 July 1976 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
17 July 1976 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
18 July 1976 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
20 July 1976 Columbia Carolina Coliseum
21 July 1976 Atlanta Omni Coliseum (Cancelled)
23 July 1976 Jacksonville Civic Auditorium
24 July 1976 Miami Miami Baseball Stadium
25 July 1976 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center
27 July 1976 Mobile Municipal Auditorium (Cancelled)
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
30 August 1976
31 August 1976
2 September 1976 Vancouver PNE Coliseum
4 September 1976 Seattle Seattle Coliseum
8 September 1976 Edmonton Canada Unknown Venue
10 September 1976 Calgary


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, W. "Long May You Run – Stephen Stills | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Stills Young Band". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Zimmer, Dave, and Diltz, Henry. Crosby Stills & Nash: The Authorized Biography, St. Martin’s Press, 1984. ISBN 0-312-17660-0, p. 185.
  4. ^ Matthias Butterweck. "Numbers On The Site - The Neil Young Tour statistics". Butterweck.de. Retrieved 8 August 2018. 
  5. ^ Zimmer and Diltz, pp. 186–7.
  6. ^ a b "Long May You Run by Neil Young Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 8 August 2018. 
  7. ^ Shakey: Neil Young's Biography; Jimmy Mcdonough, Random House; First Edition (May 7, 2002) p. 104
  8. ^ Shakey: Neil Young's Biography; Jimmy Mcdonough, Random House; First Edition (May 7, 2002) p. 146

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