Manassas (album)

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Studio album by Manassas
Released April 12, 1972
Recorded Criteria Sound Studios, Miami, Florida
Genre Country rock, roots rock, folk rock, southern rock
Length 71:57
Label Atlantic Records
Producer Stephen Stills, Chris Hillman, Dallas Taylor
Stephen Stills chronology
Stephen Stills 2
(1971)Stephen Stills 21971
Down the Road
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Manassas chronology
(1972) Manassas1972
Down the Road
(1973) Down the Road1973
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC+[2]

Manassas is the 1972 debut double album by Stephen Stills' band of the same name.

"It Doesn't Matter" was released as a single and peaked at #61.[3] Bill Wyman of the Rolling Stones plays bass on and co-authored "The Love Gangster" and is reported to have said that he would have left the Stones to join Manassas.[1]

Manassas marked a critical comeback for Stills, with Allmusic calling it a "sprawling masterpiece"[1] and Rolling Stone saying it was "reassuring to know that Stills has some good music still inside him".[4]

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the Billboard Top LP's chart for the week ending April 29, 1972 and eventually peaked at No. 4[5] in June. Stills' album shared the top 10 with an album by David Crosby and Graham Nash (Graham Nash David Crosby) and an album by Neil Young (Harvest), all collectively members of the quartet Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.


The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stephen Stills, except where indicated.

Side one – The Raven
1."Song of Love" 3:28
  • Rock & Roll Crazies
  • Cuban Bluegrass"

  • Stills, Dallas Taylor
  • Stills, Joe Lala
  • 3:34
    3."Jet Set (Sigh)" 4:25
    4."Anyway" 4:21
    5."Both of Us (Bound to Lose)"Stills, Chris Hillman3:00
    Total length:17:48
    Side two – The Wilderness
    6."Fallen Eagle"2:03
    7."Jesus Gave Love Away for Free"2:59
    9."So Begins the Task"3:57
    10."Hide It So Deep"2:44
    11."Don't Look At My Shadow"2:30
    Total length:17:03
    Side three – Consider
    12."It Doesn't Matter" (original releases of Manassas do not credit Roberts as a co-author)Stills, Hillman, Rick Roberts2:30
    13."Johnny's Garden" 2:45
    14."Bound to Fall" (original releases of Manassas do not credit Mastin as a co-author)Mike Brewer, Tom Mastin1:53
    15."How Far" 2:49
    16."Move Around" 4:15
    17."The Love Gangster"Stills, Bill Wyman2:51
    Total length:16:53
    Side four – Rock & Roll Is Here to Stay
    18."What to Do"4:44
    19."Right Now"2:58
    20."The Treasure (Take One)"8:03
    21."Blues Man" (in tribute: Jimi Hendrix, Al Wilson, Duane Allman)4:04
    Total length:71:57


    Additional personnel[edit]

    • Sydney George (on The Raven and The Wilderness) - harmonica
    • Jerry Aiello (on The Raven and The Wilderness) - piano, organ, electric piano, clavinet
    • Roger Bush - acoustic bass
    • Bill Wyman (on The Raven and The Wilderness) - bass
    • Roger Bush (on The Raven and The Wilderness) - acoustic bass
    • Byron Berline - fiddle
    • Jerry Garcia - pedal steel guitar [Rumored to have played on "Jesus Gave Love Away For Free" (along with Al Perkins) and "So Begins The Task". Various interviews have Garcia talking about playing uncredited on the first Manassas album.]


    After the initial Manassas tour from 9 March to 20th April. Manassas then completed five tours in six months, from July 14 to July 30 they toured the West Coast, the second tour from 11 - 28 August toured the East Coast, they then toured Europe and Scandinavia from September 13 to October 9. The fourth tour was a tour of Midwestern American Colleges, and finally the fifth tour was conducted in the South from December 1 - 19.

    Date City Country Venue
    9 March 1972 Honolulu United States HIC Arena
    14 March 1972 Auburn Auburn Memorial Coliseum
    15 March 1972 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum
    17 March 1972 New Orleans Municipal Auditorium
    19 March 1972 Baton Rouge Assembly Center
    21 March 1972 Gainesville Fieldhouse
    22 March 1972 Dania Pirates World
    23 March 1972 Tampa Jai-Lai Fonton
    26 March 1972 Oxford Mississippi Colisseum
    28 March 1972 St Louis Kiel Auditorium
    29 March 1972 Peoria Fieldhouse
    30 March 1972 Chicago Arie Crown Theatre
    2 April 1972
    4 April 1972 New York City Carnegie Hall
    5 April 1972 Boston Boston Garden
    7 April 1972 Uniondale Nassau Colisseum
    9 April 1972 Buffalo Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
    12 April 1972 Philadelphia The Spectrum
    13 April 1972 Williamsburg College Of William And Mary
    18 April 1972 San Antonio San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
    19 April 1972 Houston Hofheinz Pavillion
    20 April 1972 Dallas Dallas Memorial Auditorium
    Date City Country Venue
    14 July 1972 Fresno
    15 July 1972 Las Vegas
    16 July 1972 Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl
    21 July 1972 Berkeley Berkeley Community Theatre
    22 July 1972
    San Bernandino
    San Diego
    30 July 1972 Tuscon
    11 August 1972 Washington
    12 August 1972 New York Roosevelt Raceway
    14 August 1972 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
    28 August 1972
    13 September 1972 Europe
    17 September 1972 London Rainbow Theatre
    22 September 1972 Stockholm Kungliga Tennishallen
    24 September 1972 Hamburg Musikhalle
    26 September 1972 Frankfurt Jahrunderthalle
    5 October 1972 Paris L'Olympia
    9 October 1972 Belgium
    19 October 1972 Bloomington Indiana University
    20 October 1972 Tulsa Assembly Centre
    22 October 1972 Minneapolis Minneapolis Auditorium
    26 October 1972
    27 October 1972 South Bend Athletics And Convocation Centre
    3 November 1972 Michigan State University Jenison Fieldhouse
    9 November 1972 Stanford University Maples Pavillion
    16 November 1972 Memorial Coliseum
    20 November 1972
    1 December 1972
    9 December 1972 Anaheim Anaheim Convention Center
    19 December 1972


    1. ^ a b c Caldwell, Rob. Manassas at AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2006.
    2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Stephen Stills > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
    3. ^ Stephen Stills > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2006.
    4. ^ Scoppa, Bud (May 25, 1972). "Manassas / Graham Nash David Crosby > Album Reviews". Rolling Stone (109). Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2007. 
    5. ^ Stephen Stills > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 6 August 2006.
    6. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (7 February 2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.