Stephen Stills (album)

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Stephen Stills
Studio album by Stephen Stills
Released November 16, 1970 (US)
November 27, 1970 (UK)
Recorded June–July 1970 at Island Studios, London
Genre Folk rock, hard rock[1]
Length 38:56
Label Atlantic
Producer Stephen Stills, Bill Halverson
Stephen Stills chronology
Super Session
Stephen Stills
Stephen Stills 2
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]

Stephen Stills is the debut album by Stephen Stills released on Atlantic Records in 1970. It is one of four high-profile albums released by each member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their 1970 chart-topping album Déjà Vu. Stills dedicated the album to Jimi Hendrix, who had died a month before the album arrived in stores.


The album features an array of well-known guest musicians, including John Sebastian, David Crosby and Graham Nash, who contributed vocals. Ringo Starr drums on two tracks under the pseudonym "Richie,"[3] which he also used for his contribution to the London Sessions album by American bluesman Howlin' Wolf, recorded in England the same year. Stills' album is also the only album to which both Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix supplied guitar work.

The song "We Are Not Helpless" was wrongly assumed by many critics to be a response to Neil Young's song "Helpless" from the Déjà Vu album.[4] "Love the One You're With," Stills' biggest solo hit single, peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100 on December 19, 1970, and another single pulled from the album, "Sit Yourself Down," went to #37 on March 27, 1971.[5]

The album peaked at #3 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart[6] in the week of December 5, 1970. It was reissued by WEA after being digitally remastered using the HDCD process on December 5, 1995. "We Are Not Helpless" and "Love the One You're With" were first performed in concert on May 12, 1970 during Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Déjà Vu tour. In 2009 Crosby, Stills, & Nash released Demos featuring an early demo of "Love the One You're With".

Reviews of the album were decidedly mixed ranging from lukewarm to positive. Allmusic calls it "a jaw-dropping experience" just short of Crosby, Stills & Nash and Déjà Vu[1] while others such as Rolling Stone were less effusive, qualifying the somewhat negative tone by writing "I'm not saying I don't like this album."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stephen Stills. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Love the One You're With"   3:04
2. "Do for the Others"   2:52
3. "Church (Part of Someone)"   4:05
4. "Old Times Good Times"   3:39
5. "Go Back Home"   5:54
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Sit Yourself Down"   3:05
2. "To a Flame"   3:08
3. "Black Queen"   5:26
4. "Cherokee"   3:23
5. "We Are Not Helpless"   4:20


Additional personnel[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Eder, Bruce. Stephen Stills (album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2006.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Stephen Stills > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 25 May 2006. 
  3. ^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 93. ISBN 0-345-25680-8. 
  4. ^ Rogan, Johnny (2001). Neil Young : Zero to Sixty : A Critical Biography (2 ed.). London: Calidore Books. p. 267. ISBN 978-0952954040. 
  5. ^ Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2006.
  6. ^ Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums at AllMusic. Retrieved 25 May 2006.
  7. ^ Ward, Ed (January 7, 1971). "Stephen Stills Stephen Stills > Album Review". Rolling Stone (74). Archived from the original on 15 April 2009. Retrieved 12 January 2007. 

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