Stephen Stills 2

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Stephen Stills 2
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Studio album by Stephen Stills
Released June 30, 1971
Genre Folk rock, rock
Length 43:02
Label Atlantic
Producer Stephen Stills, Bill Halverson
Stephen Stills chronology
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Stephen Stills 2 is the second solo album by Stephen Stills, released on Atlantic Records in 1971. It peaked at number 8 on the Billboard 200 and was certified a gold record by the RIAA.[1][2] Two singles were released from the album, both just missing the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Change Partners" peaked at #43; while "Marianne" peaked at #42.[3]

Content[edit]

The lyrics were printed on the inside of the gatefold cover in red, on a background photograph of Stephen Stills in a mountainous outdoor setting pointing into the distance. There were numerous errors in the original printing of the lyrics, which necessitated that Atlantic issue the album with a large sticker affixed to the shrink wrap of the back cover with the corrections to the lyrics. Later editions of the album had corrected lyrics inside the gatefold and thus did not include a correction sticker on the album.[citation needed]

He had already performed "Bluebird Revisited" on tour with Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young in 1969. Stills undertook The Memphis Horns Tour in the summer of 1971 to support this album; members included The Memphis Horns along with CSNY bass player Calvin Samuels and CSNY drummer Dallas Taylor. He later re-recorded two songs from this collection: "Singin' Call" for his 1991 album Stills Alone; and "Word Game" for his 2013 album with blues supergroup The Rides.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[4]
The Village VoiceC[5]

John Mendelsohn of Rolling Stone described Stills as "a solid second-rate artist who so many lower-middlebrows insist on believing is actually first-rate" and his post-Buffalo Springfield work collectively as "fifth-rate self-indulgence". Of Stephen Stills 2 specifically he commented, "the words to Stills 2 are alternately trivial, cloyingly self-important, and downright offensive, the music is decidedly lackluster and undistinguished, and the production of the whole shebang is so distant from up to snuff that one is hard pressed to get much impression at all of the playing of the latter."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stephen Stills, except where indicated.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Change Partners" 3:13
2."Nothin' to Do But Today" 2:40
3."Fishes and Scorpions" 3:13
4."Sugar Babe" 4:04
5."Know You Got to Run"Stills, John Hopkins3:50
6."Open Secret" 5:00
Side two
No.TitleLength
7."Relaxing Town"2:20
8."Singin' Call"3:01
9."Ecology Song"3:22
10."Word Game"4:13
11."Marianne"2:27
12."Bluebird Revisited"5:23
Total length:43:02

Personnel[edit]

with The Memphis Horns


Tour[edit]

Date City Country Venue
3 July 1971 Seattle United States Seattle Center Coliseum
5 July 1971 Portland Memorial Coliseum
8 July 1971 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
9 July 1971 San Antonio Municipal Auditorium
11 July 1971 Dallas Dallas Memorial Auditorium
12 July 1971 Kansas City Municipal Auditorium
16 July 1971 Chicago International Amphitheatre
17 July 1971 St. Louis Kiel Auditorium
20 July 1971 Cleveland Public Auditorium
21 July 1971 Detroit Olympia Stadium
23 July 1971 Cincinnati Cincinnati Gardens
24 July 1971 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
27 July 1971 Boston Boston Garden
28 July 1971 Philadelphia The Spectrum
30 July 1971 New York City Madison Square Garden
3 August 1971 Louisville Fairgrounds Coliseum
5 August 1971 Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Arena
7 August 1971 Minneapolis Minneapolis Auditorium
9 August 1971 Denver Denver Coliseum
10 August 1971 Salt Lake City Salt Palace
12 August 1971 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
14 August 1971 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
15 August 1971 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
17 August 1971 Inglewood The Forum
18 August 1971
20 August 1971 Berkeley Berkeley Community Theater
21 August 1971

Typical tour set list[edit]

All songs written by Stephen Stills, except where noted.

  1. "Rock And Roll Woman"
  2. "Questions"
  3. "Helplessly Hoping"
  4. "Fishes And Scorpions"
  5. "Go Back Home"
  6. "Love The One You're With"
  7. "Black Queen"
  8. "Change Partners"
  9. "Know You Got To Run" (Stills, John Hopkins)
  10. "Word Game"
  11. "Do For The Others"
  12. "I'd Have To Be Crazy" (Steven Fromholz)
  13. "Texas Train Ride" (Steven Fromholz)
  14. "Jesus Gave Love Away For Free"
  15. "You Don't Have to Cry"
  16. "49 Bye-Byes/For What It's Worth"
  17. "Ecology Song"
  18. "Open Secret"
  19. "Lean On Me Baby"
  20. "Bluebird Revisited"
  21. "Cherokee"
  22. "How Long"
  23. "Find The Cost Of Freedom"

Tour personnel[edit]

References[edit]