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, Americana
Length 39:10
Label Reprise
Producer Tom Dowd, Don Gehman, Stephen Stills, Neil Young
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
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Long May You Run is an 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' 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 1965 when its transmission blew in Blind River, Ontario.[8] 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] "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]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Long May You Run" Neil Young 3:53
2. "Make Love to You" Stephen Stills 5:10
3. "Midnight on the Bay" Neil Young 3:59
4. "Black Coral" Stephen Stills 4:41
5. "Ocean Girl" Neil Young 3:19

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let It Shine" Neil Young 4:43
2. "12/8 Blues (All the Same)" Stephen Stills 3:41
3. "Fontainebleau" Neil Young 3:58
4. "Guardian Angel" Stephen Stills 5:40



Recording personnel[edit]

  • 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



  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. ^ Neil Young tour statistics
  5. ^ Zimmer and Diltz, pp. 186-7.
  6. ^ Long May You Run Songfacts
  7. ^ Shakey: Neil Young's Biography; Jimmy Mcdonough, Random House; First Edition (May 7, 2002)p. 104
  8. ^ Long May You Run Songfacts
  9. ^ Shakey: Neil Young's Biography; Jimmy Mcdonough, Random House; First Edition (May 7, 2002)p. 146

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