Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills (1970)

Stephen Stills is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work with Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Stephen Stills began his music career as one of the three singer-songwriters in the folk-rock group Buffalo Springfield, where his composition "For What It's Worth" gave them their only chart hit. After their dissolution, he formed folk-rock's first supergroup, Crosby, Stills & Nash, who released two massively successful albums (the second with Neil Young as a fourth member). By 1970, he had earned himself a repuation as a brilliant singer, songwriter, guitarist and all-round musician.
After the success of Deja Vu, all four members of CSNY were offered the chance to record solo albums on Atlantic records. Stills' self-titled solo debut showed the full range of his musical talent, fusing rock, folk, blues and more into a cohesive whole. Always a multi-instrumentalist, Stills himself contributed guitar, bass, piano, organ and percussion, and was backed by a roster of famous musicians including bassist Fuzzy Samuels, drummers Dallas Taylor and Johnny Barbata (all three had been or would be part of the CSNY rhythm section), organist Booker T. Jones... plus appearances from Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. In fact this is the only instance of Clapton and Hendrix performing on the same album (Clapton plays on "Go Back Home", and Hendrix on "Old Time Good Times"). Backing vocals came from a large chorus including Graham Nash, David Crosby, John Sebastian, Rita Coolidge, Cass Elliott and others.
The album was successful. The single "Love The One You're With" reached #14 on the charts, and the album itself got to #3. As well as this commercial success, it proved Stills as the most talented overall musician in CSNY (as guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer), and revealed the true scope of his musical vision away from his bandmates.

|> Stephen Stills 2 (1971)


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