The Stills-Young Band - Long May You Run (1976)

The Stills-Young Band was a short-lived collaboration between Stephen Stills and Neil Young.

In 1976, Stephen Stills and Neil Young hadn't recorded togethether since 1970, with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's Deja Vu and the live album Four Way Street. Since then, Stephen Stills had recorded five solo albums, and two with his band Manassas. Neil Young had seen much greater success with his critically-acclaimed solo career, releasing his most famous work between 1970 and 1975. There had also been a CSNY reunion tour in 1974, but attempts to record an album with the quartet had failed.
In 1976 they began work on an album together. They used Stills' session musician friends as their backing group, all of whom had appeared on his recent solo albums - Jerry Aiello (organ/piano), George Perry (bass), Joe Lala (percussion) and Joe Vitale (drums). Both Stills and Young handled the guitars. David Crosby and Graham Nash joined in with the recording, adding their vocals to many songs, and at one point it looked likely to transform into the long-awaited CSNY reunion album. However they at the time were busy with an album of their own (Whistling Down The Wire), and Stills and Young wiped their vocals from the finished album. This led to a big fall-out between the four of them.
The album was released in September 1976, and the Stills-Young Band embarked on a tour to promote it. However after nine dates Young dropped out, and Stills was forced to complete the tour by himself. The brief experiment was over. Retrospectively, the album can't really be seen as a highlight of either of their careers, but it does contain some good material, in particular the title track, which has endured as part of Young's set-list to the present day. The song is actually about his car.


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