With the dissolution of his fantastic band Manassas in late 1973, Stephen Stills started work on his next solo album. However work on it was delayed by a reunion of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, who went on tour in 1974. When the tour ended Stills signed a new contract with Columbia Records, and got back to finishing the shelved album. Stills was completed and released in 1975, showcasing a smooth rock sound with flavours of blues, jazz & latin. Among the musicians credited were many high profile session players and rock star associates, including guitarists Donnie Dacus and George Terry, percussionsit Joe LaLa, keyboardist Jerry Aeillo, bassist Leland Sklar, drummers Dallas Taylor, Russ Kunkel and Ringo Starr, and singer-songwriter Rick Roberts. Crosby and Nash also made cameos. Stills himself played guitar, bass and keyboards. The songs were all originals (some co-authored with other musicians), with the one exception being a cover of Neil Young's "New Mama".
The album was strong, but arguably paled in comparison to his brilliant first two albums. Much had changed since then, and Stills was soon to find an increasing lack of both sales and critical interest in his solo work.
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