My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Stephen Stills was recorded in mid-1970 and released later in the year. The album includes cameos from Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Booker T. Jones, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Ringo Starr and many others.
What I think: There are a handful of songs here that have acoustic guitar the vocal parts similar to CSN and those are the ones that are pretty good. “Do for the Others”, “Church” and “We are Not Helpless” are three examples of such songs. “Love the One You’re With” is another, but I can’t get over the cheesiness of the free love, ’70s thing. Plus the line about the girl sitting there waiting for something to do is awful. Like she is just there blank minded and waiting, unless you decide to come along and make love to her then she will finally be occupied and content.
The remainder of the songs are just Really bad white boy blues. You know the type where the guitar player makes that face, because the guitar playing is torturing their soul? This is Stills in 1983 doing just that (bonus points for using the double guitar!):
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Let’s skip it and move on.
Rating (Out of 5): 1
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (148/191)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%