My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Manassas was recorded in Florida in 1972 and released in April of the same year. The double album is technically a group album by the same name, but the songs were primarily written by Stills and it seems that it is often considered a solo album of his. The album is broken into four suites (one suite per side), with the first and last, The Raven and Rock & Roll is Here to Stay, having more of a rock sound as opposed to the country sound of the other two sides.
What I think: I really did not like Stills first solo album, the reasoning was primarily for its abundance of cheesy white boy blues. Thus, I was really frightened of what I would find here with this double album. It turns out that while this isn’t something I would listen to on my own, it’s actually pretty decent. The blues stuff is really gone, in its place is some boogie rock (The Raven and Rock & Roll is Here to Stay) and plenty of country rock. Stills voice is in fine form, often sounding similar to the CSN songs I’m familiar with. In other words, harmonizing with other musicians. Highlights here “Both of Us” and “Colorado”
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do agree that this should be here. It is a very solid album.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Manassas Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (204/267)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 76%