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Stephen Stills — Man Alive
Release date : Aug. 09, 2005
Tracklist:
  1. Ain't It Always
  2. Feed the People
  3. Hearts Gate
  4. 'Round the Bend
  5. I Don't Get It
  6. Around Us
  7. Ole Man Trouble
  8. Different Man
  9. Piece of Me
  10. Wounded World
  11. Drivin' Thunder
  12. Acadienne
  13. Spanish Suite

Stephen Stills – Man Alive

Stephen Stills – Man Alive

“ His voice is still in fine form and his guitar playing is always excellent. ” Dennis R. Goodwin

But well worth the Wait! Stephen Stills has hit the mark with this new offering. The CD opens up with a new tune that carries shades of his first LP. Throughout the Disc Stills has compiled a collection of songs that run the table with tastes of Manassas, Stills early solo works and CSN influences. Stephen hasn’t forgotten his blues roots either with songs like “old Man Trouble” and the excellent “piece of me”. My favorite has to be the hard rockin “Round the Bend” with Neil Young and Stephen Stills going back and forth on the electric guitars. The last song is pulled from the archives.Spanish Suite is a 11 minute coda from the 70′s that should have made it on the CSN box set. It’s been 14 years since Stephen Stills last Solo CD. Let’s hope we don’t have to wait that long for his next offering. -  By Bluematter on Amazon

“While Stephen never said this was his last album, with his fading voice and aging faculties, Stills is on his way out of the studio album scene, anything after this will likely not be near as powerful or evocative; or quite simply, so complete. That said, this album is absolutely amazing. Never has Stephen been so upbeat and powerful, at least not since his debut Stephen Stills or his Live album, or 4 Way Street. His creative abilities have not diminished, the man can still write his songs, and still holds himself to very high standards of production when it comes to the instrumentation and choruses of his songs. The guitar work is phenomenal; Stills has kept up on his playing and continues to evolve his sound, and refuses to become a nostalgia act. His failing voice is evident, but that Louisiana rasp is impossible to resist, it is powerful and filled with emotion. Graham Nash and Neil Young even contribute to a few pieces, the two artists most suited to join Stills on the twilight album of his career. That said, it isn’t perfect, Drivin’ Thunder is… well, dumb, sorry Stephen, it’s a fun rock out tune, but it’d be better off without lyrics at all. The chorus on some songs can also be a little generic. Still a 5 star effort and more importantly a 5 star result. Hearts Gate would seem to be Stephen’s sad ballad of a working musician knowing his end is finally approaching…” -by RDRIII on iTunes