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Carry On
     

Carry On

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by Steve Stills
 
Legendary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Stills has released more than 250 songs since 1966, some solo, others with iconic bands including Buffalo Springfield, Manassas and, most famously, with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Neil Young. On the new four-CD set CARRY ON, producers Graham Nash and Joel Bernstein-in collaboration with Stills-outline

Overview

Legendary singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Stephen Stills has released more than 250 songs since 1966, some solo, others with iconic bands including Buffalo Springfield, Manassas and, most famously, with David Crosby, Graham Nash and Neil Young. On the new four-CD set CARRY ON, producers Graham Nash and Joel Bernstein-in collaboration with Stills-outline the remarkable 50-year scope of Stills' career with 82 tracks, 25 of them previously unreleased. In retracing the musical paths he’s explored, it’s clear that Stills is more than a prolific hit-maker (“Love The One You’re With,” “Southern Cross”)-he is also a songwriter who speaks his mind (“For What It’s Worth”) and his heart (“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”) equally well, and is comfortable playing diverse genres including folk, rock, blues, jazz, country, and Latin.

The tracks unfold mostly in chronological order, and the anthology leads off with its oldest entry: “Travelin’”-a previously unreleased recording that Stills made at age 17 in Costa Rica (one of the many places he lived growing up in a military family). The youngest track, recorded only a few months ago, features CSN performing “Girl From The North Country” in New York City during a sold-out five-night run at the Beacon Theater that closed the group’s acclaimed 2012 world tour. CARRY ON, which features a 113-page booklet with rare photos and extensive liner notes by Michael O’Hara Garcia, David Bender, and NY Times Best Selling author Daniel Levitin, will be available as a 4-CD boxed set on March 26 from Rhino for a suggested price of $54.98. A digital version of the set will also be available.

In addition to essential studio and live recordings, CARRY ON covers new ground with more than an hour’s worth of previously unreleased material including “No-Name Jam,” a 1970 recording of Stills in London trading guitar licks with his friend Jimi Hendrix. Other previously unissued highlights include the songs “Welfare Blues” (1984), “Little Miss Bright Eyes” (1973), and “Who Ran Away?” (1968), and early demo versions of “Forty-Nine Reasons” and “The Lee Shore,” and “Black Coral,” a song Stills and Young released as a duo in 1976-the version here features all four members of CSNY. “The Treasure” offers a peek into Stills’ process-originally released in 1973 on Manassas’s self-titled debut, this version was recorded by Stills three years earlier with bassist Calvin Samuels and drummer Conrad Isidore during sessions for Stephen Stills 2.

CARRY ON also features a number of classic songs newly remixed by Nash and Stanley Tajima Johnston, including “Everydays,” “To A Flame,” “See The Changes,” “4+20” and “Change Partners,” the latter with Jerry Garcia on pedal steel guitar. There is also a newly edited version of Stills performing “Cuba Al Fin” at the Havana Jam in 1979.

Several songs make their CD-debut with CARRY ON, including “Uno Mundo,” “War Games” and the single mix of “Love The One You’re With.” Stills’ time on stage is represented as well with a number of previously released performances, including several from his acclaimed 2005 album Man Alive. The collection boasts new live tracks, including CSN singing “No Tears Left” in 1997 at the Fillmore in San Francisco, and CSNY on stage in 2002 at Madison Square Garden with Memphis Horns Booker T. Jones and Donald “Duck” Dunn covering Otis Redding’s “Ole Man Trouble.” Other famous players turn up on CARRY ON’s wealth of material as well, including Herbie Hancock, Eric Clapton, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Baretto, Willie Bobo, and Larry Harlow.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The last of Crosby, Stills & Nash to receive his own multi-disc career retrospective, Stephen Stills is rewarded for his long wait with Carry On, the best of these box sets. Spanning four discs -- one CD longer than the either the 2006 David Crosby or 2009 Graham Nash boxes -- Carry On follows a pattern familiar from those Crosby and Nash sets, balancing unreleased material with all the big hits, deep cuts, and some alternate mixes, but where this set excels is in painting a full, robust portrait of Stills as a songwriter, guitarist, and musical wanderer, chronicling his peaks and valleys without lingering too long on the latter. Certainly, what lasts is Stills' restlessness, how he was grounded in folk -- the first cut here finds a teenage Stills alone with his acoustic guitar, essaying "Travelin'," not knowing that its restlessness would echo throughout his life -- but also found solace in blues and rock & roll, taking extended guitar sojourns either accompanied by Neil Young in Buffalo Springfield or Jimi Hendrix on his own (the unreleased "No-Name Jam" that pops up on the second disc). Often, Stills' skills as a guitarist are underappreciated -- a byproduct of being a cornerstone of perhaps the biggest folk-rock trio of its time -- but his virtuosity is present throughout Carry On, as are his hippie leanings and his almost imperceptible but persistent desire to follow the trends of the time. As the set progresses, Stills follows almost every production of his time, surrounding himself with funky fusion players in the early '70s and eagerly succumbing to glistening synths in the '80s. His passion for Latin music is accentuated -- it's there as early as "Uno Mundo" in Buffalo Springfield -- but so is his restless, searching spirit, a hunger that is somewhat dampened by the polished productions of the '80s and '90s, where the sparkle of synthesizers obscures the songs. Nevertheless, Stills' acceptance of the precision production of the '80s and '90s is an important part of his story, and it's possible to hear this box as a brief unintentional history of his time, as he abandons the earth and dirt of Buffalo Springfield and early CSN(&Y) for a slicker, softer sound. But that's part of what makes Carry On so fascinating: you can hear Stills slipping into an oddly crowd-pleasing mentality yet he still relies on the folk, blues, and rock that have always anchored him, so he never sounds like he's selling out; he's merely adapting to the times. And by not ignoring these flaws, Carry On winds up as a rousing, moving testament to a singer/songwriter/guitarist who often doesn't get the credit he's due.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2013
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227967864
catalogNumber:
534539
Rank:
33261

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Stills   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Conductor,Conga,Drums,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Clavinet,Steel Drums,Hand Clapping,Vibes,Electric Sitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Chris Hillman   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Larry Harlow   Piano
Rita Coolidge   Vocals
Crosby, Stills & Nash   Vocals
Art Garfunkel   Vocals
Nils Lofgren   Piano
Buddy Miles   Drums
Graham Nash   Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Conga,Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jimmy Page   Electric Guitar
John Sebastian   Vocals
Ringo Starr   Drums
Neil Young   Synthesizer,Electric Guitar
Pete Escovedo   Percussion
Herbie Hancock   Piano
James Newton Howard   Keyboards
Bonnie Bramlett   Percussion,Background Vocals
Richard T. Bear   Synthesizer,Piano
Mike Finnigan   Organ,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Fred Geiger   Vocals
Marcy Levy   Background Vocals
Dewey Martin   Drums,Vocals
Bruce Palmer   Bass
Bill Wyman   Bass
Richie Furay   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kenny Passarelli   Vocals
Jerry Aiello   Organ
Howard Albert   Overdubs
Willie Bobo   Percussion
Charlie Chin   Banjo
Eric Clapton   Electric Guitar
Tony Concepcion   Trumpet
George Cricker   Trombone
David Crosby   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Donnie Dacus   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Degooyer   Trumpet
Lawrence Dermer   Keyboards
Craig Doerge   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Donald "Duck" Dunn   Bass
Cass Elliot   Vocals
Jim Fielder   Bass
Steven Fromholz   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Joe Galdo   Percussion,Drums
Sidney George   Alto,Flute,Soloist
Sydney George   Harmonica,Tenor Saxophone
Gould   Fiddle
Paul Harris   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano
Jimi Hendrix   Electric Guitar
Roger Hopps   Trumpet
Brooks Hunnicutt   Background Vocals
Tris Imboden   Drums
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Marlena Jeter   Background Vocals
Gerald Johnson   Bass
Booker T. Jones   Organ
Priscilla Jones   Vocals
Danny Kortchmar   Electric Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Joe Lala   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine,Timbales,Vocals
Paul Lee   Drums
Ed Logan   Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Love   Tenor Saxophone
Arif Mardin   Conductor
Bill Meeker   Drums
Roy Michaels   Vocals
James Mitchell   Baritone Saxophone
Floyd Newman   Baritone Saxophone
Rafael Padilla   Percussion
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Perkins   Vocals
Greg Reeves   Bass
Verna Richardson   Background Vocals
Lisa Roberts   Background Vocals
John Sambataro   Vocals
Timothy B. Schmit   Vocals
Michael Stergis   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Dallas Taylor   Drums
Gerry Tolman   Electric Guitar
Efrain Toro   Percussion
Jeff Whittaker   Conga
Claudia Lanier   Vocals
Calvin Samuels   Bass
Jack Helm   Trombone
Brooks Honeycutt   Background Vocals
Jimmy Carstein   Drums
Neil Gustafson   Vocals
Leland Sklar   Bass
Christopher Stills   spanish guitar
Bobby West   Bass
Jennifer Stills   Background Vocals
Kathy King   Vocals
Jean Gurney   Vocals
Bob Harmelink   Vocals
Michael Scott   Bass
Joe Vitale   Flute,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Finnigan   Organ,Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Conrad Isidore   Drums
George Perry   Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Potts   Drums
Ronnie Albert   Overdubs
Mortinette Jenkins   Background Vocals
Joe Rotundi   Keyboards
Dorian Hollie   Background Vocals
Steve Maddeo   Trumpet
Tubby Ziegler   Drums

Technical Credits

Chris Hillman   Composer,Producer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Crosby, Stills & Nash   Producer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Jim Messina   Producer,Engineer
Joni Mitchell   Composer
Graham Nash   Composer,Producer,Remixing,Art Direction
Otis Redding   Composer
Steve Stills   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Photo Courtesy
Steve Winwood   Composer
Neil Young   Producer,Photo Courtesy
Steve Alaimo   Producer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Richie Furay   Photo Courtesy
Tom May   Engineer
Howard Albert   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Stephen Barncard   Remixing
Joel Bernstein   Art Direction,Tape Research
Adam Block   Source Material
Bruce Botnick   Engineer
Michael Braunstein   Engineer
Frank Cesarano   Engineer
Luigi Creatore   Producer
Kevin Cronin   Composer
David Crosby   Composer,Producer,Inspiration
Michael Curtis   Composer
Richard Curtis   Composer
Donnie Dacus   Composer
Paul Dieter   Engineer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Russ Gary   Engineer
Don Gehman   Producer,Engineer
Glyn Johns   Producer,Engineer
Don Gooch   Engineer
Charles Greene   Producer
Steve Gursky   Producer,Engineer
Bill Halverson   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,overdub engineer
John Hausman   Source Material
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Andy Johns   Engineer
Stanley Johnston   Producer,Engineer,Remixing,overdub engineer,Tape Research
Joe Lala   Composer
Arif Mardin   Arranger
Tim Mulligan   Engineer
John Nowland   Source Material
Russ Payne   Engineer
Stan Ross   Engineer
Doc Siegel   Engineer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Michael Stergis   Composer
Brian Stone   Producer
Dallas Taylor   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gerry Tolman   Producer
Jay Parti   Engineer
Chris Rankin   Engineer
Pete Long   Photo Courtesy
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Gerry Lentz   Engineer
David Marchant   Source Material
Bruce Cannon   Photo Courtesy
Daniel Levitin   Liner Notes
David Zimmer   Photo Courtesy
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young   Producer
John Jackson   Source Material
Christopher Wood   Composer
Mike Lewis   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Michael Guthrie   Engineer
Joe Vitale   Producer,Engineer
Mike Johnson   Source Material
Jim Marshall   Cover Photo
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer
David Bender   Essay
Phil Gotimer   Engineer
John Hopkins   Composer
James Hilton   Engineer
Jon Smith   Composer
Dave Hewitt   Engineer
Ronnie Albert   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Remixing
James Capaldi   Composer
Kevin Madigan   Engineer
Hugo Paretti   Producer
Joe Schermetzler   Composer
Michael O'Hara Garcia   Essay
Talitha Stills   Composer,Photo Courtesy

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Carry On 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Graham Nash & Joel Bernstein did an impressive job presenting the career of one of the most important artists of the past 50 years! From the beginning track, a song  recorded when he was 17 in Costa Rica  which documents that his guitar style was already there  to the latest track  on the set  Bob Dylan's Girl From The North Country, which was  recorded in 2012 at the Beacon Theatre in NYC with CSN,  Stephen Stills' box set is stunning & brilliant.  It really shows off his inspired songwriting, beautiful voice and virtuoso guitar skill and also makes  clear his skill as a multiinstrumentalist.  Of the  82 songs, 25 are  versions never released or songs that had never been released  before and a beautiful booklet containing track details,  several wonderful essays and many pictures of the artist through the years and classy packaging, this box set is worth every penny.   If you are a fan of Stephen Stills, this is a must have!  If you are just a casual fan or have never heard of him  but like good music,  you should buy this. This artist's life work is amazing. He mixed styles like folk, rock, country & Latin to create unique music with legendary bands Buffalo Springfield, CSN and CSNY and Manassas.  His solo career was varied and went on in between membership in   CSN (Y). His music is moving, classic & timeless and this box set makes clear what a  talent he  was and is!