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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”) ...
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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2013
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227967864
  • Catalog Number: 534539
  • Sales rank: 3,748


Disc 1
  1. 1 Travelin' (2:19)
  2. 2 High Flyin' Bird - The Au Go-Go Singers (2:34)
  3. 3 Sit Down I Think I Love You - Buffalo Springfield (2:32)
  4. 4 Go and Say Goodbye - Buffalo Springfield (2:32)
  5. 5 For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield (2:38)
  6. 6 Everydays - Buffalo Springfield (2:42)
  7. 7 Pretty Girl Why - Buffalo Springfield (2:27)
  8. 8 Bluebird - Buffalo Springfield (4:30)
  9. 9 Rock & Roll Woman - Buffalo Springfield (2:47)
  10. 10 Special Care - Buffalo Springfield (3:32)
  11. 11 Questions - Buffalo Springfield (2:55)
  12. 12 Uno Mundo - Buffalo Springfield (2:05)
  13. 13 Four Days Gone - Buffalo Springfield (3:47)
  14. 14 Who Ran Away? (2:20)
  15. 15 49 Reasons (2:44)
  16. 16 Helplessly Hoping - Crosby, Stills & Nash (2:40)
  17. 17 You Don't Have To Cry - Crosby, Stills & Nash (2:44)
  18. 18 Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills & Nash (7:26)
  19. 19 4+20 (2:11)
  20. 20 So Beings the Task (3:29)
  21. 21 The Lee Shore (2:58)
  22. 22 Carry On/Questions - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (4:26)
  23. 23 Woodstock - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (3:52)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Love the One You're With (3:06)
  2. 2 Old Times Good Times (3:41)
  3. 3 Black Queen (5:29)
  4. 4 No-Name Jam - Jimi Hendrix (2:40)
  5. 5 Go Back Home (5:56)
  6. 6 Marianne (2:29)
  7. 7 My Love is a Gentle Thing (1:23)
  8. 8 Fishes and Scorpions (3:17)
  9. 9 The Treasure (4:14)
  10. 10 To a Flame (3:10)
  11. 11 Cherokee - The Memphis Horns (3:26)
  12. 12 Song of Love (3:26)
  13. 13 Rock & Roll Crazies/Cuban Bluegrass (3:31)
  14. 14 Jet Set (Sigh) (3:44)
  15. 15 It Doesn't Matter (2:30)
  16. 16 Colorado (2:53)
  17. 17 Johnny's Garden (2:46)
  18. 18 Change Partners (3:17)
  19. 19 Do for the Others - Steven Fromholz (2:47)
  20. 20 Find the Cost of Freedom - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (2:25)
  21. 21 Little Miss Bright Eyes (2:11)
  22. 22 Isn't It About Time (3:01)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Turn Back the Pages (4:04)
  2. 2 First Things First (2:22)
  3. 3 My Angel (2:36)
  4. 4 Love Story (4:15)
  5. 5 As I Come of Age (2:37)
  6. 6 Know You Got To Run (2:58)
  7. 7 Black Coral - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (4:25)
  8. 8 I Give You Give Blind - Crosby, Stills & Nash (3:20)
  9. 9 Crossroads/You Can't Catch Me (6:39)
  10. 10 See the Changes - Crosby, Stills & Nash (2:58)
  11. 11 Thoroughfare Gap (3:33)
  12. 12 Lowdown (3:48)
  13. 13 Cuba Al Fin (4:53)
  14. 14 Dear Mr. Fantasy (6:21)
  15. 15 Spanish Suite - Herbie Hancock (11:20)
  16. 16 Feel Your Love - Crosby, Stills & Nash (4:27)
  17. 17 Raise a Voice - Crosby, Stills & Nash (2:32)
  18. 18 Daylight Again/Find the Cost of Freedom - Crosby, Stills & Nash (2:29)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Southern Cross - Crosby, Stills & Nash (4:42)
  2. 2 Dark Star - Crosby, Stills & Nash (4:52)
  3. 3 Turn Your Back On Love - Crosby, Stills & Nash (5:19)
  4. 4 War Games - Crosby, Stills & Nash (2:19)
  5. 5 50/50 (4:21)
  6. 6 Welfare Blues (2:02)
  7. 7 Church (Part of Someone) (3:42)
  8. 8 I Don't Get It (3:38)
  9. 9 Isn't It So (3:08)
  10. 10 Haven't We Lost Enough? - Crosby, Stills & Nash (3:06)
  11. 11 The Ballad of Hollis Brown (4:08)
  12. 12 Treetop Flyer (4:55)
  13. 13 Heart's Gate (2:59)
  14. 14 Girl From the North Country - Crosby, Stills & Nash (3:46)
  15. 15 Feed the People (4:32)
  16. 16 Panama - Crosby, Stills & Nash (4:14)
  17. 17 No Tears Left - Crosby, Stills & Nash (4:54)
  18. 18 Ole Man Trouble - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (5:03)
  19. 19 Ain't It Always (3:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Stills Primary Artist, Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Guitar, 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, Guitar, 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, 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
Al 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
Al 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
Al 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 Jr 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
Bernie Grundman Mastering
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, Mastering, 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 Jr Producer, Engineer, Digital Editing
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Graham Nash & Joel Bernstein did an impressive job presentin

    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!


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