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Turnin' Back the Pages
     

Turnin' Back the Pages

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by Steve Stills
 
Australian reissue label Raven fills in a hole in Stephen Stills' catalog by assembling the compilation Turnin' Back the Pages, which surveys Stills' three-LP stint on Columbia Records, 1976-1978. The first two of Stills' Columbia albums, Stills and Illegal Stills, have been issued on CD, but the third, Thoroughfare Gap, has not, so the

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Australian reissue label Raven fills in a hole in Stephen Stills' catalog by assembling the compilation Turnin' Back the Pages, which surveys Stills' three-LP stint on Columbia Records, 1976-1978. The first two of Stills' Columbia albums, Stills and Illegal Stills, have been issued on CD, but the third, Thoroughfare Gap, has not, so the selections from that disc are making their digital debut here. The 78-plus-minute CD contains more than half of Stills' Columbia output, seven of ten tracks from Stills, eight of ten from Illegal Stills, and five of 12 from Thoroughfare Gap. Annotator Glenn A. Baker (who conceived and compiled the collection) points out that Stills' solo recording career at the time was damaged by a confusing glut of product: in 1975, Stills had to compete with Stills' Live album, issued by Stills' previous label, Atlantic; in 1976, Illegal Stills had both the Stills-Young Band's Long May You Run on Reprise and the Atlantic best-of Still Stills: The Best of Stephen Stills to contend with; and Crosby, Stills & Nash re-formed for Atlantic's CSN in 1977, which undercut the impact of 1978's Thoroughfare Gap. This is true, but it should be pointed out as well that Stills was contributing songs to the Stills-Young and CSN records, in some cases better ones than he reserved for his solo discs. "As I Come of Age," actually a CSN track from an abortive 1974 session, and "Turn Back the Pages," Stills' only charting single on Columbia, were up to his usual standard, but the Columbia albums also found him doing a fair number of unnecessary covers (Neil Young's "New Mama" and "The Loner," Gregg Allman's "Midnight Rider," Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away") and even letting co-writer Donnie Dacus take over lead vocals on "Closer to You" and "Ring of Love." Certainly, there are passages on these sides that remind the listener of Stills' talents as a guitarist and songwriter, but much of the time he seems to have been putting only his second-best efforts into his solo recordings. The Raven collection chooses well (and the decision to end with two tracks from the 1968 Super Session album with Al Kooper is wise), but there is too much weak material here for the album to revise prevailing opinion about the Columbia albums as minor Stills.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/04/2003
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657017920
catalogNumber:
179

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steve Stills   Primary Artist,Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Electric Guitar,Horn,Keyboards,Vocals,Clavinet,Moog Synthesizer
Kooper   Organ,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Ondioline
Graham Nash   Vocals
Ringo Starr   Drums
Andy Gibb   Vocals
Peggy Clinger   Background Vocals
Marcy Levy   Background Vocals
Joe Vitale   Drums,Vocals
Kenny Passarelli   Bass,Background Vocals
Albhy Galuten   Piano
Harvey Brooks   Bass
Donnie Dacus   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Armando Hurley   Vocals
Danny Hutton   Background Vocals
Gerald Johnson   Bass
Howard Kaylan   Vocals
Danny Kortchmar   Guitar,Percussion
Russ Kunkel   Drums
Joe Lala   Percussion
Mike Lewis   Strings,Horn
Joey Mercia   Guitar
Richard O'Connell   Drums
George "Chocolate" Perry   Bass,Vocals
Kitty Pritiken   Vocals
Verna Richardson   Vocals
Lisa Roberts   Vocals
George Terry   Guitar,Background Vocals
Gerry Tolman   Guitar
Mark Volman   Vocals
Jimmy Fox   Drums
Claudia Lanier   Vocals
Jerry Aeillo   Keyboards
Tubby Zeigler   Drums
Fast Eddie Hoh   Drums
Leland Sklar   Bass
Betty White   Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Cobbs   Composer
Gregg Allman   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Kooper   Horn Arrangements
Steve Stills   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Neil Young   Composer
Joe Vitale   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Kenny Passarelli   Composer
Howard Albert   Producer,Engineer
Ron Albert   Producer,Engineer
Joel Bernstein   Cover Photo
Michael Braunstein   Engineer
Fred Catero   Engineer
Donnie Dacus   Composer
Don Gehman   Producer,Engineer
Steve Gursky   Engineer
Roy Halee   Engineer
Bill Halverson   Producer
Danny Kortchmar   Composer
Joe Schermie   Composer
Warner Schwebke   Composer
Glenn A. Baker   Concept,Annotation
John Berg   Cover Design
Don Hunstein   Cover Photo
Andy Engel   Cover Design
Gerard Huerta   Artwork
Joe Scott   Horn Arrangements
Jo Smith   Composer
Jon Smith   Composer

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Turnin' Back the Pages 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
PLEASE fix your pages, entering Stephen Stills on your search engine gets NOTHING. I had to go to Crosby Stills etc. and THEN click on Stills in 4 Way Street description. JEEZE, you'd think you'd want to sell this excellent CD!!!