Stephen Stills was, in many ways, the Jack White of the Woodstock generation: a hugely talented, at times temperamental, blues-loving rocker who seemed to regard a day in which he didn’t form a band as a day wasted. Stills is most remembered for his stints in Buffalo Springfield and, of course, Crosby, Stills and Nash. However, in 1971 he formed the band Manassas with country-rock legend and Flying Burrito Brother Chris Hillman. The outfit was only together for 18 months, but they released a couple of albums (1972’s eponymous double debut and 1973’s Down The Road) that ambitiously, and often quite brilliantly, hit a wide variety of beats, from Latin to country to blues to rock. Next week Rhino is releasing Pieces, a round-up of Manassas tracks that, according to Stills’ liner notes, “were were silly enough to leave off,” and is, indeed, a more than worthy addition to their discography. You can hear an exclusive stream of the Hillman-penned “Love and Satisfy” below.
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