Sunday Big Note — Listening Session #23

Although Manassas only released two albums in their brief history as a band – the double album, Manassas, released on April 12th, 1972, and Down The Road on April 23rd, 1973 – the impact of these two albums is really quite undeniable. There are many who consider Manassas’ debut album somewhat of a masterpiece, and even though I wouldn’t go quite that far with that assumption, myself, Manassas were a very unique ensemble to say the least. As Stephen Stills comments in the above interview, he and his assembled musicians were able to accomplish a lot musically under the banner of Manassas.

Formed in 1971 from the sessions for what was going to be Stephen Stills’ third solo album – taking their name from the large Manassas sign the band stood underneath at the train station in Manassas, VA (not to mention their debut album cover) – the musicians he gathered together were as equally at home on stage as they were in the studio. Their live shows often stretched to three hours, “usually in the format of an opening rock set, a solo Stills acoustic set, Hillman and Perkins playing bluegrass, another rock and country set by the band, and a closing acoustic set.” (AllMusic)

This Sunday Big Note brings you Manassas‘ first European performance after the release of their self-titled debut album at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on March 22nd, 1972 (followed with bonus tracks from their live performance on the German TV program MusicLaden):

Rock & Roll Woman

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Bound To Fall

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Hot Burrito #2

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It Doesn’t Matter

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Go Back Home

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Change Partners

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Know You Got To Run

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4+20

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Intro

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Blues Man

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Word Game

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Do For The Others

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Move Around

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Both Of Us (Bound To Lose)

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Love The One You’re With

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He Was A Friend Of Mine

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Fallen Eagle

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Hide It So Deep

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Johnny’s Garden

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Don’t Look At My Shadow

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Sugar Babe

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Four Days Gone

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For What It’s Worth

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Song Of Love

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Rock & Roll Crazies

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Cuban Bluegrass

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Jet Set (Sigh)

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Anyway

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The Treasure

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Find The Cost Of Freedom

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Bonus tracks
Radio Bremen TV Studios, MusicLaden, Bremen, Germany, 15 June 1972

Bound to Fall

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It Doesn’t Matter

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Hide It So Deep

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Song of Love

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Rock & Roll Crazies/Cuban Bluegrass/Jet Set (Sigh)/Jam

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The Treasure

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Line-up:

Stephen Stills – vocals, guitar
Chris Hillman – guitar, banjo, vocals
Joe Lala – percussion
Al Perkins – guitar, pedal steel guitar
Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels – bass
Dallas Taylor – drums

Note: above video interview with Stephen Stills and Manassas at Mascot Airport by Jeune Pritchard, Ep 467. Broadcast 12th April 1972

6 Responses to “Sunday Big Note — Listening Session #23”

  1. Alex says:

    call me crazy… Syrian President Bashar Assad has always reminded me of Ruben Sano.

  2. jonnybutter2 says:

    Where’s ‘Fair Game’?

  3. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from jonnybutter2:

    Where’s ‘Fair Game’?

    Sorry, jb2, ‘Fair Game’ would have to wait another five years before it’s release in 1977:

    In 1977, Stephen rejoined Crosby and Nash for CSN, which went multi-platinum, yielding three hit singles: “Just A Song Before I Go”, “Fair Game” and “Dark Star”.”

  4. jonnybutter2 says:

    I didn’t know that that was nominally a CSN song. tnx ug.

  5. Alex says:

    Fifty years ago…things didn’t go so well when they were playing Cuban Bluegrass at the Bay of Pigs.

  6. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from jonnybutter2:

    I didn’t know that that was nominally a CSN song. tnx ug.

    Perfectly understandable. Given how Stephen Stills changed bands, it’s confusing even to me sometimes to keep track which songs belong to what bands during which years (especially given the output of CSN&Y) particularly when Stills would perform his work from earlier bands while fronting Manassas.

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