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Pieces by Stephen Stills
Released: Sep 2009
Label: Rhino
A nice piece of archival work on Rhino's part, Pieces is an expansive collection of previously unreleased recordings and alternate takes from 1971 to '73. Back then Stephen Stills ran with Manassas, a large and rather unruly super-group also featuring the great Chris Hillman, formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers. Sonically speaking, Manassas covered a lot of ground: Latin-tinged rock 'n' roll, country, folk and even a dash of bluegrass. As always, Rhino's re-mastering is aces. In fact, Pieces sounds better than 99% of the music passing for Americana in the 21st century.
Justin Farrar
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