Stephen Stills, one of rock music’s definite legends is preparing to release a live album recorded in his musical heyday – 1971.
As Rock and Roll Globe reports, recorded live at the 3,500 seat Berkeley Community Theater, Live at Berkeley 1971, which comes out on April 28th, is decidedly intimate in a way that’s rarely experienced given Stills and company’s usual mega-concert settings. As a result, it’s also free from the strains of superstardom that dominated his work with Buffalo Springfield, CSN and CSNY.
The new album is a successor of sorts to his two earlier live offerings, Stephen Stills Live and Stills Alone, this particular album comes across as comparatively low-key, as its focus is on the solitary Stills.
On it, Stills utilizes an impressive backing band, one that includes singer/songwriter Steve Fromholz, a legend in his own right, and longtime colleagues Paul Harris on organ, Joe Lala playing percussion, Dallas Taylor on drums, Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels anchoring on bass — the latter two from CSN — and the Memphis Horns providing added accompaniment as needed.
The song selection naturally digs into Stills’ past glories, with a medley that shares “You Don’t Have to Cry” and “For What It’s Worth” dispensing with a pair of classics and other offerings — “Love the One You’re With,” “Black Queen,” and “Bluebird Revisited.”