MusikLaden Live (1972)
Excellent Soundstage Performance
In 1972, with an already embarrassingly rich resume (Buffalo Springfield, Super Session, CSN&Y), Stephen Stills’ finest hour was still to come. Along with ex-Byrd/Burrito Chris Hillman, Stills co-founded Manassas and issued a 2LP declaration of independence that was called “a sprawling masterpiece” by the All Music Guide. Manassas was barely 6 months old when they convened at the film studios of Germany’s Radio Bremen to record this excellent 35+ minute live performance for the TV show, MusikLaden. Released on DVD in 2000 (reportedly, the only visual documentation of the band), this audio version of MusikLaden Live captures Manassas, with no audience, expertly fusing Stills’ musical passions (blues rock, Latin & country) into a distinctively potent blend. Note this set’s suite of songs, beginning with “Song Of Love” and running uninterrupted through to “Jet Set (Sigh).” Instead of concluding the run as originally recorded on the LP (with “Anyway”), Stills throws the band a live curve ball (you can actually hear the momentary confusion) and, in front of the rolling cameras, kicks off an extended jam instead. The DVD is worth owning just to see Stills’ short-lived Manassas in performance mode, something most of us never got the opportunity to experience.
Bound To Fall
It Doesn’t Matter
Hide It So Deep
Song Of Love
Rock & Roll Crazies/Cuban Bluegrass/Jet Set (Sigh)/Jam