STEPHEN STILLS Just Roll Tape: April 26, 1968 (2007)

Just Roll Tape: April 26, 1968 (2007)
Stills’ First Takes

You probably know the story. Crosby, Stills & Nash didn’t exist yet and Stephen, who had just split from Buffalo Springfield, was at a recording session with Judy Collins when he peeled off $200 and told the engineer to “just roll tape.” The result is a set of demos that Stills would eventually turn into classics via CS&N, CSN&Y, Manassas and his solo work. Take note of the two “Judy” songs Stills penned for his then-girlfriend, Collins. “Helplessly Hoping,” written before CS&N, shows how fully developed Stills’ work had become. The sound quality is good, though surprisingly primitive given today’s remastering technology (as this was recorded in a studio). Still… it’s Stills in all his youthful glory. The “Treetop Flyer” demo is from a later session.

All I Know Is What You Tell Me
So Begins The Task
Change Partners
Know You Got To Run
The Doctor Will See You Now
Black Queen
Bumblebee (Do You Need A Place To Hide?)
Dreaming Of Snakes
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Helplessly Hoping
Wooden Ships
Treetop Flyer



  • Anonymous
    September 23, 2007 - 13:33 | Permalink

    I was once asked, if you were on a desert island and could only have the music of one group who would it be…. my choice after some thought was CSN&Y. thanks for this I did not even know it was out there, and it is already one of my favorites.
    Greetings from Canada

  • ignacio esteban
    September 25, 2007 - 13:20 | Permalink

    Muchas gracias por tu esfuerzo, tiempo y la excelente música.
    Los mejores deseos.

  • john
    September 25, 2007 - 16:38 | Permalink

    That was my 21st Birthday!

  • Anonymous
    October 31, 2007 - 21:41 | Permalink

    Thanks for the CSNY related material you've put on your website. Here's a consideration for a future posting: CSNY Session Selections/1969 Demos. These are alternate studio recordings from their self titled album. I haven't been able to locate this music. Otherwise, thanks for the oppurtunity for the various types of music here (I've enjoyed the Lifehouse material – amazing). The Harry Nilsson website is great too. I would never have known about Harry otherwise.

  • Marco wore Polo
    February 27, 2009 - 17:28 | Permalink

    His demo of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" is so beautiful, so absolutely beautiful in the truest sense of the word. My God how did so much talent pour into one human being. I could listen to just that track for months on end without ever listening to any of the others and be utterly satisfied.

  • Marco wore Polo
    February 27, 2009 - 17:31 | Permalink

    My apologies as I was all caught up. My mom raised me better. Thanks for the rip.

  • annmargretfan
    June 28, 2009 - 04:27 | Permalink

    I've been wanting to sample this. Thanks

  • Capt. Willard
    November 9, 2010 - 10:28 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • Paul McClelland
    November 9, 2010 - 17:45 | Permalink

    It's funny how 200 dollars bought him his 1st and best 'solo' album. Classic Stills, all by himself.

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