STEPHEN STILLS & MANASSAS MusikLaden Live (1972) – Hear & Watch The Entire Show

MusikLaden Live (1972)
Excellent Soundstage Performance

FIRST POSTED IN 2007 In 1972, with an already embarrassingly rich resume (Buffalo Springfield, Super Session (HERE), 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 (HERE, in the archives) 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 see and hear the momentary confusion at the 20:45 mark) and, in front of the rolling cameras, kicks off an extended jam instead (at 22:00). 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. Find the DVD at Amazon, HERE. Watch the entire show, below. MP3’s in comments.

Bound To Fall
It Doesn’t Matter

Hide It So Deep

Song Of Love

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

The Treasure


  • Anonymous
    May 3, 2007 - 23:07 | Permalink

    Thank you. I'm looking forward to listening to this. Stills is, I believe, a vastly under-rated musician.

    John_R in WA

  • Anonymous
    May 5, 2007 - 20:56 | Permalink

    Just so Stills live last night in Jax Florida. He was in fine spirits w/ good stories. The acoustic tunes were the best.

    Hey John in WA: I dont know if Stills is under-rated but he said the new album isn't selling because of a dipshit marketing program. Didya see CSNY last Summer in Seattle: The whole is much better than the parts!

  • Magnetoman_2000
    January 4, 2008 - 02:57 | Permalink

    Stills is a genius – an overused word but applied correctly in this case. Listen particularly to his first 3 solo LP's and the MANASSAS LP. CSN&Y goes without saying … \m/

  • Anonymous
    November 8, 2009 - 23:12 | Permalink

    Thanks a bunch Willard for the SS and M vid -a real beautiful treat for this old timer -did you see coverage of the man with Crosby and Nash at Glastonbury 09-he can still cut it big times!


  • Choochie
    December 23, 2009 - 18:04 | Permalink

    Was lucky enough to see Manassas live in NYC. Figured it to be Terrific or Terrible, a roll of the dice. Turned out to be better than expected or hoped for. A killer band.
    Last of The Red Hot Burritos PLUS a fired up Steven Stills, too bad they didn't stay together a little longer.

  • Anonymous
    November 19, 2010 - 18:00 | Permalink

    This may not have been the only TV performance of Manassas. I have a teenage memory of them making an appearance on the ABC program "In Concert" sometime in the early 70's. Can't offer much more than this vague assertion on the subject.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 19, 2010 - 16:52 | Permalink

    Find it HERE.

  • FlashG
    August 25, 2012 - 14:33 | Permalink

    Tanx for the effort.

  • Anonymous
    February 20, 2014 - 21:53 | Permalink

    I saw Manassas at cole field house at the university of MD. As left the house to go to the show President Nixon was on the tv anouncing the troop withdrawl from veitnam.

    • Willard
      February 21, 2014 - 09:13 | Permalink

      Those were the days.

  • Anonymous
    February 21, 2014 - 10:08 | Permalink

    So where do I get said DVD ?

  • Visions
    September 28, 2014 - 16:15 | Permalink

    I’m not much of a Stills fan, but I agree, this is a great little film. Great find, sir.

  • Dino Della Casa
    October 1, 2014 - 10:24 | Permalink

    Thanks a bunch, pardner!

  • david
    October 3, 2014 - 17:45 | Permalink

    saw these guys at the Boston Garden in 1972. Incredible show.One of the most amazing, under-rated bands ever. Makes CSN look like minor leaguers

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