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Neil rips off a fiery solo during ABC Music Scene taping, 1969 (photo by Jeff Allen)It’s been awhile since we’ve checked in with Jeff Allen, the photographer who provided us with the previously unseen, now iconic photo that graces the cover of Neil Young FAQ.

At the time Jeff grabbed this amazing shot, he was simply one of the lucky few in attendance when Crosby Stills Nash & Young taped their legendary performance of Young’s “Down By The River” for the prime-time ABC TV concert showcase Music Scene show back in 1969.

Flash forward to the present nearly a half century later, and it becomes clear from the amazing series of photos below that Jeff hasn’t lost a step in terms of his eye for capturing a great live performance from the lens of his camera.

All of the shots below are from Stephen Stills and Neil Young’s performance at the Light Up the Blues concert/benefit on 4-25-15 at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood, CA.

Thanks again, Jeff!

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Some 45 years after its original release, Stephen Stills is finally recording the long-awaited sequel to the legendary 1968 Super Session album.

Well, almost…

The original Super Session recording, was billed at the time as a dream collaboration between Stills, Mike Bloomfield (Electric Flag) and Al Kooper (The Blues Project, Blood Sweat & Tears). Now considered to be a classic, Super Session spotlighted the guitar skills of Bloomfield on one side and Stills on the other, but also featured keyboards by Kooper and Bloomfield’s Electric Flag bandmate Barry Goldberg.

An eleven minute cover of Donovan’s “Season Of The Witch” from the album received significant airplay on FM rock stations at the time, and remained a staple of the format for several years.

But although they both played on the Super Session album, Stills and Goldberg had never actually met, at least until now. Brought together at long last by manager Elliot Roberts (best known, of course, for guiding the career of occasional Stills bandmate Neil Young), the two musicians began writing with the idea of a long-awaited, blues-oriented sequel to the 1968 Super Session in mind.

Says Barry Goldberg of the collaboration:

“It was like finding a long lost soul brother. We connected on so many things, started jamming, and soon had begun writing our first song.”

However, with the addition of blues-guitar wunderkind Kenny Wayne Shepherd bringing an obvious multi-generational spin into the mix, the project grew into something much bigger. The Rides, described by Stills as “the blues band of my dreams,” will release their debut album, Can’t Get Enough on August 26th.

Produced by Talking Heads veteran Jerry Harrison, The Rides’ Can’t Get Enough combines newly written originals like the title track, and unearthed gems like “Word Game” (a song Stills wrote during his late ’60s era with Buffalo Springfield, but never recorded), with well-chosen covers by blues greats Elmore James (“Talk To Me Baby”) and Muddy Waters (“Honey Bee”).

The band also offers up new takes on Iggy And The Stooges punk classic “Search And Destroy” and Neil Young’s classic rock anthem “Rockin’ In The Free World.”

“The Rides are a perfect mix of generations, where three musicians who love and play the blues collide and create music that goes beyond all our other individual life experiences and career achievement,” says Shepherd. “Stephen and I have rock backgrounds as well, but the blues is the fabric that holds this all together.”

Rounding out the lineup for The Rides Can’t Get Enough are drummer Chris Layton (who has played with both Shepherd and Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Double Trouble) and bassist Kevin McCormick (CSN, Jackson Browne). A world tour for The Rides is expected to follow the August 26 release of Can’t Get Enough.

Track Listing:

Road House
That’s a Pretty Good Love
Don’t Want Lies
Search and Destroy
Can’t Get Enough of Loving You
Honey Bee
Rockin’ In The Free World
Talk To Me Baby
Only Teardrops Fall
Word Game

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As confirmed yesterday by our good friends over at Thrasher’s Wheat, the long-rumored Stephen Stills boxed set is now a reality.

Set for release on March 26, Carry On is an extensive four-disc boxed set spanning the entire career of Stephen Stills. The set is co-produced by Graham Nash (who has also been overseeing the equally long time coming CSNY 1974 tour box, also rumored for this year), and Neil Young’s longtime “Archivist,” Joel Bernstein.

Carry On covers all phases of Stills career, from The Au Go Go Singers through Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, The Stills-Young Band, his solo career and beyond.

CSNY 2006 Denver2 (photo by Tony Stack)

Photo Credit: Tony Stack (From the Neil Young FAQ Collection)

Of the 82 tracks listed on Thrasher’s report (re-produced below), 25 are previously unreleased, and heard on Carry On for the very first time. Among those which excited us most, are “No-Name Jam,” from the long-talked about, but never heard 1970 sessions with Jimi Hendrix, and “Black Coral” from the Long May You Run sessions with CSNY.

CSNY Memphis 1973 (photo by Mary Andrews)

Photo Credit: Mary Andrews (From The Neil Young FAQ Collection)

The hits are covered well, including “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (CSNY),” “For What It’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield),” “Love The One You’re With” and the rest.

But we were also pleased to see the inclusion of rarer solo tracks like “Go Back Home” (from Stills’ solo debut), which features a short, but fierce guitar shoot-out between Stills and Eric Clapton. The two guitar greats recorded their solo debuts at right about the same time, and you can also hear a Stills solo on Clapton’s classic “Let it Rain.”

Here is the full track listing for Stephen Stills’ Carry On boxed set, due out March 26 (thanks again to Thrashers Wheat/Neil Young News):

Disc One
1. “Travelin'” – Stephen Stills*
2. “High Flyin’ Bird” – The Au Go Go Singers
3. “Sit Down I Think I Love You” – Buffalo Springfield
4. “Go And Say Goodbye” – Buffalo Springfield
5. “For What It’s Worth” – Buffalo Springfield
6. “Everydays” – Buffalo Springfield*
7. “Pretty Girl Why” – Buffalo Springfield
8. “Bluebird” – Buffalo Springfield
9. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Woman” – Buffalo Springfield
10. “Special Care” – Buffalo Springfield
11. “Questions” – Buffalo Springfield
12. “Uno Mundo” – Buffalo Springfield
13. “Four Days Gone” – Buffalo Springfield
14. “Who Ran Away?” – Stephen Stills*
15. “Forty-Nine Reasons” – Stephen Stills*
16. “Helplessly Hoping” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
17. “You Don’t Have To Cry” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
18. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
19. “4+20” – Stephen Stills*
20. “So Begins The Task” – Stephen Stills*
21. “The Lee Shore” – Stephen Stills*
22. “Carry On/Questions” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
23. “Woodstock” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Disc Two
1. “Love The One You’re With” – Stephen Stills
2. “Old Times Good Times” – Stephen Stills
3. “Black Queen” – Stephen Stills
4. “No-Name Jam” – Stephen Stills & Jimi Hendrix*
5. “Go Back Home” – Stephen Stills
6. “Marianne” – Stephen Stills
7. “My Love Is A Gentle Thing” – Stephen Stills
8. “Fishes And Scorpions” – Stephen Stills
9. “The Treasure” – Stephen Stills*
10. “To A Flame” – Stephen Stills*
11. “Cherokee” – Stephen Stills
12. “Song Of Love” – Stephen Stills
13. “Rock ‘n’ Roll Crazies/Cuban Bluegrass” – Stephen Stills
14. “Jet Set (Sigh)” – Stephen Stills
15. “It Doesn’t Matter” – Stephen Stills
16. “Colorado” – Stephen Stills
17. “Johnny’s Garden” – Stephen Stills
18. “Change Partners” – Stephen Stills*
19. “Do For Others” – Stephen Stills and Steve Fromholz*
20. “Find The Cost Of Freedom” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young*
21. “Little Miss Bright Eyes” – Stephen Stills*
22. “Isn’t It About Time” – Stephen Stills

Disc Three
1. “Turn Back The Pages” – Stephen Stills
2. “First Things First” – Stephen Stills*
3. “My Angel” – Stephen Stills*
4. “Love Story” – Stephen Stills
5. “As I Come Of Age” – Stephen Stills
6. “Know You Got To Run” – Stephen Stills*
7. “Black Coral” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young*
8. “I Give You Give Blind” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
9. “Crossroads/You Can’t Catch Me” – Stephen Stills*
10. “See The Changes” – Crosby, Stills & Nash*
11. “Thoroughfare Gap” – Stephen Stills
12. “Lowdown” – Stephen Stills
13. “Cuba Al Fin” (edit) – Stephen Stills
14. “Dear Mr. Fantasy” – Stephen Stills & Graham Nash
15. “Spanish Suite” – Stephen Stills
16. “Feel Your Love” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
17. “Raise A Voice” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
18. “Daylight Again” – Crosby, Stills & Nash

Disc Four
1. “Southern Cross” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
2. “Dark Star” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
3. “Turn Your Back On Love” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
4. “War Games” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
5. “50/50” – Stephen Stills
6. “Welfare Blues” – Stephen Stills*
7. “Church (Part Of Someone)” – Stephen Stills*
8. “I Don’t Get It” – Stephen Stills
9. “Isn’t It So” – Stephen Stills
10. “Haven’t We Lost Enough?” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
11. “Ballad Of Hollis Brown” – Stephen Stills
12. “Treetop Flyer” – Stephen Stills
13. “Heart’s Gate” – Stephen Stills
14. “Girl From The North Country” – Crosby, Stills & Nash*
15. “Feed The People” – Stephen Stills
16. “Panama” – Crosby, Stills & Nash
17. “No Tears Left” – Crosby, Stills & Nash*
18. “Ole Man Trouble” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young*
19. “Ain’t It Always” – Stephen Stills

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