October 30, 2013

101 Reel-To-Reel Tapes 17: Stephen Stills 2

reel-to-reel album cover
album cover photo by Henry Diltz
 photo of album cover by Styrous®

In addition to my vinyl collection I'm selling, I have hundreds of reel-to-reel, pre-recorded tapes I'm selling. This is an entry about one of them that was for sale on eBay (see link below for others). I have the vinyl LP version as well. Interested? Contact me by email, please, not by a comment.


Stephen Stills 2
reel-to-reel album cover back
 photo by Styrous®

Released on June 30, 1971, Stephen Stills 2 is the second solo album by Stephen Stills. In spite of the impressive personnel, Jerry Garcia, Nils Lofgren, Eric Clapton, David Crosby, Ringo Starr (that's right, of The Beatles) and many others (see listing below), it was not a successful album.

The songs are good, perhaps not great (with the exception of Know You Got to Run), but good and enjoyable.

A truly GREAT song, Know You Got to Run, with it's Appalachian, blue-grass feeling banjo, is my favorite tune on the album and one of my all-time favorites. It is quiet, a bit sad and regretful but it has a hushed beauty I dearly love. Be sure to listen to it (lyrics & link to it on YouTube below).

Change Partners, with it's intermittent, waltz beat, has an almost country feel to it. Fishes and Scorpions is a mellow sort of song and Eric Clapton plays lead and backing guitars on the tune which rocks out from time to time.  Sugar Babe is a nice, gently bouncy love song.

Near the bottom of this post there are links to the songs mentioned on YouTube so you can hear them for yourself, if you'd like. 

Stills became the first person to be inducted twice on the same night into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work with CSN and Buffalo Springfield.


Stephen Stills 2
reel-to-reel in box
 photo by Styrous®

Know You Got to Run Lyrics

Know you got to run
Know you got to hide
Don't know who to follow
Who is on your side?

Don't know where you're going
You won't talk of where you've been
And I may see you tomorrow
Nevermore again

Seen you in the city
Seen you on the road
Your face is all a twisted
'Cause your brain's a heavy load

Then you turn and ask me
How did I ever know
Talk about your searchin'
Well I think it's all for show

Heard your mournful song
Heard your baleful cry
Seen the light of hunger
Lingering deep within your eyes

Talk about your sinkin'
What a hole you're in
You expect for me to love you
When you hate yourself my friend

And you got yourself a potion
For to keep you from your sleep
In the dark and lonely hour
I heard you laugh and weep

You'll always be runnin'
'Til you find your doom
Never face your lonely soul
Never face the gloom

Know you got to run
Know you got to hide
Don't know who to follow
Who is on your side?

Don't know where you're going
You won't talk of where you've been
And I may see you tomorrow
Nevermore again

Songwriters:
Stephen Stills/John Hopkins

Published by
Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Track listing

All songs written by Stephen Stills unless otherwise noted.
Side 1

1. Change Partners – 3:13
2. Nothin' To Do But Today – 2:40
3. Fishes and Scorpions – 3:13
4. Sugar Babe – 4:04
5. Know You Got to Run (Stills, John Hopkins) – 3:50
6. Open Secret – 5:00

Side 2

1. Relaxing Town – 2:20
2. Singin' Call – 3:01
3. Ecology Song – 3:22
4. Word Game – 4:13
5. Marianne – 2:27
6. Bluebird Revisited – 5:23

Personnel

 
Music links:

Know You Got to Run on YouTube 
Change Partners on YouTube
Fishes and Scorpions on YouTube
Sugar Babe on YouTube

 
reel-to-reel listings on eBay

more reel-to-reel tapes on the Styrous® Viewfinder:
                                             reel-to-reel tape archive


Styrous® ~ October 30, 2013
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