6am Klassic: Manassas
10/11/2012 6:03:00 AM
Manassas "It Doesn't Matter"
Manassas was an American rock band formed by Stephen Stills in 1971. Predominantly a vehicle for Stills’ artistic vision, the band released two albums during its active tenure, 1972’s Manassas and 1973’s Down The Road. The band dissolved in October 1973.
Manassas was formed in the fall of 1971, following Stills' concert tour to support his album Stephen Stills 2 (1971). While Stephen Stills 2 was Stills’ second solo album, it was his first completed following the acrimonious 1970 breakup of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY), and was not critically well-received. After a chance meeting with Flying Burrito Brothers singer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Hillman in Cleveland, where Stills’ tour schedule crossed paths with that of the Burritos – a band that, by late 1971, had undergone multiple personnel changes and was in financial trouble – Stills saw an opportunity to change his artistic direction. He subsequently contacted Hillman, asking him, along with Burritos’ guitarist Al Perkins and fiddler Byron Berline, to join him in Miami at Atlantic Records’ Criteria Studios facility to jam. Stills also invited several members of his touring band – drummer Dallas Taylor, bassist Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels, keyboardist Paul Harris and vocalist/percussionist Joe Lala – to play at the session.
The band’s first album Manassas, a double-LP sporting a cover photo from the shoot in Virginia, was released in May 1972. The album was well received, quickly achieving RIAA Gold Record status, and Manassas globally toured behind it for most of 1972, including television appearances on ABC-TV’s In Concert in the United States and Musikladen in West Germany.
RATING: 10 out 10 -- Stephen Stills is hot and this song is very nice.