My 50 Great Unknown,Forgotten and Sadly Ignored Albums,Artists and Songs. #50 Manassas

Manassas was a short lived band that released 2 albums, the self titled Manassas in 1972 and Down The Road in 1973. The band was the brainchild of Stephen Stills and included Chris Hillman of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the great session drummer Dallas Taylor, who just  passed away on January 18th of this year. The two albums also had contributions from Bill Wyman,Joe Walsh and Bobby Whitlock among others. Of the two albums The self Titled Manassas was far and away the better album, it was a double album with only one song “It Doesn’t Matter” hitting the top 100 singles in 1972, it got as high as #61, the album itself hit #4 on the charts and ironically was in the top 10 with an album from David Crosby/Graham Nash and Neil Young’s “Harvest”.  The album has been called by Allmusic “A Sprawling Masterpeice”. It is a wonderful early example of country Rock that still sounds good today. Here are the track Listings for the Album.

The Raven

  1. “Song of Love” – 3:28
  2. Medley – 3:34
    “Rock & Roll Crazies” (Stephen Stills, Dallas Taylor)
    “Cuban Bluegrass” (Stephen Stills, Joe Lala)
  3. “Jet Set (Sigh)” – 4:25
  4. “Anyway” – 3:21
  5. “Both of Us (Bound to Lose)” (Stephen Stills, Chris Hillman) – 3:00

The Wilderness

  1. “Fallen Eagle” – 2:03
  2. “Jesus Gave Love Away for Free” – 2:59
  3. “Colorado” – 2:50
  4. “So Begins the Task” – 3:57
  5. “Hide It So Deep” – 2:44
  6. “Don’t Look at My Shadow” – 2:30

Consider

  1. “It Doesn’t Matter” (Chris Hillman, Rick Roberts, Stephen Stills) – 2:30
    • Note: Original releases of Manassas do not credit Roberts as a co-author.
  2. “Johnny’s Garden” – 2:45
  3. “Bound to Fall” (Mike Brewer, Tom Mastin) – 1:53
  4. “How Far” – 2:49
  5. “Move Around” – 4:15
  6. “The Love Gangster” (Stephen Stills, Bill Wyman) – 2:51

Rock & Roll is Here to Stay

  1. “What to Do” – 4:44
  2. “Right Now” – 2:58
  3. “The Treasure (Take One)” – 8:03
  4. “Blues Man” – 4:04
    • In tribute: Jimi Hendrix, Al Wilson, Duane Allman.

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