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Manassas

I manassas nascono da una serie di circostanze fortuite.
Nel 1972 Stephen Stills invita Chris Hillman (ex birds) a suonare con lui nel suo nuovo disco e la session va così bene che i due deciseno di dare vita ad una gruppo, complice anche lo scarso successo commerciale ottenuto da Hillman con i Flying Burrito Brothers. Il gruppo, a cui si uniscono Al Perkins (già con Hillman nei “Burritos”), Joe Lala, Dallas Taylor, Paul Harris, Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuel”, prende il nome di Manassas,da una località in cui avvenne una delle guerre d’indipendenza americane. Già dal loro 1° album, intitolato semplicemente “MANASSAS” è evidente che oltre all’affiatamento raggiunto dalla band si è di fronte ad un fenomeno musicale destinato ad influenzare parecchie altre bands che verranno successivamente.
Nel successivo album, intitolato “DOWN THE ROAD” e dal tour che ne seguirà si ha un’ulteriore conferma dell’importanza della band che dal vivo offre tra l’altro perfomance stellari.

I manassas possono tranquillamente collocarsi fra i capiscuola di quel genere musicale tipico della West – Coast americana, per il fatto che vengono introdotte alcune innovazioni nel modo di proporre quella musica come ad esempio l’utilizzo di strumenti elettrici per canzoni tipicamente country and western o l’utilizzo di ritmi latino/sud americani come in brani come “Pensamiento”. Il gruppo ha però vita breve, purtroppo, (forse per il modo dittatoriale di Stills di fare le scelte?);.

e noi ancora attendiamo notizie di una “antologia”, o qualcos’altro che ci consenta di riascoltare la magia dei favolosi Manassas dal vivo.

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Manassas (band)

Manassas was an American rock band formed by Stephen Stills in 1971.[2] 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.[3][4] 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[5] – 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 Criteria Studios 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 musicians quickly gelled in the studio, and within several weeks had recorded enough material at Criteria to fill a double-LP album release. The band was capable of a wide musical range, with a repertoire including blues, folk, country, latin, and rock songs. Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, a friend of both Hillman and Stills who visited Criteria during the sessions, was an early fan of the band, at one point expressing an interest in joining.[6] (Wyman would contribute to the sessions by helping Stills re-write his to-date unrecorded song from 1968, “Bumblebee,” as the blues/funk tune “The Love Gangster,” with Wyman also playing bass on the track.) The band christened itself Manassas after Stills, who had an interest in American Civil War history, orchestrated a photo shoot for them in Manassas, Virginia, the site of the First and Second Battles of Bull Run (1861 and 1862, respectively).

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