Contains a NM picture inner.
After their mammoth dble LP, Stephen Stillsí all-star grouping of West Coast luminaries and session hotshots should have spent the rest of the í70s as multi-million selling superstars. The Eagles should have met their match. But with already inflated egos now propelled by an endless supply of top grade chemicals and offers of better paid work flying in from elsewhere (not to mention the damage done by Stillsí notorious 72-hour marathon jam sessions), Manassasís exit was swift. A parting gift was quickly constructed in the form of this lost 10-track collection of electrifying country-blues, rockínísoul boogie and bluegrass swing, and while Down The Road is often dismissed as the lowly, bastard cousin of its satisfyingly cohesive predecessor, a proper listen and some critical distance proves that couldnít be further from the truth. For a start, the playing remains masterful throughout. Al Perkinsí banjo on Do You Remember The Americans and Stillsí guitar grooves during Rolliní My Stone and Lies are highlights, but as one of their countryís finest collection of musicians, Manassas managed to deliver all of this quintessentially American music at their rhythmic, technical and instinctive best.