Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Stephen Stills: Old Times Good Times

There is no denying that Stephen Stills is an excellent guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, and vocalist. On his albums as well as the albums by Crosby, Stills, and Nash, he was often placed in roles other than that of lead guitarist. Let that talent take a backseat to others with whom only a superlative could describe and you have a product that is par excellence.

On his self-titled solo album, Stills is joined by a number of other great musicians. On the song “Old Times Good Times,” the lead guitar duties were relegated to none other than Jimi Hendrix. In addition, Booker T. Jones of Booker T. and the MGs plays the fantastic organ runs.

Released in late 1970, the album peaked at #3 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart. The album was recorded at Island Studios in London and includes a star-studded cast of players. Although “Old Times Good Times” was not a single from the album, its inclusion of Hendrix and Jones on their respective instruments make it a perfect Tasty Licks Tuesday selection.

The album is dedicated to the late James Marshall Hendrix who died nearly two months to the day before the album was released.

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