March 27th, 2018

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

IT DOESN’T MATTER

Stephen Stills and Manassas were a short-lived super group in the early 1970s. They made some great music together. Here’s proof. Big Gretsch guitars, big hair, big mutton chops… all live, no overdubs, no lip-synching. Soulful.

“Moment by moment. One day at a time. It doesn’t matter. It’s nothing but dreaming anyhow.”

Stephen Stills, vocals, guitar
(CSNY, ex-Buffalo Springfield)

Chris Hillman, vocals, guitar
(ex-Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers)

Al Perkins, steel guitar, backing vocals
(ex-Gram Parsons and Flying Burrito Brothers)

Calvin “Fuzzy” Samuels, bass
(ex-CSNY and John Sebastian)

Dallas Taylor, drums – Deceased
(ex-Clear Light, CSNY and John Sebastian)

Joe Lala, percussion, backing vocals – Deceased
(ex-Blues Image and Pacific Gas & Electric)

Paul Harris, keyboards, backing vocals – Manassas and session player

Buffalo Springfield Again with Stephen Stills was released just over 50 years ago. Find the mono version, if just for Mr. Soul.

Lyrics to “It Doesn’t Matter”:

Falling and spinning losing and winning keeping my head
Watching for signals wearisome vigil was I mislead
I remember you said
That you don’t want to forget me
It doesn’t matter which of our fantasy’s fail
Every tomorrow looking tomorrow a piece of today
Run a bit faster here comes the catcher making his play
You had better not stay
You will soon be surrounded
It doesn’t matter which of our fantasy’s stay

Lonely and winsome calling for someone living right now
Something is shallow ugly and hollow
Doesn’t even allow you to want to know how
You might live for the living
Give for the giving moment by moment
One day at a time
It doesn’t matter it’s nothing but dreaming anyhow