Taken from his album “Stephen Stills” from 1971, with that really cool pic of him in the snow, the top fact of this track is that the drummer’s Ringo Starr. Whisper it softly; this proves what a great drummer he is! The album also features Clapton and Hendrix at the peak of their powers; now what does that say about the pulling power of Stills?
“To A Flame” has a backing of vibes, and the orchestration’s tautly emotional. This song’s a rare beauty, and the last line and motifs are pure class. “It’s like saying goodbye to Paris for the first time.” I think I wore a groove in this track when I first bought the album. Wow.
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About the Curator: Richard Parsons
I grew up listening to music from the late 60’s onwards. Pirate pop radio; swapping LP’s with friends; exploring genres; daydreaming over the latest woofer and tweeter.
In reality I spent thirty years imparting imperfect knowledge of English literature and drama to young minds in school. Regrets? No. I loved teaching; loved the interaction with the pupils, and made lifelong friends as a result. And what better way to keep up to date with music? I always played stuff in my lessons, and as a result, I’d be bombarded with suggestions from my flock! “Sir! Have you heard…?”