On March 26, Rhino Records plans to release Carry On, a four-disc anthology compiling classic and rare material by legendary songwriter and guitarist Stephen Stills. The collection was produced by Graham Nash and Joel Bernstein, who have previously worked with Rhino on three-disc boxes of Stills' CSN band mates David Crosby (2006's Voyage) and Nash himself (2009's Reflections).
Carry On features 82 tracks, spanning chronologically from the unreleased 1962 solo performance "Travelin'" to a live CSN recording of Dylan's "Girl From The North Country" from an October 2012 stint at New York City's Beacon Theatre. Other rare recordings include a 1964 take on Billy Edd Wheeler's "High Flyin' Bird" by Greenwich Village folk collective The Au Go Go Singers (a track Neil Young revisited with Crazy Horse on last year's Americana), a 1970 jam featuring Stills and Jimi Hendrix called "No-Name Jam," and a CSNY version of "Black Coral," which appeared on 1976's Long May You Run by The Stills-Young Band stripped of Crosby and Nash's backing vocals. Some of Stills' more popular solo songs, like "See The Changes" and "Change Partners," have also been newly remixed for the set.
The release of the box set begins a busy year for Stills, who recently celebrated his 68th birthday. Crosby, Stills & Nash will play 13 shows in North America in May to support last year's live album CSN 2012. A 1968 track featuring Stills' bass playing called "Somewhere" will appear on People, Hell & Angels, a posthumous Jimi Hendrix album to be released March 5. Finally, according to an interview with CBS This Morning last June, Nash and Bernstein have been compiling a box set collecting recordings made on CSNY's notoriously decadent 1974 tour that will also see release sometime in 2013.
Culling Stills' archive for the Carry On project has been a long time in the making. Nash told Rolling Stone's Steve Baltin last September that "Stephen would like it out tomorrow and his manager would like it out yesterday, but we have to take our time because this is a piece of history." He added, "...I have this ability to step back and look at Stephen's body of work and put it into a cohesive form."