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Crosby, Stills & Nash – C S N

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AllMusic Review by Jim Newsom

The times had certainly changed since Déjà Vu’s release in 1970. Nevertheless, there was a hunger in audiences for a return to the harmony-soaked idealism with which the trio had been catapulted to popularity, and CSN consequently reached number two on the charts, behind Fleetwood Mac’s mega successful Rumor’s. The music here is very good, though probably not up to the hard-to-match level of Crosby, Stills & Nash or Déjà Vu. Still, the songs showed a great deal of lyrical maturity and compositional complexity compared to those earlier albums (from a far more innocent time). “Just a Song Before I Go” was the latest of Graham Nash’s radio-friendly acoustic numbers, and a Top Ten single. “See the Changes” and “Dark Star” ranked with the best of Stephen Stills’ work, while David Crosby contributed three classics from his distinctive oeuvre: “Shadow Captain,” “Anything at All,” and the beautiful “In My Dreams.” Nash’s multi-part “Cathedral,” a recollection of an acid trip taken in Winchester Cathedral on his 32nd birthday, became a staple of the group’s live repertoire. CSN was the trio’s last fully realized album, and also the last recording on which the three principals handled all the vocal parts without the sweetening of additional voices. It has held up remarkably well, both as a memento of its time and as a thoroughly enjoyable musical work.

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This is a 12-song collection of previously unreleased demos from 1968 to 1971. It offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the earliest days of one of rock’s most legendary partnerships including early versions of “Marrakesh Express,” “Almost Cut My Hair” and “Love The One You’re With.” Most tracks were recorded at the legendary Wally Heider studios.
Highlights include CSN harmonizing on a January ’69 take on “Marrakesh Express,” Crosby and Stills on “Long Time Gone,” and Crosby and Nash joined by Neil Young “Music Is Love” (a song later featured on Crosby’s solo debut If I Could Only Remember My Name).
This collection reaches as far back as ’68 with Stills’ “My Love Is A Gentle Thing,” and also features his solo classic “Love The One You’re With.” Among the other highlights are three songs that would appear on Nash’s solo debut, 1971’s Songs For Beginners, including “Chicago” and “Sleep Song,” and Crosby performing unaccompanied on “Almost Cut My Hair” and “Déjà Vu.”

 

1. Marrakesh Express
2. Almost Cut My Hair
3. You Don’t Have to Cry
4. Deja Vu
5. Sleep Song
6. My Love is a Gentle Thing
1. Long Time Gone
2. Be Yourself
3. Music Is Love
4. Singing Call
5. Chicago
6. Love The One You’re With

 

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Weight 0.480 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm