CD Review: Crosby, Stills & Nash

Crosby, Stills & Nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash
By David Chiu

This 1969 debut by three guys who previously came from successful bands (Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and David Crosby from Buffalo Springfield, the Hollies, and the Byrds respectively) has always been the quintessential CSN album (not counting Déjà Vu, technically, which was made with Neil Young). It showcased the distinct qualities that made the trio connect with the counterculture generation: thoughtful lyrics that were incisive (but never mean-spirited) as they were introspective, and the trademark vocal harmonies. In some respects Crosby Stills & Nash could be regarded a greatest hits album in itself with “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” (inspired by Judy Collins), the upbeat “Marrakesh Express,” “Guinevere,” and “Wooden Ships” (co-written with Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner), which have long been staples of the trio’s repertoire. The chemistry was immediate off the bat from this album—many other super groups after CSN have been mixed bags. This expanded edition includes four bonus tracks including a cover of Fred Neil’s “Everybody’s Talkin’” and a demo of the classic “Teach Your Children Well,” which sounds different from the final version that is on Deja Vu.


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