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4.6 out of 5

106 Ratings

106 Ratings

4 way street (live) C.S.N.& Y.

JBarryG

I never rate anything. But this album is worth sharing. Classic early 70s Folk/Rock music in live, imperfect, real format. Yet, dispite the under-editing, this is truly one of the greatest live recordings. Try it out! JBGboston

Awesome album - so glad to find this on iTunes

billingham

I got this on vinyl back in 1971 and it became one of my all time favorites. This was an awesome live recording - listening to Stills jam on "America's Children" brings back memories of the Vietnam War protest era, along with Young's "Ohio" about the Kent State killings, and the memorable Nash parody of Mayor Daley's Chicago, "This is a song for Mayor Daley ...". However, the main thing about this album was the incredible music these guys made - it would be injustice to just talk about the political stuff.

I just put this on my new iPod Touch and it will be one of my favorites. I am so grateful it finally made it onto iTunes!

"Southern Man"

Padeye

"Southern Man" on this album is far superior to the studio version that Neil put out with Crazy Horse. Watch for the "chicken fight" between the two guitars of Stills and Young on this one. The vocals are right on, too.

About Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

The musical partnership of David Crosby (born August 14, 1941), Stephen Stills (born January 3, 1945), and Graham Nash (born February 2, 1942), with and without Neil Young (born November 12, 1945), was not only one of the most successful touring and recording acts of the late '60s, '70s, and early '80s -- with the colorful, contrasting nature of the members' characters and their connection to the political and cultural upheavals of the time -- it was arguably the only American-based band to approach the overall societal impact of the Beatles. The group was a second marriage for all the participants when it came together in 1968: Crosby had been a member of the Byrds, Nash was in the Hollies, and Stills had been part of Buffalo Springfield. The resulting trio, however, sounded like none of its predecessors and was characterized by a unique vocal blend and a musical approach that ranged from acoustic folk to melodic pop to hard rock. CSN's debut album, released in 1969, was perfectly in tune with the times, and the group was an instant hit. By the time of their first tour (which included the Woodstock festival), they had added Young, also a veteran of Buffalo Springfield, who maintained a solo career.

The first CSNY album, Déjà Vu, was a chart-topping hit in 1970, but the group split acrimoniously after a summer tour. 4 Way Street, a live double album issued after the breakup, was another number one hit. (When it was finally released on CD in 1992, it was lengthened with more live material.) In 1974, CSNY re-formed for a summer stadium tour without releasing a new record. Nevertheless, the compilation So Far became their third straight number one. Crosby, Stills & Nash re-formed without Young in 1977 for the album CSN, another giant hit. They followed with Daylight Again in 1982, but by then Crosby was in the throes of drug addiction and increasing legal problems. He was in jail in 1985-1986, but cleaned up and returned to action, with the result that CSNY reunited for only their second studio album, American Dream, in 1988. CSN followed with Live It Up in 1990, and though that album was a commercial disappointment, the trio remained a popular live act; it embarked on a 25th anniversary tour in the summer of 1994 and released a new album, After the Storm. The trio again reunited with Young for 1999's Looking Forward, followed in 2000 by their CSNY2K tour. ~ William Ruhlmann

ORIGIN
Los Angeles, CA
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
1969

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