40 Songs, 3 Hours, 16 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While the deluxe edition adds 40-plus minutes of professional video footage and a digital booklet with liner notes, photos, and credits, this standard edition features the complete 40-track live concert. Forty years after the fact, Graham Nash and producer Joel Bernstein assembled this collection, sifting through nine concerts from the legendary 1974 tour. They recreated the three-hour-plus concert experience, assembling electric-to-acoustic-to-electric sets that rely surprisingly little on the CSNY catalog and more on the individual solo accomplishments and new material that was being written. While the four men soon grew disenchanted with each other and the tour itself, these recordings point out an exquisite rock ’n’ roll musicianship second to none, as Stephen Stills and Neil Young go toe to toe on electric guitars and join with David Crosby and Nash for the harmonies. Whether it’s Young working through “On the Beach” or Crosby singing his personal blues on “Almost Cut My Hair,” this is a set for the ages.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While the deluxe edition adds 40-plus minutes of professional video footage and a digital booklet with liner notes, photos, and credits, this standard edition features the complete 40-track live concert. Forty years after the fact, Graham Nash and producer Joel Bernstein assembled this collection, sifting through nine concerts from the legendary 1974 tour. They recreated the three-hour-plus concert experience, assembling electric-to-acoustic-to-electric sets that rely surprisingly little on the CSNY catalog and more on the individual solo accomplishments and new material that was being written. While the four men soon grew disenchanted with each other and the tour itself, these recordings point out an exquisite rock ’n’ roll musicianship second to none, as Stephen Stills and Neil Young go toe to toe on electric guitars and join with David Crosby and Nash for the harmonies. Whether it’s Young working through “On the Beach” or Crosby singing his personal blues on “Almost Cut My Hair,” this is a set for the ages.

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Customer Reviews

4 out of 5

25 Ratings

neil and the hacks

The Specimen,

there is a good reason why it took 40 years to get this out… it’s hard to find any worthy moments by CSN on this album. Neil does a good job overall, but the rest of the band are in shambles, musically and vocally. it’s very disappointing, especially being a fan. i need t goo back and listen to the studio recordings to get back some semblance of normality and belief in these guys. crazy how in three years they went from the top to the bloated bottom. stephen stills especially bad vocally, though the other guys too. stay away!!

Remember it well..

j34566789,

..saw CSN&Y in St. Paul, MN on July 22, 1974. Neil Young was really the most interesting part of the show. I was actually kind of amazed that CSN had given over so much of the concert over to Neil Young, but after listening to this album it's apparent that the rest were already spent, creatively by this point. I'll buy yht album, but the harmonies are off and it lacks alot of the inventiveness of this great group.

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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