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3.9 out of 5
26 Ratings
26 Ratings
Dr. Rudiments

OUTSTANDING

I can't believe I'm the first to write a review of this. When this album first came out I heard the title track on WMMR in Philly. DJ Pierre Robert said what an excellent album it was, and recomended listening to it with headphones on. So I bought the cassette, took Mr. International's advice, and one morning took a walk on the beach with this in my walkman. I was completely blown away! The songs, the harmonies, the music, along with the sun coming up and the ocean's waves made for one of the greatest listening experiences of my life. Key tracks are "Got It Made" "Name of Love" "Compass" "This Old House" and the title track "American Dream". Listen with headphones, and if ya get the chance, take a walk on a beach while listenng. You can thank me later...

haybarn

Offensive

I don't care if it was the 80's. I love these guys but this is lazy, sad and painful. Especially after the failed Human Highway album in the 70's, you'd think their first outing since Deja Vu wouldn't be so horrible. But it's just that: horrific. CSNY are one of the miracles in rock music. I adore most of their early work, individually and in various parings. But this was, and remains, unforgivable.

old dreams

American Dream

Captured my spirit, made me think there is still art in the expressions of men making music. thanks to the minstrels of white soul, l heard it ,loved it,lost it, found it,thanks ITunes

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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