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Album Review

Unbeknown to most fans, So Far was a stopgap release, undertaken by Atlantic Records in the absence of a new Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album to accompany the reunited quartet's summer 1974 tour. At the time, the members thought it was ridiculous to release a greatest-hits/best-of compilation distilled down from two in-print LPs plus the single sides "Ohio" and "Find the Cost of Freedom"; but propelled by the publicity surrounding the group's massive stadium tour (the first exclusive stadium tour ever done in rock), So Far topped the charts and sold hundreds of thousands of copies, all without containing so much as a single new note of music. Ironically, the quartet had been working on what would have been, by all accounts, the best album in their history; as with so many other projects attempted by the four-man lineup, however, that album fell apart halfway through, amid clashes of egos and creative differences, and so there was So Far. Taken on its own terms, the album manages to be both enjoyable and frustrating, as well as virtually obsolete in the 21st century — the Joni Mitchell cover art is cool, and the presence of "Ohio" and "Find the Cost of Freedom" makes it attractive (until the 1990s, So Far was the only album to contain both songs); and a case can be made that it contains some of the better moments from Crosby, Stills & Nash and Déjà Vu. The problem is that those were two virtually perfect albums, and the idea of excerpting parts of them for a compilation makes no more sense than, say, excerpting the first two Beatles albums for a "best of" on that band. Further, it's not even a true greatest-hits or best-of compilation, with "Marrakesh Express" not present. And it is difficult to imagine anyone who enjoys this disc not enjoying the two complete albums even more. So, essentially, owning So Far serves no purpose except to get "Ohio" and "Find the Cost of Freedom," which are also on Carry On and the Crosby, Stills & Nash box, both of which offer a lot more, dollar for dollar and song for song. For those inclined to buy it, however, the 1994 reissue (Atlantic 82648) of So Far is to be preferred for sound quality over the earlier edition.

Customer Reviews

My new favorite album.

Thought provoking lyrics, beautiful harmonies, tremendously underrated, textured guitar play, and songwriting worthy of.... God, it's all just fantastic. In short, these songs are indescribable. That is all you really need to know Favorite songs (in order of liking): Helplessly Hoping, Find the Cost Of Freedom, Deja Vu, Our House, Ohio.

amazing

This is one of my favorite albums and it has been forever. My first memories of it are from when my mom would crank it up when we were cleaning when I was little and I've had a connection ever since. Their voices are beautiful, the guitar riffs are powerful, and it is music with real substance- something we seem to have forgotten how to make these days.

Amazing

I'm sorry, but I'm reviewing this album for the beautiful song, Ohio. This song is a true commemoration to the horrible events that took place at Kent State University in Ohio on May 4. (Incase you didn't know, the Ohio National Guard shot & killed 4 students and wounded 9 who had been protesting the Vietnam War) What a touching song!!! Thank you for this wonderful melody, C,S,N,Y!! R.I.P Allison, Jeffery, Sandra, & William! True heros!

Biography

Formed: 1969 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

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...
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