2-15-12 Crosby, Stills, Nash etc. #1
Jazz impresario Henry Threadgill born 1944, indie rock guy Conor Oberst born 1980; close enough for jazz.
After writing about Buffalo Springfield yesterday, I thought – why not write about the next chapter in the U.S. hippie music story?
After Buffalo Springfield folded, Neil Young got a solo deal from Reprise Records. Steve Stills decided to make music with David Crosby of The Byrds, with English vocalist Graham Nash (of The Hollies). Who knew that this combination of voices would be so darned popular?
As Crosby, Stills & Nash:
LP CROSBY, STILLS & NASH (1969) ATLANTIC US SD 8229 1969 10 TRKS insert
CD CROSBY, STILLS & NASH (1969) ATLANTIC US 82651.2 1969 10 TRKS re-mastered
7″ MARRAKESH EXPRESS ATLANTIC US A-16642 1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
As Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:
LPx2 4 WAY STREET ATLANTIC DE 60 003 1971 17 TRKS Live ’70, German pressing
LPx2 4 WAY STREET ATLANTIC US SD 2-902 1971 17 TRKS Live ’70
LP DÉJÀ VU ATLANTIC UK 2401 001 1970 10 TRKS
LP DÉJÀ VU ATLANTIC US SD 7200 1970 10 TRKS
CD DÉJÀ VU ATLANTIC US 82649.2 1970 10 TRKS re-mastered
CD SO FAR – GREATEST HITS ATLANTIC US 19119.2 1974 11 TRK Collection
LP SO FAR – GREATEST HITS ATLANTIC US SD 19119 1974 11 TRK Collection
7″ WOODSTOCK promo ATLANTIC US 45-2723 1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo
At the time that “Déjà vu” was released, I remember being advised that “Déjà vu” was the pinnacle of what was possible in rock music – probably by someone at the hippie record store in downtown Long Beach. I did like it; I bought it as a new release. It’s too bad that they eventually stopped giving the cover it’s marvelous texture. And you never see the lyrics sheet in the first album; it’s like it’s a forgotten artifact. And they were so damned popular, yet in 2012, their 45’s are pretty tough to find! No, no B-Sides – but I am guessing that the mono mixes were tweaked by Atlantic, to some extent.
I never went for the re-mastered with bonus tracks versions of the first two albums. Do I really want to hear this band’s out-takes?
On the late 60’s FM radio, I believe there was a tape that used to get played – that was essentially the rehearsal for CS&N – there is definitely a very different version of “Long Time Comin’, Long Time Gone” that I used to hear ‘em play. You can see the boys in action in the filmed version of “Woodstock”.
Still looking for a nice copy of the non-LP 45 “Ohio”, their blistering anti-war / oppression song. Black sleeve, very hard to find a nice one 40 years hence.