Crosby Stills & Nash #1

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.

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