2-16-12 Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young etc. #2
Guess either the egos or lawyers had their way and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young had to split up. Too much talent for a single group? Artistic digression about what way to go, ma-a-a-n?
Don’t remember who was first out of the gate with the solo albums (Neil Young actually, but…we’re talking-post-CSNY) – Steve Stills got a hit single with “Love The One You’re With” from his debut solo album. I never heard his 2nd solo album (though I do own it), and I didn’t make it to Manassas, his post-CSNY band. Or his later solo works.
I remember really liking the single “Chicago” by Graham Nash, despite it’s “message” – glorious! In 2012, I can listen to it in 5.1, if so desired – by the deluxe version of his debut solo album “Songs For Beginners”. Also really liked “Immigration Man”, one of the singles from the debut Crosby & Nash LP – despite it’s ‘content’. No interest – then or now – in David Crosby’s solo album career (unless it comes out in 5.1) – I remember being virulently interested in German music in the early 70’s, so a solo LP from an ex-Byrd was not at the top of the list for my young ears.
Neil Young fared very well for me. Outside of the context of CSNY, his solo albums had been pretty good – “Neil Young” (His ’68 debut), “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” (1969) and “After The Goldrush” (1970, with it’s giant lyrics sheet / poster). Once he got mainstream acceptance with “Heart of Gold”, I sort of lost interest in his solo career. Yep, I own all of the first 4 LP’s and CD’s, and Volume 1 of his giant CD boxed set – illumination upon those records and Buffalo Springfield! (And pre-Buffalo Springfield!!).
But really – why even pay attention to music of this nature if you can listen to albums by Faust, Amon Duul II, Can, Supersister, Magma etc.
As a middle-aged listener, it’s easy to understand the popularity of the music of these guys. Lots of us heard it when we were kids – certainly younger than the musicians of this nature! If we shuffle “Déjà vu” with “After The Goldrush” with a few stray tracks from Graham Nash and Steve Stills thrown in – I bet I could make up an entire listenable 80 minute CD-R of decent songs – and not even include any Buffalo Springfield!
So, if ‘this music’ wasn’t the pinnacle of what was possible within the confines of “Rock Music” in 1970 – was anything even more qualified for the title of “Pinnacle”? We were young, not paying attention to the business aspect of the music industry. I bet it’s all not a pretty story. Must be tons of managers and lawyers around this crowd.