Crosby, Stills & Nash (album)
|Crosby, Stills & Nash|
|Studio album by Crosby, Stills & Nash|
|Released||May 29, 1969|
|Recorded||June 26, 1968 - April 3, 1969 at Wally Heider's Studio III, Los Angeles|
|Crosby, Stills & Nash chronology|
Crosby, Stills & Nash is the first album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, released in 1969 on the Atlantic Records label. It spawned two Top 40 hits, "Marrakesh Express" and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," which peaked respectively at #28 the week of August 23, 1969, and at #21 the week of October 25, 1969, on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The album itself peaked at #6 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart.
The album was a very strong debut for the band, instantly lifting them to stardom. Along with the Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo and The Band's Music From Big Pink of the previous year, it helped initiate a sea change in popular music away from the ruling late sixties aesthetic of bands playing blues-based rock music on loud guitars. Crosby, Stills & Nash presented a new wrinkle in building upon rock's roots, utilizing folk, blues, and even jazz without specifically sounding like mere duplication. Not only blending voices, the three meshed their differing strengths, Crosby for social commentary and atmospheric mood pieces, Stills for his diverse musical skills and for folding folk and country elements subtly into complex rock structures, and Nash for his radio-friendly pop melodies, to create an amalgam of broad appeal. Eventually going multi-platinum, in addition to the above mentioned singles, Crosby, Stills & Nash features some of their best known songs in "Wooden Ships" and "Helplessly Hoping". "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" was composed for Judy Collins, and "Long Time Gone" was a response to the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.
This album proved very influential on many levels to the dominant popular music scene in America for much of the 1970s. The success of the album generated gravitas for the group within the industry, and galvanized interest in signing like acts, many of whom came under management and representation by the CSN team of Elliot Roberts and David Geffen. Strong sales, combined with the group's emphasis on personal confession in its writing, paved the way for the success of the singer-songwriter movement of the early seventies. Their utilization of personal events in their material without resorting to subterfuge, their talents in vocal harmony, their cultivation of painstaking studio craft, as well as the Laurel Canyon ethos that surrounded the group and their associates, established an aesthetic for a number of acts that came to define the "California" sound of the ensuing decade, including The Eagles, Jackson Browne, post-1974 Fleetwood Mac, and others.
The album has been issued on compact disc three times: mastered by Barry Diament at Atlantic Studios in the mid-1980s; remastered by Joe Gastwirt at Ocean View Digital and reissued on August 16, 1994; reissued again by Rhino Records as an expanded edition using the HDCD process on January 24, 2006.
A gold CD edition of the album which was released on December 6, 2011, remastered by Steve Hoffman. The track 'Guinnevere' was changed to 'Guinevere'. Marshall Blonstein, head of Audio Fidelity, said "Since 1969, every vinyl, cassette and CD version of the album had it spelled with two n's. But recently the group decided to take out the [historically inaccurate] extra 'n'. So our CD booklet, tray card and even the original LP labels now show the title with just the one 'n'."
The original vinyl LP was released in a gatefold sleeve that depicted the band members in large fur parkas with a sunset in the background on the gatefold (shot in Big Bear, California), as well as the iconic cover art. A long folded page inside displayed the album credits, lyrics, track listing, as well as a quasi-psychedelic pencil drawing.
The 2006 expanded edition of the CD features an additional four tracks, as well as a slight difference in the cover art. The face of drummer Dallas Taylor was added to the original as he was not present at the photoshoot. He can be seen looking through the window of the door on the rear of the sleeve. In the expanded edition, however, he is absent.
On the cover the members are, left to right, Nash, Stills, and Crosby, for no particular reason, the reverse of the order of the album title. The photo was taken by their friend and photographer Henry Diltz before they came up with a name for the group. They found an abandoned house, north of 809 Palm Avenue, West Hollywood, across from the Santa Palm car wash that they thought would be a perfect fit for their “image”. A few days later they decided on the name “Crosby, Stills, and Nash”. To prevent confusion, they went back to the house a day or so later to re-shoot the cover in the correct order, but when they got there they found the house had been reduced to a pile of timber.
|The Music Box|||
Crosby, Stills & Nash has received positive reviews. Robert Christgau gave it a grade of B+, writing, "I have written elsewhere that this album is perfect, but that is not necessarily a compliment. Only Crosby's vocal on "Long Time Gone" saves it from a special castrati award." Jason Akeny of Allmusic gave the album five out of five stars, noting that some of the themes of the songs "haven't dated well" but "the harmonies are absolutely timeless, and the best material remains rock-solid". Reviewing the album in 2006 for The Music Box, John Metzger also gave it five out of five stars, commenting, "the music is organic and pure; the vocals are otherworldly".
Track listing 
Side one 
- "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (Stills) – 7:25
- Stephen Stills-vocals, guitar, bass, percussion; David Crosby-vocals; Graham Nash-vocals; Dallas Taylor-drums
- "Marrakesh Express" (Nash) – 2:39
- Stephen Stills-vocals, guitar, organ, piano, bass; David Crosby-vocals; Graham Nash-vocals, acoustic guitar; Jim Gordon-drums
- "Guinnevere" (Crosby) – 4:40
- David Crosby-vocals, guitar; Graham Nash-vocals
- "You Don't Have to Cry" (Stills) – 2:45
- "Pre-Road Downs" (Nash) – 3:01
Side two 
- "Wooden Ships" (Crosby, Stills, Paul Kantner [uncredited]) – 5:29
- Stephen Stills-vocals, lead guitar, bass, organ; David Crosby-vocals, rhythm guitar; Graham Nash-vocals; Dallas Taylor-drums
- "Lady of the Island" (Nash) – 2:39
- David Crosby-vocals; Graham Nash-vocals, acoustic guitar
- "Helplessly Hoping" (Stills) – 2:41
- Stephen Stills-vocals, guitar; David Crosby-vocals; Graham Nash-vocals
- "Long Time Gone" (Crosby) – 4:17
- Stephen Stills-vocals, guitar, bass, organ; David Crosby-vocals; Graham Nash-vocals; Dallas Taylor-drums
- "49 Bye-Byes" (Stills) – 5:16
2006 Expanded Edition 
- "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" (Stills) – 7:24
- "Marrakesh Express" (Nash) – 2:38
- "Guinnevere" (Crosby) – 4:39
- "You Don't Have to Cry" (Stills) – 2:44
- "Pre-Road Downs" (Nash) – 2:57
- "Wooden Ships" (Crosby, Paul Kantner, Stills) – 5:27
- "Lady of the Island" (Nash) – 2:38
- "Helplessly Hoping" (Stills) – 2:41
- "Long Time Gone" (Crosby) – 4:17
- "49 Bye-Byes" (Stills) – 5:12
- "Do for the Others" (Stills) – 2:49 - Stills & Nash
- "Song with No Words (Tree with No Leaves)" [New Mix] (Crosby) – 3:18
- Crosby & Nash
- "Everybody's Talkin'" (Fred Neil) – 3:14
- "Teach Your Children" (Nash) – 3:14
- Crosby & Nash
- Crosby, Stills & Nash
- David Crosby – rhythm and acoustic guitars, vocals
- Stephen Stills – lead, rhythm, and acoustic guitars, bass, organ, piano, percussion, vocals
- Graham Nash – vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar
- Additional Personnel
- Dallas Taylor – drums, percussion
- Jim Gordon - drums on "Marrakesh Express"
- Cass Elliot - background vocals on "Pre-Road Downs"
- Bill Halverson - engineer
- Gary Burden – art direction, design
- Henry Diltz – photography
- David Geffen – direction
- Ahmet Ertegün – spiritual guidance
- Barry Diament - mastering, first CD issue
- Joe Gastwirt – mastering, 1994 reissue
- Raymond Foye – liner notes, 2006 reissue
Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner was finally credited as co-composer of "Wooden Ships" on the expanded edition, something long acknowledged on his group's version of the song from their Volunteers album, released the same year.
David Crosby singing an excerpt of "Come On in My Kitchen" between "Long Time Gone" and "49 Bye-Byes" was left off the 2006 reissue at the request of the late Robert Johnson's estate.
Singles - Billboard (North America)
|1969||"Marrakesh Express"||Hot 100||28|
|"Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"||Hot 100||21|
- CSN Remaster or Original CD - SH Forums.
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