4 Way Street

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4 Way Street
Live album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Released April 7, 1971 (original)
June 15, 1992 (expanded)
Recorded June 2–July 5, 1970, New York, Chicago & Los Angeles
Genre Rock, folk rock
Length 76:35 (original)
109:35 (expanded)
Label Atlantic
Producer David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young chronology
Déjà Vu
(1970)
Four Way Street
(1971)
So Far
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]

4 Way Street is the third album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, their second as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and their first live album. It was originally released as Atlantic Records SD-2-902, shipping as a gold record and peaking at #1 on the Billboard 200. A document of their tour from the previous year, the live recordings presented were taken from shows at The Fillmore East, New York on June 2 through June 7, 1970; The Forum, Los Angeles on June 26 through June 28, 1970; and The Chicago Auditorium, Chicago, on July 5, 1970.

Background[edit]

At the time this album was recorded, tensions between the band members were high, with their dressing-room fights becoming the stuff of rock legend, even being referenced by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention in their 1971 LP Fillmore East - June 1971. The tensions led to CSNY dissolving shortly after the recording of 4 Way Street; they would reconvene for a stadium tour in the summer of 1974. The next release of new studio material by the firm proper would not be until the CSN album of 1977.

Content[edit]

The original double album LP came packaged in typical CSNY fashion, a gatefold sleeve without a track listing. On the gatefold was a black-and-white picture of the band sitting on a bench, with the heads of Graham Nash and David Crosby perfectly framed by a wire clothes hanger hanging in front of them, with recording information and credits in the lower-right-hand corner. The only track listings appear on the album's labels and on the fold-out poster that also included full lyrics.

The album contained material previously available in studio versions, from both the combined and individual work of the four principals, except four songs which had not been officially released as yet. Two songs are by Nash, "Chicago" and "Right Between The Eyes," the former to appear one month later on Songs for Beginners, and two songs by Crosby, "The Lee Shore" and "Triad." His controversial ménage à trois composition, "Triad" and been recorded by Jefferson Airplane for their Crown of Creation album of 1968, and also by Crosby's former band The Byrds for The Notorious Byrd Brothers but not released until 1987 on the compilation Never Before. That version of "Triad" would later appear as a bonus track to the 1997 reissue of Notorious Byrd Brothers.

Reception[edit]

The album went to #1 upon its release[3] and also garnered a positive review in Rolling Stone where the reviewer called it "their best album to date."[4] Other more recent reviews have also been positive.[1]

4 Way Street was released in expanded form for compact disc on June 15, 1992. The expanded edition included four performances, one by each member, as acoustic solo vehicles. Neil Young performed a trio of songs from his first two solo albums as a medley; Stephen Stills included "Black Queen" from his eponymous debut; Crosby contributed a version of the song "Laughing" from his debut; and Nash performed "King Midas In Reverse", The Hollies' single from 1967, which although credited to Allan Clarke and Tony Hicks as well, was actually written solely by Nash.[5]

Additional tracks from the tour appeared on the CSN box set released in 1991, as well as Young's The Archives Vol. 1 1963–1972 released in 2009.

Track listing[edit]

Bonus tracks for 1992 compact disc reissue appear appended to disc one after sides one and two. Disc two contains sides three and four.

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"   Stephen Stills 0:33
2. "On the Way Home"   Neil Young 3:19
3. "Teach Your Children"   Graham Nash 2:46
4. "Triad"   David Crosby 5:07
5. "The Lee Shore"   David Crosby 4:14
6. "Chicago"   Graham Nash 3:03

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Right Between the Eyes"   Graham Nash 2:19
2. "Cowgirl in the Sand"   Neil Young 3:50
3. "Don't Let It Bring You Down"   Neil Young 2:35
4. "Medley: 49 Bye-Byes/For What It's Worth/America's Children"   Stephen Stills 4:07
5. "Love the One You're With"   Stephen Stills 2:57

1992 bonus track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "King Midas In Reverse"   Allan Clarke, Tony Hicks, Graham Nash 3:43
13. "Laughing"   David Crosby 3:36
14. "Black Queen"   Stephen Stills 6:45
15. "Medley: The Loner/Cinnamon Girl/Down by the River"   Neil Young 9:41

Side three[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Pre-Road Downs"   Graham Nash 2:48
2. "Long Time Gone"   David Crosby 5:33
3. "Southern Man"   Neil Young 13:15

Side four[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ohio"   Neil Young 3:24
2. "Carry On"   Stephen Stills 13:06
3. "Find the Cost of Freedom"   Stephen Stills 2:16

Personnel[edit]

Production personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1971 Billboard Pop Albums 1[3]

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA – USA Gold April 12, 1971
RIAA – USA Platinum December 18, 1992
RIAA – USA 4X Platinum December 18, 1992

References[edit]

  • Zimmer, Dave, and Diltz, Henry. Crosby Stills & Nash: The Authorized Biography (First edition), St. Martin’s Press, 1984. ISBN 0-312-17660-0

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Eder, Bruce. 4 Way Street at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 March 2008.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young > Consumer Guide Reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 8 March 2008. 
  3. ^ a b 4 Way Street - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 March 2008.
  4. ^ Kimball, George (May 21, 1971). "Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young 4 Way Street > Album Review". Rolling Stone (83). Archived from the original on 29 March 2008. Retrieved 8 March 2008. 
  5. ^ Zimmer and Diltz, p. 51
Preceded by
Jesus Christ Superstar by Various Artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 15–21, 1971
Succeeded by
Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones