Live It Up (Crosby, Stills & Nash album)

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Live It Up
Studio album by Crosby, Stills and Nash
Released June 26, 1990
Recorded February 1, 1986 - February 5, 1990
Genre Rock
Length 39:17
Label Atlantic Records
Producer Crosby, Stills & Nash
Joe Vitale, Stanley Johnston
Crosby, Stills and Nash chronology
American Dream
(1988)
Live It Up
(1990)
CSN (box set)
(1991)

Live It Up is the tenth album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, released on Atlantic Records in 1990. It peaked at #57 on the Billboard 200, the first of their studio albums not to gain either a gold or platinum certification by the RIAA. It was issued in all formats at the time - compact disc, cassette tape, and vinyl record. It is currently out of print, but available for steaming on Spotify.

Background[edit]

It started life as a Crosby & Nash record, the label insisting on the inclusion of Stills just as it had insisted on the inclusion of Crosby on Daylight Again which had commenced as a Stills-Nash project. The album has the fewest songwriting credits to members of the principal trio of any album in their catalogue. It was not well received by either the critics or the public.

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded at numerous recording studios in Los Angeles. The majority was recorded at The Record Plant, although part of "Live It Up" began at the Home-Brew Studio in Ohio and was finished at the professional location. "If Anybody Had A Heart," "Arrows," and "After the Dolphin" were recorded at Devonshire Studios, while "(Got to Keep) Open" was recorded at Capitol Studios.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Live It Up"   Joe Vitale February 11, 1986 3:54
2. "If Anybody Had A Heart"   John David Souther, Danny Kortchmar January 30, 1989 4:28
3. "Tomboy"   Stephen Stills January 24, 1990 3:22
4. "Haven't We Lost Enough?"   Stephen Stills, Kevin Cronin February 5, 1990 3:06
5. "Yours and Mine"   Craig Doerge, David Crosby, Graham Nash February 2, 1990 4:21

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "(Got to Keep) Open"   Stephen Stills, Graham Nash April 18, 1990 4:40
2. "Straight Line"   Tony Beard January 31, 1990 3:12
3. "House of Broken Dreams"   Graham Nash January 25, 1990 3:18
4. "Arrows"   Michael Hedges, David Crosby March 23, 1989 3:51
5. "After the Dolphin"   Graham Nash, Craig Doerge February 1, 1989 5:05

Personnel[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[1]

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Joe Vitaledrums; synthesizers on "Live It Up," "If Anybody Had A Heart," "Tomboy," "Yours and Mine," "(Got to Keep) Open," "House of Broken Dreams," "Arrows," and "After the Dolphin"; keyboards on ""Live It Up," "If Anybody Had A Heart," and "Yours and Mine"; organ on "After the Dolphin"; percussion on "Straight Line"
  • Craig Doerge — keyboards on "If Anybody Had A Heart," "Yours and Mine," "Straight Line," "House of Broken Dreams," "Arrows," and "After the Dolphin"
  • Bob Glaub — bass on "Tomboy," "Yours and Mine," "Straight Line," and "House of Broken Dreams"
  • Leland Sklar — bass on "If Anybody Had A Heart," "Arrows," and "After the Dolphin"
  • John David Souther — vocals on "If Anybody Had A Heart"
  • The Williams Family — vocals on "Live It Up"
  • Branford Marsalissoprano saxophone on "Yours and Mine" and "Arrows"
  • Mike Landau — guitar on "If Anybody Had A Heart" and "After the Dolphin"
  • Roger McGuinn — guitar on "If Anybody Had A Heart"
  • Peter Frampton— guitar solo on "Straight Line"
  • Bruce Hornsbypiano, accordion on "(Got to Keep) Open"
  • Tony Beard — percussion programming on "Yours and Mine"; electric guitar on "Straight Line"
  • Mike Fisher — percussion on "If Anybody Had A Heart" and "After the Dolphin"
  • Michito Sanchez — percussion on "Tomboy" and "(Got to Keep) Open"
  • Vince Charles — percussion on "Arrows"
  • Rand Wetherwax — sound design including radio broadcast voices of Simon Jones and Harry S. Truman on "After the Dolphin"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, W. (2011). "Live It Up – Crosby, Stills & Nash | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011.