Replay (Crosby, Stills & Nash album)

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Replay
Compilation album by Crosby, Stills & Nash
Released December 8, 1980
Genre Rock
Length 38:13
Label Atlantic
Producer Bill Halverson
David Crosby
Graham Nash
Stephen Stills
Crosby, Stills & Nash chronology
CSN
(1977)
Replay
(1980)
Daylight Again
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Replay is the sixth album by Crosby, Stills & Nash and their second retrospective, appearing in 1980 on the Atlantic Records label. It contains no material with Neil Young, but does from CSN solo projects. It peaked at #122 on the Billboard 200, their first album not to chart in the top ten, and is currently out of print.

Background[edit]

In 1980, Stephen Stills invited Graham Nash to accompany him on a tour of Europe, both subsequently deciding to record songs together in this unexplored permutation of CSNY. The label however, wanted more CSN product, and with the pair still in process, released this package for the Christmas sales season.[2] The pair continued to work in the studio together, but again Atlantic Records insisted on the inclusion of David Crosby as the CSN brand increased sales potential greatly, which would result in their next album, Daylight Again. Apparently given his minimal number of writing credits and therefore low royalties, Crosby had no hand in the selection for Replay, dismissing the album as "an obvious money trip, nothing more."[3]

A strange compilation, it contains four album cuts taken from outside the parent CSN discography, and misses charting singles in "Teach Your Children," "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," and "Woodstock." This may have been deliberate, however, to avoid duplication with songs on the still available So Far. All songs were previously released, with four having appeared on non-CSN albums. "Love the One You're With" and "First Things First" include Crosby and Nash on vocals; those as well as "Change Partners" derive from solo albums by Stills, the third of which entitled Stills had been released not on Atlantic but on Columbia. "To the Last Whale...," comprising the songs "Critical Mass" by Crosby and "Wind on the Water" by Nash, comes from their duo album on ABC Records. Two other songs were altered: Stills edited "Carry On" by lopping off the "Questions" tag section and adding a new lead guitar solo along with overdubbed bass and drums; and the string arrangement was removed from "I Give You Give Blind."

Its out of print status allows copies on-line to fetch relatively high prices for a single disc as of June 2006.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Notes Length
1. "Carry On"   Stephen Stills 1980 edit with overdubs 3:17
2. "Marrakesh Express"   Graham Nash from Crosby, Stills & Nash 2:36
3. "Just A Song Before I Go"   Graham Nash from CSN 2:12
4. "First Things First"   Stephen Stills, Joe Schermie, Jon Smith from Stills 2:16
5. "Shadow Captain"   David Crosby, Craig Doerge from CSN 4:32
6. "To the Last Whale..."   David Crosby, Graham Nash from Wind on the Water 5:30

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Notes Length
1. "Love the One You're With"   Stephen Stills from Stephen Stills 3:13
2. "Pre-Road Downs"   Graham Nash from Crosby, Stills & Nash 3:03
3. "Change Partners"   Stephen Stills from Stephen Stills 2 2:12
4. "I Give You Give Blind"   Stephen Stills 1980 remix 3:21
5. "Cathedral"   Graham Nash from CSN 5:15

Personnel[edit]

  • David Crosbyvocals; acoustic guitar on "Just A Song Before I Go"; string arrangements on "Cathedral"
  • Stephen Stills — vocals all tracks except "To the Last Whale"; guitars all tracks except "To the Last Whale" and "Cathedral"; bass on "Carry On," "Marrakesh Express," and "Pre-Road Downs"; keyboards on "Carry On," "Marrakesh Express" "Pre-Road Downs," and "Change Partners" congas, overdubbed drums on "Carry On"; steel drum, percussion on "Love the One You're With"
  • Graham Nash — vocals all tracks except "Change Partners"; rhythm guitar on "Marrakesh Express" and "Pre-Road Downs"; piano on "Just A Song Before I Go," "To the Last Whale...," and "Cathedral"; string arrangements on "Cathedral"; congas on "Carry On"

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Joe Vitale — drums, percussion on "Cathedral" and "I Give You Give Blind"; organ on "Shadow Captain"; electric piano on "Just A Song Before I Go"; tympani on "Cathedral"
  • Craig Doerge — electric piano on "Shadow Captain" and "To the Last Whale..."; piano on "Shadow Captain"; synthesizer on "To the Last Whale..."
  • James Taylor — acoustic guitar on "To the Last Whale..."
  • Paul Harris — keyboards on "Change Partners"
  • George "Chocolate" Perry — bass on "Shadow Captain," "I Give You Give Blind," and "Cathedral"
  • Calvin "Fuzzy" Samuels — bass on "Love the One You're With" and "Change Partners"
  • Tim Drummond — bass on "Just A Song Before I Go"
  • Leland Sklar — bass on "To the Last Whale..."
  • Kenny Passarelli — bass on "First Things First"
  • Dallas Taylor — drums on "Carry On" "First Things First," "Pre-Road Downs," and "Change Partners"
  • Russ Kunkel — drums on "Just A Song Before I Go," "Shadow Captain," and "To the Last Whale..."; congas on "Shadow Captain"; percussion on "Just A Song Before I Go"
  • Jim Gordon — drums on "Marrakesh Express"
  • Jeff Whitaker — congas on "Love the One You're With"
  • Joe Lala — percussion on "First Things First"
  • Rita Coolidge, Priscilla Jones, John Sebastianbacking vocals on "Love the One You're With"
  • Fred Neil, Henry Diltz — backing vocals on "Change Partners"
  • Cass Elliot — backing vocals on "Pre-Road Downs"
  • Mike Lewis, Joel Bernstein — string arrangements on "Cathedral"
  • Jerry Garcia - pedal steel guitar on "Change Partners"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, L. (2011). "Replay - Crosby, Stills & Nash | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Zimmer and Diltz, p. 219
  3. ^ Zimmer and Diltz, pp. 219-20
  • Zimmer, Dave, and Diltz, Henry. Crosby Stills & Nash: The Authorized Biography (First edition), St. Martin’s Press, 1984. ISBN 0-312-17660-0