So Far (album)

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So Far
Compilation album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Released August 19, 1974
Recorded 1969-1970
Genre Folk rock
Length 42:36
Label Atlantic
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young chronology
4 Way Street
(1971)
So Far
(1974)
CSN
(1977)
Singles from So Far
  1. "Ohio/Find The Cost of Freedom"
    Released: June 1970

So Far is the fourth album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, their third as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the first compilation album released by the group. Shipping as a gold record and peaking at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, it was the band's third chart-topping album in a row. It has been certified six times platinum by the RIAA.

Content[edit]

The album contains five of the band's six singles to date, omitting "Marrakesh Express," all of which had reached the Top 40. It is the first release on album of the single "Ohio" as well as its b-side "Find the Cost of Freedom," and the only place both can be found on one compact disc. The other five tracks were taken from the band's two studio albums, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Déjà Vu, although the other singles appear here in their album-length versions and mixes.

Capitalizing on the highly publicized and anticipated reunion tour of CSNY in 1974, the album's eleven studio tracks derived from a group that had only issued twenty-two to date. Such was the demand for any sign of activity from the quartet that So Far topped the charts anyway. Graham Nash later insisted that the group was against the album's release, calling the concoction of a greatest-hits album from two LPs and one non-LP single "absurd."

The cover art was painted by the group's friend and colleague Joni Mitchell, who also wrote "Woodstock". The album was reissued on compact disc some time in the 1980s, and again on September 20, 1994, after being remastered by Joe Gastwirt at Ocean View Digital using the original master tapes.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Source Length
1. "Déjà Vu"   David Crosby Déjà Vu 4:10
2. "Helplessly Hoping"   Stephen Stills Crosby, Stills & Nash 2:38
3. "Wooden Ships"   David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Paul Kantner Crosby, Stills & Nash 5:26
4. "Teach Your Children"   Graham Nash Déjà Vu 2:53
5. "Ohio"   Neil Young 1970 single 3:00
6. "Find the Cost of Freedom"   Stephen Stills b-side of the "Ohio" single 2:01

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Source Length
1. "Woodstock"   Joni Mitchell Déjà Vu 3:52
2. "Our House"   Graham Nash Déjà Vu 2:58
3. "Helpless"   Neil Young Déjà Vu 3:34
4. "Guinnevere"   David Crosby Crosby, Stills & Nash 4:38
5. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"   Stephen Stills Crosby, Stills & Nash 7:24

Personnel[edit]

  • David Crosbyvocals; rhythm guitar on "Déjà Vu," "Wooden Ships," "Ohio," and "Woodstock"; acoustic guitar on "Guinnevere"
  • Stephen Stills — vocals all tracks except "Guinnevere"; guitars all tracks except "Our House" and "Guinnevere"; keyboards on "Déjà Vu," "Wooden Ships," "Woodstock," "Helpless," and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"; bass on "Déjà Vu," "Wooden Ships," "Teach Your Children," and "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"
  • Graham Nash — vocals; piano on "Woodstock" and "Our House"; rhythm guitar, tambourine on "Teach Your Children"
  • Neil Young — vocals, guitars on "Ohio," "Find the Cost of Freedom," and "Helpless"; electric guitar on "Woodstock"

Additional personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Year Chart Position
1974 Billboard 200 1
Preceded by
Can't Get Enough by Barry White
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 2–8, 1974
Succeeded by
Wrap Around Joy by Carole King

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eder, Bruce (2011). "So Far - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, R. (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011.