CSN (album)

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Crosby, Stills & Nash - CSN.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 17, 1977
ProducerDavid Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash with Ron Albert and Howard Albert
Crosby, Stills & Nash chronology
So Far
Singles from CSN
  1. "Just a Song Before I Go"
    Released: June 17, 1977
  2. "Fair Game"
    Released: 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideD+[2]

CSN is the fifth album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, released on Atlantic Records in 1977. It is the group's third studio release, and their first since their debut album without Neil Young. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; two singles taken from the album, Nash's "Just a Song Before I Go" and Stills' "Fair Game" peaked at #7 and #43 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. It is currently the trio configuration's best selling record, outselling 1969's Crosby, Stills & Nash by 200,000 copies.[3] It has been certified quadruple platinum by RIAA.[4]


In the interregnum that followed their tour in the spring and summer of 1970 to support Déjà Vu, Crosby, Stills and Nash had only completed one project together, a 1974 reunion tour of CSNY. David Crosby and Graham Nash had recorded three albums as a duo, with Crosby releasing a single solo album (in addition to a Byrds reunion album) and Nash a pair. Stephen Stills pursued other projects including the release of four solo albums, a short career with Manassas that yielded two albums, as well as a tour and an album with Neil Young, which itself nearly became a CSNY project.

CSN featured strong writing from all three members, the last time for seventeen years that the band would compose songs and handle vocals without major assistance from outside sources. The production of the album fits in well with the ruling aesthetic of the time as featured in other blockbusters such as the Eagles' Hotel California and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours: well-crafted, melodic songs played with precision and balance, chronicling the personal travails of the authors.

Many of Stills' songs on the album echo his marital problems [5], with "Dark Star" returning to the Latin rhythms he had favored all the way back to his Buffalo Springfield days. Crosby continued the existential probings consistent with much of his past work, and Nash offered both a radio-ready acoustic ballad with "Just a Song Before I Go", and an elaborate set piece re-creating a vision of an LSD experience that he had in Winchester Cathedral with "Cathedral". [6] Many tracks were sweetened with a string section, a first on a CSNY project.

The album was released for compact disc an initial time in the 1980s,[7] then again at Ocean View Digital from the original tapes and reissued on September 20, 1994. It was remastered once more by Steve Hoffman in April 2013, for an Audio Fidelity 24kt gold disk release in the summer of 2013.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Shadow Captain"Crosby, Stills & Nash4:32
2."See the Changes"Stephen StillsStills with Crosby & Nash2:56
3."Carried Away"Graham NashNash with Crosby2:29
4."Fair Game"Stephen StillsStills with Crosby & Nash3:30
5."Anything at All"David CrosbyCrosby3:01
6."Cathedral"Graham NashNash with Crosby5:15

Side two[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Dark Star"Stephen StillsStills4:43
2."Just a Song Before I Go"Graham NashNash2:12
3."Run from Tears"Stephen StillsStills4:09
4."Cold Rain"Graham NashNash2:32
5."In My Dreams"David CrosbyCrosby5:10
6."I Give You Give Blind"Stephen StillsStills with Crosby & Nash3:21


Additional musicians[edit]

  • Joe Vitaledrums on "Carried Away," "Fair Game," "Cathedral," "Dark Star," "Run From Tears" and "I Give You Give Blind"; organ on "Shadow Captain," "Fair Game," "Anything at All," "Dark Star"; electric piano on "Carried Away," "Just A Song Before I Go"; percussion on "Cathedral," "I Give You Give Blind"; flute on "Shadow Captain"; tympani on "Cathedral"; vibraphone on "In My Dreams"
  • Craig Doerge – piano on "Shadow Captain" and "Anything at All"; electric piano on "Shadow Captain" and "Dark Star"
  • Mike Finniganorgan on "Run From Tears"
  • George "Chocolate" Perrybass on "Shadow Captain," "Fair Game," "Anything at All", "Cathedral," "Dark Star," and "I Give You Give Blind"
  • Jimmy Haslip – bass on "Carried Away"
  • Tim Drummond – bass on "Just A Song Before I Go"
  • Gerald Johnson – bass on "Run From Tears"
  • Russ Kunkel – drums on "Shadow Captain" "Anything at All," "Just A Song Before I Go," and "In My Dreams"; congas on "Shadow Captain" "Dark Star"; percussion on "Just A Song Before I Go"
  • Ray Barretto – congas on "Fair Game"
  • Mike Lewis – string arrangements on "Cathedral," "Cold Rain," and "I Give You Give Blind"
  • Joel Bernstein – string arrangements on "Cathedral"



Date City Country Venue
11 May 1977 South Bend United States Notre Dame Athletics Centre
2 June 1977 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
8 June 1977 Landover Capitol Centre
10 June 1977 Buffalo War Memorial
11 June 1977 Pittsburgh Civic Arena
13 June 1977 Providence Providence Civic Centre
14 June 1977 Boston Boston Garden
15 June 1977 Hartford Hartford Civic Centre
17 June 1977 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
21 June 1977 New York City Madison Square Garden
23 June 1977 Philadelphia Spectrum
24 June 1977
28 June 1977 Los Angeles The Forum
29 June 1977
30 June 1977 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
Date City Country Venue
15 October 1977 Chicago United States Chicago Stadium
15 October 1977 Portland Portland Memorial Coliseum
19 October 1977 Vancouver Canada PNE Coliseum
20 October 1977 Seattle United States Seattle Center Coliseum
23 October 1977 Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
28 October 1977 Lincoln Pershing Municipal Auditorium
31 October 1977 St. Paul St. Paul Civic Center
4 November 1977 Cincinnati Riverfront Coliseum
5 November 1977 South Bend Notre Dame Athletics Center
6 November 1977 Lexington Rupp Arena
9 November 1977 Memphis Mid-South Coliseum
12 November 1977 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
14 November 1977 Atlanta The Omni
15 November 1977 Birmingham Jefferson County Civic Center
19 November 1977 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center
20 November 1977 Miami Sportatorium
22 November 1977 Houston The Summit
23 November 1977 Fort Worth Tarrant County Convention Center
24 November 1977 Oklahoma City The Myriad
Date City Country Venue
7 July 1978 Indianapolis, IN United States Market Square Arena
8 July 1978 Louisville Freedom Hall
11 July 1978 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theater
12 July 1978
13 July 1978
14 July 1978
15 July 1978 Detroit Masonic Temple
16 July 1978 Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
18 July 1978 Montreal Canada The Forum
20 July 1978 Providence United States Providence Civic Center
22 July 1978 New York City Madison Square Garden
23 July 1978 New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum
24 July 1978 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
26 July 1978 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Center
30 July 1978 Uniondale Nassau Coliseum
31 July 1978
2 August 1978 Boston Boston Garden
4 August 1978 Philadelphia Robin Hood Dell
5 August 1978
9 August 1978 Cleveland Richfield Coliseum
10 August 1978 Cincinnati Riverfront Arena
Date City Country Venue
23 September 1979 New York City United States Battery Park "No Nukes"
Madison Square Garden "MUSE Concert"
Date City Country Venue
25 May 1980 Los Angeles United States Hollywood Bowl


  1. ^ Newsom, Jim (2011). "CSN – Crosby, Stills & Nash | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: C". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 23, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ "RIAA – Soundscan". Greasylakes. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Database retrieved 8 September 2015
  5. ^ https://www.crosbystillsnash.com/discography/1977/csn/
  6. ^ https://www.crosbystillsnash.com/discography/1977/csn/
  7. ^ The date constantly given for first generation remastering for digital as issued on compact disc, October 25, 1990, is the earliest date for which amazon.com has records regarding compact disc releases. So, for any CD that came out prior to that, they simply put in that date rather than an actual one since they do not have it. Every single first generation compact disc was not issued on October 25, 1990.[citation needed]
  8. ^ Dunn, Dean A. "Crosby Stills & Nash 1977 Concerts". www.geocities.ws. Retrieved 2018-08-19.

Further reading[edit]

Herbst, Peter (2011). "Crosby, Stills and Nash: CSN : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2011.

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