CSN (album)

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For the box set of the same name, see CSN (box set).
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Studio album by Crosby, Stills & Nash
Released June 17, 1977
Recorded 1976 - 1977
Genre Rock
Length 43:50
Label Atlantic
Producer David 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
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[2]

CSN is a Crosby, Stills & Nash album released in 1977, the fifth album by the group, the second by the trio configuration and the first without Neil Young since his entry into the band. 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 their debut Crosby, Stills & Nash by 200,000 copies.[3] It has been certified for quadruple platinum sales by the RIAA.[4]


In the interim since their tour in the spring and summer of 1970 to support Déjà Vu, the band had only completed one project together, the 1974 reunion tour. David Crosby and Graham Nash had recorded three albums as a duo, with Crosby releasing a single solo 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, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours: well-crafted, melodic songs played with precision and balance, essaying the personal travails of the authors.

Many of Stills' songs on the album echo his marital problems, 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". 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,[5] 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.

Cover art[edit]

Joel Bernstein photographed the trio in serious poses aboard a boat, and initial copies of CSN bore that picture on the cover. The next picture Bernstein took of Crosby, Stills and Nash was a shot of them breaking into laughter at the thought of just having posed as "serious artists." The trio later decided that they liked the second photo better, and it was decided that all future pressings of CSN should bear the "laughter" photo.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "Shadow Captain"   David Crosby, Craig Doerge Crosby, Stills & Nash 4:32
2. "See the Changes"   Stephen Stills Stills with Crosby & Nash 2:56
3. "Carried Away"   Graham Nash Nash with Crosby 2:29
4. "Fair Game"   Stephen Stills Stills with Crosby & Nash 3:30
5. "Anything at All"   David Crosby Crosby 3:01
6. "Cathedral"   Graham Nash Nash with Crosby 5:15

Side two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "Dark Star"   Stephen Stills Stills 4:43
2. "Just a Song Before I Go"   Graham Nash Nash 2:12
3. "Run from Tears"   Stephen Stills Stills 4:09
4. "Cold Rain"   Graham Nash Nash 2:32
5. "In My Dreams"   David Crosby Crosby 5:10
6. "I Give You Give Blind"   Stephen Stills Stills with Crosby & Nash 3:21


Additional personnel[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"

Production personnel[edit]


  1. ^ Newsom, Jim (2011). "CSN - Crosby, Stills & Nash | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Herbst, Peter (2011). "Crosby, Stills and Nash: CSN : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Retrieved 19 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "RIAA - Soundscan". Greasylakes. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  4. ^ RIAA Gold and Platinum Database retrieved 8 September 2015
  5. ^ 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.