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 No. 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 No. 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.[original research?]

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 included a string section, a first on a CSN 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


  • David Crosby – vocals; rhythm guitar on "Fair Game" and "Dark Star"; acoustic guitar on "Just A Song Before I Go" and "In My Dreams"; string arrangements on "Cathedral" and "Cold Rain"
  • Stephen Stills – vocals; guitars on all tracks except "Carried Away," "Cathedral" and "Cold Rain" electric piano on "Anything at All"; piano, string arrangements on "I Give You Give Blind"; timbales on "Fair Game"
  • Graham Nash – vocals; piano on "Carried Away," "Cathedral," "Just A Song Before I Go," and "Cold Rain"; harmonica on "Carried Away"; string arrangements on "Cathedral" and "Cold Rain"

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Joe Vitale – drums 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"; timpani 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 Finnigan – organ on "Run From Tears"
  • George "Chocolate" Perry – bass 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"



Chart performance for CSN
Chart (1977) Peak


US Top LPs & Tape (Billboard) 2
UK Album Charts[8] 23
Canadian RPM 100 Albums[9] 9
Norwegian VG-lista Albums[10] 10
Swedish Kvällstoppen Chart[11] 17
Australian Kent Music Report Chart 7
Dutch MegaCharts Albums[12] 4
Italian Album Charts 18
New Zealand Albums Chart[13] 24
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 23
Japanese Oricon LP Chart 54
US Cash Box Top 100 Albums[15] 2
US Record World Album Chart[16] 2


  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. ^ "CROSBY STILLS NASH & YOUNG | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  9. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (2013-04-16). "The RPM story". www.bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  10. ^ "norwegiancharts.com - Norwegian charts portal". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  11. ^ "Swedish Charts" (PDF).
  12. ^ "Dutch Charts - dutchcharts.nl". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  13. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.nz. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  14. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.nz. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  15. ^ "CASH BOX MAGAZINE: Music and coin machine magazine 1942 to 1996". worldradiohistory.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  16. ^ "RECORD WORLD MAGAZINE: 1942 to 1982". worldradiohistory.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.

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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