CSN (box set)

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CSN
CSN boxset.jpg
Box set by Crosby, Stills & Nash
Released September 30, 1991
Recorded June 26, 1968 - April 3, 1990
Genre Rock
Length 297:19
Label Atlantic
Producer Graham Nash, Gerry Tolman
Crosby, Stills & Nash chronology
Live It Up
(1990)
CSN
(1991)
Carry On
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

CSN is the eleventh album by Crosby, Stills & Nash, issued on Atlantic Records in 1991, not to be confused with the album of the same name released in 1977. A box set on four compact discs, it features material spanning 1968 through 1990 from their catalogue of recordings as a group in addition to selections from Crosby & Nash, Manassas, and their individual solo albums. It peaked at #109 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified platinum by the RIAA.[2] The set is "dedicated to the loving memory of Cass Elliot, without whom most of this music may not have been made."

Content[edit]

The presence of the group's occasional fourth member, Neil Young, is limited to fourteen tracks and only two of his compositions for the band, "Helpless" and "Ohio." Of its 77 tracks, 25 had been unreleased previously, although many were alternate takes, alternate mixes, or concert versions of previously issued songs. Highlights include a cover of the song "Blackbird" by The Beatles, the full-length take of "Almost Cut My Hair," and the demo of "You Don't Have to Cry," the first recording they made as Crosby, Stills & Nash.

No tracks are taken from the following studio albums released either individually or in combination during the time period covered by the box: Down the Road; Illegal Stills; Whistling Down the Wire; Long May You Run; and Innocent Eyes. Alternate versions of "Got It Made" and "Soldiers of Peace" from the latter do appear, as well as a quartet version of "Taken at All" from Whistling Down the Wire. The orphan single by Young and Nash, "War Song," is also not included and is only available on the Neil Young archives box.

The original recordings were produced David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young, with assistance from Howard Albert, Ron Albert, Craig Doerge, Bill Halverson, Chris Hillman, Stanley Johnston, Paul Rothchild, Dallas Taylor, and Joe Vitale. Audio engineers on the original recordings include Stephen Barncard, Niko Bolas, Ellen Burke, Larry Cox, Russ Gary, Don Gooch, Steve Gursky, David Hassinger, Andy Johns, Glyn Johns, Gary Kellgren, Henry Lewy, Elliot Mazer, Jim Mitchell, Tim Mulligan, and Doc Storch. The original masters were recorded at the following studios: A&M Studios, Britannia Studios, Devonshire Sound Studio, Wally Heider Studios, The Record Plant, Rudy Recorders, the Sound Lab, Sunset Sound, Sunwest Studio, Village Recorders, and Westlake Audio in Los Angeles; United Studio in Hollywood; The Record Plant in New York City; Wally Heider Studios, His Master's Wheels, and Rudy Recorders in San Francisco; The Record Plant in Sausalito; Criteria Sound Studios in Miami; Island Studios in London; Sol Studio in Maidstone, Kent; Stephen Stills' late 1960s home in Laurel Canyon, Graham Nash's early 1970s home in San Francisco, and Neil Young's Redwood Digital home studio at his ranch in Woodside, California. Live recordings are from the Filmore East in New York, the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon, the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, and the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York.

The selections were compiled for this set by Crosby, Stills, Nash, Gerry Tolman, and Yves Beauvais, with additional research by Joel Bernstein. The liner notes include an essay by writer Chet Flippo. Originally in a box set conforming to the size dimensions of a vinyl record, the set was reissued as a compact disc brick on August 13, 2013. The liner notes for the 2013 reissue do not indicate whether or not any additional mastering beyond that from 1991 was undertaken.

Track listing[edit]

An asterisk (*) indicates a live recording, two asterisks (**) a previously unreleased mix, (†) a previously unreleased version, and (‡) a previously unreleased song.

Disc one[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"   Stephen Stills Early 1969 ** 7:28
2. "Helplessly Hoping"   Stills June 15, 1969 † 2:31
3. "You Don't Have to Cry"   Stills December 1968 † 2:40
4. "Wooden Ships" (from Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1969) David Crosby, Paul Kantner, Stills February 20, 1969 5:26
5. "Guinnevere"   Crosby June 26, 1968 † 4:45
6. "Marrakesh Express" (from Crosby, Stills & Nash) Graham Nash early 1969 2:36
7. "Long Time Gone" (from Crosby, Stills & Nash) Crosby Early 1969 4:17
8. "Blackbird"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney February 11, 1969 ‡ 2:33
9. "Lady of the Island" (from Crosby, Stills & Nash) Nash February 11, 1969 2:36
10. "Song With No Words (Tree with No Leaves)"   Crosby November 17, 1969 † 3:14
11. "Almost Cut My Hair"   Crosby January 8, 1970 † 8:49
12. "Teach Your Children" (from Déjà Vu, 1970) Nash October 24, 1969 2:52
13. "Horses Through a Rainstorm"   Nash, Terry Reid December 28, 1969 ‡ 3:40
14. "Déjà Vu" (from Déjà Vu) Crosby November 17, 1969 4:10
15. "Helpless" (from Déjà Vu) Neil Young November 17, 1969 3:36
16. "4+20"   Stills July 16, 1969 ** 2:10
17. "Laughing" (from If I Could Only Remember My Name (David Crosby), 1971) Crosby October 24, 1969 5:24
18. "Carry On/Questions" (from Déjà Vu) Stills December 28, 1969 4:25

Disc two[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Woodstock"   Joni Mitchell November 5, 1969 ** 3:50
2. "Ohio" (Non-album single, 1970) Young May 21, 1970 3:00
3. "Love the One You're With" (from Stephen Stills (Stephen Stills), 1975) Stills March 1970 3:03
4. "Our House" (from Déjà Vu) Nash November 5, 1969 2:58
5. "Old Times Good Times" (from Stephen Stills) Stills Early 1970 3:38
6. "The Lee Shore"   Crosby December 28, 1969 † 5:28
7. "Music Is Love" (from If I Could Only Remember My Name) Crosby Autumn 1970 3:18
8. "I'd Swear There Was Somebody There" (from If I Could Only Remember My Name) Crosby Autumn 1970 1:19
9. "Man in the Mirror"   Nash June 7, 1970 †* 2:52
10. "Black Queen"   Stills June 7, 1970 †* 6:50
11. "Military Madness" (from Songs for Beginners (Graham Nash), 1971) Nash February 12, 1971 2:55
12. "Urge for Going"   Mitchell June 22, 1971 ‡ 3:46
13. "I Used to Be a King" (from Songs for Beginners) Nash January 9, 1971 4:48
14. "Simple Man"   Nash July 24, 1970 ** 2:19
15. "Southbound Train" (from Graham Nash David Crosby (Crosby & Nash), 1972) Nash January 6, 1972 3:54
16. "Change Partners" (from Stephen Stills 2 (Stephen Stills), 1971) Stills Early 1971 3:13
17. "My Love Is a Gentle Thing"   Stills April 18, 1975 ‡ 1:23
18. "Word Game" (from Stephen Stills 2) Stills Early 1971 4:10
19. "Johnny's Garden" (from Manassas (Manassas, 1972) Stills January 8, 1972 2:46
20. "So Begins the Task" (from Manassas) Stills January 9, 1972 4:00
21. "Turn Back the Pages" (from Stills) Stills, Donnie Dacus Early 1975 4:05

Disc three[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "See the Changes"   Stills June 28, 1973 † 2:44
2. "It Doesn't Matter" (from Manassas) Stills, Chris Hillman January 7, 1972 2:31
3. "Immigration Man" (from Graham Nash David Crosby) Nash February 9, 1972 2:58
4. "Chicago/We Can Change the World" (from Songs for Beginners) Nash February 28, 1971 3:58
5. "Homeward Through the Haze"   Crosby December 16, 1974 † 4:20
6. "Where Will I Be?" (from Graham Nash David Crosby) Crosby November 22, 1971 1:22
7. "Page 43" (from Graham Nash David Crosby) Crosby December 13, 1971 2:55
8. "Carry Me" (from Wind on the Water (Crosby & Nash), 1975) Crosby March 1975 3:33
9. "Cowboy of Dreams" (from Wind on the Water) Nash June 18, 1975 3:27
10. "Bittersweet" (from Wind on the Water) Crosby June 8, 1975 2:37
11. "To the Last Whale..." (from Wind on the Water) Crosby, Nash May 11 & July 1, 1975 5:30
12. "Prison Song" (from Wild Tales (Graham Nash), 1974) Nash Spring 1973 3:11
13. "Another Sleep Song" (from Wild Tales) Nash August 18, 1972 4:42
14. "Taken At All"   Nash, Crosby April 1, 1976 † 2:54
15. "In My Dreams" (from CSN, 1977) Crosby January 12, 1977 5:11
16. "Just a Song Before I Go" (from CSN) Nash December 19, 1976 2:12
17. "Shadow Captain" (from CSN) Crosby, Craig Doerge January 14, 1977 4:31
18. "Dark Star" (from Allies, 1983) Stills December 5, 1982 * 4:57
19. "Cathedral" (from CSN) Nash January 22, 1977 5:16

Disc four[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Recording date Length
1. "Wasted on the Way" (from Daylight Again, 1982) Nash January 30, 1981 2:46
2. "Barrel of Pain (Half-Life)" (from Earth & Sky (Graham Nash), 1980) Nash April 4, 1979 4:44
3. "Southern Cross" (from Daylight Again) Stills Late 1981 4:39
4. "Daylight Again" (from Daylight Again) Stills Late 1981 2:28
5. "Thoroughfare Gap" (from Thoroughfare Gap (Stephen Stills), 1978) Stills Early 1978 3:33
6. "Wild Tales"   Nash August 3, 1979 †* 3:09
7. "Dear Mr. Fantasy"   Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood November 17, 1980 ‡ 7:04
8. "Cold Rain" (from CSN) Nash January 25, 1977 2:33
9. "Got It Made"   Stills, Young November 18, 1989 †* 4:33
10. "Tracks in the Dust" (from Oh Yes I Can (David Crosby), 1989) Crosby January 23, 1989 4:48
11. "As I Come of Age"   Stills January 1981 † 2:48
12. "50/50" (from Right by You (Stephen Stills), 1984) Stills, Joe Lala Early 1983 4:20
13. "Drive My Car"   Crosby Late 1978 † 3:50
14. "Delta" (from Daylight Again) Crosby May 1980 4:11
15. "Soldiers of Peace"   Nash Late 1988 † 4:20
16. "Yours and Mine" (from Live It Up, 1990) Crosby, Nash, Doerge February 2, 1990 4:28
17. "Haven't We Lost Enough?" (from Live It Up) Stills, Kevin Cronin April 3, 1990 3:06
18. "After the Dolphin" (from Live It Up) Nash February 1, 1989 4:25
19. "Find the Cost of Freedom" (B-side of the "Ohio" single, 1970) Stills May 21, 1970 1:59

Collective personnel[edit]

Production personnel[edit]

  • Graham Nash, Gerry Tolman — producers
  • Stephen Barncard at Sunset Sound1991 mixes for unreleased material
  • Joe Gastwirt, John Modells at Ocean View Digital — digital remastering, July and August 1991
  • Joe Gastwirt at Ocean View Digital and John Nowland at Redwood Digital, San Francisco — analog-to-digital tape transfer, June and July 1991
  • Joe Gastwirt, John Nowland, Joel Bernstein — tape restoration

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