Looking Forward

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Looking Forward
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 1999
Recorded1996 - 1999
GenreFolk rock
ProducerCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joe Vitale, Ben Keith, Stanley Johnston
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young chronology
After the Storm
Looking Forward
Greatest Hits
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(C)[2]
The Music Box4/5 stars[3]

Looking Forward the third studio album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and their fifth, overall. It is the fourteenth album when conflated with releases by the trio of Crosby, Stills & Nash. It was released on Reprise Records in 1999 and peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200, with total sales nearing 400,000.[4] It is Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's last studio album to date.

Background and recording[edit]

Crosby, Stills & Nash toured extensively through the 1990s, playing almost as many shows as they had in the previous decades combined.[5][6] Since their previous album, no new solo albums were forthcoming from Stephen Stills or Graham Nash, but David Crosby had discovered his adult son James Raymond, the two starting a band with Jeff Pevar yielding an album CPR in 1998. However, the band's relationship with Atlantic Records had soured, partly over a lack of push for After the Storm, but mostly over the perception that the label now had very little interest in the group when they had made the company millions during the 1970s heyday.[7] They terminated their contract with Atlantic in 1997, and began to record CSN tracks out of pocket without a record deal.[8][9] Working with Stills to compile the Buffalo Springfield retrospective box set, Neil Young became intrigued with these CSN sessions.[10] Playing on some tracks in process, Young brought in three recordings he had earmarked for one of his own albums, "Looking Forward," "Slowpoke," and "Out of Control."[11] The possibility of a new CSNY album attracted the attention of Young's label Reprise Records, which duly released the album once completed.

"Faith in Me" and "No Tears Left" were recorded in Ga Ga's Room in Los Angeles early on in the recording process.

"Stand and Be Counted," "Seen Enough," "Dream for Him" and "Sanibel" were recorded at Conway Recording Studios in Hollywood.

"Heartland" was recorded at Ocean Studios in Burbank, California.

The remainder of the album was recorded at Neil Young's facility, Redwood Digital, in Woodside, California.


Looking Forward has sold approximately 370,000 copies in the United States.[12] It received mixed critical reviews. In 2000, CSNY launched the CSNY2K Tour in support of the album, the quartet's first since the summer stadium tour of 1974.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead VocalsLength
1."Faith in Me"Stephen Stills, Joe VitaleStills4:21
2."Looking Forward"Neil YoungYoung with Crosby, Stills & Nash3:07
3."Stand and Be Counted"David Crosby, James RaymondCrosby4:52
4."Heartland"Graham NashNash4:28
5."Seen Enough"Stephen StillsStills5:14
6."Slowpoke"Neil YoungYoung4:31
7."Dream for Him"David CrosbyCrosby5:03
8."No Tears Left"Stephen StillsStills5:06
9."Out of Control"Neil YoungYoung4:09
10."Someday Soon"Graham NashNash with Crosby & Stills3:43
11."Queen of Them All"Neil YoungYoung4:23
12."Sanibel"Denny SarokinNash & Young4:20


Additional personnel[edit]

  • Joe Vitaledrums all tracks except "Looking Forward", "Slowpoke" and "Out of Control"; Hammond B-3, batas on "Faith In Me"
  • Michael Finnigan — Hammond B-3 on "Stand and Be Counted", "Heartland", "No Tears Left" and "Queen of Them All"
  • Spooner Oldhamkeyboards on "Slowpoke" and "Queen of Them All"; pump organ on "Looking Forward"
  • Ben Keithpedal steel guitar on "Looking Forward", "Slowpoke" and "Out of Control"; Dobro on "Looking Forward"
  • Denny Sarokin, Snuffy Garrett — guitars on "Sanibel"
  • James Raymond — piano on "Heartland" and "Dream for Him"
  • Craig Doerge — keyboards on "Sanibel"
  • Donald Dunn — bass on "Looking Forward", "Stand and Be Counted", "Seen Enough", "Slowpoke", "Out of Control", "Someday Soon" and "Queen of Them All"
  • Gerald Johnson — bass on "Heartland"
  • James "Hutch" Hutchinson — bass on "Dream for Him"
  • Bob Glaub — bass on "Sanibel"
  • Jim Keltner — drums on "Looking Forward", "Slowpoke" and "Out of Control"
  • Luis Contecongas, jombe bass drum, batas on "Faith in Me"; percussion on "Dream for Him"
  • Alex Acuñatimbales on "Faith in Me"
  • Joe Lala — congas on "Faith in Me"
  • Lenny Castro — percussion on "Heartland"
  • Vince Charles — percussion on "Sanibel"

Production personnel[edit]

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Youngproducers
  • Ben Keith — co-producer on "Looking Forward", "Slowpoke" and "Out of Control"
  • Joe Vitale — co-producer on "Faith in Me" and "No Tears Left"
  • Stanley Johnston, Joe Vitale — co-producers on "Sanibel"


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Looking Forward - 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.
  3. ^ Metzger, John (2011). "Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Looking Forward (Album Review)". musicbox-online.com. Retrieved 26 July 2011.
  4. ^ "RIAA - Soundscan". Greasylakes. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  5. ^ Setlist.fm CSNY show tally retrieved 23 August 2015
  6. ^ Setlist.fm CSN show tally retrieved 23 August 2015
  7. ^ Four Way Street The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Reader. Da Capo Press 2004, ISBN 0-306-81277-0, p. 313. Article by Bill DeYoung, originally in Goldmine June 19, 1998.
  8. ^ Zimmer, Dave. Crosby, Stills & Nash The Biography. Da Capo Press 2000, ISBN 0-306-80974-5, p. 287.
  9. ^ Four Way Street Reader, op. cit., p. 328. Article by Gary Graff, originally in Guitar World February 2000.
  10. ^ Ibid., p. 328.
  11. ^ Zimmer, op. cit., p. 291.
  12. ^ Greasy Lake website CSNY album sales retrieved 23 August 2015