Looking Forward

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Looking Forward
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Studio album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Released October 26, 1999
Recorded 1996 - 1999
Genre Folk rock
Length 53:17
Label Reprise
Producer Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Joe Vitale, Ben Keith, Stanley Johnston
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young chronology
After the Storm
(1998)
Looking Forward
(1999)
Greatest Hits
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (C)[2]
The Music Box 4/5 stars[3]

Looking Forward is the eighth and final studio album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and the third studio album by the quartet. It was released on Reprise Records in 1999, peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200 with total sales nearing 400,000.[4] It is currently out of print, although it is available on Spotify.

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 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.

Reception[edit]

Looking Forward received somewhat better reviews than its two 1990s predecessors and perhaps even the previous CSNY album, American Dream.[12][13][14] It has sold approximately 370,000 copies in the United States to date; better than the 300,000 of Live It Up or the 200,000 of After the Storm, but a far cry from the band's multi-platinum 1970s.[15] Like the songs on their previous three albums, none of these found a permanent place in the group's repertoire, although Crosby would return occasionally to "Dream for Him" with both CSN and his own bands.[16] Crosby and Nash managed a fourth studio album as a duo in 2004, however there has been no new group album in the 21st Century. In light of Crosby's remarks (and apology) concerning Young's divorce and hook-up with Daryl Hannah, in addition to Young's abandonment of the Buffalo Springfield tour in 2012, the likelihood of any kind of CSNY activity in the future seems remote.[17][18]

To promote the album, in the year 2000 CSNY hit the road with the CSNY2K Tour, the quartet's first since the doom tour of 1974.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Lead Vocals Length
1. "Faith in Me"   Stephen Stills, Joe Vitale Stills 4:21
2. "Looking Forward"   Neil Young Young with Crosby, Stills & Nash 3:07
3. "Stand and Be Counted"   David Crosby, James Raymond Crosby 4:52
4. "Heartland"   Graham Nash Nash 4:28
5. "Seen Enough"   Stephen Stills Stills 5:14
6. "Slowpoke"   Neil Young Young 4:31
7. "Dream for Him"   David Crosby Crosby 5:03
8. "No Tears Left"   Stephen Stills Stills 5:06
9. "Out of Control"   Neil Young Young 4:09
10. "Someday Soon"   Graham Nash Nash with Crosby & Stills 3:43
11. "Queen of Them All"   Neil Young Young 4:23
12. "Sanibel"   Denny Sarokin Nash & Young 4:20

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

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"

References[edit]

  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. ^ Rolling Stone review retrieved 23 August 2015
  13. ^ The Music Box website retrieved 23 August 2015
  14. ^ Rate Your Music website retrieved 23 August 2015
  15. ^ Greasy Lake website CSNY album sales retrieved 23 August 2015
  16. ^ Setlist.fm website retrieved 23 August 2015
  17. ^ Consequence of Sound website retrieved 23 August 2015
  18. ^ Rolling Stone website retrieved 23 August 2015