CSNY 1974

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It was, at the time, one of the highest-grossing rock tours ever, grossing over 11 million dollars in an era when such figures were uncommon. Such success camouflaged the chaos behind the scenes -- the bitter fights and feuds, the excess and indulgence that led to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young pocketing about a half million dollars each, when all was said and done. Big bucks were the reason the CSNY 1974 tour even existed. Efforts to record a new album in 1973, their first since 1970's breakthrough Déjà Vu, collapsed but manager Elliot Roberts and promoter Bill Graham convinced the group to stage the first outdoor stadium tour in the summer of 1974, with the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
It was, at the time, one of the highest-grossing rock tours ever, grossing over 11 million dollars in an era when such figures were uncommon. Such success camouflaged the chaos behind the scenes -- the bitter fights and feuds, the excess and indulgence that led to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young pocketing about a half million dollars each, when all was said and done. Big bucks were the reason the CSNY 1974 tour even existed. Efforts to record a new album in 1973, their first since 1970's breakthrough Déjà Vu, collapsed but manager Elliot Roberts and promoter Bill Graham convinced the group to stage the first outdoor stadium tour in the summer of 1974, with the idea that CSNY would test-drive new material in concert, then record a new studio album in the fall, or maybe release a live record from the historic tour. Neither happened. The group cleaved in two upon the tour's conclusion and the live tapes sat in the vaults until Graham Nash decided to assemble a box set of the tour just in time for its 40th anniversary in 2014. Nash and producer Joel Bernstein -- the driving forces behind the excellent new millennial archival CSN reissues -- culled the best moments from the nine recorded shows, sometimes cobbling together composites, then assembled the whole thing as a three-CD set designed to replicate the mammoth three-hour sets the quartet played in 1974. That very length indicates how there was room on the 1974 tour for every aspect of CSNY, giving space to sensitive folk, woolly electric guitar jams, hits, and unheard songs. Several of those new songs showed up on albums by CSNY in various permutations, while a few -- mostly written by Young -- never got an airing outside of this tour, so the first official release of "Love Art Blues," "Pushed It Over the End," and even the throwaway Nixon jape "Goodbye Dick" is indeed noteworthy. But what makes CSNY 1974 a substantial chapter in their legacy is how it captures the band in full flight just as its moment is starting to slip away. Stills and Young play with the burly force they channeled into Manassas and Crazy Horse, providing a startling contrast to both the sweetness of disc two's acoustic set and Crosby's excursions into the haze of If I Could Only Remember My Name. Hearing the band pull apart as its members come together is simultaneously thrilling and enervating because Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young remain locked in a battle to outdo one another; it's fascinating to hear them spar, but also draining. Nevertheless, that messy competition is why CSNY 1974 is a vital addition to their canon. Tales of CSNY acrimony are legend, but this rancor rarely surfaced on record. Here, those brawling egos are pushed to the forefront, with all the pretty harmonies operating as an accent to the main event.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2014
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 603497899920
  • Catalog Number: 541732
  • Sales rank: 2,546

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Love the One You're With (6:10)
  2. 2 Wooden Ships (6:21)
  3. 3 Immigration Man (3:36)
  4. 4 Helpless (4:32)
  5. 5 Johnny's Garden (5:07)
  6. 6 The Lee Shore (4:46)
  7. 7 Change Partners (3:23)
  8. 8 Only Love Can Break Your Heart (3:28)
  9. 9 Our House (3:19)
  10. 10 Guinevere (5:51)
  11. 11 Old Man (3:56)
  12. 12 Teach Your Children (3:09)
  13. 13 Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (8:32)
  14. 14 Long Time Gone (5:44)
  15. 15 Chicago (4:45)
  16. 16 Ohio (5:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Primary Artist
Crosby, Stills & Nash Indexed Contributor
Graham Nash Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Stephen Stills Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Clavinet
Neil Young Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Hammond B3
David Crosby Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Tim Drummond Bass
Joe Lala Percussion
Russell Kunkel Drums
Technical Credits
Graham Nash Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Stephen Stills Composer
Neil Young Composer
Bob Hammer Personal Assistant
Paul Kantner Composer
Mark Morris Audio Technician
Stephen Barncard Engineer
Joel Bernstein Producer, Art Direction
David Crosby Composer
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Mac Holbert Personal Assistant
Stanley Johnston Engineer, Mastering
Elliot Mazer Engineer
Tim Mulligan Engineer
Denny Purcell Engineer
Elliot Roberts Management
Patrick Stansfield Stage Manager
Michael John Bowen Management
Bob Hurwitz Accounting
Bill Graham Director
Brian Porizek Art Direction
Arthur Rosato Transportation
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Producer
James Mazzeo Personal Assistant
Barry Imhoff Production Chief
Ben Lesko Guitar Techician
Bob Kelley Transportation
Craig Reynolds Audio Technician
Del Furano Merchandising
Donald Miller Management
Steve Gagne Engineer
Ed Stewart Electrician
Bob Sterne Monitor Engineer
Steve Neal Audio Technician
Alan Bagshaw Electrician
Cree Miller Management
Frank Barsalona Booking
Clayton Johnson Electrician
Michael Hopper Stage Crew
John "Stranger" Adams Transportation
Glenn Goodwin Equipment Manager
Ryan Bird Transportation
Carlos Trenary Transportation
Paul Dana Transportation
"Crash" Kennedy Transportation
Walker Kamm Stage Crew
Steven Cohen Lighting Director
Sal Cappozoli Transportation
Randy Noble Transportation
Paul Wasserman Publicity
Michael Berlin Transportation
Mark Bethel Stage Crew
Kevin O'Connell Transportation
John Talbot Equipment Manager
John Ransome Transportation
Jim Flibott Transportation
Jim Deluca Transportation
Jeff Panek Accounting
Jay Jones Audio Technician
Jay Drevers Stage Crew
Harry Donovan Stage Crew
Guillermo Giachetti Personal Assistant, Equipment Manager
Gino Elarcosa Stage Crew
Fred Meyers Audio Technician
David Noffsinger Lighting Director
David "RD" Cline Personal Assistant
Dave Furano Tour Manager
Dan Martin Transportation
Chris O'Dell Tour Manager
Bill Hodge Stage Crew
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