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Although Crosby, Stills & Nash had the trappings of a simple gathering of friends, this was really a summit meeting of cool hippie-rock aristocracy. David Crosby was a refugee from the Byrds, Stephen Stills had been part of the short-lived, fractious Buffalo Springfield, and Graham Nash had been a member of the harmony-driven British band the Hollies. In the wake of Buffalo Springfield's breakup, Crosby, Stills and Nash were the next best hope for a made-in-California sound that blended rock, country, folk, psychedelic, and plain old pop influences. What they delivered truly deserves the appellation of classic rock. Its finest track is "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," practically a rock operetta, featuring compelling lyrics from Stills, an arrangement full of shifts and surprises, and exquisite harmonies. Among the other memorable tunes are the whimsical "Marrakesh Express," the lovely "Guinnevere," the dramatic "Wooden Ships," and the rollicking "49 Bye Byes." Another refugee from Buffalo Springfield, guitarist Neil Young, joined the band for an equally successful follow-up, but Crosby, Stills & Nash remains their most inspired work and a great artifact of its time.
Performance CreditsCrosby, Stills & Nash Primary Artist
Crosby & Nash Rhythm Guitar
Graham Nash Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Steve Stills Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
David Crosby Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsTex Ritter Composer
Fred Neil Composer
Crosby & Nash Producer
Crosby, Stills & Nash Audio Production
Graham Nash Composer,Producer
Steve Stills Composer
Paul Kantner Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Gary Burden Art Direction
David Crosby Composer
Henry Diltz Cover Photo
Ahmet Ertegun Spiritual Advisor,Introduction
David Geffen Direction
Bill Halverson Engineer
Stanley Johnston Producer
John Nowland Engineer
Elliot Roberts Direction
Gerry Tolman Executive Producer
David Wild Liner Notes
Frank Hartford Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There will never be music like this again in the present day or the future. Unfortunate for the young people today. Wes.
This is the most incredible album I have ever had the pleasure to listen to, and to sing along to. This album was given to me by my sister on my High School graduation in 1970 and was by far the finest gift I received for that occasion. It was the first album that I replaced with a CD when CDs came out and it has since become unusable so I am now replacing it with a gift certificate received for my birthday. Again being the best gift I received for this occasion. This type of harmony is normally not found except in sibling groups and not within groups that are unrelated.
This album is a cultural artifact , a relic of the 60's . Much of the material is VERY dated . Having said that , it has some of the best vocal harmonies ever recorded . My favorite song is Guinnevere . Unfortunatly , this is one of those works that simply will not click with other generations . It's a shame that they will never appreciate the wonderful work that this is .
It may sound corny but there music has a way of touching my soul. When I hear suite judy and helplessly hoping I get this tingle in the pit of my gut. It takes me to my own little world. I greatly recommend this album. Genre relation: folk
Although Deja Vu is usually considered to be their best album, Crosby, Stills & Nash has far superior songwriting and playing than its successor. Most of the songs are acoustic, which is alright because the acoustic ones are generally better than the electric ones. Right from the intro to ''Suite: Judy Blue Eyes'' to the end, this album is full of incredible harmonies and wonderful songwriting; combined with some of the best acoustic guitarwork of the time, this album shows why CS&N were and still are one of the greatest bands in the history of rock music.
CS&N hardly need me to write a review for them. But let me tell you, I'm no 60's relic. My favourite band is radiohead, i love jazz (eg miles davis) and classical (eg faure's requiem). But you can't beat this album, especially suite: judy blue eyes. Just might be the best album of the 60's.
This is a great album and probably one of the best from the 1960's. The music is very acoustic and stripped down, in the way that there are just voices, guitars and sometimes drums. That in no way takes away from it's ability to be a compelling musical masterpiece. There's something in the lyrics and the vocals that's very pure and simplistic and will probably take you to a quiet place far from the worries of the cruel modern world. The major hit from this album was "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes". But there are other memorable songs including the wonderful "Guinnevere", "You Don't Have to Cry" and the playfully whimsical "Marrakesh Express". This is a good purchase that should be in everybody's music collection.