Reflections [Box Set]

Reflections [Box Set]

by Graham Nash


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Reflections [Box Set]

He's been part of two huge-selling international superstar rock groups, and recorded some very popular albums on his own and with David Crosby. Yet Graham Nash has never been thought of as a talent in his own right the way that, to varying degrees, either of his three bandmates in Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young have. This three-CD, 64-track box set can be seen as both a way of focusing the spotlight on Nash's work both within and outside of his famous bands, and also as a career retrospective of sorts, spanning as it does about 40 years of recordings. Like almost all such box sets, however, it won't be as balanced as everyone would like between his various career phases and contexts, or contain as much in the way of revelatory rarities as some would hope. To start with the set's strengths, certainly it includes virtually all of the material for which Nash is most known as a songwriter, and to some degree as a lead singer. All of the major songs he wrote as part of CSN (or CSNY) are here in their celebrated official versions, prominent among them "Marrakesh Express," "Pre-Road Downs," "Our House," and "Teach Your Children." So is his sole Top 40 hit single, "Chicago"; highlights from his first/best/most commercially successful solo album, Songs for Beginners; and numerous tracks from his collaborative efforts with Crosby. The 150-page booklet has lots of photos and insightful comments on each track by Nash himself. It should be noted, however, that although half of cuts are previously unreleased, about two-thirds of these are alternate mixes of officially issued tracks, not actual alternate versions or recordings previously unavailable in any form. Among the genuinely alternate versions/previously unreleased recordings, only a 1969 solo acoustic demo of "Right Between the Eyes" rates as a notable find, though a live 1993 version of "Liar's Nightmare" (with Nils Lofgren on guitar) and the Fast Times at Ridgemont High soundtrack contribution "Love Is the Reason" count as interesting rarities. Even considering that he didn't have sole songwriting credits until joining CSN, the Hollies period seems underrepresented, with just three tracks by that group finding inclusion (all 1967 hits, including the one on which Nash's songwriting ambitions were most evident, "King Midas in Reverse"). And there's no denying that disc one, with the highlights of his late-'60s/early-'70s work, is by far the best of the three CDs, much of the rest coming off as undistinguished in comparison. It's the music on the first disc for which Nash will mostly be remembered. His subsequent output, as documented on the remainder of the set, was too often ordinary soft rock that, unlike his earlier work, did not capture either the musical or cultural Zeitgeist. It's also true that, for CSN fans in particular, it can seem odd hearing so much Nash-dominated material at once when it works so much better interspersed with the compositions and lead singing of his famous bandmates. Nevertheless, as a songwriter he remained consistently devoted to themes of peace, progressive politics, and adult romance, even when those weren't fashionable to promote as idealistically as Nash has. For all its ups and downs, this is the release likely to most effectively spotlight and summarize the contributions to rock music that he's made as a singer/songwriter.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/03/2009
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227993580
catalogNumber: 446076
Rank: 55593

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Graham Nash   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jackson Browne   Vocals
Rita Coolidge   Background Vocals
Jerry Garcia   Pedal Steel Guitar
David Lindley   Mandolin,Violin,Slide Guitar
Joni Mitchell   Vocals
Steve Stills   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals
James "J.T." Taylor   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Neil Young   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
James Newton Howard   Keyboards
Allan Clarke   Vocals
Clydie King   Background Vocals
Joe Vitale   Organ,Drums,Vibes
Sid Page   Strings
Jim Gordon   Drums
Ben Keith   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
P.P. Arnold   Background Vocals
John Barbata   Drums
Joel Bernstein   Acoustic Guitar,Piano
Bernie Calvert   Bass
Craig Doerge   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards,Electric Piano
Tim Drummond   Bass
Brenda Lee Eager   Background Vocals
Ernest Ehrhardt   Celli
Bobby Elliott   Drums
Cass Elliot   Vocals
Mike Fisher   Percussion
Bob Glaub   Bass
Wayne Goodwin   Strings
Harry Halex   Acoustic Guitar
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
Levon Helm   Drums
Danny Kortchmar   Dobro,Electric Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Drums
Joe Lala   Conga
Michael Landau   Electric Guitar
Phil Lesh   Bass
Miguel Martinez   Celli
Shirley Matthews   Background Vocals
Dorothy Morrison   Background Vocals
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
George "Chocolate" Perry   Bass
Greg Reeves   Bass
Dorian Rudnytsky   Celli
Timothy B. Schmit   Bass,Vocals
Jeff Southworth   Electric Guitar
Michael Stergis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Stan Szelest   Electric Piano
Kevan Torfeh   Strings
Joe Yankee   Piano
Ruth Kahn   Strings
Calvin Samuels   Bass
Leland Sklar   Bass
Chris Ehtridge   Bass
Sean Callery   Strings
Mark Anthony Williams   Drums

Technical Credits

Jean Ritchie   Composer
Marc Cohn   Composer
Crosby, Stills & Nash   Producer
Graham Nash   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Art Direction,Track Notes
Steve Stills   Composer
Neil Young   Producer
Allan Clarke   Composer
Steve Plunkett   Composer
Joe Vitale   Composer,Producer
Danny Wilde   Composer
Howard Albert   Producer
Ron Albert   Producer
Stephen Barncard   Tape Research
Joel Bernstein   Producer,String Arrangements,Art Direction,Tape Research
Niko Bolas   Producer
Peter Bown   Engineer
Larry Cox   Contributor
Craig Doerge   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Wayne Goodwin   String Arrangements,String Director
Steve Gursky   Producer
Bill Halverson   Producer,Engineer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger,String Arrangements
Stanley Johnston   Producer,Tape Research
Danny Kortchmar   Composer
Nathaniel Kunkel   Producer
Russ Kunkel   Composer,Producer
Allan McDougall   Composer
Jeff Pevar   Composer
Spencer Proffer   Composer
James Raymond   Composer
Sid Sharp   Orchestra Leader
J.D. Souther   Composer
Chris Rankin   Producer
Maria Villar   Art Direction
Patrick Flannery   Composer
Marty Jourard   Composer
Jeff Chergosky   Producer

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