Unbeknown to most fans, So Far was a stopgap release, undertaken by Atlantic Records in the absence of a new Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album to accompany the reunited quartet's summer 1974 tour. At the time, the members thought it was ridiculous to release a greatest-hits/best-of compilation distilled down from two in-print LPs plus the single sides "Ohio" and "Find the Cost of Freedom"; but propelled by the publicity surrounding the group's massive stadium tour (the first exclusive stadium tour ever done in rock), So Far topped the charts and sold hundreds of thousands of copies, all without containing so much as a single new note of music. Ironically, the quartet had been working on what would have been, by all accounts, the best album in their history; as with so many other projects attempted by the four-man lineup, however, that album fell apart halfway through, amid clashes of egos and creative differences, and so there was So Far. Taken on its own terms, the album manages to be both enjoyable and frustrating, as well as virtually obsolete in the 21st century -- the Joni Mitchell cover art is cool, and the presence of "Ohio" and "Find the Cost of Freedom" makes it attractive (until the 1990s, So Far was the only album to contain both songs); and a case can be made that it contains some of the better moments from Crosby, Stills & Nash and Déjà Vu. The problem is that those were two virtually perfect albums, and the idea of excerpting parts of them for a compilation makes no more sense than, say, excerpting the first two Beatles albums for a "best of" on that band. Further, it's not even a true greatest-hits or best-of compilation, with "Marrakesh Express" not present. And it is difficult to imagine anyone who enjoys this disc not enjoying the two complete albums even more. So, essentially, owning So Far serves no purpose except to get "Ohio" and "Find the Cost of Freedom," which are also on Carry On and the Crosby, Stills & Nash box, both of which offer a lot more, dollar for dollar and song for song. For those inclined to buy it, however, the 1994 reissue (Atlantic 82648) of So Far is to be preferred for sound quality over the earlier edition.
Performance CreditsCrosby, Stills, Nash & Young Primary Artist
Graham Nash Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Steve Stills Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Neil Young Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
David Crosby Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsJoni Mitchell Cover Art
Graham Nash Producer
Steve Stills Producer
Neil Young Producer
Gary Burden Art Direction
David Crosby Producer
Bill Halverson Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Audio Production
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is basically the ''Greatest Hits'' album released from their 1974 tour. It has all your favorite songs. ''Helplessly Hoping'' has great harmony and makes wonderful music. ''Wooden Ships'' and ''Ohio'' are great songs all together. ''Woodstock'' is great as usual, being CSNY's signature song along with ''Teach Your Children.'' ''Find the Cost of Freedom'' is a short song with a great a capella section at the end, worth waiting the great guitar solo in the beggining. ''Our House'' as usual, is a great sing along song as well as a hit. ''Guinnevere'' and ''Suite: Judy Blue Eyes'' are beautiful songs combining all the good things with every other song on the cd, timeless song. If you are looking to buy any CSNY cd, buy this one, for this is the good stuff.
I love this cd. I heard it all the time when I was little. All the kids my age think that Crosby Stills Nash and young are old and stupid I think of when my dad was here on earth when he played this cd for me and sang along with it.I cry everytime I hear ''Our House and Teach Your Children''Those were the songs that he loved the most.
This was Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young¿s premier album. While they were by no means ¿one hit wonders,¿ it remains their best compilation. So Far was competitive in an era of ground breaking musical styles, but the bands longevity and pervasive influence in music has led younger critics to dismiss this offering, as well as the group, as overrated. Songs such as ¿Our House¿ have simply become so popular that they are cliché. So Far is intimately associated with Woodstock, Kent State and Joni Mitchell. Be careful, it is the kind of music that will disappear from your collection.