Wild Tales

Wild Tales

by Graham Nash


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Wild Tales

Graham Nash's second solo effort has been overshadowed by his harmonic heroics as a senior partner in the various Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young configurations. After being lured from the Hollies -- where his latter contributions were criminally unappreciated (see, or rather hear Dear Eloise/King Midas in Reverse) -- it was Nash who had come up with most of the CSN(Y) hit singles, including "Marrakesh Express," "Our House," and "Teach Your Children." His 1971 debut, Songs for Beginners, was likewise filled with inspired moments such as "I Used to Be a King," "Chicago/We Can Change the World," and "Sleep Song." Topping those efforts would have been superhuman. Such is the way that Wild Tales has been eclipsed and overlooked by enthusiasts of his previous endeavors. Nash gathered a core aggregate of musicians, many of whom were loosely connected to the CSNY family. These include: Johnny Barbata (drums), Tim Drummond (bass), David Lindley (guitar), and Ben Keith (pedal steel guitar/dobro), and, of course David Crosby (vocals). Also making guest shots were Dave Mason (12-string guitar), Joe Yankee (aka Neil Young) (acoustic piano), and Joni Mitchell (vocals). Together, they animate Nash's slice-of-life compositions. Musically, Nash retains much of the whimsy that drew folks to his earlier songs. Likewise, the subject matter ranges from political ("Oh Camil" and "Prison Song") to the emotionally naked "Another Sleep Song" and "I Miss You." Nash would bring several of these tunes back to the CSNY fold for their 1974 tour -- including the up-tempo rocking title track, as well as the folkie "Prison Song." It would be another seven years after Wild Tales before Nash would issue his next solo album, Earth & Sky -- which fared as poorly at its predecessor.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075678143229
catalogNumber: 7288
Rank: 26702

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Graham Nash   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Electric Drums
David Lindley   Guitar,Mandolin,Violin,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Dave Mason   Guitar,12-string Guitar
Joni Mitchell   Vocals
Ben Keith   Dobro,Pedal Steel Guitar
John Barbata   Drums
Joel Bernstein   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
David Crosby   Guitar,Vocals
Tim Drummond   Bass
Harry Halex   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Piano
Joe Yankee   Piano

Technical Credits

Joni Mitchell   Back Cover
Graham Nash   Producer,Contributor
Joel Bernstein   Cover Design
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Don Gooch   Engineer
Stanley Johnston   Contributor
Joe Yankee   Contributor

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Wild Tales 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
This one does not have the kind of iconic tunes that were present in his "songs for beginners" album, but it is a very good album none-the-less. This is a very pleasurable album to experience.