by Zane Ewton
||Crosby, Stills & Nash
– Greatest Hits
No band symbolizes the Woodstock generation
more than Crosby, Stills and Nash. This trio led music into new directions
with harmony and melody while also serving as the poster boys for activism
during the social and political upheaval of the time.
To understand the musical culture in the
late 1960’s means it would be necessary to get the sense of community felt
between the musicians. CSN were introduced through Cass Elliot of
The Mamas and the Papas, they were close friends with Joni Mitchell and
all rehearsed together in the pool of the Monkees Peter Tork. In
between future CSN records each member released acclaimed solo material
and work with contemporary artists like the Grateful Dead.
The band quickly released two stellar albums,
Crosby, Stills & Nash and Déjà vu, the
latter including the on-again off-again contributor Neil Young. A
Young-less CSN is the last of the essential releases from the band
but they continued on as a popular touring act. Unfortunately any
new music has failed to meet the standards set with the first three releases.
This greatest hits collection focuses solely
on the band’s first four albums and lacks anything to do with Neil Young.
Young’s recent solo hits disc includes a few tracks from his time spent
with CSN, those songs matching and in some cases exceeding the quality
All three musicians have written great
songs outside of this group but this set collects the real essential material
from three very gifted songwriters. While some of the tracks, most
notably “Marrakesh Express”, have not aged gracefully it is still impossible
to deny the talent and ability that each member brought to this group.
Separately they were accomplished vocalists and musicians but together
they became something much more.
Several of these songs you can still hear
on the radio, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and “Teach Your Children”, while
others may not be so familiar to the uninitiated. This is a great
collection for anyone interested in the band or interested in the best
of music from the late 60’s to early 70’s. This is the definitive
music from a specific moment in American history.
Stills & Nash – Greatest Hits
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Long Time Gone
Just A Song Before I Go
See The Changes
Teach Your Children
Wasted On The Way
In My Dreams
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