AA-1042 Live
Produced by Crosby, Nash, Don Gooch & Stephen Barncard
Released on November 1977
US CHART POSITION #52
Find it at GEMM
AA-1042 cover
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C SNY is a discographer’s green maze of delight. You have the CSN albums proper (they actually released one in 1977), the alliances (Crosby-Nash, Stills-Young), the solo albums, the genealogy (Byrds, Hollies, Buffalo) and the cameos. Kind of a self-sustaining ecosystem of soft rock, really. In fact, it’s a pretty big world; so big that an album like Crosby-Nash Live naturally gets lost. Discovering a cut-cornered copy in a record store (as I did) fills out a branch on the family tree with one more leaf. If you’re out on the same limb thinking it looks a little thin, Live is a nice leaf to add. The digitally remastered CD version even adds two tracks. Now, little on Live is going to change your world. The versions of “The Leeshore” and “Déjà Vu” are great, and Crosby doesn’t hack up a lung or anything, so it has to be counted a success on some level. Still, you wonder how many people really came here salivating to see the pair sing “Fieldworker” or “Foolish Man.” The Crosby-Nash catalog isn’t exactly a gold mine waiting for rediscovery, after all. It was a business partnership, one that spared many of us from having to wade through six mediocre albums from Crosby and Nash instead of three. If you’ve waded this far out, Live is something of a reward. The musical interplay is more interesting on stage than in the studio, and if the vocals aren’t, the Crosby-Nash vocal dynamic was never that magical to begin with. Out ending on a preposition.

TRACK LISTING

  1. IMMIGRATION MAN    (Graham Nash)    3:07
  2. THE LEESHORE    (David Crosby)    5:09
  3. I USED TO BE A KING    (Graham Nash)    4:26
  4. (CD bonus track:) KING OF THE MOUNTAIN
  5. PAGE 43    (David Crosby)    3:35
  6. FIELDWORKER    (Graham Nash)    3:11
  7. SIMPLE MAN    (Graham Nash)    2:44
  8. FOOLISH MAN    (David Crosby)    4:33
  9. MAMA LION    (Graham Nash)    3:13
  10. (CD bonus track:) BITTERSWEET
  11. DEJA VU    (David Crosby)    9:40

CREDITS

DAVID CROSBY -- rhythm guitar, vocals
GRAHAM NASH -- rhythm guitar, piano, vocals
CRAIG DOERGE -- pianos, synthesizer, melodica
TIM DRUMMOND -- bass
DANNY KORTCHMAR -- lead guitars
RUSSELL KUNKEL -- drums
DAVID LINDLEY -- slide guitar, violin
Stephen Barncard -- remix engineer
Don Gooch -- remix engineer
Ray Thompson -- remote engineer
Joel Bernstein -- cover photo, band photo
Gary Burden (for R.Twerk & Co.) -- art direction & design
Henry Diltz -- back photo
Marianna Diamos -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US November 1977 ABC LP AA-1042 picture sleeve
UK November 1977 Polydor LP 2310 565  
JPN 1977 Polydor LP MPF-1127 gatefold cover
US 2000 MCA CDX 88112052 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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