SD 8229 Crosby, Stills & Nash
Produced by Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash
Released on May 29, 1969
US CHART POSITION #6 . . . GOLD RECORD (9/30/69), 4x PLATINUM (8/27/01) . . . UK CHART POSITION #25
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SD 8229 cover  

A diamond of the times, again courtesy of the dark forces of Atlantis. (Ah, but what’s troubling you is the nature of this gem.) Similar in spirit to Simon & Garfunkel, Crosby, Stills & Nash was that duo cubed: three songwriters with unique personalities. Instrumental hotshot Stephen Stills wrote complicated odes to lost love, David Crosby strummed his guitar while spinning magic and social unrest, and Graham Nash injected a dose of British charm into the whole thing. In a sense, CS&N were like The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and Jimi Hendrix swirled into one. That it came together so well so quickly is amazing: “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Marrakesh Express,” “Guinnevere,” “Wooden Ships” and “Long Time Gone” are birthed titans. The remaining tracks sometimes feel unfinished, but there are surprises among the tracks you don’t know (“49 Bye-Byes” for example prefigures Steely Dan’s first album by a few years). The arrangements are solid considering that Stills is often multitracking guitar, bass and organ, and Dallas Taylor provides as solid a backbeat as Ringo ever did. The real story, of course, is the harmonies; that three voices could mesh so well is still astounding today. They may lay things on a little thick with “Helplessly Hoping,” but used in moderation (“Wooden Ships”) the three voices tuned to one another simply soar. Though their next album, which reunited Stills and Neil Young, theoretically ups the ante, the trio’s first album remains a towering achievement. The music from the Summer of Love seldom burned brighter than it did here. It was the beginning of the end (natch), but don’t be troubled, Little Dreamer. Rest your heads on the soft, harmonious clouds of social destruction and sleep, sleep, sleep...

SD 8229 inner gatefold SD 8229 back cover
SD 8229 inner gatefold SD 8229 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. SUITE: JUDY BLUE EYES    (Stephen Stills)    7:22
  2. MARRAKESH EXPRESS    (Graham Nash)    2:36
  3. GUINNEVERE    (David Crosby)    4:43
  4. YOU DON'T HAVE TO CRY    (Stephen Stills)    2:43
  5. PRE-ROAD DOWNS    (Graham Nash)    2:59
  6. WOODEN SHIPS    (David Crosby/Stephen Stills)    5:22
  7. LADY OF THE ISLAND    (Graham Nash)    2:36
  8. HELPLESSLY HOPING    (Stephen Stills)    2:37
  9. LONG TIME GONE    (David Crosby)    4:17
  10. 49 BYE-BYES    (Stephen Stills)    5:15

CREDITS

DAVID CROSBY -- rhythm guitar, vocals
GRAHAM NASH -- vocals
STEPHEN STILLS -- lead guitar, organ, bass, vocals
DALLAS TAYLOR -- drums
Bill Halverson -- engineer
Gary Burden -- art direction/design
Henry Diltz -- cover photo
David Geffen -- direction
Ahmet Ertegun -- spiritual guidance

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US May 29, 1969 Atlantic LP SD 8229 gatefold cover, lyric insert
UK 1969 Atlantic LP K 50369 lyric insert
    Atlantic LP/CS CS 19117 gatefold cover, lyric insert
US 1994 Atlantic CD 82651 digital remaster

 

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