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Monday, January 02, 2012

CSNY with Tom Jones on "Long Time Gone" (1969)

Well, we've posted quite a variety of strange things over the years but this is one of the odder ones for sure.

We recall having a cassette tape of this but completely forgot about it. We seemed to recall that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were on the This Is Tom Jones TV program but didn't realize that Tom Jones actually performed with CSNY on the song "Long Time Gone".

From our friend on Sugar Mountain come the details of the recording on 1969-09-06 at ABC Studios in Los Angeles, California. CSNY also performed "You Don't Have To Cry".

Recorded just weeks after their 2nd public performance at the Woodstock Festival, CSNY were a very hot act. And Tom Jones appears to have wanted to get in on the deal.

So strange bedfellows indeed.

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At 1/02/2012 06:57:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

the version of LONG TIME GONE aired was a sloppily edited combination of (at least)two takes...I taped it off the TV onto a reel to reel with handheld mics..THIS version is pretty poorly edited as well...but it rocks, and that's what matters, right?

At 1/02/2012 07:42:00 PM, Blogger SONY said...

CSNY & TJ. What a combo. I'd give Crosby a gold star for going along with this one. Seems it was one of those 'anything' for stardom tricks. Who's up next, Doris Day? Not a terrible rendition, good harmonies for sure.

At 1/02/2012 08:02:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

as I recall, Crosby has said that at the time he was in no position to accept or reject ANY idea--I think Christine had recntly been killed in a car crash...NEIL prolly had reservations lol

At 1/02/2012 08:11:00 PM, Blogger Greg Mantho said...

I saw this a couple of days ago, Neil looks stoned. Great organ, great rockin' performance.

At 1/03/2012 06:33:00 AM, Blogger Thos said...


At 1/03/2012 08:22:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

tom jones comes from my home town
been a neil young fan for years ..but never a tom jones fan!!

At 1/03/2012 09:30:00 AM, Anonymous Harold Lepidus, Bob Dylan Examiner said...

Tom Jones for the Bridge Benefit concerts, 2012! (Completely sincere!)

At 1/03/2012 02:38:00 PM, Blogger Jill said...

I never cease to be amazed at what turns up on these pages…CSNY singing with Tom Jones, who would have thought it? Actually though I think it really rocks.

Say what you like about Tom Jones, and I must say I`ve never been a fan of his ballads or anything else much, but he can certainly belt it out. He knows how to sing and puts his heart and soul into it, always has and still does.

Yes, Neil is either stoned or totally embarrassed by the whole thing...possibly both.

At 1/03/2012 02:41:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Props for the very high production values for that time. Nash is laughing and so is Crosby

At 1/03/2012 02:42:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very high production values for 1969

At 1/03/2012 08:57:00 PM, Anonymous Glen (aka Barney Rubble) said...

Holy Jeez, this is absolutely *amazing*! Had Tom Jones ever had a backup band like CSN&Y (with Dallas & Greg), judging from what I hear here I would have absolutely RUN to buy the album! This sounds heavier than anything Rare Earth put out! The CSNY harmonies really shine on backup (heck, they make great leads too), and Stephen really lets loose with his vocal (I had to rewind the video a couple of times to make sure who was singing those high, high parts). Man, if TV had more of this! Wish my NYA Blu-Ray box had this... Could Neil be prompted to make this available as a BDLive download? Or does the fact someone else wrote it make it improbable?

At 1/03/2012 09:20:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

TJ apparently had LOTSA Rock/Pop acts on his show...My Mom and I watched almost every week...but I don't remember the Who the Moody Blues Cocker the Hollies...

At 1/04/2012 12:21:00 AM, Blogger SONY said...

After a couple more views, this thing is rockin, and Tom Jones is belting it, as is Stills - might be a bit of a competition going there for Stevie. The Neil personna I see here is fairly similar for the times, a bit before he seemed more comfortable, though that's not to rule out the possible indifference or the probable stonage.

At 1/04/2012 11:42:00 AM, Blogger Raincheck said...

Crosby was supposedly pissed because he percieved Tom Jones to be square and himself to be super-hip. But in reality Tom Jones was a helluva singer and holds his own more than nicely. It's about the music, man.


At 1/04/2012 12:24:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Variety shows like Tom Jones, Smother's Brothers, Cavette, Cash, Shindig, and Hullaballoo were the only way most of us saw our music legends on the television when they weren't on tour. One day Janis is playing a variety show on television, and the next week she's dead.

I would put money on it that TJ's pot was probably much better than what David was smoking at the time, square or not. The only difference i could tell at the different concerts was that the ladies threw their undies at TJ while he was performing; the ladies weren't wearing anything underneath at CSN&Y.

At 1/04/2012 02:18:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

I'm looking at a very young Greg Reeves; was he like 14 at the time?

And I don't see what Neil would be embarrassed about Tom Jones interjecting much needed R& B into a R& B song.

At 1/04/2012 05:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love It! It absolutley rocks.

At 1/05/2012 12:14:00 AM, Blogger Johnny 1P5 said...

Did Stephen Stills go to the keyboards often instead of Graham Nash, have not seen much CSN&Y live.

At 1/05/2012 09:50:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

LOL, Johnny! Only when Billy Preston wasn't in town! He is listed on "keyboards" for many of his albums with few exceptions. I do remember Billy Preston's fingerwork on "Marianne."

At 1/05/2012 10:15:00 AM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

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At 1/05/2012 12:07:00 PM, Blogger Mother Nature on the Run said...

Johnny, I don't remember Stephen sitting down at the keyboards during concerts I attended when he played with the boys (CN&Y). There was two summers where they toured together and all I can remember is the dualing guitar riffs and weaves between Stephen & Neil and the vocal harmonies for which they were famous. When he toured with Manassas, he usually had Jerry Aiello on keyboard. He ended up doing studio add ons and vocal mixes for recording purposes after the fact.

Anyone else?

At 1/05/2012 03:41:00 PM, Blogger Johnny 1P5 said...

Thanks I knew of on record stuff in Solo, just not seen it in a live setting with the four of them, like you say usually see the Guitar Duelling between Neil and himself.

Living in Australia as far as I remember we have never had CSN&Y tour, so was curious (though CS&N have toured here a bit and are coming again in March).

At 1/06/2012 03:59:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've actually got a longer clip of this, which has CSNY backing up Tom Jones on 'It's Not Unusual'. Really . . .

At 1/06/2012 06:29:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

1/06/2012 04:59:00 PM - OK, let's see it. Pls share & post a link. A lot of folks would enjoy if you did.

Thanks in advance.

At 6/14/2012 11:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ya I didn't think so!


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