REVIEW: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: CSNY 1974
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's long awaited box set from the 1974 concert tour was finally released earlier this year and still providing lots of enjoyable listening -- even as the guys continue to bicker about among themselves.
From a review of CSNY 1974 in All About Jazz by Doug Collette:
Quite early on CSNY 1974 clarifies that the group's democracy was a misconception pure and simple. While Crosby eventually wrote some of the most memorable of the group's latter-day songs (an early example of which here is "The Lee Shore"), neither songs of his like "Carry Me" nor those of Nash such as "Immigration Man" measure up to those of Stills even at his most facile, like this hard-to-recognize arrangment of "Love the One You're With." And Neil Young consistently trumps the other three with the haunting poetry in material like "Helpless," the result of which dynamic renders it little surprise that the unmistakable vibrancy of genuine chemistry, fleeting at best over the four hours plus total playing time , is usually most noticeable on tunes of the erstwhile Canadian's, such as "Only Love Can Break Your Heart." Intentionally or unintentionally, this (excruciatingly?) detailed archive piece may then be the most accurate depiction of the imbalance of talent and skill within this volatile set of relationships including the erratic one with its audience. As such, it may constitute an act of courage on the part of the group to release it.Se full review of CSNY 1974 in All About Jazz.
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