Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Looking Forward
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- Released: October 26, 1999
- Originally Released: 1999
- Label: Warner Bros / WEA
Rolling Stone - 11/11/99, p.1333.5 stars out of 5 - "...a happily tossed-off, first-take vibe....excellent..."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/29/99, pp.109-10"...With voices now so deep that their trademark harmonies occasionally graze the floor, the quartet wear their respective roles like favorite old pairs of jeans....And they've each written memorable songs to match....It's the sound of classic rock itself riding off into the sunset..." - Rating: B
CMJ - 11/15/99, p.27"...finally gives a worthy companion to their debut [1970s DEJA VU]....looking in the right direction with its focused songs and strong performances."
Mojo (Publisher) - 11/99, p.108"...It's a landslide victory for Young who romps home with a massive four song credits...Stills is in second place with two and a half, and Nash and The Croz bring up the rear with a pair apiece...which is entirely justified as Young's songs are in another league altogether..."
NME (Magazine) - 11/6/99, p.375 out of 10 - "...Those harmonies. The idea that there should be a decent world to bequeath to 'the children'. The fact that Neil Young's are still the best songs. All kind of fills you with a sense of...'deja vu'....it's mainly fairly pleasant..."
- 1.Faith In Me
- 2.Looking Forward
- 3.Stand And Be Counted
- 5.Seen Enough
- 7.Dream For Him
- 8.No Tears Left
- 9.Out Of Control
- 10.Someday Soon
- 11.Queen Of Them All
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: David Crosby (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars); Stephen Stills (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, Hammond B-3 organ, bass, bata drum, cowbell, maracas, percussion); Graham Nash (vocals, acoustic guitar); Neil Young (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, tiple, harmonica).
Additional personnel includes: Denny Sarokin, Snuffy Garret (guitar); Ben Kieth (pedal steel guitar, dobro); Joe Vitale (Hammond B-3 organ, drums, bata drum); Mike Finnegan (Hammond B-3 organ); Craig Doerge (keyboards); Donald "Duck" Dunn (bass); Luis Conte (congas, bass drum, bata drum, jombe, percussion); Alex Acuna (timbales); Lenny Castro (percussion).
Producers: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joe Vitale, Ben Kieth, J. Stanley Johnston.
Engineers: Paul Dieter, Bill Halverson, Tim Mulligan.
Personnel: Tommy "Snuff" Garrett, Denny Sarokin (guitar); Neil Young (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, tiple); Graham Nash (electric guitar); Ben Keith (dobro); James Raymond (piano); Spooner Oldham (pump organ, keyboards); Craig Doerge (keyboards); Joe Vitale (drums, bata); Jim Keltner (drums); Luis Conte (bass drum, congas, bata, percussion); Joe Lala (congas); Alex Acu¤a (timbales); Lenny Castro, Vince Charles (percussion).
Audio Mixers: David Crosby; Graham Nash; Neil Young; Stephen Stills; Bill Halverson.
Recording information: Conway Studio, l Ain Bou Kellal (01/23/1997-07/21/1999); Ga Ga's Room, Los Angeles, CA (01/23/1997-07/21/1999); Ocean Studios, Burbank, CA (01/23/1997-07/21/1999); Redwood Digital Studios, Woodside, CA (01/23/1997-07/21/1999); Stray Gator Sound, Los Angeles, CA (01/23/1997-07/21/1999).
Photographers: Henry Diltz; Pegi Young.
CSNY's third album in three decades came about when Neil Young and Stephen Stills were working on a Buffalo Springfield retrospective and Young was asked to play on the in-progress CSN album. Young then brought in some songs from his pending solo work, helping to bring about LOOKING FORWARD.
Everyone gets his fair share of writing time on the album, which is a truly collaborative effort. "Faith in Me" is a Stills-penned singalong reminiscent of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." The title track is an acoustic number featuring Young on lead vocals, and hints at possible future projects by the group. "Heartland," a Nash tune, features the four singers harmonizing together around a single microphone. This effectively organic approach was prompted by Young, who preferred it to recording separate vocal tracks. "Seen Enough" is a politically themed, slow-grooved Stills tune. "Slowpoke" is vintage Young, a wonderful acoustic number that ranks among his best work. LOOKING isn't entirely a quiet and introspective affair though, as "No Tears Left" features some heavy metal soloing by Stephen Stills. All four veterans are in fine form on LOOKING FORWARD. The harmonies are as stirring as ever, the playing is tight, and the songs are well written.
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