Q - 7/99, p.1343 stars (out of 5)
- "...the positive spirit of these recordings still seeps through nearly 25 years later..."
Personnel: David Crosby (vocals, guitar, piano); Graham Nash (vocals, electric 6-& 12-string guitars, piano, organ, keyboards, congas); James Taylor, Joel Bernstein (vocals, acoustic guitar); Carole King (vocals, piano, electric organ); Jackson Browne (vocals); Danny Kortchmar (electric guitar); David Lindley (guitar, fiddle); Ben Keith (slide guitar); Craig Doerge (acoustic & electric piano, organ, keyboards); Stan Celeste (electric piano, keyboards); Leland Sklar, Tim Drummond (bass); Russ Kunkel (drums, percussion); Levon Helm (drums).
Producers: David Crosby, Graham Nash.
Reissue producers: Stephen Barncard, Mike Ragongna.
Recorded at Rudy Records, San Francisco, California; Sound Labs and Village Recorders, Los Angeles, California. Includes reissue liner notes by Steve Silberman.
Digitally remastered by Erick Labson (1999, MCA Music Media Studios).
In the early and mid-'70s, the years between the live FOUR-WAY STREET and 1977's CSN, there were plenty of albums which were supposedly begun as Crosby Stills Nash and Young projects but collapsed. The Stills and Young Band's LONG MAY YOU RUN is a legendary example, as is 1975's David Crosby and Graham Nash album WIND ON THE WATER, the record the duo made after the early sessions that eventually became LONG MAY YOU RUN fell apart.
Listening to this album, it's easy to hear how different these songs would have sounded with Stills and Young's input, and indeed, the best songs from these two records would have made a killer CSN&Y release. On their own, Crosby, Nash, and the usual heavy friends--Jackson Browne, Carole King, James Taylor, etc.--have made a fine mid-'70s mellow California rock album.