Don’t miss out on seeing the legends live in concert at the Long Center! Crosby, Stills and Nash will play Dell Hall on August 28.
Just out today, a new live album from the hit super group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young! 40 years ago, this super group went on a 30 show arena tour across the US and England. It was epic, to say the least, with some performances even exceeding the four-hour mark. Every show was recorded, and after several years of fine-tuning and perfecting the audio, now it’s for sale! The whole shebang consists of multiple CDs and DVDs, and well as booklets and vinyls and Blu-Rays (oh my!) for you completionists, and can be purchased online.
Read a little about the history of the tour below, or check out the whole article on Rolling Stone:
The set was produced by Joel Bernstein and Graham Nash. “This is the most difficult project I’ve ever done in my recording life,” Nash tells Rolling Stone. “That’s largely because of other people’s agendas and trying to please four people at the same time. It only took us a year to actually do the physical work, but it took three or four years to get that work together.”
One issue they faced was Neil Young’s intense focus on audio quality. “Neil Young, God bless his cotton socks, has always wanted the audio to get as close to the recording experience as possible,” says Nash. “He wanted us to do it in 24/192, and that’s what we did. Of course, that happened one-third of the way into the project, so we had to redo an awful lot of stuff. But it sounds totally amazing. There’s 40 songs and they’ll show people that we were a very, very decent rock band.”
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young’s 1974 reunion trek was one of the most ambitious tours attempted up until that point. They played 30 shows at American arenas and stadiums as well as one gig at Wembley Stadium in London, with the group playing upwards of 40 songs over a four-hour period during some shows. “It was a very challenging tour,” says Nash. “We tried to keep our spirits up and keep ourselves focused as a band, but with all the chaos going on and the distractions and the drugs, I’m amazed we got away with what we did, quite frankly.”
Nine of the shows were professionally recorded on multi-track tapes. “We wanted the best performances of each song for this collection,” says Nash. “So Joel and I listened to every single minute of the multi-track shows and chose the best. We’d take, say, the best performance of ‘Almost Cut My Hair’ and send it to David [Crosby] for his approval. We did the same with Stephen [Stills] and Neil.” You can listen to an exclusive stream of “Almost Cut My Hair” below.
The bonus DVD features eight songs filmed at the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland and Wembley Stadium. “The Capital Center was the one place back then filming concerts,” says Nash. “We didn’t even know they were doing it. It’s a little funky-looking because we didn’t light it for film or television, but I picked eight songs I thought were very representative of how we were then.”
The tour came at a time when Young was writing songs at a furious pace, and he often tried out new material on stage, playing some songs only a handful of times. CSNY 1974preserves such rarities as “Love Art Blues,” “Pushed It Over The End” and “Don’t Be Denied.” The rarest track is “Goodbye Dick,” a song they played August 14th, 1974 at the Nassau Coliseum, just five days after President Richard Nixon resigned in disgrace.