Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

CSNY 74

Rhino

Sep 24, 2014 Issue #51 - September/October 2014 - alt-J Bookmark and Share


Though the members of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young had been performing solo or in various groupings since parting in 1970, there was a fervent demand for a regrouping of the "American Beatles" when they announced the 1974 tour represented in this set.

There's a pleasingly loose feel to the performances that serves to define those moments rather than slavishly attempting to recreate their studio recordings. Beginning with a spirited run through Stills' "Love the One You're With," the quartet moves freely from group material to solo songs, with some brand new (Crosby's "Time After Time" and Young's quick nod to Nixon's resignation, "Goodbye Dick") and others well-loved ("Our House," "Ohio"). A DVD presents captured footage from some of the industry's earliest use of venue screens.

With hindsight, CSNY 74 serves as a soundtrack of the post-'60s/early '70s just before disco and punk scattered those leaves for good. (www.csny.com)

Author rating: 7/10

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