Old School Record Pick: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s ‘CSNY 1974′

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Every week, we receive a music blog from Old School Records in Forest Park. This week’s focuses on Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s ‘CSNY 1974.’

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG  ”CSNY 1974″   DBL CD/3-CD & DVD  (RHINO)

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tried a failed attempt at a lost record in 1973 entitled “Human Highway” which evolved into an 11 million dollar earning tour in 1974.  Three hour live and acoustic triple sets of the tour were recorded and filmed on nine occasions newly compiled for this 40th anniversary set from tapes stored in the vaults until Graham Nash went back to the tapes for this release.

There are some unreleased Neil Young tunes only heard the few times on this tour and early Stills’ Manassas material as well as the subsequent Stills-Young band song heard live here for its’ debut release.  Not unlike the previously released contractual obligation live album “4 Way Street”, all the sensitive folk and long guitar jams are well represented in a better way on “CSNY 1974″. ”4 Way Street” always seemed a bit rough and incomplete compared to this new box set and the band was never happy with the former live album’s release anyway.

This is one of the all-time great supergroups at the height of their power just on the verge of their demise.  It’s sad that we had to wait 40 years for its proper presentation.

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