|Carry On (Stills)||Â Â Â 7.9|
|Teach Your Children (Nash)||Â 10.0|
|Almost Cut My Hair (Crosby)||Â Â Â 8.1|
|Helpless (Young)||Â Â Â 7.7|
|Woodstock (Mitchell)||Â 10.0|
|Deja Vu (Crosby)||Â Â Â 7.2|
|Our House (Nash)||Â 10.0|
|4 + 20 (Stills)||Â Â 6.8|
|Country Girl (Young)||Â Â Â 6.1|
|Everybody I Love You (Stills/Young)||Â Â Â 6.5|
Released – March 11, 1970, Atlantic Records. Produced by David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young
David Crosby – Lead and Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Stephen Stills – Lead and Backing Vocals, Lead, Rhythm and Bass Guitars
Graham Nash – Lead and Backing Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Keyboards
Neil Young – Lead and Backing Vocals, Lead & Rhythm Guitars, Harmonica, Keyboards
Dallas Taylor – Drums & Pecussion
Greg Reeves – Bass Guitar
Jerry Garcia – Steel Guitar on “Teach Your Children”
John Sebastian – Harmonica on “Deja Vu”
All songs written by members of CSN&Y (see below) except Woodstock written by Joni Mitchell.
This is the first of the group’s albums to include Neil Young, and what a dandy it is! “Teach Your Children” has to go down as the best vocal harmony sang by any rock group ever. Add to that a great steel guitar played by guest Jerry Garcia and you have one sweet ballad. The other pure classic ballad on here (both written by Graham Nash) is “Our House”, doesn’t everybody wish to live such a life as what is described in this song?
The song “Woodstock” comes to life in part thanks to Young’s lead guitar, which wails away all over the tune, this is one excellent cover! Being a fellow long hair I can identify with David Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair”, a simple but to the point song about prejudices in society towards longhairs. Stephen Stills best song on this album is the opener “Carry On “,Â which also has some nice vocal harmonies. In fact, next to the Beatles, no other rock group could harmonize better than CSN&Y.
Darrell Shelley is a musician, sound engineer and Editor In Chief. He graduated with a diploma in Jazz Studies from St.Fx in 2003. He’s traveled, Europe, USA, Mexico, and Canada. He used to play in a band or two. As a sound engineer Darrell has worked with K-OS, Teenage Head, Rick Emmett, Bachman/Cummings, Donnie Wahlberg, YOB, Cascada, Down With Webster, Sons Of Otis, Broken Social Scene, The Philosoper Kings, Sugarland, and the late great Jeff Healey.