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As much as any record, CSN's 1969 debut ushered in the early '70s singer-songwriter boom. Yes, this was a group, but it was one made up of three coequal composer/vocalists, each with a heady resume--Crosby an ex- Byrd, Stills in Buffalo Springfield, and Nash a former member of the Hollies. Each supplied distinctive material and contributed to CSN's trademark harmonies. The addition of Neil Young made the supergroup an edgier outfit. There's a purity to the original trio recording, however, that would never be recaptured. --Steven Stolder
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(cactuspatch) from FREDERICKSBRG, TX
Reviewed on 9/22/2009...
Such excellent music, and some of Crosby, Stills & Nash's tightest harmonies. It's an invitation to immerse yourself in some of the finest gifts from the sixties.
Seminal is a Great Word
Miguel Gonzalez | OAK PARK, IL United States | 08/03/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Although I was only about 7 years old when this album came out, it has been a permanent fixture in my life - from radio to friends to open mic nights, etc. These songs are everywhere (if you're a certain age). I tried for years - thru Punk and Post-Punk and Industrial and World and Hip Hop - to deny the squishy singer-songwriter rock vein that runs so deeply in my soul.
So, now that alt rock is awash in amazing singer-songwriters - Bon Iver, M. Ward, Justin Townes Earle, Wilco/Son Volt, Andrew Bird, etc. - these old songs reappear as brilliant strokes of genius that were honed by heartfelt emotion and real musical talent.
In the context of Classic Rock radio, I've had enough of CSN. But in the mix with some of my fave current artists this is seminal music."