This is the 'One'.
The 'one' that opened my eyes to music beyond the Beatles and the(excellent)British 60's Pop of The Small Faces, The Kinks and The Move, and introduced me to what was going on across the Big Pond. I'm not saying it's better than the British Bands that I was already familiar, just different....and opened up a whole new world of Sounds. It introduced the world of country blues (Stills' 4+20), the country flavour of Nash's 'Teach your Children' courtesy of Jerry Garcia's excellent pedal steel guitar playing. The jazzy inflections of Crosby's 'Deja vu' and Young's heart-rending 'Helpless'.
Its hard for me to be review this album objectively, as just a collection of tunes, without my appreciation of this album being influenced by all the new sounds it lead me to discover and love, and probably determine my musical tastes over the subsequent 40 years. Starting with Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Moby Grape, The Byrds, Love, of the late 60's through to Green on Red (80's), and Giant Sand/Howe Gelb of the present day.
Every song on this album is a cracker. Many criticise it as being 'disjointed' and that it was the product of 4 solo artists in disharmony (on a personal level)rather than the collective works a band. True, it covers a range of styles to each individual members taste, but all with that indisputable CSN&Y flavour and vocal harmonies yet to be bettered. Forty years on I think this album stands the test of time. Like the Beatles 'Revolver' it introduced a new style and set a new benchmark against which all others could be measured. Buy this and the 4 first CSN&Y solo albums, put the CD/IPOD on shuffle, sit back and enjoy.