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This captivating concert was filmed on April 22nd,2012, in intimate surroundings in front of a receptive audience. They had every reason to be so as on stage were the legendary Crosby, Stills and Nash. The saying goes that you're only as good as your last performance, and on this evidence they are very, very good. Their interaction with the audience confirmed the mutual repartee.

The two sets contain staple numbers from their evergreen repertoire including the standards 'Marrakesh Express', 'Long Time Gone', 'Our House', 'Love the One you're With', 'Guinevere' and 'Wooden Ships'. Songs performed infrequently such as the delightful 'As I Come of Age' and the strikingly wondrous Stills's number 'Helplessly Hoping' are added. These may all be old hat but are performed with a polished enthusiasm and clarity that breathes new life into them. We may have heard 'Deja Vu' many times but the version presented at this concert is delicate and touching with solo contributions from the backing group (and a touch of the harp from Nash) Two new songs are aired: 'Almost Gone', a poignant tribute to Bradley Manning who blew the whistle on U.S. Intelligence and suffered the consequences (written by Nash and keyboard player James Raymond) and Crosby's 'Radio' where he expresses his desire to 'spread the word' to more people.

The majority of the concert is taken at a temperate pace allowing for the superb two piece harmonies of Crosby and Nash expanded to three part when Stills joins in. A lot has been said of Stills's vocal capability. Certainly it is more throaty and huskier, but I found he could handle lead vocals especially on 'Learn to Live (So Begins the Task)', clearly enjoying himself, and on 'For What It's Worth'. His lead guitar playing remains impressive. Crosby and Nash's vocals and understanding are second to none (on 'Guinevere' in particular).

I slightly preferred Set 2 when Stills really comes into his own and the acoustically played encore 'Suite:Judy Blue Eyes' is magnificent. Stills takes the lead vocal, surprisingly powerful and confidently hitting the high notes. All three members are having a ball. The affection, friendliness and respect amongst CS&N shines through clearly and is confirmed in the bonus conversation with the trio. Despite Nash appearing to orchestrate on stage, he and Stills are adamant that it is Crosby who is 'the glue' that keeps them together. Their energy is remarkable for their age. This isn't pure nostalgia. I genuinely believe their motivation is in their music and the messages it conveys.
Finally, the backing musicians play sympathetically and in an unobtrusive way. James Raymond (keyboard), Steve Distanislao (drums), Kevin McCormick (bass),Todd Caldwell (organ) and the tastefully accomplished Shayne Fontaine on guitar.

A wonderful, memorable concert begging repeat viewings. Dedicated to Mama Cass Elliot who was instrumental in taking Nash, who was touring with the Hollies, to meet David Crosby in1966. 2 CD's of the sets also included in the package. Visually and sound-wise stunning.
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on 23 July 2012
CSN has not exactly flooded the market with new releases - the latest release of the 3 together being the CSNY release of "Deja Vu Live" which was extremely Neilocentric, to say the least. So for all fans this is a very welcome occasion to hear an official, brilliantly recorded concert.

And thankfuly they deliver a profound evening, mixing the old classics with newer songs, including Graham Nash's controversial and poignant tribute to Bradley Manning "Almost Gone". And diving deep into their impressive back catalogue, specially Stephen Stills who come up with the rarely performed "As I Come Of Age" and "So Begins The Task" (both played at the CSNY 1970 tour). Especially the first is truly magic, providing one of the moments of transcendent (vocal) beauty that is unique for this trio.

As for the backingband it's almost the same as on the In Concert [DVD] [2011] [NTSC] with the addition of Todd Caldwell on the Hammond B-3. a band who knows how to respectfully lay back but also can rock with the best of them all anchored by the drumming of Steve DiStanislao (known for his work on David Gilmour's "Island"-album and following tour).

Much malign has been said about Stills's vocal, but actually his singing is better here than it has been in many years really enabling him to hit the higher notes. And his legendary guitarplaying as firery and riveting as ever. Graham Nash - probably one of the all time most underrated songwriters - and David Crosby still delivers their trademark harmony vocals.

This band has for whatever reasons always attracted a certain animosity and some decisevely unfair criticism. But they also have a dedicated fan base and this DVD clearly shows the strong bond - and deep rapport - between band and audience.

Sure the day when they were the vanguard is long gone, but what they deliver 2012 is very far from nostalgia and cash-in. So their broad and dedicated fan base should delight in this. And for new fans/listeners this might be the perfect introduction to one of the most adventurous and prolific bands ever.
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on 28 July 2012
To begin with,this set represents tremendous value for money with a complete live concert in both dvd and cd.My previous live shows on dvd and cd have all been bootleg,which is a pity as CSN have put in some brilliant performances over the last few years.Read some of the reviews of their recent tours and the critics and fans have been raving.The BBC4 broadcast of Glastonbury in 2009 is only a small taster of what we have been missing.This is a set for fans.I don"t think it will gain them any new fans,but i think new fans will love it once they have become hooked on the classic stuff.Crosby and Nash harmonize as only they can do,while Stills" delivers guitar lick after lick.His mastery of both electric and acoustic can be seen throughout every song.I would love another studio album or two from them,but this is more than enough to keep me happy until then.Some on have complained about the sound quality,but this sounded fine through my set.Visually it is stunning played through a blu ray player.CSN deliver established classics,rarities and new songs in a captivating set.This disc gives you a front row seat at a fabulous concert.Watch this disc and you will love sharing an evening with the legends that are Crosby,Stills and Nash.
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on 11 January 2013
This is a truly remarkable DVD/CD combination. It covers a concert played in a relatively small auditorium at San Luis Obispo in California in April 2012. All the well known standards are there; many performed in a way I've never heard before - and also some new songs as well ! They may be getting on in years now, but, they are still the first and greatest "supergroup" ever. So maybe their voices are a little weaker than they once were, but believe me, the beauty and power of the music and their sheer enthusiasm is undimmed, Steve Stills is on especially fine form. I have been a fan of C.S.N. since the 70's and was fortunate enough to see them at the Royal Albert Hall a couple of years ago - this DVD brought back memories of that magical night !

If you live in europe, don't worry that the DVD is recorded on the US NTSC system, it plays perfectly on PAL equipment. You actually get not just the DVD of the concert but an audio record on 2 CD's. This is an absolute must for every fan of messers Crosby, Stills and Nash. PhillC.
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on 27 January 2013
Unlike most other DVD packages of rock concerts this one also supplies 2 audio cds of the same concert. Stephen Stills' guitar playing is still brilliant and the harmonies from Crosby/Nash will never be bettered by anyone. The encore version of Suite Judy Blue Eyes is one of the outstanding performances of the last 20 years.
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on 24 January 2016
Lucky enough to have seen them lately and this is a great momento of the occasion(s). Crosby Stills & Nash (two Yanks and a Brit) fast approaching the age when most people, escape away to warm climbs and easy chairs, to count their pension funds. They are collectively, a fantastic example of how reaching 70 is not the end. They perform with an energy and enthusiasm which would put bands half their age to shame.
With age brings experience and maturity and these guys are on the top of their collective form. Stills, is an incredible and criminally underrated guitarist, Crosby's incredible voice shines through the weird sh*t and Nash still manages to look and sound good.
All the favourites are here, but performed with enthusiasm and possibly at the peak of their careers. A quick mention for the support team, which includes David Crosby's son, they are an amazing collection of great support players, numbering, Sting, Springsteen and Jackson Browne amongst their impressive collective cv's. A real treat, I wouldn't hesitate
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on 9 July 2012
Treading on safe ground with only a couple of new songs CSN go through their 'hits' and it's great to see them playing well and enjoying themselves. Stills is still an astonishing guitarist but the voice has gone, Suite Judy Blue Eyes is better as an acoustic song and some of the Nash loving it mannerisms I find a tad embarassing. But 43 years on they're making music so hats off to them. It would have been great for individual spots to break up the concert and have Stills play 'Go Back Home' solo.

The bonus interviews are fairly tedious and cover familiar ground i.e the recording of 'Ohio'.

Why does Nash play guitar on most of the songs?

Roll on the release 0f CSNY 1974 on DVD when they had voices, the songs & Neil on board.

Compare 'Carry On' 2012 to 1974 with the blistering Young & Stills guitar work.

I think the US blue ray versions are not compatible with UK/Europe multi-region players - be careful here.
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on 9 November 2012
As good as the last dvd concert selection, and I cant remember when that came out.
Stills only gets better with age.
Some classics missing but hey, you cant have everything.
If only Mr. Young were there....perfection!
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on 14 October 2015
Well worth the investment. Stills may have lost his top notes but makes up for it with his guitar. Crosby and Nash remain in control of the vocals and sing their hearts out. All in all a great piece of nostalgia.
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on 26 July 2012
Crosby, Stills and Nash sound as good as ever albeit that the ravages of time have inevitably taken its toll on the harmonies at times and Still's voice is gruff but his guitar playing makes up for it.

I really enjoyed their set at Glastonbury some years ago and longed for a concert DVD and the wait was worthwhile.

It would have been better with more sound options but stereo will do and the picture quality is fine by most standards.

Unfortunately Amazon seem to have gotten their knickers in a twist about what this set contains, first off it was a Blu-Ray/DVD/CD set,upon arrival no Blu-Ray element at all so queried customer services to see if they sent the right set, they had as there is no Blu-Ray disc available with CD set.

Then I notice they say it is region coded as region 1, no it is not it is region free and plays fine on all my players., so inevitably they may change the listing once again.
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