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Slightly delayed live album from a rock supergroup of the 70's :-),
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This review is from: CSNY 1974 (Audio CD)
This could well be one of those 'you had to be there' releases to fully appreciate the sheer magnitude of a CSNY tour in 1974. This is a band which had the potential to be truly great - at least on paper - but never realised their potential due to the enormous egos involved. That said as a live act they took some beating and Deja Vu was a cracking LP..
I was lucky enough to be at Wembley on 14 September 1974 and it was quite a day. The bill was jaw dropping - as well as CSNY we were treated to The Band, Jesse Colin Young and Joni Mitchell. In the booklet Graham Nash expresses the band's disappointment with the quality of the Wembley concert, but my memory is one of being blown away by the music - the sublime vocal harmonies, the spiky duelling guitars of Stills and Young and the quality of the songs.
The sound on the discs is very good indeed. Highlights include the sublime Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, On The Beach, Neil Young's brief Goodbye Dick (about Nixon leaving the Whitehouse), Some previously unreleased songs are heard for the first time since the tour and there's one or two pretty good ones - Nash's Fieldworker and Neil Young's Love Art Blues are standouts.
For most of the album the band are together and full of energy although there are a couple of dodgy moments - Stephen Stills electrified Black Queen doesn't get anywhere near the fiery and impassioned acoustic version to be found on his 1st solo record and his duet with Neil Young on Long May You Run is pretty dire - slow and lacking the good time rhythm of the studio version.
Overall Neil Young comes out the best - 'twas ever thus - but surprisingly Graham Nash isn't far behind, his gift for melody and faultless singing provide some lovely moments. Crosby sounds superb on some songs and just plain melodramatic on others. Stills songs have stood the test of time the least well, but his guitar playing is always excellent (Black Queen aside).
40 years on its great to be able to relive an amazing day and remember how brilliant it was to be there. Makes me wonder where all the intervening years went...
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2014 17:17:38 BDT
Mr. A. W. Riggs says:
Plus Tom Scott & LA Express. Good review.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2014 17:28:20 BDT
Thanks - I hadn't forgotten Tom Scott - they backed Joni. Have to admit I thought they were great with Joni but anonymous on their own. Whatever happened to them I wonder?
In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2014 16:50:40 BDT
Tom Scott is still going strong. Still does the occasional gig and has just had most of the"LA Express" catalogue re-issued.
Posted on 20 Jul 2014 12:09:31 BDT
marion delgado says:
Good heavens I was at that Wembley gig too, haven't thought about it for many a year. Was I tripping? I may have been... main memory was not CSNY but Joni with Tom Scott's LA Express, and I think Michael Brecker on sax?, and the band morphing into a herd of charging rhinos on one of the tracks (Court and Spark period I suppose). It was pretty clear that the Ladies of the Canyon era Joni was long gone and my preconceptons had to die. Next memory wandering around the field part of the arena in the intermission attempting to score, and eventually finding some Spanish hippies who sold us some lovely crumbly black. (Extraordinary to think Franco was still alive then and Spain still a Fascist dictatorship...) They then skinned up a vast, chillum-shaped J of this stuff, and sparked up just as the boys hit the stage with Love The One Yr With. My final addled recollection, having managed to find our way back to our spot in the stands, is hearing Neil singing Helpless, his voice ringing out like a bell around the stadium, and being quite moved by the plangent beauty. Will I be forking out £50 to listen again? Absolutely not, no nostalgia, just onwards to the future!
Posted on 24 Jul 2014 20:36:36 BDT
Andrew S says:
Agree with what you say. The Wembley show was my one and only stadium gig and was a great day out. I think the DVD in this package is the weak link. Surely it wouldn't have cost them much more to put the whole Wembley show in.
Not sure if you are implying that Fieldworker was unreleased before this. It's on Wind on the Water.
Posted on 24 Jul 2014 22:47:17 BDT
Nigel H. Seymour says:
I think I have to agree with this review...It was indeed a psychadelic period in music, and CSN& Y were just those 'lucky guys' who graced with the talents, were simply in the right place in the right era at the right time.. As an international singer songwriter today who was influenced to the hilt by these colourful musicians, I can only say that their music in whatrever manner it was performed really touches on a 'time frame' .....it was when music was music of this zenra ....when technology had'nt rubbed shoulders .....and music and sounds could not be tampered with....What you heard is what you got, and the musicianship shone! CSN&Y created a cornerstone for music today, and anyone who has any of their music can only wonder at the sheer creativity tightness and formidable temprament these four musicians posessed and still posess ...! As a young aspiring musician at that time, I can categorically thank Neil young personally for his involvement in my musical existence... and 'Deja Vu' really did put close harmony on the musical record!
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2014 09:28:50 BDT
David Sandilands says:
Oh Marion, you brought it all back for me! Many thanks :)
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Aug 2014 09:37:24 BDT
Mr. A. W. Riggs says:
I agree with Nigel only in part, the potential was squandered and I'm afraid all except the Loner has been value for money most of the time. Listen to Carry On and Deja Vu it's all there, but don't forget Stills 4+20 a stunning song. The weak link ole Nash peddling his earnest tosh for the last 40 years.
Posted on 14 Aug 2014 19:27:32 BDT
"This is a band which had the potential to be truly great - at least on paper - but never realised their potential due to the enormous egos involved...."
Probably the dumbest thing that I have ever read, amazing. Too far gone, would be my guess.
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