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The Perfect Partnership,
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This review is from: Graham Nash / David Crosby (Audio CD)
Loved this album since 1972. The vinyl copy still had regular playings, but decided to invest in a CD copy at a price that was just to silly to pass by. Shame there are no bonus tracks, as I'm sure there are some additional songs that never saw the light of day, or the 'extended' original takes like those that have subsequently surfaced on Remastered versions of DC's and CSN&Y boxsets, and raised the question just why the hell they were edited in the first place.
Nevertheless, this CD is quality stuff from beginning to end. Crosby's 'dark' and slightly obtuse approach to song structure is perfectly complimented by Nash's more direct approach. Anyone who regarded Nash as 'the lightweight' amongst CSN&Y should think again. True, his contributions to the early CSN(&Y) were the poppier elements of their sound, but also some of their most instantly recognisable and commercially successful numbers. Here Graham has added a bit more bite to his songs, particularly the closing 'Immigration Man'.
The album opens with Nash's 'Southbound Train' which has Nash moving from his english pop mode of Deja Vu's 'Our House' into a truly American mellow country rock sound, similar in sound and feel to much of Neil Young's 'Harvest' album, and with great success.
Crosby follows up with the excellent 'Whole Cloth', and their trend of (by and large) alternating tracks, which is followed on their next 2 albums is set. If it works so well, why change it.
Anybody who admires Crosby's work in either The Byrds, CSN(&Y) or his brilliant 'if I could only remember my name' solo debut will not be disappointed in any of his work here. In fact songs such as 'Where will I be?" and "Page 43" could be among his very best. The same goes for fan's of Nash's 'Song's for Beginners', and this joint effort is, unsuprisingly, the natural companion album to both their solo albums and Deja Vu. Given the excellence of those albums that amounts to a hearty recommendation for Crosby and Nash's first, and in my opinion, best joint album.