- Audio CD (24 Nov. 2008)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Box set, Double CD
- Label: Sanctuary
- ASIN: B0002HSE90
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,736 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Crosby and Nash Box set, Double CD
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After almost thirty years David Crosby and Graham Nash have teamed up again to create a new studio album, the first since 1976's Whistling Down the Wire. The wryly titled Crosby Nash is a mellow and reflective double album, whose tracks range from acoustic folk to melodic rock, all embellished with their trademark heavenly vocal harmonies.
Casually awaking from 26 years of Rip Van Winkle-proportioned dormancy (this is the pairings' first dispatch, in fact, since punk shot the Sixties generation to oblivion), this eponymous double album of brand new studio material marks the notably gentle return of Messrs Crosby and Nash; the laid back, lush soft-rock Anglo-American harmony equivalent of strawberries and cream. Have they come to cleanse our 21st Century palettes of cynicism, gluttony and self-interest? Why yes, thankfully they haven't changed a bit. The world, however, isn't getting any better. Life's a bitch--wars ("Live On"), greedy capitalists ("They Want It All"), not enough love ("Jesus From Rio")--and while attack is often the best form of defence in such matters of principle, the wispy hippy remonstrations of a rotundular ex-member of The Byrds and a diplomatic former member of The Hollies may--to hardbitten modern ears--seem as inviolable, not to mention as unfashionable, as an old cardigan. But Crosby and Nash are endearing idealists, sounding ever more like slightly credulous boy scouts who are horrified to discover the planet is rife with unutterable turpitude, although Crosby, in all honesty, ought to know a thing or two about drugs, jail and firearms. Their influence endures--Crowded House / Finn Brothers, for example, owe them a debt of gratitude--but it's good that the real deal is back. --Kevin Maidment
Top Customer Reviews
Close your eyes, and you'll be in Big Sur, with Joni Mitchell waiting in the wings (but that's another story).
This won't be to everyone's taste, but if, like me, you're a sentimntal old hippy, or even just someone who likes a good tune, this is for you.
Both David and Grahams singing throughout the piece is superb and the variation of styles makes the length of the album fully justified and palatable. It is clear from the writing credits and from the variety of backing that this record has been crafted by all the players which adds immensely to the enjoyment of the album.
I'm a fan of GN more than DC but this album has brought out the best in both artists. The standard, in my view, is reminiscent of both their first solo albums. Good songwriting contibutions by David's son and excellent musicianship. I've recently seen the live performance which features at least half of this work - but played more electric and therefore heavier - and excellent it was to, all two and a half hours. In my opinion you won't be disappointed with your purchase.
The overall sound is vintage CSN, really. There's plenty of Crosby's modal guitar sound and those utterly distinctive vocal harmonies sound great. No one else has ever quite reproduced that harmonic sound (the same is true of Brian Wilson's own distinctive harmonic sound, too) and it's an immense pleasure to hear it again here. The instrumental and solo vocal work is good, and the effect of the album is very pleasing.
The songs are pretty good. There's nothing here to stand me on my ear the way tracks like Guinevere, Wooden Ships or Carry On did 40-odd years ago, but there's plenty to enjoy. Lyrically they're OK with plenty of right-on messages, which works very well in tracks like Don't Dig Here (one of the album's strongest, I think) but can get a little self-righteously preachy sometimes. Overall, though, it's decent material, often given a big lift by the performances and production, and especially by those magical harmonies.
This isn't a classic, and that old cliché of "it would have made a better single album" comes to mind rather, but it's a very enjoyable album. It might become more of a background record after a play or two than one for close listening, but it has a lovely sound and it's good to hear two true greats making good music together. Recommended.
After several rather lacklustre CSN albums in the nineties, this Crosby Nash album is a true return to form. This duo were always very well suited, and their seventies solo albums contained some beautifully crafted hypnotic gems of songs. The inspiration is back again, and we are treated to a feast of some 20 high quality songs, all recorded and played so beautifully, with themes ranging from the environmental to the personal.
This album isn't all mellow acoustics though - there are a couple of rock out tracks , notably Don't Dig Here - but many of the tracks, while not being overtly 'rock', have a subtle, steely determination about them, almost like a benign smile that says, 'don't mess with me!'
Crosby and Nash is an album of wall to wall sublimely crafted harmonies and layered acoustic guitar work of the finest order. How fortunate we are to still have these two troubadours around, and to have been treated to this little bag of jewels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent CD although I agree with others that 1CD would have been enough, if that had been the case then probably would have given 5stars. Absolutely adore the opening track !!Published 14 months ago by DEREK M.
Totally agree with all the positive comments posted here...really, really good. and I wasn't expecting that....Recommended.Published 15 months ago by Anon/Devon
I didn't expect any surprises but they still sound very fresh to my ears. Splendid harmonies and
some really good tunes although the double CD would have been a smash if... Read more