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  • Audio CD (25 Oct. 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Warner International
  • ASIN: B000002I6V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,456 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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After finding fame with the Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, expatriate Englishman turned West Coast rock icon Graham Nash made an auspicious solo debut on this 1971 disc. It's an exemplary singer-songwriter effort, striking a vital balance between graceful introspection and political fervour, with an organic intensity that Nash would never quite match in his subsequent solo work. With assistance from the likes of David Crosby, Jerry Garcia and Dave Mason, highlights include the sensitive internal explorations "I Used to Be a King" and "Man in the Mirror" and the impassioned protest anthems "Chicago" and "Military Madness." --Scott Schinder

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With Stephen Stills and David Crosby having produced absolute storming debut albums in November 1970 and March 1971, Graham Nash's quietly lovely opener didn't disappoint either - in fact in the early Seventies - it seemed like everything the combined and individual talents of CSYN did was magical. This October 2008 DELUXE EDITION celebrates "Songs For Beginners" with a Remastered Stereo Remix of the album on the stand alone first disc, while the second disc is a 5.1 DVD Audio Mix (you need a DVD Audio player to hear it on) with an added DVD Interview about his Photography featuring a Gallery of Stills, Photo-Backed Lyrics & Web Links etc.

"Songs For Beginners" was released in June 1971 on Atlantic SD 7204 in the USA and Atlantic 2401 011 in the UK. The album featured many famous guests (one is uncredited), so here's a detailed breakdown (33:47 minutes):

1. Military Madness [DAVE MASON of Traffic on Guitar with RITA COOLIDGE on Backing Vocals]
2. Better Days [NEIL YOUNG (credited as Joe Yankee) on Piano, SEEMON POSTHUMA of THE FOOL on Clarinet, RITA COOLIDGE on Backing Vocals with DALLAS TAYLOR of CSYN and MANASSAS on Drums]
3. Wounded Bird [GN all instruments and voices]
4. I Used To Be A King [NEIL YOUNG (credited as Joe Yankee) on Piano, JERRY GARCIA on Steel Guitar with PHIL LESH on Bass (both of THE GRATEFUL DEAD) and DAVID CROSBY on Electric Guitar]
5. Be Yourself [RITA COOLIDGE on Piano, Electric Piano and Backing Vocals]
6. Simple Man [DAVID LINDLEY on Fiddle, DORIAN RUDNYTSKY of THE NEW YORK ROCK & ROLL ENSEMBLE on Cello with RITA COOLIDGE on backing Vocals]
7. Man In The Mirror [NEIL YOUNG [credited as Joe Yankee] on Piano, JERRY GARCIA of THE GRATEFUL DEAD on Steel Guitar, CHRIS ETHERIDGE of THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS on Bass]
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One of the most listenable records ever is a must for anyone who still has faith in great songs and the magic of songwriting. Don't hesitate here, but it. And if you've got any money left over, get Crosby's first album after the break-up: 'If Only I could Remember My Name..." Hard to choose between them. Nash's 'Used to be a king' is a stone cold classic. Also, pop watchers, most of the 60's west coast brigade (Garcia, Mitchell etc) put in an appearance at some point.
Happy listening.
Macey.
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While not as musically inventive as Stephen Still's early releases nor as cosmic and laid back as Crosby's 'If I Could Only Remember My Name', Nash's first solo offering offers a more direct charm that the others could not match. While many write him off as the weakest link, it is easy to underestimate his commercial touch and amazing voice. The jolly opener 'Military Madness' features a great vocal along with catchy wah-wah guitar, while the quieter tracks like 'Wounded Bird' and 'Sleep Song' are effective and gentle accoustic numbers. The piano led 'Simple Man' is a beautifully understated melody complete with cello accompaniment. The rockier 'Chicago' with its passionate rallying chorus and organ also impresses. But the album's key moments are found in its powerful ballads: 'Be Yourself' with another rallying chorus; a powerful piano led 'There's Only One' and the standout track 'I Used To Be A King' - featuring Nash's best vocal and some exquisite steel guitar by Gerry Garcia. All in all, a very worthy addition to the CSNY collection, and by far Nash's best work.
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A great review (as always) from Mark Barry but I have to disagree with the comments regarding DVD Audio. I would guess a large proportion of people whom these types of reissues are aimed at DO have the ability to play high res formats such as DVD-A and SACD. I'm one of those people and i'm pleased that a major label still thinks it's viable to issue archive releases in this format. The standard CD may be good (and it certainly is) but the high resolution version on the DVD-A is absolutely spectacular. I have never heard stereo imaging so accurate and the clarity of each instrument is possibly the best I have experienced on ANY format. This flies in the face of current mastering trends where everything is made artificially loud, destroying all musicality. Doug Sax is renowned for his attention to detail and I agree, he should get an award for this. It's THAT good.
The music itself is thoughtful, relaxing, mellow and harks back to a kinder world of which will never be experienced again. I don't agree with those who say Nash was the poor relation to the rest of CSNY. And what a nice guy he comes across as (on the DVD). What a refreshing change from the pompous, self-congratulatory attitude of many 'advancing age' musicians.
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I first heard this album back in 1972 and I was immediately blown away by the use of words and syntax, the self evident poetry of Nash made me a fan forever. From Military Madness through to the anthem Chicago this album is one for the peace and harmony brigade. A gem with lyrics , tunes and of course my favorite Sleep Song, still the best song I know to show a woman that you are, after all a man of true feelings. Don't be ashamed to say you like this album, its a bit corny but the melodies evoke memories for us all.
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