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When David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash created this pop super trio in 1968 after their splits from the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and The Hollies, respectively, it would have been a pipedream that a hits package released 37 years later would sound as eternal and essential as this one. The 19 songs straddle the four-album, landscape-altered timeframe between 1969's post-Woodstock debut Crosby, Stills & Nash and 1982's Daylight Again, which helped inaugurate the MTV era. Unbalanced sequencing--which randomly bounces 12 years ahead and five years back--is rescued by the superb harmonies, unique songwriting and divergent personalities of the three members. With politics and culture always at the forefront, Stills bookends the band's trademark canon with "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and "Southern Cross," Nash incorporates Eastern influences to "Marrakesh Express" and folk timber to "Just a Song Before I Go" and "Teach Your Children," and the ever-capricious Crosby leads the way lyrically with the lingering "Delta" to the Robert Kennedy tribute "Long Time Gone." Sure, the collection is missing any songs by ("Ohio") or contributions from ("Woodstock") the fourth name on the marquee (Neil Young). Here's hoping that's for another Greatest Hits. --Scott Holter
One of the most enduring musical partnerships of our time, Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) are beloved worldwide for their peerless three-part harmonies, inspired songwriting, and brilliant musicianship. Rightfully claiming a singular place among the artistically and culturally influential acts of the original Woodstock era, CSN has been called "the voice of an entire generation."
- like boring
although i thought i was a fan of this group, and i do like their work, i have to say that this album is poorly edited. you must admit that all their hits have a simalar sound what with the accoustic guitars and the effete voices and sound. each song is sung with the same or similar tempo. after a while they sound the same and got on my nerves. it is unlistenable in a single playing...more info
- CROSBY,STILLS,NASH CD
I PURCHASED THIS CD FOR ONE PARTICULAR SONG, AND WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED THAT THERE WERE MORE SONGS ON THE CD THAT I LIKE........more info
- A Flood of Memories
Crosby, Stills, and Nash have long been a favorite of mine, songs stored in the recesses of my mind. This CD took me back to a time that was more carefree and innocent, where song lyrics nearly always had a message, or told a story, and musicians seemed more like next door neighbors than far away icons. I have enjoyed it many times already, and would highly recommend it! Awesome CSN legacy collection!...more info
- Just correcting some misstatements......
Sorry, Nick at Yagur's Farm, you have to get your facts straight too: Neil does not play or sing on "Teach", Our House" or "Carry On". Those were straight CSN sessions that foreshadowed the come-and-go nature of Neil's uncommittment to CSNY of the last 35 years. But it is a great collection nevertheless @ $14....more info
- C S N Greats
This is a great disc. Track order is well laid out. Great music by a great group. Packaging stinks though. All cardboard, no protection for the CD.
- Great Cd Great Songwriters
As several of you have mentioned, this is a great cd. It contains a lot of CSN's popular songs, and it is a good introduction for new fans of CSN, or for those who aren't new fans. Some of the highlights on this cd for me are: "Suite Judy Blue Eyes," Wooden Ships," "See The Changes," Shadow Captain," "Long Time Gone," "Guinnivere," and "Wasted on the Way."
"Suite Judy Blue Eyes" is a CSN song I have always liked, and because of it I'm a fan of their music. "Guinnivere" and "Shadow Captain" are both great songs written by David Crosby. "Shadow Captain" is a song in which Crosby, Stills, and Nash's voice blend quite well. The same goes for "Carry On," even there seems to have been over dubbing. "Wooden Ships" contains great lead vocals both by Crosby and Stills, while "See the Changes" contains great vocal harmonies between all three members and great lead vocals. Another favorite for me is "Helplessly Hoping" because of the singing. The guitar playing on here is also great, and the clarity of the sounds on here is astounding!
I can understand why there isn't any CSNY stuff on here. The cd clearly states that this is a CSN collection. This is definitely one to get, and I'm glad my dad baught. It's partly because of him that I'm a fan of the group. He's been a fan since the beginning. I definitely plan to buy more CSN and CSNY albums. Might have to make a copy of this one for dad, since I took his. At least he knows where to look if he wants it....more info
- This is so good
I know this band from the radio only because I am to young to remember them. But this is a really good way to get to know them. ...more info
- CSN GREATEST HITS
I bought this CD because wanted to hear music from MY generation. I have played it all night on the nigts that I'm up working on my computer and it brings back many, many memories. I think it's a fantastic CD with all of the great tunes that I grew up with. ...more info
- Love the songs, hate the static!
My husband and I are very disappointed in this CD. It sounds like it was recorded from someone's old scratched LP. My old CSN LPs sound better than this. ...more info
- Great collection
Having grown up with Crosby, Stills, and Nash, this album is a great collection of their greatest hits. A must for those who want the "cream."...more info
- A Great Collection of Greatest Hits
Formed in 1968, Crosby, Stills, and Nash combined classic rock and roll with a distinct folk sound to produce a very unique brand of music. Although the trio only recorded four albums together, they placed their mark on the American music scene that still remains today.
Each member of the trio provides their own unique talent to the mix. Stephen Stills is excellent on "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" and the ever-popular "Southern Cross". Graham Nash leads on the popular "Teach Your Children", and David Crosby's tribute to Robert Kennedy, "Long Time Gone", brings out the emotional turmoil of the sixties. These three musicians were integral parts in other groups, including The Byrds, The Hollies, and Buffalo Springfield. When they combined their talents, their music spoke for a generation of listeners.
I enjoy the music of CSN very much, especially Stills' "Southern Cross", and this greatest hits collection provides the listener with a great sampling of the music that made CSN famous with so many fans. I only wish they would have included some of the songs recorded with Neil Young on the album, but this is a minor point that takes nothing away from the overall excellence of this disc.
I give this CD my highest recommendation. CSN are still very popular today, and this great disc provides the listener with many of their best-known songs. Very good and highly recommended.
- Awesome CD!
The CSN Greatest Hits CD is a notable collection of their hits from the late 1960's -1970. Their harmonies are unmatched by any recent group. The songs are reminiscent of the times with lyrics that bring delightful images to mind....more info
- It's Deja Vu all over again
If you've never heard of CSN and you want to get an idea what these guys are all about, pick this up. Granted, it doesn't have the classics with Neil Young, but that's all right. These guys rock as either a three piece or a four piece vocal band. You can enjoy some good old-fashioned folk/protest rock from one of the original bands that did that kind of music. There's a bit of everything here. I'm really too young to see these guys in their true heyday (call it '68 to early 80s), but they are still relevant 40 years after their debut album. LOL I was 5 years from being born when they released their debut. It's all good though. I'm someone who listens to almost every type of music out there and these guys just don't get old to listen to. Put this in, turn it up, and enjoy....more info
- Wannabe Rock Critics
Who are these wannabe rock critics? Get your facts right, chaps. The second CSN&Y album was American Dream not American Beauty. And by my count, the Greatest Hits package has three songs from Deja Vu featuring Neil Young.....Our House, Teach Your Children and Carry On. ...more info
Love them, always have! These are most of the songs I love and it sounds great!...more info
- Rhino Does It Best
I never cease to be amazed at the quality of 'Greatest Hits' packages produced by Rhino (as well as Rhino's re-issues albums). Invariably, they sound better than comparable collections produced by the original record companies, and the Rhino song selections are almost always better, the more difference the better the Rhino collection. Rhino, unlike many record companies that I shall refrain from naming, actually seems to care about the music and its fans, as opposed to caring about profits virtually 100%. It shows in the quality of Rhino products.
This Crosby, Stills, and Nash Greatest Hits is no exception.
David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash, collectively as a band and individually, are pristine exemplars of 1960s Hippie music. It constantly made use of old Country vocal harmonies and picking, putting them to use against much of their cultural source: traditional, rural, morally conservative, family-based life. Hippie folk-rock or country-rock, or whatever you choose to call it, was thus a contradiction destined to implode, just as the Hippie culture, which had an interesting critique of Modern American materialism and of the Protestant Work Ethic that seems to have served as its chief source, was destined to wither ingloriously. The lives of Crosby (most especially), Stills, and Nash, as well as their remarkably uneven careers defined largely by failed promise and work best left unreleased, which tended to be forgotten by fans (especially fans of the Hippie dream as well as the music), because of the stunning high spots, represent the subgenre much as Dwayne Allman, Ronnie Van Zant, and Charlie Daniels represent Southern Rock. Simply put, Crosby, Stills, and Nash perfectly sum Hippie music and culture: naivete; wonderful harmony that soothes and draws us in (falsely suggesting something as deep and rich as the Everly Brothers or the Louvin Brothers); uneven song crafting leaning toward the trite and cliched (but with great exceptions that rightly dazzle); and childish self-indulgence made into something of a personal religion.
As this is a collection titled Crosby, Stills, and Nash - with Young not mentioned - it makes sense that no Young song is included. After all, Young has issued songs recorded with CSN on his various solo collections. Those who rightly want 'Helpless' can find it on 'Decade' or 'Deja Vu.'
Young aside, I love the selections made by Rhino because I see the CSN&Y album 'Deja Vu' as the group's only masterpiece. Unless all its ten songs are on a Greatest Hits, even the most casual fan would be obliged to buy 'Deja Vu.' On this Greatest Hits there are but three songs from that 1970 album, and that should force all who buy this to buy 'Deja Vu.'
The self-titled 1969 debut, which many see as the group's masterpiece, is represented by an amazing seven songs. As I consider that album tiresome after a couple of hearings in any nine-month period but love its highlights almost as much as the 'Deja Vu' album, I favor Rhino's decision to over-represent the first album and under-represent the second. Thanks to this collection, I never again have to listen to the entire debut album.
Then there are the selections from the 'CSN' and 'Daylight Again' albums, which each had great high spots and terrible low spots. 'Wasted on the Way' and 'Southern Cross may be the group's two best songs, but I have never bought 'Daylight Again' because the album is so uneven that it never comes close to the top of my To Get list. Now I get those great songs with the added benefits of 'Just a Song Before I Go' without having to listen to all of CSN and 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes' and '49 Bye-Byes' without having to plop in all of the debut album.
My big complaint is that I prefer two of the debut album's three songs that are left off this Greatest Hits ('You Don't Have To Cry' and 'Pre-Road Downs") to 'Guinnevere' from the same album that made the cut. And that aint much of a complaint.
- The filet of CSN
One of the great challenges in creating a retrospective on Crosby, Stills, & Nash is deciding how to define the group. Taken in the strictest sense, the group's output over its 36-year existence has been sproadic and sparse. Only six albums carry the CSN brand. Add in the "Y" component (sometime member Neil Young) and the number effectively doubles. But when you add in the group's solo and side projects (Crosby-Nash, Manassas, CPR, etc.) there is a rich and prolific body of work, much of which has been incorporated into the group's live repertoire.
All that is to say that this "best-of" set takes a very narrow interpretation, focusing on the four studio albums released between 1969 and 1982 (their eponymous first release, CSNY's Deja Vu, CSN [aka the boat album] and Daylight Again), arguably the group's most commercially successful period. The tracks contained on this album are the "chestnuts" that everyone associates with CSN. That is its strength, but also its weakness. It ignores much of the group's most interesting work, especially its more recent material, much of which is musically equal to the 'classic' material, but not as well known. Perhaps someday there will be a Greatest Hits vol. 2 that will focus on this later material.
This criticism about what's not there should in no way reflect on the quality of what is there. It's a wonderful collection and well worth the price for the casual listener who wants to do some one-stop shopping for their favorite CSN tunes, and perhaps some of them will be lead to explore the group's larger body of work in greater detail.
Hard-core fans looking for rarities and outtakes will be better served by the four-disc box set released in 1991 or its smaller two-disc sibling "Carry On", which is available in the U.S. as an import, although they may want to buy a copy or two of "Greatest Hits" to give as gifts to turn others on to the wonderful music of Crosby, Stills, and Nash. ...more info
- Good Hits Collection, but where's Ohio and Woodstock?
Crosby, Stills, and Nash sound like angels when they sing together. Theur harmonies are almost unsurpassed, rivaled only by the Everly Brothers or the Beach Boys or the Eagles. This new cd brings out their biggest hits, emphasizing their 1960s-1970s songs, with a couple of big smashes from 1982 (Wasted on the Way, Southern Cross) added to the mix.
The one quibble some will have with this project is that it doesn't include the songs that were done with Neil Young. Great songs are missing, like "Ohio" and "Helpless." In my opinion, "Ohio" is one of the most stirring songs the band ever recorded.
You can find "Ohio" and "Helpless" on Neil Young's recent Greatest hits collection, but it is unfortunate that they are not here.
Not only that, where's "Woodstock?" That to me is another quintessential CSN tune that is missing. Also, where is "Find the Cost of Freedom?"
Obviously, one cd is not going to have everything you love about a band. But this collection has most of the classic stuff, like Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Teach Your Children, Our House, Just a Song Before I Go, and more. CSN has a mellow, folk rock sound that will bring a rush of good feeling to those who are nostalgic for the 1970s. But you are going to want to get the other songs I was telling you about as well....more info
- didn't buy this
I'm being asked to review another product I have not purchased, however, I love C S & N so I'm sure it's a wonderful album......more info
- Excellent update to a greatest hits compliation
If you are a fan of CSN but have been looking for some of their newer songs on a greatest hits cd, then this one is for you. "Wasted on the Way" and "Southern Cross" are two of my favorites and I always missed having them on the same disc as "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" and "Carry On".
I found the audio to be a little strained (even though they say the disc was remastered) and the highs to be a bit bright.
There is no mistaking the great music though, this disc is recommended!...more info
- If you have room for only one CSN Cd..THIS IS THE ONE!!
I've owned every one of their CD's and enjoyed them all with the exception of the live 4-Way Street. This CD features all the cuts from all their great albums. Marrakesh Express, Suite:Judy Blue Eyes, Helplessly Hoping, Just a Song Before I Go, Our House, Teach Your Children..well..you get the idea. All these songs are my favorite CSN songs of all time and bring back some poignant memories. I like it because you don't have to bring 4 or 5 CDs out to hear all your favorite songs by this heavenly vocal group. As usual, Rhino's sound is superb and the extra full-color book features many pics, recording pesonnel and dates. If you only have room for one CSN CD...this has got to be the one. Outstanding!...more info
- Incomplete Greatest Hits
As a CSN fan, I was glad that there is finally a compilation with the material from CSN and DAYLIGHT AGAIN. I am not even disappointed that Neil Young's material is excluded. After all, if you want "Ohio," you can always get Neil Young's GREATEST HITS. While I like "See The Changes," and "Delta," I am not quite sure that those songs rise to the level of "Greatest Hits." Also, is CSN helped define the "Woodstock" generation, how can you leave "Woodstock" off this disc? With all that said, I would still recommend this as along as it came with NY's GREATEST HITS....more info
- harmony defined
As though from some cobwebbed corner of your memory, these Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young tunes emerge as an instantly recognizable memory. The harmonies could belong to no other than this inimitable sixties and seventies band, acoustical as it gets, tightly harmonic as any folk or Rock & Roll voices could possibly become intertwined.
This compilation is a bit of a disordered mosaic, but who cares? CSN&Y are at their best with the haunting sounds of 'Helplessly Hoping':
'Wordlessly watching he waits by the window
At the empty place inside
Heartlessly helping himself to her bad dreams he worries
Did he hear a good-bye, or even
Assonance helps itself to tonalities that no other quartet of male human beings could replicate.
It is the spareness of this music that strikes one in retrospect. Ornamentation is absent. They don't do all that they could with their voices. They simply do enough to engage the soul and, of course, the memory.
'Love isn't lying, it's
Loose in a lady who lingers
Saying she is lost
And choking on
One of CSN&Y's most winsome tunes is the odd tale of happiness that makes it into the canonical memory, an instrument much more receptive to angst, loss, and woe. But who can forget:
'I'll light the fire
You place the flowers in the vase
That you bought today
Staring at the fire
For hours and hours
While I listen to you
Play your love songs
All night long for me
Only for me ...
Our house is a very, very fine house
With two cats in the yard
Life used to be so hard
Now everything is easy
'Cause of you'
These guys must have known a tune like this couldn't possibly sell, would instantly be dismissed as musical cotton candy, and would leave their reputation as a thoughtful band besmirched.
Yet they released it anyway, and it went and became permanently hummable.
Quite the contrary the enigmatic fight-or-flight story sketched out in 'Southern Cross'. It was standing in South Africa's Kr¨¹ger Park, looking up at the Southern Cross (for the first time) that brought me back 'round to the iTunes Music Store, to downloading this album, and now to the re-hearing of these almost-eschatological, almost dissolute words:
'... But on a midnight watch I realized why twice you ran away.
Think about how many times I have fallen.
Spirits are using me; larger voices callin'.
What heaven brought you and me cannot be forgotten.
I have been around the world,
looking' for that woman-girl
Who knows love can endure.
And you know it will ...
So we cheated and we lied and we tested.
And we never faijled to fail; it was the easiest thing to do.
You will survive being bested.
Somebody fine will come along
Make me forget about loving you
In the Southern Cross.'
Is this prediction or wish, certainty or the desperation of a jilted lover hoping he won't forever live with this ache? CSN&Y aren't telling.
If the band was willing to risk whimsiness, they also took a chance on the side of sentimentalism, with equally good results. Witness the quintessentially benign 'Teach Your Children':
'Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you would cry,
So just look at them and sigh and know they love you.
And you, of tender years,
The fears your elders grew by,
And so please help them
With your youth,
They seek the truth before they can die.
Teach your parents well
Their children's hell will slowly go by
And feed them on your dreams
The one they picked
The one you'll know by.'
One of the greatest uses of the tenor range by CSN&Y is undoubtedly 'Just a Song Before I Go', arguably their best song:
'Just a song before I go,
To whom it may concern ...
She helped me with my suitcase,
She stands before my eyes.
Driving me to the airport
And to the friendly skies.
Going through security
I held her for so long.
She finally looked at me in love,
And she was gone.'
Who knew where this song was going? Tragedy or triumphant? Love or irreversible separation?
Once again, CSN&Y are at their best when at their most enigmatic. The song ends:
'Just a song before I go,
A lesson to be learned.
Travelling twice the speed of sound
It's easy to get burned.'
What happened? Silence, then a new track.
Crosby, Still, Nash, and Young were that rare phenomenon: an assemblage of great voices that together created a unique sound. I don't mean 'unique' as in 'cool', but in its proper sense : 'one of a kind'. One can venture influences upon CSN&Y from their foreground and one can, in retrospect, point to a number of artists who have picked up one or two of their characteristics. But there has been no CSN&Y tradition and - heaven be thanked - no recorded CSN&Y Impersonator conventions.
One has to look far afield to find a band that has imbibed their spirit: to Matchbox Twenty, for example. Admittedly, the sound is altogether different. How could it be otherwise, given the musical water that has passed under the bridge between these two fine acts?
Yet the poignance, the memory, the longing, and the predilection for harmony over, say, an imitable voice like the Stone's Jagger is a thin line that might run from CSN&Y to MT without doing violence to the integrity of either one.
Listen to them back-to-back and see whether you agree. For that, you'll need to pick up CSN (and Young's) Greatest Hits. That'll be a smart decision on its own....more info
- Crappy Skills & Cash
These three just won't go away, will they? Known for their wishy-washy songs and mamby-pamby harmonies, all three were far better in their original groups, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, respectively. Seek out the recordings of those bands, and forget this mush....more info
- The Greatest Hits by Stills & Nash Crosby - just great!
Bought this for my husband. We're in that certain age group that enjoys this kind of Classic Rock. It never goes out of style - as far as we're concerned. He put it on his iPod so he can enjoy it while he's working outside. Just good classic rock!...more info
- TEACH YOUR CHILDREN................ABOUT GREAT MUSIC!
I was one of those little long-haired hippie kids who was about 4 years old when the original CSN&Y albums began to show up. Needless to say, these songs were very often cranked up around my house then and I have very fond memories of that great period. Somewhere along the line I ended up with those original albums and they were always near the top of my collection and well loved, though not in great condition. There is something to say for just getting all of the original recordings (or a larger anthology) for a band as great as this, but one could find many a great reason to get this excellent compilation! It would be great for the car or even (for those who chucked the albums) to get a decent chunk of the better tracks on one filled up cd. The sound quality is very good and playing this 77 minute cd on a nice stereo will surely lift your spirits...you will glow afterwords, I promise! Everyone has a few favorites that didn't end up on here I'm sure, but the song selection is decent. It does say C,S&N not C,S,N&Y. Oh, and they included a nice 27 page booklet mostly relevant for the decent track notes. I would rather have lyrics than pages of pictures though...ENJOY!!...more info
- Classic seventies rock group
David Crosby (ex-Byrds), Stephen Stills (ex-Buffalo Springfield) and Graham Nash (ex-Hollies) joined forces in 1968 and together created some of the finest rock music of their generation, sometimes with the help of Neil Young (ex-Buffalo Springfield). Tracks featuring Neil are not included here even though there are three tracks here from D¨¦j¨¤ vu, an album that featured Neil.
The set opens with Stephen Stills' tribute to Judy Collins (Suite: Judy blue eyes) and ends with Daylight again, which features Art Garfunkel (a most welcome guest). In between these two great tracks are seventeen others of comparable brilliance including Marrakesh Express (their only UK hit), Long time gone (about Bobby Kennedy), Wooden ships (a thought-provoking song) and Wasted on the way (an American top ten hit).
Superb singing and great musicianship were the hallmarks of Crosby Stills and Nash, with or without Young. Fans will always argue about what should have been included, but this CD is full-length (no room for any more) and all nineteen tracks justify their inclusion. As an introduction to their music, this is brilliant. Buy a Neil Young compilation, or the D¨¦j¨¤ vu album, to hear Neil Young's contribution to the music of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young....more info
- Okay-Not The Best Of CSN
Don't know if I would purchase again as I was expecting more out of it but as a whole this music does send a very strong message about the United States....more info
- CSN Greatest Hits are the Greatest!
Timeless and nostalgic for those of us who were young adults in the Crosby, Stills and Nash heyday. Wonderful harmony....more info
- How Many More Times?
I agree with the other reviews about this compilation, but I already have the songs on other albums. CSNY WERE the best band in America; not even the Eagles can match them in quality, only in volume. That said, Neil Young doesn't appear on this album because of the lawyers. Neil was the lead guitar on "Woodstock", so it doesn't appear. Joni Mitchell wrote the song, so it doesn't appear. It seems as time passes, the window of cooperation gets smaller. Besides, the royalties are easier to handle if it's only CSN songs.
I think there's a ton of great stuff that never made it to the records, but, the record biz being what it is, we're going to have to wait. The CSN boxed set has the unadulterated version of "Almost Cut My Hair", the electric version of "Helplessly Hoping", a 1968 studio recording of the Beatles' "Blackbird" and a live solo of Stills' "Black Queen" that surpasses his solo album version, to mention a few.
There has been a palpable CSN-Neil Young schism that has existed since the '70s. Young managed to maintain his artistic and commercial viability
by being, well, Neil Young. He doesn't stop recording and releasing albums, thereby always being in the public eye. It also doesn't hurt that at least 50% of his latest release creeps into your subconscious, whereas CSN seem to reunite when the coffers are running low.
Don't get me wrong. This compilation is a great introduction to the original group for younger listeners who weren't aware of how good they could be, or went to a CSNY concert and asked "who are these three old guys playing with Neil?" ...more info