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Demos (180 Gram Vinyl)

Crosby, Stills & NashVinyl
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (September 15, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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1. Marrakesh Express [Demo Version]
2. Almost Cut My Hair [Demo Version]
3. You Don't Have to Cry [Demo Version]
4. Déjà Vu [Demo Version]
5. Sleep Song [Demo Version]
6. My Love Is a Gentle Thing [Demo Version]
7. Be Yourself [Demo Version]
8. Music Is Love [Demo Version]
9. Singing Call [Demo Version]
10. Long Time Gone [Demo Version]
11. Chicago [Demo Version]
12. Love the One You're With [Demo Version]

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Trip Back For What It's Worth June 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
To my ears these demos are of better quality than the recent Stills release "Just Roll Tape"...The song selection/sequencing and the way the performances/performers vary make it a great disc to listen to from beginning to end. So not only do you get the early skeletal versions of the songs (and they really sound much better than "rough demos") with different also get a real "album" with various moods that you can enjoy in its own right. Not a lot of harmony this shouldn't be an introductory cd for anyone, but fans will definitely appreciate these versions!
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DEMOS June 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
One disc 41 minutes approximately. The sound,even for demos,is fine. These tracks were overseen by Graham Nash who was in charge of this release.

First David Crosby released his box set. Then Graham Nash released his. Stephen Stills' box set is being assembled as I write this. Plus,with all the talk about the huge Neil Young set released today in various formats,the time was ripe for this collection of demos from CSN.

These twelve tracks,from 1968-1971,all of which ended up either on CSN or various solo albums,are a trip back in time. This is similar to STEVE STILLS' "Just Roll Tapes" release(though not even as "finished" as those tracks) from a while ago. Basically whoever you hear on vocals is the composer of the song,some of which have their own moody feel,much different than the versions released.

The first track,"Marrakesh Express", finds the trio blending their voices together a few months before their first album was released. The only other tracks with more than one member singing together are "Music Is Love",which features Crosby,Young and Nash,and "Long Time Gone",with Crosby and Stills on vocals. The rest of these tracks feature one of the trio on vocals-after all,these are demos,a guide for the rest of the group to flesh out at a later time.

The arrangements,being demos,are skeletal-very simple. As such,this collection is an insight into some of the groups'/members' more famous songs. Is this the great lost collection of CSN(Y) tracks? No. For those looking for that CSN(Y) sound-the seemingly effortless blending of voices,the fine instrumental backdrops-you'll have to stick with the group's various releases. There are some good things on this set.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly strong collection of '68-'71 demos June 6, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Usually when I see a collection like this, I'm thinking "another money-grabbing job by the label or the band" and I tend to be highly sceptical. That said, the allure of this collection is such that I simply had to check it out.

"Demos" (12 tracks; 42 min.) brings demos from the early days, the earliest being from August, 1968 and the latest from February, 1971. This compilation starts off with the most "finished" of these demos, a nice "Marrakesh Express" (the only song on here actually performed by CS&N). However, it is followed in two of the next three tracks by 2 demos from David Crosby that are nothing short of jaw-dropping: just David and his guitar on an early version of "Almost Cut My Hair", and a 7 min. version of "Deja Vu", which you have to hear to believe it. Those songs along are worth this CD, period, and we still have two-thirds of the album to go! Stephen Stills' "My Love Is a Gentle Thing" and "Singing Call" are very nice, as is "Music Is Love", accredited to Crosby, Young & Nash (the finished version of this would appear on David Crosby's album "If I Could Only Remember My name"). The last 'can't miss' highlight is the Graham Nash demo of "Chicago" (just Graham and piano), the song's optimism/naivite is touching.

In all, I can't emphasize enough how pleased, even impressed, I am with this album. It's basically having CS&N sitting in your house and crooning their songs unplugged just for you. I wonder if this is it, tough? At just 42 min. there was room on here for a lot more. Or are they going to stretch this out on yet another CD? Stay tuned...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These ARE the Originals - all Masterpieces !!! June 19, 2009
Format:Audio CD

Wow! ... Who woulda thunk it?! ... After all these years, Crosby, Stills & Nash have unearthed these buried gems for all of us to enjoy. You WILL enjoy them, too, because these are all great songs. In good conscience, I cannot say that these songs are better than the originals. ... Why? ... Because these songs ARE the originals! ... Amazing stuff here. These performances are just as good - if not BETTER - than all of the previously released versions of these songs on the records we grew up listening to. Once you put this disc into your player, I guarantee that you will have a hard time taking it out right away to listen to something else. You will not want to. You will want to listen to these tunes over and over again for a while. They are that good. Most of these songs were recorded around 1971, one of the best years for music.

After listening to this album over a dozen times in the past few days, I can safely say that this is one of their greatest albums ever. It is intimate, personal, and powerful. Not all of the recordings are perfect sonically, as you can hear some analog tape hiss at times on a few of them, especially on the songs by Stephen Stills - and though I am delighted to hear a simple, stripped-down version of Love The One You're With (the one released on his first solo album was so overproduced and mixed so sonically busy that you had a hard time hearing everything clearly!), I think the vocals here could still have been raised up a little higher in the mix over the guitar, but maybe that was impossible (even with all the modern computer technology software programs). Still, this raw version is a joy to listen to. It ROCKS!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Listen
The demo or initial version of well known songs shows how close the original idea is to the final product. Read more
Published 5 months ago by ILJed
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok
Great speed with the shipment. Wasn't thrilled with the CD's tracks but as it's CSN I have listened to it a few times.
Published 9 months ago by Rick
3.0 out of 5 stars gets boring after awhile mainly thanks to Graham Cracker Nash
this cd shows that Graham Nash is a wimpy annoying cloying songwriter
he should be thankful that steve stills and david crosby bailed his syrupy stuff
with their superior... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ready Steady Freddie
5.0 out of 5 stars I am sorry.
This is a present to father in law.
So I don't know really.
But he enjoyed it.(I guess)
So this is not helpful comment.
Published 10 months ago by Keisuke Araki
5.0 out of 5 stars An Album That Stands On Its Own
Demos? Yes. Demos, No! This collection is superlative, containing some of the boys' greatest tunes in a stripped down, raw, and yet very intimate way. Read more
Published 11 months ago by The Kid
5.0 out of 5 stars CSN fan
I like hearing there demos to there songs. there sing never changes or there style of music. this is a good one to have if you like to hear how there song come together.
Published 18 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars only for die hard fans
if you love csn you need this cd , you get to hear the songs like they wrote them before all the overdubs , a must have for all die hard fans
Published 23 months ago
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Interesting to hear the classic songs performed solo then hear them song by the trio in later recordings. Just shows how classic their songwriting abilty was.
Published on October 12, 2012 by JP
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Display Of Talent
This cd contains demo tracks from 1968 to 1971. Some were released later as CSN songs, some not. Singing Call shows up on the 1991 Stills Alone album and I believe it is the same... Read more
Published on August 11, 2012 by BAS
3.0 out of 5 stars For musicians and fans
This is for serious fans. It contains somewhat more "bare-bones" versions of the well-known CSN hits, without the heavier production layers.
Published on June 21, 2010 by Elizabeth
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