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CSNY 1974 (3 CD + DVD) Box set
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The real revelation is how good the CSNY treatment of each member's solo material is. Neil Young's "On The Beach", for instance, is a slow burning highlight of this set and features some classis Stills/Young guitar interplay. Nash's "Grave Concern" and Crosby's "Carry Me" are also fantastic. Stills' solo rendition of `Word Game" is absolutely stunning.
The sound is very good considering the tapes are 40 years old. There is a bit of crackling here and there and some slightly noticeable phasing effects on the vocals at times. However, these discs sound great turned up nice and loud on the stereo.
A Solid `A' for this release.
"It's the music, man, the music." David Crosby.
"If you can make a lot of people feel real good, you did something right." Graham Nash.
"There was some good playing," Neil Young.
By now everyone knows this music and what the group sounds like. As with most if not all live albums, the sound has been "tinkered" with afterwards in the studio. So what you hear isn't necessarily what you would've heard if you attended one of these concerts. But after 40 years can anyone really remember what each song sounded like? Needless to say the sound is very good--everything is as crisp and clean as modern technology can do for 40 year old tapes. The songs (according to Nash) are presented to simulate, and have the flow of, a concert experience--an electric first set, an acoustic second set, followed by another electric set--which works well. In this era of many people listening to only a song or two on an album--let alone three albums--if you have the time and the inclination, listen to this "concert" in one sitting. The impact and enjoyment of what you hear will go up markedly.
The DVD is okay--eight tracks from various sources--and quality. While it's nice to see the band from so long ago it's obviously not the main reason to buy this set. The massive booklet has a nice essay on the concert series with quotes from the band, individual track information, and is packed with some great photos in both b&w and color, which really add depth to the essay. Check out the series of four photos of Stills playing his electric guitar--his facial expressions will tell you about his intensity on stage.Read more ›
This 40 song set will occupy a day's long of reflection and heavenly tunes. There are some songs on this set I have yet to hear, and maybe simply forgot, but it's all good. What I like is the quality of the music. The Producers Nash and Joel Bernstein clearly put forth a lot of effort selecting the best performed songs of that summer (a total of 31 concerts & 24 cities ), and the digital enhancement to make it sound up to modern standards makes one feel the tour is on for this summer. Which it is by the way with Neil Young missing - started last Sunday - Crosby, Stills, and Nash played the MAC at Monmouth University.
There are several packages available: 1) the basic version includes 40 tracks (three CD's) and a DVD of 8 unreleased video performances, plus a 188 page booklet. 2) A high resolution Pure Audio Blu-Ray edition with digital downloads, and a single CD. 3) A deluxe limited- edition in a boxed set of 6 vinyl LP's, a Pure Audio Blu-ray disc, a digital download, DVD, and a book of unseen photos of the tour.
I chose and reviewed the least expensive version (option 1). It is all about the music for me. I believe CSNY will bring forward their music to many around the world both young and old with this new set of past songs. I recommend it for everybody, and hope Neil Young will remember and join them again on a concert tour. Cool Man!!!
This package was put together with love & care. (Thanks Graham and Joel). Many brilliant performances on this disk (Grave Concern, Guinnivere, Wooden Ships, On the Beach, Immigration Man, Revolution Blues, Almost Cut My Hair, Word Games. Carry Me, Pushed it Over the Edge, Deja Vu). Some great harmonies (Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Blackbird, Traces, The Lee Shore, Change Partners, Mellow My Mind, Love Art Blues. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes). On some tracks the vocals or performances are a little ragged but still work (Love The One Your With, Ohio, Long Time Gone). Back then half the fun of a live rock concert was hearing different versions of songs with extended jams, new arrangements etc. All that is here. CSNY live performances always walked the edge because these guys were more about a fresh, inspired performance than a rote rendition of a tune.
The mix on Russ Kunkel's drums & Tim Drummond's bass are sensational. Kunkel has been one of the best in the biz (great tom fills). He, Drummond & Lala really deliver for CSNY. Crosby's guitar work is excellent & sometimes overlooked (listen to his Conry acoustic on Gunnivere, Martin D-45 on the Lee Shore & funky chunky driving rhythm guitar on the electric tunes). Young & Nash's songs shine on these discs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great concert. Wish I could listen to all 4 great singers again, like I did at the Nassau Coliseum in 1974.Published 29 days ago by David Marshall
I may be a bit out of touch, because I expected the BluRay disk to be video, not audio. I don't understand the need for BluRay audio on a 42 years old recording - the technology,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by S. Epstein
Disappointed, I had high hopes for this album. Since it was a Blu-ray Pure Audio with DTS-HD Master Audio. I wish the description would clearly state whether it is digital 5. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Robert Bonner
After listening to this several times, my feelings about it as a whole are somewhat conflicted. It has its share of finer moments, but those are diluted by many that are little... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mark Gatzke
i'm a major CSN(Y) fan. save your money. it has a few good tracks on it, but not enough. if you want a good live CSNY album, buy 4-way street.Published 2 months ago by Kenneth S. Jones
Totallly bogus dude! Both CDs are impossible to play on any player (we've tried all kinds)Published 3 months ago by Richard W. Barnard
Buy it! You won't be disappointed. The live concert feel can't be compared to the studio versions because they vary the songs to the moment.Published 3 months ago by reads a lot