Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, ‘CSNY 1974’ (Rhino)
On July 9, 1974, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young opened a 24-city tour at the Seattle Center Coliseum that featured some of their finest live moments. This long-in-the-works “CSNY 1974” box set collects 40 tracks from that four-decades-old tour. Tapes from 10 different cities were sourced, and though Seattle isn’t one of those, these were roughly the sounds heard that night.
CSNY were one of the first supergroups, combining four strong front men from other bands who made beautiful harmony together. The 1974 tour brought Neil Young back into the fold, and some of the best tracks here, including “On the Beach” and “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” spotlight Young’s solo material.
With so much talent on stage, even Young’s searing live take on “Ohio” becomes just one highlight of many here. The interplay between the guitars of Young, Stephen Stills, and Dave Crosby could serve as a primer on what makes a band work in concert, as every note adds to the greater good. This lovingly curated box set, available in multiple formats, is now the single best representation of CSNY on record, an essential document of seventies rock.
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