CSNY Deja Vu album
So here we are, 45 years after the release of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 'Deja Vu' looking back... again. From Ultimate Classic Rock by Frank Mastropolo:The addition of Neil Young to the Crosby, Stills and Nash supergroup in 1969 created great expectations for the bandâs second album, DĂ©jĂ Vu. The follow-up didnât disappoint fans, who took the record to No. 1 album after its release in March 1970.
David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash set the bar high with their 1969 debut, Crosby, Stills & Nash, a deft mix of folk and rock that featured intricate three-part harmonies. Nash said the first albumâs success made the addition of a fourth member a necessary evil.
âWhen we finished the first record, we realized two things: One, that we had a big hit on our hands, because everybody was just wiped on the floor with it, and two, that we would have to go on the road, â Nash told Music Radar. âStephen played every instrument on that record except for the drums and the acoustic guitars that David and I played on our songs. He played bass, he played organ, he played lead guitar, he played rhythm guitar, he played everything. Captain Many Hands we called him.â
Jimi Hendrix and Steve Winwood were asked to join CSN but refused. Atlantic Recordsâ head Ahmet Ertegun then suggested Young, Stillsâ former bandmate in Buffalo Springfield. Nash was underwhelmed with the idea but agreed to meet with Young in New Yorkâs Greenwich Village.
âI didnât think we needed anybody else, but I said, âOkay, if youâre so adamant, I have to meet this guy, ââ he recalled. âI knew him as a songwriter, but I didnât know if Iâd like him, if I could hang with him â all of that stuff. So I had breakfast with Neil on Bleecker Street, and after that I would have made him king of the world. He was funny, he was dry, he was dedicated and he was a special man. I realized that right off.â
In the summer of 1969, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young performed together at the Woodstock festival and began recording DĂ©jĂ Vu in Los Angeles with bassist Greg Reeves and drummer Dallas Taylor. The turmoil in the bandâs personal lives carried over to the sessions. Stills had split with singer Judy Collins; Nash broke up with Joni Mitchell. Crosbyâs girlfriend Christine Hinton had recently died in a car accident.
âI was at the worst place Iâd been in my whole life. I would walk into the sessions and break down crying.â Crosby told Crawdaddy in 1974. âI couldnât function. I was in love with that girl.
âAtmosphere and feeling âŠ now, they count for much more than the actual technical quality of the music. During DĂ©jĂ Vu, I felt awful. To me, it communicates. Thereâs good art on DĂ©jĂ Vu, but you canât put it on and feel like itâs a sunny afternoon the way you can with Crosby, Stills & Nash.â
The LPâs biggest single was âWoodstock, â which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard chart. It was the only song not written by a member of the band. Mitchell composed âWoodstockâ in New York City as she watched news reports of the historic festival. CSNY sped up the tempo of Mitchellâs ethereal folk song to create one of the bandâs signature tunes.More on Ultimate Classic Rock.
Apparently, "the tree" is still going strong. Happy Birthday Deja Vu!The cover was shot in 1969 in the backyard of David Crosby's rental house in Novato, California.
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