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  • Audio CD (Sept. 30 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B001EDOBXE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,824 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The early best by the vocal supergroup who emerged as the "voice of a generation" after their storied Woodstock performance. Suite: Judy Blues Eyes and the classic hits Our House; Woodstock; Ohio , and Teach Your Children join Helpless; Wooden Ships , and more!

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It's tempting to follow the post-Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young career of Neil Young and underestimate this early band as a lighter, commercial diversion. But their fourth album, a concise retrospective of highlights, remains a sweeping '60s document, full of pastoral optimism and the virtues of (even today) spectacular-sounding harmonies. These songs continue to dominate AOR radio, and the best--the searing "Ohio" (written after the Kent State massacre), the utopian "Woodstock," and the ominous, graceful "Wooden Ships," the band's best performance--have an artful, mystical sweetness. --Roy Francis Kasten --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
When I was little my mother used to play Crosby Stills & Nash back then I didn't like them. My Sophomre year in High School (1991) my mother bought this CD. I really enjoyed listening to it then and would love to get another copy of it( ours got scratched form listening to it so much, this was mainly my doing!). It wasn't until I listened to this CD that I changed my outlook in life and on many other things. I seriously became a hippy after listening to this CD. Two years later I was voted class hippy and went to see CSN every year in the summer before the Beach Boys would appear. CSN and Beach Boys were the two concerts I would see every year. This is a great introduction to CSNY and good intro to their styles of music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Novak on Jan. 6 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a very good cd, except that deja vu is a better cd. Not to say that this one is bad at all. ALL of the Songs are AWESOME. If you don't want to listen to good 60's or 70's music than don't listen to this. David really doesn't know what he is talking about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew F. Byrnes on March 24 2004
Format: Audio CD
The songs don't flow well. Each song sounds like it's from a different band. I know that this a greatest hits album, but the songs should have been arranged better. Quite songs and followed by loud songs, electric by accoustic; it's just a hard album to listen to. The songs are good, but it's missing some songs that should be on there, and has some of the groups weaker songs-- ie stardust-- which is a cover of the much better joni mitchell version. It's nice to have "Ohio" and "The cost of freedom". Overall, it's good, but it could have been better. I would have been happier if i would have bought one of their albums instead.
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Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young was one of the greatest classic rock bands, period. Any band the members of this band once played in (Buffalo Springfield, The Hollies, etc.) and even each individual artist's solo material paled in comparison to what they accomplished as a fully-functional unit. In the seventies, this compilation of their material was released. How does it measure up? Read on and see.
PROS:
If you want the biggest hits that this quartet recorded during their prime, you've come to the right place! Wooden Ships, Teach Your Children, Ohio, Woodstock, Our House, Helpless, Guinnevere, and Suite: Judy Blue Eyes are all here for your listening pleasure. And unlike many recent greatest hits albums that have been released for various artists, these aren't edited versions! You even get two unreleased tracks - one of which is the masterpiece Ohio, written about riots.
CONS:
WHERE IS THE BAND'S BIGGEST HIT, CARRY ON!? What about the masterpieces Long Time Gone and Forty-Nine Bye Byes? Why are the songs horribly out of their original release order? Why does this album only take songs from a few albums? When this was ported to CD, why didn't they add bonus tracks or find some way to make it worthwhile? Just about every song on this compilation can be found on the band's first two albums, Crosby Stills And Nash and Deja Vu. GET THE ALBUMS INSTEAD.
OVERALL:
I love the musical stylings of this band, but this compilation is pretty much worthless by modern standards. They have several multi-disc compilations, as well as their individual albums. I strongly recommend buying the albums rather than this. Greatest hits albums usually fail to capture the essence of the band they represent, and this is no exception.
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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were masters of acoustic guitar rhythms and vocal harmonies, and made an important contribution to the popular culture of the tail-end '60s/early '70s. So Far captures the spirit of their early-period generally sanguine view toward things. Their version of the utopian "Woodstock" is better known than Joni Mitchell's original, even though they did not play the song at the giant music & arts fair. However, they performed more songs there than any other group, including three in this set: "Guinnevere," "Find the Cost of Freedom," and Stephen Stills' lovely classic, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes." Stills' "Helplessly Hoping" elevates the spirits in spite of its title. Even in David Crosby's mournful anti-war statement "Wooden Ships," a beautiful chorus line tells you to forget, as the music glides ahead: "Sailing ships on the water very free and easy/easy you know the way it's supposed to be." The group protested with dignity in Neil Young's "Ohio," capturing the sadness of the Kent State deaths, but also calling for action: "What if you knew her and found her dead on the ground/How can you run when you know." Graham Nash's optimism rings forth in "Our House" and "Teach Your Children," the latter of which also conjures up a view to the future, and a hopeful one, something this band did on occasion in contrast to so many '60s groups.
So Far was a good effort at collecting the best of what CSNY had accomplished in their short existence, but because the group's first two albums were strong such gems as "Marrakesh Express" and "Carry On" had to be omitted. However, "Ohio" and "Find the Cost of Freedom," originally singles, are available only on this CD and other greatest hits collections.
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From the very beginning of their fateful collaboration, it was clear that this was to be the first of the new super-groups, composed of discontented refugees who either quit or were bounced from monster groups like the Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and the Hollies. And after an initial success with a first album the group added Still's former partner in crime from the Buffalo Springfield group Neil young to the line-up, the strange witches brew of creative energy and talent that resulted exploded onto the contemporary rock scene at Woodstock to an amazed audience with such power and originality. Of course, this collection of their greatest hits was the result of their original collaboration, and it shot to the top of the charts, where it remained for years!
This album is full of smash hits and breath-taking sounds, from the opening "Déjà vu" to the elegiac "Teach Your Children" to the elegiac "Wooden Ships". They don't make a single false step here, covering all the biggest hits of their first run at it in the late sixties and early seventies. Indeed, everything is seemingly perfect, from the plaintive sounds of Young's piercing falsetto in "Helpless" to Nash's masterfully gentle ballad "Our House". Of course, their masterpiece on this album is the epic tribute to "Woodstock", a cover of Joni Mitchell's song that they rushed to include on the album after hearing her sing it to them on the phone right after the Woodstock festival, which she couldn't get to because of the traffic. To see how well they transformed her folksy dirge into a rock classic is to understand their native talents and interpretive skills. Everything here is terrific, and my own favorites of "Ohio" and "Suite Judy Blue Eyes" are here as well. This is a great collection of their work together, and one of the best "Greatest Hits" albums from the sixties, and one everyone who calls himself (or herself) a rock fan must own and have on the shelf. Enjoy!
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