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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!
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Takes you right back to the late 60's early 70's. play it when you feel nostalgic. Great music stands the test of time.Published on Oct. 28 2013 by Granny sparkle
Nostalgic happiness. Takes one back to the early days of the band. You can almost hear the people at a festival, singing along and enjoying the day.Published on Jan. 19 2013 by Red the Wonderer
This, in my opinion, is probably the best CSN recording I've ever owned. How can anyone not like Suite: 'Judy Blue Eyes', or 'Helplessly hoping'? Read morePublished on April 18 2004 by Blackbeard
This is the first CSN lp I ever bought when I was 15.A great collection of songs&a good way to see if you like the group. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by catherine kendall
This was the first CSN album I owned and it opened a door in my music library. I loved every song in this compilation and it drove me to buy more CSN albums and the box set.Published on Feb. 22 2004
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