Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Americans David Crosby (ex-Byrds) and Steven Stills (ex- Buffalo Springfield), together with Englishman Graham Nash (ex-Hollies), first came together in the 1969 supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash before being joined by Canadian Neil Young ( also ex-Buffalo Springfield). That same year, they appeared at the Woodstock festival and established a format of playing two sets, one acoustic and one electric, which demonstrated their musicianship and vocal prowess to remarkable effect. Our featured album ensured immediate superstardom for the quartet, and it was one of the most celebrated albums of the early seventies and one of the biggest album sellers of 1970. "Carry on" was penned by the extremely inventive Stills, who was also one of the most tasteful guitarists around. The four went on to release the awesome live "Four Way Street" album the following year and it was during 1971 that they were all collectively and individually at their peak. Unfortunately just as "Four Way Street" was being released, the group scattered in various directions to pursue solo projects. Their untimely demise left a huge gap in the rock scene, although each member would go on to release many gold albums in the years to come. They reformed in 1989 and released the wonderful "American Dream" album, although they never toured in support of the album and the prospects of a third studio album seemed remote. It did materialize, though, in 1999. "Looking Forward" was one of the best albums of that year and showed that the magic was still there.

 

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 1970 - Deja Vu - 5/5

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 1971 - 4 Way Street - 4/5

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 1988 - American Dream - 2/5

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 1999 - Looking Forward - 2.5/5

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