A solid debut release by Crosby, Stills, and Nash. These three guys feed off each other very well. Marakesh Express, Long Time Gone, and Wooden Ships are the three stand out pieces. Marakesh Express features a joyful vocal performance by Nash accompanied by a cutesy organ passage. Long Time Gone and Wooden Ships have compelling hooks around the chorus passages.
This is not to undermine the other songs on the record. Pre Downs Road features a stunning guitar and keyboard passage that Steely Dan would later on borrow. Helplessly Hoping and Guinnevere both feature gorgeous vocal harmonies. AZnd the other unmentioned tunes certainly feature some ear catching elements.
A very solid release that borders on the spectacular.
I'm writting this not to review the album itself. Other reviewers have done a fine job of representing this as one of CSN's best and a must have 60's folk/rock album. I agree on all points, and the remastering quality is superb. I have to take away one star though. I went to pop this disc into my MAC to burn the songs to my iTunes playlist and make a mixed CD with some other CSN material I have. Errrr--nope. The CD would not mount on my computer. I gave it to a co-worker and … more
As much as any record, CSN's 1969 debut ushered in the early '70s singer-songwriter boom. Yes, this was a group, but it was one made up of three coequal composer/vocalists, each with a heady resume--Crosby an ex- Byrd, Stills in Buffalo Springfield, and Nash a former member of the Hollies. Each supplied distinctive material and contributed to CSN's trademark harmonies. The addition of Neil Young made the supergroup an edgier outfit. There's a purity to the original trio recording, however, that would never be recaptured.--Steven Stolder