Freitag, 13. Mai 2022

David Crosby & Graham Nash - Another Stoney Evening (1997)

This live 1971 acoustic set confirms that David Crosby and Graham Nash have always been the key ingredients of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's harmonic blend ... some uncannily tight vocal work on cuts like Crosby's soothing "Guinevere" and Nash's soulful "Southbound Train.". . . . -- Entertainment Weekly

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After the tour of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young that ended in July 1970, the quartet broke up amidst some tension. All four members then pursued solo careers, each releasing an album within the next year. Nash and Crosby had developed a symbiotic musical relationship and so decided to undertake a tour as a duo during the autumn of 1971. They opted to go out without any backing band, playing theaters in what would later be termed an "unplugged" format. They were so pleased with the results that they recorded their first duo album in the spring of 1972.

The repertoire for this Crosby and Nash tour consisted of mostly previously released songs, some of which had appeared on Crosby and Nash's respective 1971 solo albums If I Could Only Remember My Name and Songs for Beginners. Four new songs would end up on the 1972 debut Crosby and Nash album: "Southbound Train"; "Where Will I Be?"; "Strangers Room"; and "Immigration Man." The title for the album comes from a bootleg of the period entitled "A Very Stoney Evening", from a show on the tour mistakenly attributed to the evening of this recording.

The Crosby-Nash subset of CSNY carried with it much of the charm and harmony of the larger group, and together and apart the two singers mined that appeal for several gold albums, especially in the first couple of years after the breakup of CSNY in 1970. They even inspired bootleggers, who released "A Very Stoney Evening", drawn from one of their 1971 shows.

Hence the title of this belated official release, drawn from a different show at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on October 10. Working with acoustic guitars and piano, they sang some of their more popular CSNY songs ("Déjà Vu," "Teach Your Children"), as well as tunes from their solo albums and songs that would turn up on their duo album the following year. Boasting of having "the loosest show on earth" and making cryptic drug references, they nevertheless sang and played well, overcoming with enthusiasm and craft the relative weaknesses of some of the material -- Crosby's formlessness, Nash's preciousness. And the camaraderie they shared with each other and their audience even allowed them a certain imperiousness, such as when the drugged performers lectured the drugged audience on how to clap on the right beat.


Anticipatory Crowd  0:47
Deja Vu 5:36
Wooden Ships 5:56
Man In The Mirror 2:39
Orleans 2:23
I Used To Be A King 4:55
Traction In The Rain 4:51
Lee Shore 4:49
Southbound Train 5:00
Laughing 4:59
Triad 6:19
Where Will I Be 5:15
Strangers Room 3:49
Immigration Man 4:10
Guinevere 6:26
Teach Your Children 4:22
Exit Sounds 1:12

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