Saturday, 2 June 2018

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu (1970)

  

Released March 1970

Recorded in San Francisco

Building on the success of their debut, C,S and N added Y and the help of two other musicians, Taylor and Reeves and produced this seminal, influential laid back piece of folky, hippy rock.Its influences on many others is clear - it is well documented that the first part of “Carry On” sounds just like the riff on Led Zeppelin’s “Friends”. Paul McCartney’s 1972 track “Wild Life” has, for me, more than a hint of the hippy quandary anthem “Almost Cut My Hair”.

Both those songs have excellent rock bits in them, as does the closer, “Everybody I Love You” and parts of the “Country Girl” medley. Most of the rest of the album is melodic, laid back folk, such as “Teach Your Children”, Neil Young’s “Helpless” (which, for me again, has a feel of Van Morrison’s “Rough God Goes Riding”) and the lovely, evocative McCartney-ish “Our House”. The title track too, with its “Marrakesh Express”-style vocal parts is four minutes of early 70s folk rock perfection. It almost exemplifies the genre. Lovely bass part at the end as well. “4 + 20” is in the same, peaceful, folky vein.

Then there is their version of “Woodstock”, standing somewhat alone in its rock-ish lead guitar-driven tone that is not very much like to the well-known Matthews Southern Comfort version. I like it, but I have to admit to preferring the more radio-friendly latter. Great guitar bit in the middle though. C, S, N and Y always seemed to enjoy rocking out, despite the laid back feel of their material.

Funny how, like The Band, CSNY felt the need to dress up like 1850s pioneers for the sepia cover.Although this cd does not appear to have been remastered at all, the sound is excellent and does not need tinkering with. Nice 70s stereo separation. Perfect.


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