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The Crosby, Stills & Nash triumvirate shot to immediate superstardom with the release of its self-titled debut LP, a sparkling set immortalizing the group’s amazingly close, high harmonies. While elements of the record haven’t dated well — Nash’s Eastern-influenced musings on the hit “Marrakesh Express” now seem more than a little silly, while the antiwar sentiments of “Wooden Ships,” though well-intentioned, are rather hokey — the harmonies are absolutely timeless, and the best material remains rock-solid. Stills’ gorgeous opener, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” in particular, is an epic love song remarkable in its musical and emotional intricacy, Nash’s “Pre-Road Downs” is buoyant folk-pop underpinned by light psychedelic textures, and Crosby’s “Long Time Gone” remains a potent indictment of the assassination of Robert Kennedy. A definitive document of its era. — Jason Ankeny

Track Listing:

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” Stephen Stills Stills 7:25
2. “Marrakesh Express” Graham Nash Nash 2:39
3. “Guinnevere” David Crosby Crosby with Nash 4:40
4. “You Don’t Have to Cry” Stephen Stills Stills with Crosby & Nash 2:45
5. “Pre-Road Downs” Graham Nash Nash 2:56
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Lead vocals Length
1. “Wooden Ships” David Crosby, Paul Kantner, Stephen Stills Crosby with Stills 5:29
2. “Lady of the Island” Graham Nash Nash 2:39
3. “Helplessly Hoping” Stephen Stills Stills with Crosby & Nash 2:41
4. “Long Time Gone” David Crosby Crosby with Stills 4:17
5. “49 Bye-Byes” Stephen Stills Stills 5:16

 

Schill Score: 8/10

 

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