My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Crosby, Stills and Nash is the debut album from the group and was recorded through ’68 and ’69 being released in May of ’69.
What I think: There are sort of two moods of songs on this album. There is sort of the upbeat music (though not necessarily the lyrics) of songs like “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”. These songs do a great job of combining all of the members in vocal the harmonies the group is known for. Songs like “You Don’t Have to Cry” and “Helplessly Hoping” are also in this group and are really enjoyable listens. On the other hand you have stark songs like “Guinnevere” and “Lady of the Island” which sound like really bad Simon and Garfunkel impressions. And not in this group, but exceptional in it’s awful elevator jazz sound is “Wooden Ships”. What I’m trying to get at is this album has a lot of ups and downs, in the end though it does have more ups and is worth a listen.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? You can’t not include this album. It is not perfect, but it’s influence on the music of the decade to come is undeniable.
Rating (Out of 5): 3
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? No (34/146)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%