Déjà Vu is the first album with Neil Young + the already existing band, Crosby, Stills & Nash. It was recorded between July, 1969 and January, 1970 at Wally Heider’s Studio C, San Francisco, and Wally Heider’s Studio III, Los Angeles. The new constellation with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young was, surprisingly, named Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
During the recordings of the album the 4 musicians performed together as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young at the Woodstock festival 3 am, the night between August 17 and 18, 1969. They are leading singers on different songs on the album. For example Stills is the leading vocal on Carry On, Nash on Teach Your Children, Crosby on Almost Cut My Hair and Young on Helpless. According to some sources the band was unsatisfied with performers having to choose, sometimes obscure band names, and chose to use their family names in protest. Not sure that’s the real story though.
Playing it here on it’s 50 years anniversary I am like kind of average satisfied. I have only heard some of the songs individually before, not the whole album. It will never be top favorite, I think it is kind of expected sound and tune from the quartet. Satisfied but not overwhelmed.
David Crosby: rhythm guitar, vocals
Stephen Stills: guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, vocals
Graham Nash: rhythm guitar, keyboards, vocals
Neil Young: guitar, keyboards, harmonica, vocals
Dallas Taylor: drums, percussion
Greg Reeves: bass (Tracks 3-6, 9-10)
Jerry Garcia: pedal steel guitar (Track 2)
John Sebastian: harmonica (Track 6)