Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Deja Vu

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu

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 was, surprisingly, named Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

During the recordings of the album the 4 musicians performed together as Crosby, Stills, 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 is the leading vocal on Carry On, Nash on Teach Your Children, 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

Additional musicians:
Dallas Taylor: drums, percussion
Greg Reeves: bass (Tracks 3-6, 9-10)
Jerry Garcia: pedal steel guitar (Track 2)
John Sebastian: harmonica (Track 6)

Tracklist

Side one:

Carry On 4:25
Teach Your Children 2:53
Almost Cut My Hair 4:25
Helpless 3:30
Woodstock 3:52

Side two:

Déjà Vu 4:10
Our House 2:59
4 + 20 1:55
Country Girl (5:05)
Whiskey Boot Hill
Down, Down, Down
Country Girl (I Think You’re Pretty)
Everybody I Love You 2:20

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