Crosby, Stills & Nash

Carry On

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This two-CD set, issued for the European and Australian markets, has proved among the most popular of Crosby, Stills & Nash's imports since its release in 1998. Not as hefty, physically or monetarily, as the 1991 four-CD box, it limits itself to the group's hits and popular and important LP cuts -- many represented by outtake versions and alternate mixes -- interspersed with popular tracks from the work of Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and David Crosby (solo and partnered together), and adds what is mostly the best of the previously unissued Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young material from the box. It's a good survey of the trio's best moments and the three members' most effective solo outings, and presents their most appealing side -- one assumes that a future Graham Nash compilation will include room for tracks like "I Used to Be a King" or "Military Madness" and that Crosby's best stuff off of his first solo album will be compiled that way as well. The inclusion of Crosby's 1968 version of "Guinevere," the early alternate mix of "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," and a handful of additional outtakes that surfaced on the box are the places where the set departs from a standard best-of, but that departure is justified and welcome, separating this set from the So Far album, and anyone who didn't spring for the four-CD set will be delighted. There are no notes, but none are needed either, and the only drawback for some will be the fact that the stuff isn't presented in remotely chronological order.

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