Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Love Vú [Bootleg]

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During Crosby, Stills & Nash (And Young)'s only "real" tour of late 1969/1970, the band recorded almost all of their live appearances, eventually selecting material from Chicago and Los Angeles for their official live album, Four Way Street, which arrived "pre-sold gold" in the record stores in late 1970. However, this left several miles of tape on the cutting room floor, and due to the recording and performance quality, it makes for some startling listening. This CD bootleg is dominated by a complete December 14, 1969, show at Detroit's Cobo Hall. Aside from most of the songs that made it onto the official release, Love Vú (also known as Detroit - Cobo Hall) contains exquisite acoustic readings of such songs as "Country Girl" and "Blackbird," which may be the greatest cover version of a Beatles song ever. The electric material is equally arresting, particularly the extended "Down by the River," which was indeed one of the band's greatest live vehicles, as this version easily attests, with some powerful lead guitar interplay between Stephen Stills and Neil Young. The sound quality throughout is as good a soundboard recording from this period as you'll ever hear. The second half of disc two is a wild surprise. After hearing the complete Cobo '69 show, you are transported almost 20 years later to the November 1988 show that the newly reformed band performed at the Palace in Los Angeles. It's about a 40-minute acoustic set and the camaraderie and overall moxie that the band possessed in the beginning is still clearly evident. The group debuted songs from their American Dream album, and of these, "This Old House" and "Don't Say Goodbye" are some of the most arresting. This is a great full show from their early peak years through 1988, which makes Love Vú a valuable artifact.