Crosby, Stills & Nash


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This poorly conceived and ultimately redundant compilation suitably came out just in time for the 1980 holiday season. The strong showing of Stephen Stills' titles and the fact that he chose to rewrite history by "updating" (read "altering") two of his own compositions, "Carry On" and "I Give You Give Blind," provide enough evidence to indict him for overseeing such an extraneous anthology. Although a majority of Replay (1980) consists of better-known selections from the Crosby, Stills & Nash canon, tellingly there is as much missing as there is included. Presumably, the idea behind this collection was to augment the So Far (1974) hits package without overlapping material, as well as provide a sampling of side projects. In theory that might seem a noble enough cause; however, there are no David Crosby or Graham Nash cuts. Instead, Stills' "Love the One You're With," "Change Partners," and "First Things First" clutter this otherwise haphazard aggregate, but it is the remixed and re-recorded rendering of "Carry On" that is probably the worst offender. For starters, to facilitate the removal of the "Questions" section from the Déjà Vu (1970) version, the drums and bass have been overdubbed and a new lead guitar solo from (who else?) Stills has been inserted in its stead. All the while, the vocal-and-acoustic-guitar introduction remains intact from the original. When CS&N resumed touring in the early- to mid-'80s, they adopted this altered arrangement for their live performances. The most obvious change to "I Give You Give Blind" has been the removal of the somewhat superfluous string section, resulting in a leaner and edgier feel. The rest of this hails from Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969), Déjà Vu (1970), and CSN (1977). The sole Crosby & Nash inclusion, "Wind on the Water," comes off of the long-player of the same name. .

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