The Best of Crosby & Nash: The ABC Years

The Best of Crosby & Nash: The ABC Years

by David CrosbyDavid Crosby


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"The ABC Years" of David Crosby and Graham Nash were the years 1975 and 1976, when the two, best known for their association with Stephen Stills and, sometimes, Neil Young, were performing as a duo and had left Atlantic Records, which issued the recordings they made with those partners, for ABC, a label later subsumed within MCA, the imprint under which this compilation has been issued. Crosby & Nash released three albums with ABC: 1975's gold-selling, Top Ten Wind on the Water, featuring the chart entry "Carry Me"; 1976's gold-selling Whistling Down the Wire, featuring the chart entry "Out of the Darkness"; and 1977's Live. By the time that last, contractually obligated, album came out, they had rejoined Stills to reform Crosby, Stills & Nash. But this brief, productive period was arguably their most impressive, alone or in tandem, outside the more popular trio/quartet. Fronting a highly regarded and high-priced Los Angeles session band sometimes called the Section (drummer Russ Kunkel, bassist Leland Sklar, guitarist Danny Kortchmar, et al.) and best known for backing James Taylor, Crosby turned out a series of his characteristic jazz-tinged tunes with self-reflective lyrics, while Nash performed pop songs on personal and political topics. Annotator Steve Silberman recalls that such Nash efforts as "Take the Money and Run" and "Mutiny" directed anger at the absent Stills and Young, though the lyrics are too vague and metaphorical for the layman to parse, especially a quarter-century later. But "Wind on the Water" remains a feeling statement on the slaughter of whales. Compiler Mike Ragogna has made a reasonable reduction of the two studio albums, adding four familiar tunes from the live disc, for this 78-minute collection. 1978's The Best of Crosby/Nash, also including Atlantic material, was more complete, but this album lives up to its title.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/15/2002
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811257521
catalogNumber: 112575
Rank: 8433

Album Credits

Performance Credits

David Crosby   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Guitar (12 String Electric)
Jackson Browne   Vocals
Carole King   Organ,Piano,Vocal Harmony
David Lindley   Fiddle,Pedal Steel Guitar,Violin,Electric Guitar,Viola,Slide Guitar
Graham Nash   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Conga,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
James Taylor   Guitar,Vocals
Joel Bernstein   Acoustic Guitar
Craig Doerge   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Electric Piano,Melodica,Glass Harmonica
Tim Drummond   Bass
Jimmie Haskell   Conductor
Danny Kortchmar   Dobro,Guitar,Electric Guitar
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Drums
Leland Sklar   Bass
Laura Allen   Zither

Technical Credits

Graham Nash   Producer,String Arrangements
Stephen Barncard   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
David Crosby   Producer,String Arrangements
Don Gooch   Producer,Engineer,Remixing
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger,String Arrangements
Lee Holdridge   String Arrangements
Sid Sharp   Orchestra Leader
Ray Thompson   Engineer
Vartan   Art Direction

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