Extremely careful vocal harmonies, folk roots, rock rythms and a bunch of words loaded of social, cultural, pacific and political messages that give sense to beautiful lyrics (for instance songs like “Chicago” and “Ohio” referring to the Vietnam war or the Kent State shootings).That is the formula of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
Everything started in Joni Mitchell’s place, where Crosby, Stills and Nash were introduced and discovered that there was a spiritual link between them and they were able to create some beautiful vocal harmonies. Something big was going to start in the musical panorama of those years, specifically in 1968. And that was CSN. In 1969 they played in the Woodstock festival and after that, Neil Young joined the band, who give a more electric and rock style to their sound.
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young were the influence of some great artists and bands like Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, The Eagles, America or Fleet Foxes.
Here it’s a video of a Woodstock performance, “Suite Judy Blues”, one of the most beautiful CSNY’s themes that really meets their esence. By that time Neil Young still didn’t play with them, but, if you like this song I recommend you to look for some more like “Ohio”, “Down by the river”, or “Deja Vù” where we can perceive Neil’s touch in the compositions.
Great musicians, great compositions and great live performances. Ladies and gentleman, this is music. This is art.