CSN&Y: Classic Rock at its best

Of the many, many great bands of the classic rock era, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young stand out.  Even though Graham Nash was British, and Neil Young was Canadian, they are still perhaps one of the most original American contributions to classic rock.  Their style is still unique: a blend of folk, country, blues and rock, plus an almost tribal approach to their arrangements and jams.

While only appearing on Neil Young’s solo album, here is the original band performing Down By the River on the Dick Cavett show in 1969:

Even though this was never a favorite song of mine, in my opinion this performance shows CSN&Y at their best.

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~ by Alden on January 8, 2009.

3 Responses to “CSN&Y: Classic Rock at its best”

  1. Have to agree, their music was all by itself in a lot of ways. Great lyrics and unmistakable melodies. Harmonies were good too.
    (sure that was the Dick C. show? I though I remember that guy in the video as David something a comedian, unless he was filling in as a guest host for Dick).

  2. You’re right… that’s not Dick C, that’s David Steinberg. He had his own short-lived show in the early 70’s.

  3. Nice vid, Alden. Neil Young is an icon. Unmistakable voice, it’s amazing what he’s done over the years.

    Did you see Fiction Family? They sold out down here before I could get tickets. Sara Watkins new CD, produced by John Paul Jones, comes out in April.

    My dad and I saw The Hot Club of Cowtown a few weeks ago.

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