4 Way Street 

CSNY release their 2nd album (the 3rd for CS&N) on April 7, 1971.

The live cuts were recorded at The Fillmore East in New York, The Forum in L.A. and The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago. It should be in your collection.

 

Source: 4 Way Street – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

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Neil Young’s isolated guitar on ‘Cinnamon Girl’ from 1969

The track debuted on 1969’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Young’s first step into the wild with his new backing band Crazy Horse. The single ‘Cinnamon Girl’ would later be released as a single in 1970, peaking at 55 on the Billboard chart.

Source: Neil Young’s isolated guitar on ‘Cinnamon Girl’ from 1969

This is in my top 5 “Sing-along Road Songs.” Go ahead … turn it up.

Harvest

The album is stupid successful, topping the charts in the UK and US. Critics don’t handle it well. John Mendelsohn wrote in his Rolling Stone review: “He’s seemingly lost sight of what once made his music uniquely compelling and evocative and become just another pretty-singing solo superstar.” In 2003, smarter heads prevail and the magazine puts Harvest at #78 on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Critics be damned … it’s a classic.

But maybe Mendelsohn was on to something. In 1977, Shakey included this in the liner notes to his Decade compilation album:

Heart Of Gold’ put me in the middle of the road. Traveling there soon became a bore, so I headed for the ditch. A rougher ride, but I saw more interesting people there.

Shakey