Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 4 Way Street (2LP) - VG+/VG+

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Rock, Folk Rock
Artist: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Album: 4 Way Street
Released: Australia, 1971


A1Suite: Judy Blue Eyes0:24
Written-By - Stephen Stills
A2On The Way Home3:19
Written-By - Neil Young
A3Teach Your Children2:46
Written-By - Graham Nash
Written-By - David Crosby
A5The Lee Shore4:14
Written-By - David Crosby
Written-By - Graham Nash
B1Right Between The Eyes2:19
Written-By - Graham Nash
B2Cowgirl In The Sand3:50
Written-By - Neil Young
B3Don't Let It Bring You Down2:35
Written-By - Neil Young
B449 Bye Byes / America's Children5:30
Written-By - Stephen Stills
B5Love The One You're With2:57
Written-By - Stephen Stills
C1Pre-Road Downs2:48
Written-By - Graham Nash
C2Long Time Gone5:33
Written-By - David Crosby
C3Southern Man13:15
Written-By - Neil Young
Written-By - Neil Young
D2Carry On13:06
Written-By - Stephen Stills
D3Find The Cost Of Freedom2:16
Written-By - Stephen Stills

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"4 Way Street," released in 1971, is a live double album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY), capturing the dynamic performances and musical chemistry of one of the most influential folk-rock supergroups of the late 1960s and early 1970s. This album, recorded during their 1970 tour, showcases the group's exceptional harmonies, songwriting, and the ability to blend folk, rock, and country elements into a cohesive and engaging live experience.

The album opens with "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," a staple of CSNY's repertoire, which immediately showcases their harmonizing abilities and intricate guitar work. The live rendition adds a raw energy and immediacy to the song, giving it a fresh and vibrant feel compared to the studio version.

"Chicago," another standout track, reflects the group's political engagement and social consciousness. The song, written by Nash, is a powerful call to action and a commentary on the political turmoil of the time. The live performance amplifies its urgency and relevance, resonating with the audience's shared sentiments.

"Love The One You're With," a Stephen Stills composition, exemplifies the group's ability to create catchy, uplifting songs with a deeper message. The live version maintains the song's infectious rhythm and features robust vocal performances, demonstrating the group's prowess in a more upbeat and rock-oriented context.

The acoustic set, featuring individual performances by each member, is a highlight of the album. It provides a more intimate showcase of their songwriting and musical talents. Neil Young's "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and "Cowgirl in the Sand," David Crosby's "The Lee Shore," and Graham Nash's "Simple Man" are particularly notable for their raw emotion and stripped-down arrangements.

The musicianship throughout "4 Way Street" is a testament to the group's collective talent. The interplay between the guitars of Stills and Young, combined with the harmonies of Crosby and Nash, creates a rich and layered sound. The live setting adds an element of spontaneity and interaction with the audience, enhancing the overall impact of the performances.

The production of the album, while capturing the essence of a live performance, also manages to maintain a sense of clarity and balance. The mix allows each member's voice and instrument to be heard clearly, preserving the nuances of their performances.

Lyrically, the album spans a range of themes, from personal reflections to social and political commentary. The songs are a mixture of introspection, activism, and storytelling, showcasing the group's depth as songwriters and their ability to connect with the listener on multiple levels.

"4 Way Street" was both a commercial and critical success, capturing the spirit of an era and solidifying CSNY's status as a powerful voice in folk-rock music. The album's live format brings out the best in the group, highlighting their individual strengths while celebrating their collective power as a musical force.

However, the album's length and the rawness of the live recordings might not appeal to everyone. Some listeners might prefer the more polished sound of studio recordings, or find the album's diversity in styles and solo performances disjointed.

In summary, "4 Way Street" is an essential live album that captures the essence of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's musical journey. It's a showcase of their extraordinary harmonies, powerful songwriting, and the ability to convey a message through music. The album not only reflects the musical landscape of its time but also stands as a timeless testament to the group's enduring legacy in the folk-rock genre.