CSN&Y - DEJA VU
* CLASSIC RECORDS 200 GRAM PRESS *
One of the most hotly awaited second albums in history -- right up there with those by the Beatles and the Band -- Déjà Vu lived up to its expectations and rose to number one on the charts. Those achievements are all the more astonishing given the fact that the group barely held together through the estimated 800 hours it took to record Déjà Vu and scarcely functioned as a group for most of that time. Déjà Vu worked as an album, a product of four potent musical talents who were all ascending to the top of their game coupled with some very skilled production, engineering, and editing. There were also some obvious virtues in evidence -- the addition of Neil Young to the Crosby, Stills & Nash lineup added to the level of virtuosity, with Young and Stephen Stills rising to new levels of complexity and volume on their guitars. Young's presence also ratcheted up the range of available voices one notch and added a uniquely idiosyncratic songwriter to the fold, though most of Young's contributions in this area were confined to the second side of the LP. Most of the music, apart from the quartet's version of Joni Mitchell's "Woodstock," was done as individual sessions by each of the members when they turned up (which was seldom together), contributing whatever was needed that could be agreed upon. "Carry On" worked as the album's opener when Stills "sacrificed" another copyright, "Questions," which comprised the second half of the track and made it more substantial. "Woodstock" and "Carry On" represented the group as a whole, while the rest of the record was a showcase for the individual members. David Crosby's "Almost Cut My Hair" was a piece of high-energy hippie-era paranoia not too far removed in subject from the Byrds' "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man," only angrier in mood and texture (especially amid the pumping organ and slashing guitars); the title track, also by Crosby, took 100 hours to work out and was a better-received successor to such experimental works as "Mind Gardens," out of his earlier career with the Byrds, showing his occasional abandonment of a rock beat, or any fixed rhythm at all, in favor of washing over the listener with tones and moods. "Teach Your Children," the major hit off the album, was a reflection of the hippie-era idealism that still filled Graham Nash's life, while "Our House" was his stylistic paean to the late-era Beatles and "4+20" was a gorgeous Stephen Stills blues excursion that was a precursor to the material he would explore on the solo album that followed. And then there were Neil Young's pieces, the exquisitely harmonized "Helpless" (which took many hours to get to the slow version finally used) and the roaring country-ish rockers that ended side two, which underwent a lot of tinkering by Young -- even his seeming throwaway finale, "Everybody I Love You," was a bone thrown to longtime fans as perhaps the greatest Buffalo Springfield song that they didn't record. All of this variety made Déjà Vu a rich musical banquet for the most serious and personal listeners, while mass audiences reveled in the glorious harmonies and the thundering electric guitars, which were presented in even more dramatic and expansive fashion on the tour that followed. (AMG)
A Note on Classic Records: Acclaimed reissue label specializing in audiophile LP reissues of classic albums; employs its own custom-built tube-based mastering equipment on all of its releases; masters its releases from original master tapes (or the best sources available). Earliest releases were a box set of RCA Living Stereo classical titles and Verve jazz titles (subsequently sold individually).
Classic used 180 gram vinyl until 2001. That year they switched to 180 gram "SV" (Super Vinyl) and added a sticker specifying the type of vinyl to all their LPs. They introduced 200 gram "Quiex SV-P" in July 2002. That was followed by "SV-P II" and, in 2008, "Clarity Vinyl." In the 2000s, they also introduced lower priced versions of many of their LPs, pressed from the same masters but on regular 150, 140, or 120 gram vinyl. Represses were always done on the latest vinyl formulation and can be dated by the sticker.
Classic also produced a line of gold CDs in the 1990s and then 24/96 HDAD digital disks. Mastering was typically done at Bernie Grundman Mastering by Grundman himself or Chris Bellman. Classic's assets were purchased by Acoustic Sounds in 2010. (AMG)
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà Vu
Label: Classic Records – SD 7200, Atlantic – SD 7200
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, 200 gram
Country: US Released: 2005
A1 Carry On Written-By – Stephen Stills 4:25
A2 Teach Your Children Written-By – Graham Nash 2:53
A3 Almost Cut My Hair Written-By – David Crosby 4:25
A4 Helpless Written-By – Neil Young 3:30
A5 Woodstock Written-By – Joni Mitchell 3:52
B1 Déjà Vu Written-By – David Crosby 4:10
B2 Our House Written-By – Graham Nash 2:59
B3 4 + 20 Written-By – Stephen Stills 1:55
Country Girl 5:05
B4.a Whiskey Boot Hill Written-By – Neil Young
B4.b Down, Down, Down Written-By – Neil Young
B4.c Country Girl (I Think You're Pretty) Written-By – Neil Young
B5 Everybody I Love You Written-By – Neil Young, Stephen Stills 2:20
Manufactured By – Classic Records
Distributed By – Classic Records
Recorded At – Wally Heider Studios
Art Direction, Design – Gary Burden
Bass – Gregory Reeves*
Engineer – Bill Halverson
Guitar [Steel Guitar] – Jerry Garcia (tracks: A2)
Harmonica [Mouth Harp] – John Sebastian (tracks: B1)
Percussion – Dallas Taylor
Photography By [Cover] – Tom Gundelfinger
Photography By [Inside] – Henry Diltz
Photography By [Lower Right Corner] – Sally Sachs*
Producer – David Crosby, Graham Nash, Neil Young, Stephen Stills
Remastered By [Uncredited] – Bernie Grundman
© 1970 Atlantic Recording Corporation
Pressed on 200 gram Quiex-SVP vinyl.
Textured, gatefold jacket with pasted picture to front.
Matrix / Runout (Label Side A): ST-A-701830 PR
Matrix / Runout (Label Side B): ST-A-701830 PR
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A [Etched]): SD 7200-A 10435.1(3)
Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B [Etched]): SD 7200-B 10435.2(3)
Other (Runout Both Sides [Etched]): "L" inside a circle, after (3) above
Other (Runout Both Sides [Etched]): BG
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