“This 1992 expanded version of the original double live album (originally released on April 7, 1971) by CSN&Y is now an indispensible part of any collection, with additional…material…that any serious listener will want” (Eder).
CSN/Y had only released two albums up to this point, but with the four individual members previous work, this adds up to quite the retrospective. Neil Young’s solo work is represented with Cinnamon Girl, Down by the River, Cowgirl in the Sand, all from 1969’s Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. He also turns in versions of Southern Man and Don’t Let It Bring You Down, both which showed up on 1970’s After the Gold Rush.
Young also contributes a pair of songs from his previous band, Buffalo Springfield, with the non-album cut The Loner and the minor hit On the Way Home.
Speaking of previous bands, David Crosby performs Triad, his controversial song that got him booted from the Byrds, and Graham Nash dips into the Hollies’ catalog with King Midas in Reverse.
Like Young, the other three also perform solo material that had yet to be released – Love the One You’re With (Stills), Laughing (Crosby), and Chicago/ We Can Change the World (Nash).
Of course, the quartet do also record some official CSN/Y songs, including the classics Teach Your Children, Ohio, Long Time Gone, Carry On, and Find the Cost of Freedom. Also of interest are CSN/Y songs that appeared here for the first time and were not subsequently recorded for studio albums - The Lee Shore, Right Between the Eyes, Black Queen, and America’s Children.
“Some of the extended guitar jams between Stills and Young (‘Southern Man’) go on longer than strict musical sense would dictate, but it seemed right at the time, and they capture a form that was far more abused in other hands after this group broke up” (Eder).