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Crosby, Stills & Nash's Unreleased Demos Released

June 10th, 2009 11:00pm EDT
Crosby, Stills & Nash DemosAs members of one of rock's first supergroups, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash helped define the Woodstock generation through their peerless harmonies, resonant songwriting and deep commitment to political and social causes. The trio will tour this summer in both the U.S. and Europe, with more dates to be added to the U.S. leg. In between the late-spring North American and early summer European segments of the tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 18 in New York City, and before the tour begins, Rhino will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the group's early days with a collection of 12 previously unreleased demos recorded between 1968 and 1971.

While many demos feature members performing solo, the opening cut includes all three harmonizing on the Nash-penned hit "Marrakesh Express," recorded four months before the release of the trio's eponymous debut in 1969.

Crosby and Stills can be heard on another song from that blockbuster album, "Long Time Gone." The two recorded the demo in June 1968, just a few weeks before Nash joined the group.

Neil Young, whose arrival in 1969 launched CSN&Y, performs with Crosby and Nash on "Music Is Love," a song the three cowrote that appeared on Crosby's 1971 solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name. Crosby flies his "freak flag" alone on the anthemic "Almost Cut My Hair," a track featured on the group's 1970 #1 album Déjà Vu. Stills performs unaccompanied on a 1968 demo of "My Love Is A Gentle Thing." Recorded in 1968, the song was never released on a studio album, although a 1975 recording of the track did surface in 1991 on the boxed set CSN.

More than half of Crosby, Stills & Nash Demos comprises early versions of songs destined for solo projects that each member focused on following the success of Déjà Vu. Stills released his self-titled debut in 1970, which introduced "Love The One You're With," his biggest solo hit to-date and a live favorite. Stills recorded this version in April 1970, more than six months before recording the album version in London. Another Stills demo, "Singing Call," features a song that would appear on his follow-up, Stephen Stills 2.

Nearly all of the tracks on Crosby, Stills & Nash Demos were recorded at Wally Heider studios, a popular recording destination on the West Coast for everyone from Jefferson Airplane to Creedence Clearwater Revival. Nash chose Heider's studio to record his 1971 solo debut, Songs For Beginners, demoing much of the album there as well. This collection includes three of those demos: "Sleep Song," "Be Yourself," and the politically charged "Chicago." For more information on Crosby, Stills & Nash and for updated tour information, please visit www.crosbystillsnash.com.


Crosby, Stills & Nash Demos

Listen to: "Marrakesh Express”, “Almost Cut My Hair”, and “Love The One You’re With":
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Crosby, Stills & Nash Demos
Track Listing

1. "Marrakesh Express"
2. "Almost Cut My Hair"
3. "You Don't Have To Cry"
4. "Déjà Vu"
5. "Sleep Song"
6. "My Love Is A Gentle Thing"
7. "Be Yourself"
8. "Music Is Love"
9. "Singing Call"
10. "Long Time Gone"
11. "Chicago"
12. "Love The One You're With"

Tour Dates
June
3 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena
4 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
6 Detroit, MI Meadow Brook
7 Toledo, OH Zoo Amphitheatre
9 Niagara, ON Fallsview Casino Resort
10 Canandaigua, NY Constellation, PAC
12 Cooperstown, NY Doubleday Field
13 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand @ Foxwoods
14 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
27 Glastonbury, England Glastonbury Festival
29 Cork, Ireland Marquee

July
1 London, England Royal Albert Hall
3 Bonn, Germany Museum Plaza
4 Paris, France The Olympia
6 Amsterdam, Holland Heineken Music Hall
7 Brussels, Belgium Forest National
10 Manchester, England Manchester EN Arena
11 Edinburgh, Scotland Edinburgh Castle

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