Album of the Day: CSN&Y (8/19/74)

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So Far by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young was a bastard album that Atlantic Records pushed out over the (alleged) objections of the band. Released August 19, 1974 to take advantage of that summer’s heavily promoted reunion tour, the album was a million-seller before it hit the streets and reached the #1 spot on the Billboard pop charts, despite the fact that it contained not one new song. A “Greatest Hits” package without the title? Of the eleven tracks on So Far, nine were pulled from the band’s first two albums and two (“Ohio” and “Find The Cost Of Freedom”) were the A- and B-sides of the single released in June 1970 after the Kent State shootings. Those eleven represent exactly half of the total songs the band had released as studio recordings on the single and on the LPs Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) and Déjà Vu (1970). Obviously the buying public didn’t seem to care and CSN&Y likely enjoyed their royalties.  (For its part, Atlantic Records came clean and included "Greatest Hits" on the cover when the album was reissued as a CD in 1990). So Far is available on Amazon and iTunesCSN&Y are in Dr. Rock’s Playlist Vault.

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