5 Crosby, Stills & Nash Deep Cuts You Should Listen To
Although Crosby, Stills & Nash will probably always be known for their vital contributions to folk rock, their discography extends well beyond those ideas and into a wide expanse of sonic diversity. They dabbled in funky blues riffs, Texas shuffles and even 80s arena rock with heavy synths.
CSN’s album deep cuts show just how versatile this iconic band can be. Below, we review five lesser-known CSN (and one CSNY) songs that deserve a chance to shine alongside their greatest hits.
1. “In My Dreams”
Of all the songs on this list, “In My Dreams” is probably the most CSN classic. Released in 1977 on the band’s self-titled album, it keeps their folk roots intact and amps up the easy-listening vibes. This is yacht rock in its most dynamic form.
2. “Haven’t We Lost Enough”
Weird album covers aside, make the most, features a number of lesser-known CSN tracks that could benefit from more recognition. One of these songs is “Haven’t We Lost Enough”. The catchy guitar riff is a little haunting and reminiscent of 70s southern rockers. They get poetic about losing love for no apparent reason while singing, I still love you / As a child wasn’t I good enough?
From their seventh studio album, Daylight again, comes this lush ballad about life by the river. It’s whimsical and deeply picturesque. While they dance, while they dance / I love the child who steers this river boat / But lately he’s been mad about the depths / The river seems dreamlike by daythey sing in unison, adding yet another rich and harmonious offering to their repertoire.
4. “War Games”
“War Games” is almost too 80s. The driving synth is something of a Never ending Story-Esque fantasy and CSN melodies shift from soothing folk harmonies to something worthy of a piercing arena rock band. It may not be what fans know and love about the band, but it’s certainly the main fodder for guilty pleasure.
5. “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” (live)
For the latter pick, we’re throwing Neil Young into the mix for a stellar live version of “Only Love Can Break your Heart.” Notably recorded by Young alone, CSNY released it as a group in 1970 for their live broadcast. The performance was taped and left us with this version with harmonies so amazing it almost surpasses the original.
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