4-Way Street – Crosby, Stills, Nash , & Young

Crosby, Stills, Nash , & Young
4-Way Street (1970)

Recorded live at Fillmore East NY, Chicago Auditorium, and The Forum in LA, 4-WAY STREET, remains as one of the most influential live albums of the rock era. This album caught David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young at the height of their commercial azymuth. The acoustic set captures the quartet’s remarkable singer/songwriter chemistry and sparkling harmonies. On the other hand, the electric jams are enlivened by some charged guitar skirmishes between Stills and Young. The lengthy jams on ‘Southern Man’ and ‘Carry On’, speak volumes about the pairs’ talents on guitar.
But the added treat of 4 Way is the inclusion of Neil Young’s solo material, including “Cowgirl In the Sand” from Young’s first solo album, and the riveting “Ohio,” about the Kent State student massacre. In fact, the events at Kent State University that inspired Neil Young to write the song ‘Ohio’ occurred less than a month before that song was first performed on this tour, in late May of 1970. If Super Session is like vintage wine that gets better with age, this album is like an old pair of jeans. It may be rough at the edges but still a damn good thing to wear.

4 WAY STREET captures the end of an era, then, and remains an essential part of any folk/rock collection offering repeated themes that speak a musical language not often experienced today.

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