Crosby, Stils, Nash & Young - Find The Cost Of Freedom (1969-1973)

Crosby, Stills & Nash are a folk-rock 'supergroup', made up of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. They are sometimes joined by occasional fourth member Neil Young.

Shortly after the massive success of their Deja Vu album, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young quickly followed it by the fantastic single "Ohio". The song was written by Neil Young as a reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 1970, and it quickly made it to #14 on the singles charts. It is today both one of the band's and Young's best-known songs.
However the song and its fantastic Stills-written b-side ("Find The Cost Of Freedom") were never actually released on an album, barring greatest hits packages and live albums. Therefore I've put this ten-song compilation together, both songs bookending a selection of outtakes. Four of these songs were released on the band's 1991 box set, whilst the other four are rarities.
The best song here is surely David Crosby's "The Lee Shore". A live solo version of this song was released on Four Way Street, but this studio outtake (with full band arrangement) is really something else, and perhaps even one of the best ever CSNY recordings. There's also a fantastic version of Joni Mitchell's "Urge For Going", and acoustic readings of The Beatles' "Blackbird" and Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" (the latter performed solo by Stills). For Neil Young fans, there is an early group version of "Human Highway", and a fantastic rocking studio cut of "Sea Of Madness" (a song which has never been released except the live version on the Woodstock soundtrack).

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Anonymous said...

Can you provide the listing of songs and year recorded or released?

Audentity said...

Very cool. Thanks!!
A song list with years would be great too.

edison61 said...

Thanks. Great companion to that Neil Archives comp that you did. Really looking forward to hearing it!

Uncle Dan said...

Nice comp. I did a similar one a while ago as a "what if they did an outtakes album instead of the best of "So Far" album before their '74 tour. My track listing is almost identical but drops Human Highway and adds David's wonderful Triad demo and Still's Everyday We Live.

My list:

Horses Through a Rainstorm
How Have You Been
Everybody's Talkin'
Urge For Going
The Lee Shore
Sea Of Madness
Everyday We Live
Find the Cost of Freedom