In 1969, the supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Youthful recorded “Déjà Vu.” It really is viewed as one of the finest albums of the rock period. When asked what he thinks about it when he hears it now, Stephen Stills replied, “There is masterpieces in there. Ain’t a dog in the bunch!”

“CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason asked David Crosby, “Have been you conscious although you were being making the record of what you were being earning?”

“Yeah,” he replied. “Yeah, we realized. When you hear ‘Carry On,’ you know what you listened to!”

The file would market eight million copies. “‘Déjà Vu was rigorous, tragic in quite a few techniques,” reported Nash. “But a truly good album.”

Crosby, Stills & Nash experienced introduced their hugely-prosperous debut album before in 1969.

David Crosby had appear from The Byrds Stephen Stills from Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash from The Hollies. But Stills desired to add one more member …

Mason questioned, “What have been you seeking to increase to the band?”

“I wished to be in a position to do what the Springfield used to do,” Stills replied. “I did not want to be a ‘folk team.’ I desired to play rock ‘n’ roll as well.”

He settled on his previous Buffalo Springfield bandmate, Neil Younger.

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A composite publicity photo, circa 1970, of Neil Youthful (by Henry Diltz), and David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash (by Michael Ochs).

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Nash stated he wasn’t originally in favor of introducing Younger, “at all. We had established, amongst me and David and Stephen, a vocal seem that was wholly unique.”

But Nash agreed to satisfy Young for breakfast in New York: “I stated to him, ‘Why should really we invite you into this band?’ And he looked at me and he stated, ‘Have you at any time listened to me and Stephen engage in guitar together?’ I went, ‘Yeah, I have.’ He was in the band from that second on.”

But the band was moving into a dark interval. Stills experienced just damaged up with Judy Collins. Nash’s romance with Joni Mitchell was rising rocky. And Crosby’s girlfriend, Christine Hinton, experienced been killed in a car or truck crash.

“I was in awful condition,” Crosby mentioned. “I was damn around ruined. I’m just truly blessed we ended up creating that file, mainly because it gave me a raison d’être. It gave me a – ”

“A cause to get up in the morning?” requested Mason.

“Damn appropriate. And it can be what saved me alive.”

Mason asked Stills, “How would you explain the time period of recording that album?”


“You communicate about how you fellas butt heads all the time.”

“Well, it was glancing blows, but they were being continual,” Stills said. “And that tends to numb your skull, and you switch into numbskulls.”

David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash.

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And Neil Younger [the only band member who didn’t talk to us for this story] also went his possess way in the studio. Crosby said, “Neil, when he joins the band would not seriously be part of the band. He made his tracks outside by himself and brought them. And we sang on ’em. Which is type of snotty. But, they were being excellent!”

Mason requested Nash, “He did not even perform on either of your tracks, did he?”

“No. He never sang or performed on ‘Teach Your Small children,’ and he under no circumstances sang or played on ‘Our Dwelling.'” 

“Did that bother you?”

“No,” Nash shrugged. “Listen to ’em. They are decent documents!”

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young experienced started off touring in the summer months of ’69. Their next gig was Woodstock.

The tune “Woodstock” (penned by Joni Mitchell) would be the greatest hit off of “Déjà Vu” when it was unveiled in 1970.

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At L.A.’s Morrison Lodge Gallery, Stills a short while ago signed prints of the renowned address photograph taken by Tom O’Neal. “The full point was that the rebellion’s getting quite critical. That’s why the uniforms,” he explained.

The 50th anniversary version (a year late mainly because of the pandemic) includes some memorable outtakes, said Nash: “You can find a demo of me singing ‘Our Household,’ and Joni was there and sat with me at the piano, and she started off to enjoy the major finish of the keys.”

“I preferred the admirers of the ‘Déjà vu’ record to be thrilled about what they ended up listening to, and get an idea of what we went via, as 4 people today, to make that a person record,” Nash mentioned.

But the band that produced that record may possibly never ever perform with each other yet again.

Mason questioned, “How are you all with each and every other?”

“Stephen and Neil and I are good,” Nash explained. “We talk normally. We you should not speak to David.”

Crosby reported, “I do not expect to be pals with Graham at any position. Neil hates my guts.”

Why? “I claimed poor stuff about his girlfriend. Probably … Don’t say it, Dave …”

Mason requested, “Do you regret indicating it?”

“Yeah, sure.”

Nash said, “You know, when that silver thread that connects a band will get damaged, it is quite challenging to glue the finishes with each other. It doesn’t quite operate. And so, factors that took place to me in David’s lifetime broke that silver thread, and for the existence of me, I can not place it again jointly.”

“Do you wish you could?” Mason requested.

“Yes, I do,” Nash replied. “I do wish I could, only because of the reduction of the new music.”

Fifty many years later on, the friendships may well not have endured. But the tunes have.

You can stream the 50th Anniversary Edition of “Déjà vu” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young by clicking on the embed down below (No cost Spotify registration essential to listen to the tracks in comprehensive):

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Tale created by John Goodwin. Editor: Ben McCormick. 

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