Crosby Nash: Another Stoney Evening
Recorded at The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on October 10th 1971 and yet not released until 1998, on CD only at that time, this is by any measure one of the finest live recordings ever made.
David Crosby and Graham Nash at their most sublime and arguably at their summit. Every song is presented immaculately and the recording itself totally captures the joyous atmosphere of the event.
Indeed the extremely witty and amusing between songs ramblings of our two then somewhat chemically over-served heroes add so much to this set, seen here as mint 2011 180g vinyl – the first-ever LP release on David and Graham’s own Blue Castle label.
The mastering is spectacular across all four sides on the vinyl release and I’ve never experienced a live album that puts you right at the front of the auditorium so utterly convincingly.
“In the room” is not an exaggeration here. There’s really no point in singling out particular tracks as each and every one is stunning. That being said, David Crosby’s solo acoustic moments like Triad are something sonically. A really intimate listen.
I highly recommend this if you don’t have a copy. The digital version is great, but the vinyl offers slightly superior instrumental and vocal timbre, but you can’t go wrong whichever one you get.
Even the sleeve notes are exemplary, with an excellent essay entitled “Welcome To The Party” by Steve Silberman that sets the scene wonderfully.
Every time I play this I listen to the whole thing. So totally engrossing.
Chris Wright | Now Spinning