In 1975, between one of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's several thousand breakups and reunions, David Crosby and Graham Nash went into the studio with a bunch of other superstar pals (Carole King, James Taylor and Jackson Browne among them) and various session aces (including Danny Kortchmar and David Lindley) and produced this outstanding collection. Like CSN&Y's efforts, the album ranges from gorgeous harmonies on love songs to gorgeous harmonies on tunes with a political bent. The way Crosby and Nash sing, even “Bittersweet” is more sweet than bitter.
The set begins with a highlight: Crosby, Nash and Gang's majestic harmonies on “Carry Me.” It swerves into rock (“Love Workout”) and even a bit of country (“Cowboy of Dreams”). And it ends with “To the Last Whale,” a mini-suite comprised of the churchy, a cappella “A Critical Mass” and the sweeping “Wind on the Water.” Being great singers wasn't enough; these guys were also pioneers in addressing, with beauty and conviction, ecological concerns.
I'm just glad that someone saw fit to recycle Wind on the Water.