Song Of The Day: Crosby, Stills and Nash – “Long Time Gone” (1969)



On this day in 1969 Crosby, Stills and Nash released their eponymous debut album and changed the trajectory of Rock forever. There were plenty of folk harmony groups earlier in the Sixties, but none of them brought anywhere near this much to the table. Three talented guys from three successful Pop/Rock bands brought a wealth of new influences into the folk trio format, creating a style of music that to this day defies easy description. And man, those harmonies remain absolute magic. The Beach Boys may have set the standard for Rock harmonies, but the voices in Crosby, Stills and Nash were stronger, more individually distinctive and more natural than Brian Wilson’s beautifully-layered, studio-enhanced pop confections. Not to mention the fact that the 1969 zeitgeist, which CS&N captured so completely, seemed decades removed from the world of 1964. Talk about a long time gone.

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