This beautiful example of ‘wooden music’ is pining for a reappraisal after being abused by critics in recent years in favour of the more varied Déjà Vu. Although the badly recorded bass still booms throughout, and yes, frankly Graham Nash is a bit twee, the quality of the harmonies remains breathtaking. Three youthful men singing songs about their relationships and changing partners deserve a better press in 2000, they were after all, pretty nifty songwriters. Graham Nash’s coy ‘Lady Of The Island’ (about Joni Mitchell), Stephen Stills’ opus-like ‘Suite: Judy Blue Eyes’ (about Judy Collins) and a slim David Crosby singing of his sadly deceased sweetheart Christine on ‘Guinnevere’. Be brave, there is more than just ‘Marrakesh Express’ on this timeless record.
Tracks: Suite: Judy Blue Eyes; Marrakesh Express; Guinnevere; You Don’t Have To Cry; Pre Road Downs; Wooden Ships; Lady Of The Island; Helplessly Hoping; Long Time Gone; 49 Bye Byes...