|Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young)|
From left to right: David Crosby, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills
|Performed on||Day 3|
|Started at||3.00 am, Monday, 18th|
|Played for||60 min.|
|Festival Day Chronology|
|Prev. artist||Blood, Sweat & Tears at 1.30 am|
|Next artist||Paul Butterfield Blues Band at 6.00 am|
David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash formed a loose group in 1968 after the demise of their former bands. After their first album was released in May 1969 (simply called Crosby, Stills & Nash) Neil Young joined them, too. Though the quartet was incredible successful, the musicians rather paid attention to their individual solo careers.
Luckily the formation of CSN&Y made it to Woodstock, too. It was only their second gig and they were quite nervous on stage. Stephen Stills remarked: "This is the second time we've ever played in front of people, man. We're scared shitless."
The group played separate acoustic and electric sets. Neil Young joined them in the middle of the acoustic set. They performed in the night from Sunday to Monday, the start time is supposed to be 3:00 am.
- Stephen Stills - guitar, vocals, organ, piano, percussion
- David Crosby - guitar, vocals
- Graham Nash - guitar, vocals, organ, percussion
- Neil Young - guitar, vocals, organ, piano
- Greg Reeves - bass
- Dallas Taylor - drums
Acoustic Set Edit
- Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
- Helplessly Hoping
- Marrakesh Express
- 4 + 20
- Mr. Soul
- I'm Wonderin'
- You Don't Have to Cry
Electric Set Edit
- Pre-Road Downs
- Long Time Gone
- Sea of Madness
- Wooden Ships
Acoustic Encores Edit
- Find the Cost of Freedom
- 49 Bye-Byes
The mellow and soft acoustic set with Crosby, Stills & Nash opens with a very long "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes", a love song written by Stephen Stills. It is notable for the great vocal harmonies by the three singers. "Blackbird" is a Beatles number played exactly the same as its original. It's getting more interesting again with the next three songs which originate from their first album. In "Helplessly Hoping", yet another Stills composition, the vocal harmony is again dominant. "Guinnevere" is a ballad by David Crosby which takes a bit of a Jazz touch. And "Marrakesh Express" hits the eastern vibes as the trio keeps the train rolling. The next song, "4 + 20", was yet an unknown song for the audience. It can be found on their second album Déjà Vu released in March 1970.
After that Neil Young came on stage. He and Stephen Stills continued playing songs as a duo. They were announced as The Buffalo Springfield, their former band. Unfortunately except for "Mr. Soul" no further songs of the acoustic set are available.
For the electric set drums and a bass guitar were added. The whole quartet CSN&Y returned.
They played two acoustic songs as the encore: "Find the Cost of Freedom" and "49 Bye-Byes". The latter one is not available on any recording.
While Neil Young played with the group at Woodstock, he thought the performance was less than satisfactory, and wanted his name removed from the soundtrack and the film.
David Crosby and Stephen Stills appeared the day after Woodstock on Jefferson Airplane, is available on the Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons DVD set., still wearing their mud-besotted outfits seen in the film. Stephen Stills performed "4+20". The entire Woodstock-themed episode, which also featured
Parts of their sets were released officially (see below). "Blackbird", "Helplessly Hoping", "Mr. Soul" and "Long Time Gone" can be found on film outtakes. Others aren't available at all.
- 1970: Woodstock I
- 1971: Woodstock II
- 1994: Woodstock - Three Days of Peace and Music
- 1994: Best of Woodstock
- 2009: Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur's Farm
Recording Notes Edit
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