It’s Thursday! The Middle of the Week: Classic Rock Album for Today is “Deja Vu” by CSN&Y

Deja Vu : Crosby, Still: Amazon.es: Música
(Released 1970)

I remember buying this album (the vinyl) back in High School. Loved it, still do. One of the best of that classic rock era I must say. This group, one of the favourites of the hippies of the late sixties, early seventies, had already released one prior album, Crosby, Stills & Nash on Atlantic Records in May of 1969. And that’s how I got to know them, by their singles “Marrakesh Express” and especially “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”, which I learned to play on the guitar, although to play it right I had to re-tune it to EEEEBE.

Then in 1970, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash brought in Neil Young, and thus CSN became CSN&Y. Neil Young and the lads went on tour at the end of the summer of 1969, and on the 17th of August, they played the Auditorium Theatre of Chicago, with Joni Mitchell opening the show. It was during this concert that they mentioned that on the following day they would be going to a place called Woodstock, but they didn’t know where that was, and they clarified things by beginning their second set, with the same statement they made in Woodstock: “This is only the second time we play in front of people, we’re scared shitless”. Then they played “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” followed by a version of The Beatles “Blackbird”.

So Deja Vu was a super album by a super group. It made it to number one in the US Billboard top 200 and three singles were released: “Woodstock”, “Teach Your Children” and “Our House”. All of them were top 40 hits in the US. In 2020 the album was placed in the 220th spot on the best 500 albums of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine. Actually there was a fourth single launched from the album, “Carry On”, unfortunately, that song did not reach the top 40.

A couple of interesting things about this album is that it included the participation of Jerry Garcia playing pedal steel guitar on “Teach Your Children” and John Sebastian doing the harmonica work on “Déjà Vu”.

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine placed Déjà Vu on the list of the best 500 albums of all times, putting it as number 148, but then on 2012, they revised the list, placing it as number 147.

It seems like each one of the lads, Stills, Crosby, Nash and Young all contributed two songs to the album and there is one final one, “Everybody I Love You” that was co-authored by Stephen Stills and Neil Young.

Got to say that my favourite cut…and they are all great tunes…of the album is David Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair”. A real anthem of the generation.

Déjà Vu Live was released by the band in 2008. It served as the soundtrack for a documentary film about the careers of the members of the band. It included many CSN&Y songs as well as one called “Let’s Impeach the President” by Neil Young. This live recording has virtually nothing to do with the Déjà Vu of 1970.

Hope you like it and I really hope you let me know what you think.

CHEERS!

22 comments

  1. cindy knoke · February 25

    I remember so well as a kid.

  2. Bon Repos Gites · February 25

    A great album!!

  3. Brad Osborne · February 25

    As you said, a super group. We are always blessed when a group of highly talented individuals share in the making of their music. There is the obvious musicianship of each of the members, but I think the thing that really made them stand out was the song writing. A true voice of a generation! And music I will always consider as the best of classic rock and roll. Great post, my good friend!

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · February 25

      Thank you my friend! Yes, their songwriting skills, both as craftsmen and artists, is exceptional. They will forever be icons of that era and of classic rock. All the best, Brad,
      FBC.

  4. topoet · February 25

    David Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair” is one of the few emotionally sung tracks – I loved those first wo lps but on re-listening find Nash’s songs too sweetly banal & cloying.

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · February 25

      You mean “Our House” and “Teach Your Children”, no? I do like them. A few days ago I heard “Our House” (after thirty years or more of having forgotten that song) and it was a pleasant surprise. Actually I cannot get it our of my brain, I keep humming it…and yes, “Almost Cut My Hair” is definitely my favourite song from that album. Thank you so much my friend and all the best to you,
      FBC.

  5. spwilcen · February 25

    1968-1971 Years I have to work to remember not to forget. Thought weird stuff was going on then. Looking back, strange yes, but doesn’t hold a candle to today. Folk can say what they like but the music of the times, even artists I didn’t care for, when I hear them now, take 50 years off my age. Thank you for the memory jog, Francisco,

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · February 25

      I’m glad you liked it and also that it reminded you of the days of great music! All the best to you SP!
      FBC.

  6. sambhavking · February 26

    did you read the new novel i posted?

  7. Felipe Adan Lerma · February 26

    What great memories, Francisco; I’d just graduated HS in ’68; we didn’t know what a treasure of a times we were in ❤️ but these times today, maybe for other reasons, but still, they’re gonna hold a candle to the world too 😊

    • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · February 26

      Those were the days my friend…(as the song says)…when music was real, when musicians actually played instruments and got up there to sing, not to dance around, when cars were cars and not AI machines, when we found our way around with a map and when no one talked about viruses that could cause such a world pandemic! Yes, those were times when we did not have as much technology and we probably could not do what we are doing right now, but still, Big Brother did not have such a bloody hold upon our lives. As I get older and older (I graduated 1974) I really think that simple is better. Technology should be more for medicine, for curing disease and not for interfering so much into people’s lives. Look at this pandemic. Now our autonomous president has dictated that our bars/restaurants can open, beginning Monday 01 MAR, but only from 6a to 6p and that our stores and other businesses can stay open only until 8p and our curfew begins at 10p and that, although four people can sit at an open air bar together, only two can be together at home! Such arbitrary measures! I mean is it really more contagious to sit at a bar from 6p to 8p? Incredible! But these things are going on all over the world! Now EU has announced the possibility of requiring a vaccination passport for this summers’ travel! Anyways, I think you get my message my friend.
      My best from Valencia,
      FBC.

      • Felipe Adan Lerma · February 26

        So true, Francisco; and it’s good to be aware of our freedoms and work to keep them. Stay well ♥️

      • Francisco Bravo Cabrera · February 26

        Most certainly Felipe. You too, stay well,
        FBC.

  8. azurea20 · February 26

    Rememorando música de la buena. Gracias.

  9. janetsm · February 26

    Your blog post brought back many good memories of my high school and college years. Thanks! J.

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