[Review] Crosby, Stills & Nash: Replay (1980)

A companion compilation to So Far that brings the CS&N saga up to date.

Kronomyth 6.0: Re-pay what you sow (far).

This was apparently released on the same day that John Lennon was shot and killed. So much for good timing — not that there’s ever a good time to pick peoples’ pockets with product, but at least you can hide the act during Christmas time. The purpose of Replay is to line the pockets of Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and, to a lesser extent, David Crosby (as well as label Atlantic) and generate interest in yet another inevitable CSN reunion. In fact, Nash and Stills had already begun writing new material together, which would appear on Daylight Again.

In its defense, Replay takes pains not to repeat their previous compilation, So Far, instead serving as a companion that brings the story up to date with selections from their solo albums and their last album, CSN. The band even brought Joni Mitchell back for the album artwork. Still, it isn’t a case of sloppy seconds, as there were plenty of good songs left to choose from, including Just a Song Before I Go, Marrakesh Express, Carry On, Love the One You’re With and Shadow Captain. The album also keeps the CS&N vibe intact by choosing solo songs that feature all three members singing harmony, such as First Things First. (Change Partners is also credited to the trio, although Nash didn’t appear on the original song to my knowledge.)

A few of the songs were also remixed, although I can’t recall which ones. “Love the One You’re With” sounds different to me, yet it isn’t mentioned as being remixed, so maybe the organ is just louder than I remember. At any rate, the remixes aren’t unique enough to make it a collectible album. In my opinion. You, on the other hand, might think it the very definition of collectible. You’re definitely guaranteed forty minutes of good music, but it’s their lowest-charting album to date for a reason.

Original elpee version

A1. Carry On (Stephen Stills) (3:17)
A2. Marrakesh Express (Graham Nash) (2:36)
A3. Just a Song Before I Go (Graham Nash) (2:12)
A4. First Things First (Stephen Stills/Joe Schermie/Jon Smith) (2:16)
A5. Shadow Captain (David Crosby/Craig Doerge) (4:32)
A6. To the Last Whale (5:30)
a. Critical Mass (David Crosby)
b. Wind on the Water (Graham Nash)
B1. Love the One You’re With (Stephen Stills) (3:13)
B2. Pre-Road Downs (Graham Nash) (3:03)
B3. Change Partners (Stephen Stills) (2:53)
B4. I Give You Give Blind (Stephen Stills) (3:21)
B5. Cathedral (Graham Nash) (5:15)

The Players

Re-mix engineered by Stanley Johnston.

The Pictures

Art direction and design by Jimmy Wachtel. Front cover art by Joni Mitchell. Hand lettering by Gloria von Jansky.

The Plastic

Released on elpee and cassette on December 8, 1980 in the US (Atlantic, SD/CS 16026), Canada (Atlantic, XSD 16026) and Japan (Atlantic, P-10963A) with innersleeve. Reached #122 on the US charts.

2 thoughts on “[Review] Crosby, Stills & Nash: Replay (1980)

  1. I trust you found the list of hobbies of the rock gods, Dave, especially since Crosby, Nash and Young cropped up. Anyway, I had this album once and the only two songs that were remixed were “Carry On” (with newly recorded lead guitar and drums) and “I Give You Give Blind”.

    1. Thanks, Miles, for filling in the gap! I thought the list was great. I knew some of them, of course, but you could probably build an impressive list from musicians’ extracurricular careers in the arts. Creative people need to create…

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