CSN (album)

For the box set of the same name, see CSN (box set).
Studio album by Crosby, Stills & Nash
Released June 17, 1977
Recorded 1976–1977
Genre Rock
Length 43:50
Label Atlantic
Producer David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash with Ron Albert and Howard Albert
Crosby, Stills & Nash chronology
So Far
Singles from CSN
  1. "Just a Song Before I Go"
    Released: June 17, 1977
  2. "Fair Game"
    Released: 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Rolling Stone(not rated)[2]

CSN is a Crosby, Stills & Nash album released in 1977, the fifth album by the group, the second by the trio configuration and the first without Neil Young since his entry into the band. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart; two singles taken from the album, Nash's "Just a Song Before I Go" and Stills' "Fair Game" peaked at #7 and #43 respectively on the Billboard Hot 100. It is currently the trio configuration's best selling record, outselling their debut Crosby, Stills & Nash by 200,000 copies.[3] It has been certified for quadruple platinum sales by the RIAA.[4]


In the interregnum that followed their tour in the spring and summer of 1970 to support Déjà Vu, the band had only completed one project together, a 1974 reunion tour. David Crosby and Graham Nash had recorded three albums as a duo, with Crosby releasing a single solo album (in addition to a Byrds reunion album) and Nash a pair. Stephen Stills pursued other projects including the release of four solo albums, a short career with Manassas that yielded two albums, as well as a tour and an album with Neil Young (which itself nearly became a CSNY project).

CSN featured strong writing from all three members, the last time for seventeen years that the band would compose songs and handle vocals without major assistance from outside sources. The production of the album fits in well with the ruling aesthetic of the time as featured in other blockbusters such as the Eagles' Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac's Rumours: well-crafted, melodic songs played with precision and balance, essaying the personal travails of the authors.

Many of Stills' songs on the album echo his marital problems, with "Dark Star" returning to the Latin rhythms he had favored all the way back to his Buffalo Springfield days. Crosby continued the existential probings consistent with much of his past work, and Nash offered both a radio-ready acoustic ballad with "Just a Song Before I Go", and an elaborate set piece re-creating a vision of an LSD experience that he had in Winchester Cathedral with "Cathedral". Many tracks were sweetened with a string section, a first on a CSNY project.

The album was released for compact disc an initial time in the 1980s,[5] then again at Ocean View Digital from the original tapes and reissued on September 20, 1994. It was remastered once more by Steve Hoffman in April 2013, for an Audio Fidelity 24kt gold disk release in the summer of 2013.

Track listing

Side one

No. TitleWriter(s)Lead Vocals Length
1. "Shadow Captain"  Crosby, Stills & Nash 4:32
2. "See the Changes"  Stephen StillsStills with Crosby & Nash 2:56
3. "Carried Away"  Graham NashNash with Crosby 2:29
4. "Fair Game"  StillsStills with Crosby & Nash 3:30
5. "Anything at All"  CrosbyCrosby 3:01
6. "Cathedral"  NashNash with Crosby 5:15

Side two

No. TitleWriter(s)Lead Vocals Length
1. "Dark Star"  StillsStills 4:43
2. "Just a Song Before I Go"  Graham NashNash 2:12
3. "Run from Tears"  StillsStills 4:09
4. "Cold Rain"  NashNash 2:32
5. "In My Dreams"  CrosbyCrosby 5:10
6. "I Give You Give Blind"  StillsStills with Crosby & Nash 3:21


Additional musicians



  1. Newsom, Jim (2011). "CSN – Crosby, Stills & Nash | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  2. Herbst, Peter (2011). "Crosby, Stills and Nash: CSN : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on February 14, 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2011.
  3. "RIAA – Soundscan". Greasylakes. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  4. RIAA Gold and Platinum Database retrieved 8 September 2015
  5. The date constantly given for first generation remastering for digital as issued on compact disc, October 25, 1990, is the earliest date for which amazon.com has records regarding compact disc releases. So, for any CD that came out prior to that, they simply put in that date rather than an actual one since they do not have it. Every single first generation compact disc was not issued on October 25, 1990.
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