The Crosby, Stills & Nash
triumvirate shot to immediate superstardom with the release of its self-titled debut LP, a sparkling set immortalizing the group's amazingly close, high harmonies. While elements of the record haven't dated well -- Nash
's Eastern-influenced musings on the hit "Marrakesh Express" now seem more than a little silly, while the antiwar sentiments of "Wooden Ships," though well-intentioned, are rather hokey -- the harmonies are absolutely timeless, and the best material remains rock-solid. Stills
' gorgeous opener, "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes," in particular, is an epic love song remarkable in its musical and emotional intricacy, Nash
's "Pre-Road Downs" is buoyant folk-pop underpinned by light psychedelic textures, and Crosby
's "Long Time Gone" remains a potent indictment of the assassination of Robert Kennedy. A definitive document of its era.