Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu: #591 of best 1,000 albums ever!

Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Deja Vu

So why is Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Deja Vu on this best 1,000 albums ever thing?

“Carry On” contains (carries?) some of the best harmonizing I’ve ever heard on a rock song. The sophistication and musicianship of these four artists – who reportedly did not even really get along or appear in the studio much together during Deja Vu‘s recording – is off the charts good.

There’s a real journey that takes place during “Carry On,” from acoustic rock jam to Santana-like psychedelic blues, with the vocal harmonizing creating a blissed out atmosphere throughout. This is the best kind of hippie rock, by way of meticulous craftsmanship and music production that is precise in every moment and note.

The chorus of “Woodstock” takes me back to growing up on Long Island, New York in the 1980s, where classic rock and 1970s rock radio became a soundtrack to my upbringing*. And check out the wonderful, super hippie lyrics that and indeed kind of profound.

We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion-year-old carbon, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.

* It’s no wonder that I entered high school as a “classic rock guy” steeped in Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Doors, and Jefferson Airplane, armored against the hair metal that was at its peak of popularity during that era.

“Everybody I Love You” ups the tempo a few notches, creating a Grateful Dead-like mood on an exuberant jam of a number.

Deja Vu also contains “Teach Your Children,” which is also included on So Far. It’s one of the quartet’s strongest songs, and one of their most well-known.

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Some stats & info about Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Deja Vu

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Singer Songwriter, Album Rock, Soft Rock, Rock Music
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – #220
  • All Music’s rating5 out of 5 stars
  • When was Deja Vu released? 1970
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #591 out of 1,000

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Deja Vu on Spotify

A lyrical snippet from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s Deja Vu that’s evocative of the album in some way, maybe

We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion-year-old carbon, and we’ve got to get ourselves back to the garden.

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