Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Posted: February 9, 2012 in Music
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Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Today, I placed a record on a turntable for the first time. It was cool to learn how to do it since I remember seeing my Dad do it when I was younger. There is a lot of technique needed in order to make the record play properly. First of all, you must handle the record with delicate hands and only touch the edges of the record itself. Also, you should always handle the needle with care and gently place it on the surface of the record where the first groove begins. I find a record to be a marvelous method of playing music. This is the way we were meant to listen to music.

For my first album, I decided to listen to Déjà Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. This was the first album CSNY released. With David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, and Neil Young, this band was known as a “supergroup” because they had all had hits with their earlier bands (Crosby with the Byrds, Stills and Young with Buffalo Springfield, and Nash with The Hollies). They were known to some as “The American Beatles”.

As the needle moved across each groove on the record, I could hear each rhythm, each melody, each harmony, as if it was playing alone. It was amazing to hear the harmonies sung by this group for each melody complemented the others perfectly. Although there were a few crackles and snaps every once in a while, it created a sense of authenticity. It was as if I had stepped back into 1970 and was listening to the record like a newly released record.

What are your experiences with CSNY? Leave a message in the comments below.

  1. I love CSNY but have only heard them in mp3 format. Is the vinyl experience overrated because it’s retro, or does the music really sound warmer?


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