Bernie Grundman and Stanley Johnston. Photo by David Goggin.
Hollywood, CA (June 27, 2014)—Stanley Johnston, longtime recording engineer for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, has mastered recordings of the band’s historic 1974 reunion tour at Bernie Grundman Mastering.
Recorded to analog 16-track, 2-inch tape by Elliot Mazer and never previously released, the box set collects the very best from numerous big arena and outdoor stadium dates with one of the most popular groups of the day. The band includes Russell Kunkel on drums, Tim Drummond on bass (from the James Brown band), and percussionist Joe Lala, who was in Stills’ band, Manassas.
“This project has been the most difficult, yet rewarding work I’ve ever done in my 50 years of recording,” says Graham Nash. “It rekindled the love I have for my partners and the music we have made together.”
“This recording has been in storage for 40 years like fine wine,” reports Johnston. “Never released, it sounds fabulous. It’s really wonderful to hear the whole loving team. I mentioned to Graham the other day that when you’ve got both Stephen Stills and Neil Young playing lead guitar on your song, it’s pretty amazing.”
“CSNY did a tour of three-hour shows in 1974 and we’ve assembled it all into one show,” explained Johnston. “Typically, the band would play the first electric set and then take a break and then come back and do the acoustic set, which was a combination of the two. Acoustically they’d do songs that had all four of them sometimes, maybe only three out of the four, maybe one of them alone, so they’d each have a section. Then they would return to the stage and finish the show electric.”
The Warner Bros. album will be released July 8 on CD, Blue-ray Disc, high-def 24-bit/192 kHz and traditional high-quality vinyl. Several versions will also be available from CSNY 1974 CSNY.com and Rhino.
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