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By early 1972, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were enjoying huge success, both as a group with tremendous album sales, and as a touring band in high demand. Individually, each member had recently recorded career-defining solo albums, but had not toured together in well over a year, which heightened the frenzy for any public appearance. This Sheriff’s Benefit Concert, arranged to help raise awareness of prisoner issues, featured local groups Earth Rise and Stoneground and  Elvin Bishop  headliners Crosby and Nash with a guest appearance from Neil Young a surprise during the duo’s set. He too had also been off the road, recording the now legendary Harvest album; Crosby & Nash, had also recently recorded their first, self-titled, album together.  To say the three of them together was a momentous occasion in March of 1972 is not overstating the case, as these guys were at the peak of their popularity. They were international superstars and the press was touting them as everything from the new Beatles to The Second Coming ,this is a very relaxed, totally acoustic affair. A few CSNY favourites, such as the set opener, “Wooden Ships,” and two tracks from Deja Vu, Nash’s “Teach Your Children” and Crosby’s “Almost Cut My Hair” (a rarity in acoustic form) are featured, but the set primarily focuses on newer material from solo albums by all three. This was a particularly prolific era for Graham Nash, who had released some of his most memorable songs over the previous two years. From his excellent Songs for Beginners album the politically charged “Military Madness” and “Chicago,” in addition to “I Used to Be a King,” one of his most beautiful songs Three of his best songs from the debut Crosby-Nash album are also included; “Southbound Train,” “And So It Goes” and “Immigration Man.” Crosby’s acoustic guitar playing and harmony vocals greatly enhance much of Nash’s material. In addition to the aforementioned numbers, the pair perform a lovely acoustic rendition of “The Lee Shore” and Crosby debuts “Page 43.” As one might expect, the crowd is very appreciative when Neil Young is invited to the stage, and he begins with the title track from Harvest, followed by a lovely version of “Only Love Can Break Your Heart.” When he returns later during the evening, he performs one more classic “The Needle and the Damage Done,” and then remains for the rest of the killer set.

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