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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - See The Changes (alternate version), 1973

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Uploaded on Dec 10, 2011

See The Changes was originally released on the 1977 CSN album; here's the take released on the 1991 CSN box set - it's the full CSNY version originally slated to end up on the still-unreleased mid 70s CSNY album Human Highway.
1. First Things First (Stills) (live recorded CSNY version)
First Things First is a typical lighthearted Latin influenced Stephen Stills rocker (including some Spanish lyrics), almost bringing good old Buffalo Springfield back to memory. During performances of the song on the 1974 CSNY tour, Stills would switch from guitar to perform a virtuosic conga solo. This live recording is from the September 8 CSNY gig in Westbury. A studio version later showed up on 1975's Stills, featuring Crosby & Nash on vocals. 2. Carry Me (Crosby) (studio recorded CN version)
In the midst of a prolific songwriting period, David Crosby premiered several new songs in acoustic renditions on the 1974 tour. One of them was the happy sparkling Carry Me. Despite the very lighthearted sound, it's a plaintive ballad referencing the death of Crosby's mother in 1973 and his relationship with Debbie Donovan. Carry Me ended up on the 1975 Crosby & Nash record Wind On The Water, featuring delightful acoustic guitar work from James Taylor. 3. Human Highway (Young) (studio recorded CSNY version)
It has to be said that Neil Young was on a creative high during this period. He wrote and played more songs than anyone on the huge 1974 reunion tour. Among them was Human Highway, which Young, tired of waiting, eventually cut for 1978's Comes A Time in a countrified version. This however is the CSNY version of the folk ballad, replete with a slide-inflicted acoustic guitar solo from Stills. There's a rumour CSNY sang this song over the telephone to producer Elliott Mazer during their stay in Maui, Hawai.


Human Highway was the working title of the album to be released from two late May 1973 Hawaiian CSNY reunion sessions (on Crosby's schooner and in a beach house at Lahania on the island of Maui, rented by Young) which were resumed in 1974 on Young's Broken Arrow ranch following their triumphal reunion tour of that summer. Typical tensions within the band (while trying to finalize the album in December 1974, Nash and Stills got into a fight about a harmony part to Wind On The Water, causing Stills to slash Nash's master tape to pieces and Neil splitting the scene) aborted the project and left the album unfinished. Many of the songs that were meant to be on the LP had been previewed on the 1974 tour. 4. And So It Goes (Nash) (studio recorded CNY version)
And So It Goes, Graham Nash's hymn to music that was attempted in 1973, might be seen as a folk version of Cinnamon Girl. It was released on Wild Tales and has some remarkable guests: it features David Crosby on vocals, Neil Young on acoustic piano (performing as 'overdubber' Joe Yankee) and Ben Keith on pedal steel guitar. 5. See The Changes (Stills) (studio recorded CSN version)
The Stephen Stills original See The Changes was attempted by the quartet during the 1973 sessions in a slower arrangement incorporating the singer's trademark Latin and funk stylizations. It eventually ended up on 1977's CSN as a sparse acoustic ballad. There are a lot of connections between See The Changes, Taken At All and Through My Sails. 6. Through My Sails (Young) (studio recorded CSNY version)
Through My Sails is a nice group performance that has Neil on guitar, Stephen on bass and Russ Kunkel on conga. It was sequenced as the closing track of 1975's Zuma, thus being the only public release from the Human Highway sessions for years and the last released CSNY studio recorded material until 1988's American Dream

7. Homeward Through The Haze (Crosby) (studio recorded CSNY version)
This is a tasty topical piano ballad that appeared on the CSN Box Set, featuring not only Crosby, Stills and Nash but also Young on electric guitar. Like Crosby's other contribution to Human Highway, a Crosby & Nash version of Homeward Through The Haze ended up the 1975 Crosby & Nash record Wind On The Water. This was recorded after the 1974 tour in the Record Plant in Sausolito during what should have been the final recording sessions for Human Highway. 8. Prison Song (Nash) (studio recorded CN version)
As on the previous CSNY records, Graham Nash would have contributed some commercial singles to Human Highway. Prison Song for example is a Chicago-like hymn condemning the American prison system, as usually filled with sociological commentary. It was released on 1973's Wild Tales in a recording featuring David Lindley on mandolin and David Crosby on vocals. 9. Pushed It Over The End (Young)
10. Myth Of Sisyphus (Stills)
11. Taken At All (Crosby & Nash) (studio recorded CSNY version)
12. Wind On The Water
13. As I Come Of Age (Stills)

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