Watch A Rare 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Performance Of ‘Down By The River”
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Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young are perhaps one of the best musical groups ever to come together. While they may be respected by many as individual musicians of their right, nothing could still compare the level of musicality they could achieve when group together.
“Down By The River,” written by Neil Young and originally released on their 1969 album Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. The song has been part of Young’s colorful iconography for a long time, and it is widely considered to be one of his best. However, one of the best renditions of the song comes from Young’s side hustle, CSNY.
Everything is clicking, and the band as a whole is in the zone. While we won’t speculate on how much weed did the band smoked beforehand, we can say that they play as one to give the Music Scene crowd a night to remember. The performance, though only around four minutes long, delivers a powerful punch, becoming as dizzy and jazz-inspired as the original album, but reaching madness even more delightfully.
As you’ll see in the performance below, it gleams with the sort of passionate intensity that can only be generated only by this group.