Crosby, Stills & Nash: Daylight Again Review
Much like “The Acoustic Concert”, Daylight Again is a live performance with all main members of Crosby Stills and Nash (CSN) in attendance, sans Neil Young. Played at the Universal Ampetheater in LA in 1983, there is more air to this venue than Acoustic Concert and what's more, this time CSN are fully supported by percussion, synths, piano and rock organ. The stage is expansive, the audience large and the feel of the venue is electric as the trio appear on stage.
Apparently CSN are very famous, but until I reviewed Acoustic Concert, I hadn't heard of them. Therefore, my entire exposure of their work was from an unplugged point of view: lean and pure but lacking the weight of a full musical setup. So to be honest, I wasn't looking forward to viewing this '80's day-glow disco version of soft rock/country singing, neither a genre I especially care for.
I am very happy I did review Daylight Again. Maybe it is because I am nearing middle age, or I haven't given this kind of music the chance it deserves, but this disc is great! I found myself turning up the volume and enjoying almost every minute of Daylight Again at near reference levels, not realising it was past midnight.
There is a lot of variety, from acoustic performances to full on rock tracks, and a few standout moments in the content of Daylight Again. “To the Last Whale...” is an eco aware track that will move anyone remotely concerned with animal conservation. To the Last Whale... hits all the right spots and would probably do more good than any number of Animal Conservation demonstrations.
Another high point is a song called Delta where Crosby, who clearly isn't comfortable playing piano, does so in a near solo environment. He starts out shaky, but by the end he is whooping with fist in the air at this personal on stage triumph. Excellent.