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Crosby, Stills and Nash, Gary Wright Get 24K Gold Treatment From Audio Fidelity

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The busy Audio Fidelity label is adding two more classic rock landmarks to its growing catalogue of 24K Gold compact discs.  Crosby, Stills & Nash’s self-titled 1969 Atlantic debut and Gary Wright’s 1975 Warner Bros. platter The Dream Weaver both spawned radio hits still played today and remain cornerstones of many classic rock libraries.  These latest gold discs will arrive in stores on November 15.

Though many have followed, the ultimate supergroup still remains that of David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Graham Nash, with and without occasional partner Neil Young.  Introduced by “Mama” Cass Elliot (though the exact circumstances seem shrouded in a haze, to nobody’s surprise!), the former members of The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield and the Hollies, respectively, discovered an ethereal quality when they brought their unique voices together in harmony. Their Atlantic Records debut yielded two Top 40 hits, Stlils’ “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” inspired by his relationship with Judy Collins, and Nash’s “Marrakesh Express,” a track previously attempted but discarded by The Hollies.  (Only a backing track survives.)  Yet every song on the album has endured to become a classic, including Crosby and Stills’ haunting “Wooden Ships” (co-written with Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane, who also recorded a version on the Airplane’s Volunteers LP), Stills’ “Helplessly Hoping” and Crosby’s “Long Time Gone,” an impassioned response to the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.  For Audio Fidelity, Steve Hoffman is handling the remastering duties.

Hit the jump to explore The Dream Weaver!  We’ve also got full track listings, discography and pre-order links for both titles.

Gary Wright’s 1975 The Dream Weaver included Wright’s signature performance of the title song (sans the definite article).  This album by the one-time member of Spooky Tooth wasn’t Wright’s solo debut but it remains his calling card.  Considered by many to be the first all-synthesizer /keyboard album in the mainstream rock genre featuring his intense, Wright was joined by the drum work of veterans Jim Keltner and Andy Newmark.  Only one track featured a guitar, “Power of Love,” with the instrument played by Ronnie Montrose.  In addition to “Dream Weaver” itself, “Love is Alive” climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard chart while the album itself reached the Top 10.  A mix of soul, funk, blues, rock and jazz, The Dream Weaver remains one of the most singular albums in any genre.  Kevin Gray is responsible for remastering for the new reissue.

Both Crosby Stills & Nash and The Dream Weaver arrive from Audio Fidelity on November 15.  As per Audio Fidelity’s traditional style, neither title will feature bonus tracks or new liner notes.  The albums are presented in their original formats.  Pre-order links and track listings follow!

Crosby, Stills & Nash, Crosby Stills & Nash (Atlantic SD 8229, 1969– reissued Audio Fidelity AFZ-131. 2011)

  1. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes 
  2. Marrakesh Express 
  3. Guinnevere 
  4. You Don’t Have To Cry 
  5. Pre-Road Downs 
  6. Wooden Ships 
  7. Lady of the Island 
  8. Helplessly Hoping 
  9. Long Time Gone 
  10. 49 Bye Byes 

Gary Wright, The Dream Weaver (Warner Bros. BS-2868, 1975 – reissued AFZ-132, 2011)

  1. Love Is Alive  
  2. Let It Out
  3. Can’t Find The Judge   
  4. Made To Love You  
  5. Power Of Love   
  6. Dream Weaver   
  7. Blind Feeling   
  8. Much Higher 
  9. Feel For Me 

Written by Joe Marchese

October 27, 2011 at 12:55

Posted in CSNY, Gary Wright, News, Reissues

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