Crosby, Stills and Nash: Daylight Again (1984)
"Yes sir, it's about these three buddies, y'see, and they didnít know how to talk to one another for years. Wasted a lot of time and a lot of money. Then they finally made friends, got rich... it was good."- Steven Stills
Stars: David Crosby, Steven Stills, Graham Nash
Other Stars: Micael Finnigan, Michael Stergis, George "Chocolate" Perry, Joe Vitale, Efrain Toro, James Newton Howard
Director: Tom Trbovich
MPAA Rating: Not Rated for (Nothing objectionable)
Run Time: 01h:48m:17s
Release Date: 2004-06-08
DVD ReviewDaylight Again is an excellent document of one of the great groups of pop/rock at what is arguably their height of ability and popularity. This concert movie was made in 1983 at Los Angeles' Universal Amphitheatre and features David Crosby, Graham Nash, and Steven Stills backed by a very good band that both enhances the potency of the songs and the performances of the trio. The backing players in the show are:
Michael Finnigan: Keyboards and Vocals
Michael Stergis: Guitar and Vocals
George "Chocolate" Perry: Bass
Joe Vitale: Drums
Efrain Toro: Percussion
James Newton Howard: Keyboards
Surviving the politically turbulent '60s and the musically turbulent '70s, Crosby, Stills, and Nash forged a music style that is sometimes emulated by can never be quite duplicated. This show mixes their classic hits with newer material to great effect. Each member gets a chance to shine in both the classic realm and on newer songs. Often the newer songs are more interesting in this setting than the older, more political numbers. The lounge sound of the politically charged Chicago is the most jarring moment, but this is followed by a very smooth take on Just a Song Before I Go, a dynamic Wooden Ships and a terrific Dark Star. Things slow down a bit with a somewhat self-conscious Barrel of Pain about chemical pollution by Nash, the haunting Whale medley, but picks up again with a nifty You Don't Have To Cry and a compelling reading of the Beatles' Blackbird. The focus is on the group as individuals for several songs until a transcendent Suite: Judy Blue Eyes. Nash propels a potent version of Cathedral, then Southern Cross from the group and a classic Long Time Gone from Crosby followed by an electric For What It's Worth. The show concludes with a big production of Love the One You're With and Teach Your Children.
From their emergence at Woodstock through their albums and appearances with and without Neil Young, CSN has managed to achieve a level of unique integrity that affords them appeal across boundaries. Even through difficulties of career and other outside distractions, the group has managed to put together an amazing list of songs, many of which are found in this concert document.
Full song list:
Turn Your Back on Love
Just a Song Before I Go
Barrel of Pain
To the Last Whale...
A. Critical Mass B. Wind on the Water
You Don't Have to Cry
Wasted on the Way
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Long Time Gone
For What It's Worth
Love the One You're With
Teach Your Children
Rating for Style: B+
Rating for Substance: A
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Image Transfer Review: This DVD features a crisp and colorful image transfer. Deatils are rich and there are no distracting flaws to break out the of the moment. The film nicely captures the look of a Crosby, Stills and Nash concert and the DVD nicely captures the film.
Image Transfer Grade: A+
Audio Transfer Review: Excellent and potent transfer to DVD of the stereo sound track. Oddly, the Dolby 2.0 is the default but switching to the 5.1 is no revealation. It would seem that the five-channel mix is really on here more because it is just a necessity in the marketplace, rather to bring anything new to the experience of the music.
Audio Transfer Grade: B+
Disc ExtrasAnimated menu with music
Music/Song Access with 21 cues and remote access
Extras Review: No extras, but they aren't really needed. This show packs a punch with out gimmicky outtakes or other bits.
Extras Grade: D
Final CommentsDaylight Again from Crosby, Stills and Nash is totally listenable and watchable in this unpretentious DVD release from Rhino. Great songs and great performances make this an enjoyable experience for young, old, and older.
Jesse Shanks 2004-06-21