Monday, November 17, 2014

"Wasted on the Way" by Crosby, Stills & Nash

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  1082
Date:  06/26/1982
Debut:  48
Peak:  9
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Soft Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Pop Bits:  It's hard to believe that this legendary trio had only released two studio album since their formation in 1968. Their 1969 self-titled, Grammy-winning debut became a classic and their 1977 LP "CSN" got them their first Top 10 hit with "Just a Song Before I Go" (#7). Although as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young they issued the classic "Déjà Vu" in 1970, it wouldn't be until 1982 that the original trio released their third studio album, "Daylight Again." Expectations were high for their return, but would their folk-rock harmonies fit in the changing 80s musical landscape? And would the younger generation care? This first single seemed to answer both questions with a resounding "yes." This first single would become their second (and last) pop Top 10 and reach #2 at AC. It was a welcome return that netted them another platinum disc.

ReduxReview:  This song is like covering up with a good ol' warm blanket that you've had since you were a kid. It's snuggly, comfortable, and just makes you happy and nostalgic. It was a great return for the trio. It would be short-lived, but it was pretty sweet while it lasted.

ReduxRating:  8/10

Trivia:  "Daylight Again" was originally to be a project for Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. David Crosby had been dealing with addiction issued and so Stills and Nash decided to work as a duo. They recorded songs and used singers like Timothy B. Schmit (the Eagles) and Art Garfunkel to flesh out the harmonies. But their record company balked and would only have interest in a full CSN project. Eventually, Stills and Nash agreed and had Crosby come on board. Crosby brought two songs to the table and did vocals on other tracks, but overall the LP still leaned towards a Stills/Nash project. Schmit's vocals remained on several songs including this single.


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