The Public Records 5/17/18
It’s been rainy this week and we are demi-romantics down in the basement over here at Tellus360. Grey days and dim dusks, lightning, thunder, and cool evenings; whelp we just had to dig into the rock collection and pull out an appropriate disc for the storm system that is hanging out around town.
This damp week’s album is Deja Vu by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (Atlantic, 1970). What more can be said about this septuple platinum – 8,000,000 copies – selling album. Yes, it features Jerry Garcia and John Sebastian. Yes, it has 3 Top 40s singles. And yes, it is the best selling album for Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young (that includes all their solo work as well).
Deja Vu is just one of those great classic rock ablums that works in any situation. Whether you are gunning it down the highway in 100 degree heat with windows down and hair blowin’ in the wind, or like this week; listening to the patter of the rain on the roof with lit candles in a dark room getting all mysterious and philosophical about things, Deja Vu will be there for you.
Now, I had mentioned it had 3 Top 40s hits: ‘Woodstock’, ‘Teach Your Children’, and ‘Our House’; yet I wouldn’t claim those as my top tracks of the album. My personal favorites are ‘Almost Cut My Hair’, ‘Carry On’, and ‘4+20’ then ‘Teach Your Children’, ‘Our House’, and finally ‘Woodstock’. However, that is neither here nor there – just adding some more song mentions…Oh no! I almost forgot to mention ‘Everybody I Love You’ and who can dislike ‘Helpless’!? Gosh – there ain’t a bad track on this album….
‘Almost Cut My Hair’ and ‘Carry On’ are two of the more rocking tracks on the album while ‘4+20’ is low-key; but it is the subject matter of the lyrics, which I spoke about my with my preference of Tosh to Marley in the reggae scene, feel more raw and honest, not afraid to discuss our darker sides. I find the cynicism refreshing.
Another cool thing about Deja Vu are the visuals. When one looks at the front cover, one thinks it could very well be a country-esque vibe. The font is almost gothic, the band is there in late 19th century period piece of the wild west in a sepia photo, and the background is a brown, bumpy, thick cardboardy material. However, this album happens to be a gatefold and when you open it up, everything changes. While the sepia color scheme stays the same, the credits are laid out perpendicular to the photos in a futuristic typewriter font with wild pictures of everyone in the band filling in each of the covers. Oh the fun that can be had doing album design…
Anyway, Deja Vu is a hit and an evergreen – it’s got a little something for everyone. So with that, we say don’t let this weather get you down. Unless, of course, it’s downstairs to the Síbín for a glass of Paddy’s neat on a rainy night…..