Rhino Records is looking back at Graham Nash’s past 50 years with a new anthology featuring more than a dozen unreleased demos and mixes. Over The Years… features 30 tracks and will be available on June 29th as a 2 CD set and on digital download and streaming services. A 15 track 2 LP version featuring an etching on Side Four will be released on August 31st. The anthology has been painstakingly curated by Nash and longtime associate Joel Bernstein and includes extensive credits and liner notes.
“It does my heart good to present my songs this way,” Nash states in a press release. “I hope that listeners will enjoy hearing the demos of my songs – how my demos of ‘Our House,’ ‘Teach Your Children,’ and others turned into the records that have endured ‘Over The Years,’ how I started writing them, and how they became the now familiar recordings when they were released.”
Over The Years… highlights songs from the iconic Crosby Stills & Nash (CSN) debut album (“Marrakesh Express”) and its successor album Déjà Vu, for which Neil Young joined forces with CSN (“Our House” and “Teach Your Children”) as well as songs from subsequent CSN albums (“Just A Song Before I Go” and “Wasted On The Way”). In addition, the collection highlights songs that Nash recorded for his 1971 solo debut, Songs For Beginners, including “Military Madness” and “Simple Man,” and includes unreleased mixes for two other songs from that album: “Better Days” and “I Used To Be King.” The most recent recording on the compilation is “Myself At Last” from Nash’s 2016 solo album This Path Tonight.
Two tracks from his enduring albums with David Crosby (“Immigration Man” and “Wind On The Water”) are also included in the collection.
The CD version of Over The Years… includes 15 demo recordings, 12 of which have never been released. Standouts include the 1968 London demo of “Marrakesh Express,” rejected by the Hollies and setting the stage for Nash’s relocation to Los Angeles and the next chapter of his life. The set contains early versions of CSN classics like “Our House,” “Wasted On The Way,” “Pre-Road Downs,” and “Teach Your Children.” Other unreleased gems include: “I Miss You” and “You’ll Never Be The Same” – both from Nash’s 1974 solo album Wild Tales – and “Horses Through A Rainstorm,” originally intended for Déjà Vu.
In addition to his July UK and European tour, Nash will continue to support Over The Years… with a Fall US tour beginning in Austin, TX on September 19th.
- Marrakesh Express
- Military Madness
- Immigration Man
- Just A Song Before I Go
- I Used To Be King*
- Better Days*
- Simple Man
- Teach Your Children
- Lady Of The Island
- Wind On The Water
- Our House
- Wasted On The Way
- Chicago/We Can Change The World
- Myself At Last
* Previously unreleased mixes
CD 2: The Demos
- Marrakesh Express – London, 1968
- Horses Through A Rainstorm – London, 1968
- Teach Your Children – Hollywood, 1969
- Pre-Road Downs – Hollywood, 1969
- Our House – San Francisco, 1969
- Right Between The Eyes – San Francisco, 1969 *
- Sleep Song – San Francisco, 1969 *
- Chicago – Hollywood, 1970 *
- Man In The Mirror – Hollywood, 1970
- Simple Man – Hollywood, 1970
- I Miss You – San Francisco, 1972
- You’ll Never Be The Same – San Francisco, 1972
- Wind On The Water – San Francisco, 1975
- Just A Song Before I Go – San Francisco, 1976
- Wasted On The Way – Oahu, 1980
Previously unreleased demo versions, except *
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