By Jim Johnson

The Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young box set of their 1974 tour is done, and as we reported first, it will be out on July 8th.

It was compiled and produced by Graham Nash, who says, “This is the most difficult project I’ve ever done in my recording life. That’s largely because of other people’s agendas and trying to please four people at the same time. It only took us a year to actually do the physical work, but it took three or four years to get that work together.”

Of course, as is always the case with CSNY, the big question mark is Neil Young — and Nash says this time was no exception. “Neil Young, God bless his cotton socks, has always wanted the audio to get as close to the recording experience as possible. He wanted us to do it in 24/192, and that’s what we did. Of course, that happened one-third of the way into the project, so we had to redo an awful lot of stuff. But it sounds totally amazing. There’s 40 songs and they’ll show people that we were a very, very decent rock band.”

The 40 songs are from multiple nights, but Nash laid out the set so that it plays as one show. “We wanted to give people a seat in the 10th row in the middle so they can sit back and enjoy the show. It starts with an electric set, and then we did an acoustic set, sometimes with bass and drums and sometimes not, and then ended up with a kick-ass last electric set.”

CSNY 1974 will be available in multiple formats, and included in the bonus material is a DVD of eight songs captured at the Capital Center in Landover, Maryland and Wembley Stadium in London.

Here’s a sample of “Almost Cut My Hair” from the collection:

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