As promised yesterday here is my favorite cover version of Urge For Going………
By the way you are going to want to watch the pictures displayed with this song, there’s some great ones!
There is a great rock story associated with this version of the song. Here’s it is as told by Joel Bernstein in the liner notes for the CSN box set.
After the break up of CSN following the 1970 tour, David and Graham began a project on their own. They were both tremendous admirers of Joni Mitchell’s songwriting, and of course David had produced her first album. Together they decided to cover “Urge For Going” a song Joni had written in Canada in the Spring of 1966 (incidentally one of only two songs she ever wrote in standard tuning). It was intended for the pop singles market, the idea being to record two songs and release a 45. Graham’s vocals hark back to his English sixties pop style, and David is playing very clear twelve string reminiscent of the Byrds. I came to the studio with Graham just in time to witness a heated argument, as a result of which the song was never completed. The next day David went back to the studio and added vocals of his own to present Graham with a semi-finished version of the song as a peace offering. That tape is the only thing that exists of the song and that’s what you are listening to now.
Thanks to Joel for sharing such a great story!
This is the 100th post for thebestmusicyouhaveneverheard blog. To celebrate, I have prepared an extra special post for you today. Enjoy!
When we last checked in on Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young they had released their first CSNY album, Deja Vu. The group quickly broke apart as all four members worked on and released solo albums. David Crosby and Graham Nash had developed a strong friendship and artistic kinship so it was no surprise when they decided to tour together as a duo in the fall of 1971. This tour was the start of a duo that continues to record and tour together to this day. In 1972, the duo released their first album titled Graham Nash and David Crosby and it was a stunner reaching #4 on the album charts making it significantly more successful than either of their solo albums. Graham and David would, of course, continue to perform with Stephen Stills and Neil Young in various configurations throughout the coming years but it was their duo that would prove to be most stable and productive element of their musical careers. As proof of the importance of this relationship, I have read many stories that indicate that the biggest motivational factor for David pulling himself out of his addiction to drugs in the 80’s was the fact that Graham had refused to perform with him again unless he cleaned himself up.
Enough talk, let’s get to the music! Both Graham and David contributed songs to their first album as a duo but I have to say that David’s songs were the highlight of the album in my humble opinion. (Remind me to post some of David’s demos of these songs from the recording sessions for his first album….they are amazing in their own right) Each of David songs was a masterpiece but I have managed to select two for this post. First up is The Wall Song followed by Games. Let’s listen……. (sorry for the ads on both of David’s songs!)
Even though I preferred David’s songs, Graham was anything but a slacker on the album. His song Immigration Man was released as a single from the album and can still be heard on the radio today. I have chosen a lesser known, but beautiful, song from the album to highlight Graham’s contribution to the album. Let’s listen to Southbound Train…. (Once again, sorry for the ad!)
As I said at the start, the album was a stunner and I highly recommend that your check it out if you do not already own it.
Before we end this post I have a remarkable bonus for you that I think you will really like. Graham and David performed a 30 minute acoustic set for BBC in the fall of 1970 and their performance was one for the ages. They were charming, funny, and the music was glorious. Listening to their banter highlights the strength and depth of their friendship. The following five videos will allow you to experience their entire BBC performance. I hope you enjoy it!
Be looking for the next post in The Southern California Sound series (The Southern California Sound #12 – Not For Boys Only) next weekend.