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Original 1971 pressing | CAT# SD 7204 | Graded: Very Good per Goldmine Standard Grading.
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Songs for Beginners is British singer-songwriter Graham Nash''s debut solo album, released in May 1971, and one of four high-profile albums released by each partner of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. SD 7204 Atlantic

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Imzadiz
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
My Dear Graham...
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2015
I hadn''t heard this album for 40 years since I was in art class in high school. the art teacher played it all the time and I loved it. Well I saw it while doing a search and was SO happy I bought it. It sounds wonderful, just like the hours I listened to it years ago. A... See more
I hadn''t heard this album for 40 years since I was in art class in high school. the art teacher played it all the time and I loved it. Well I saw it while doing a search and was SO happy I bought it. It sounds wonderful, just like the hours I listened to it years ago. A great part of good memories of my younger years. By the time the record gets to "Military Madness" (last song on the album) I always feel sad that it doesn''t have more music. Then I start it all over. Also, I was surprised to find that it had super artists singing background, Cass Elliot, Rita Coolidge, Joni Mitchell. And super musicians. I had no idea all these people came together for this album. I LOVE IT. If you are a CSNY fan, it is a definite addition to your collection. Thank you so much Graham for giving mu such beautiful memories in this recording!
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Hiram A. Biff
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great album, imperfect (but very good) remaster mix
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2021
This is an all-time great album. Nice to see it back in print on compact disc. Not mentioned in the liner notes is this particular disc has been remastered. The mix is a little different than the original 1971 LP which I listen to regularly and which I compared with this... See more
This is an all-time great album. Nice to see it back in print on compact disc. Not mentioned in the liner notes is this particular disc has been remastered. The mix is a little different than the original 1971 LP which I listen to regularly and which I compared with this disc. I made the comparisons while listening with headphones.
The remix, I believe, attempts to improve the sound to what the original album should have been but for technological limitations at the time. A benefit of this new mix is that Nash''s vocal work, especially on the more bare songs, is more clear and "live" sounding. For example, in "Better Days", there exists a slight natural echo which I didn''t hear on the original. This sounds like a live room echo and not a process. All instruments on this disc are more present compared to the original 1971 vinyl. The downside of this is the snare drum on each track is a little more prevalent in the mix, which can be distracting, particularly the rimshots in "Man in the Mirror." We''re not talking 1980s-era snare pops, but it is certainly up in the mix more than originally. With the added snare clarity, there is almost a slap-back effect, noticeable with headphones.
Perhaps the most noticeable difference in the mix can be heard in "Chicago." I can hear the acoustic guitar strumming during the intro. I never heard it in the original LP; it always sounded like drums, bass, and organ only. Even though the liner notes indicate the presence of an acoustic guitar, I never heard it. With the increased acoustic guitar sounds, the the organ seems, comparatively, less present in the mix. This is a bit of a bummer, as I always thought this to be a hot intro. To be fair, perhaps an effort was made in this new mix to improve the original sound which may have been limited by technology at the time. Overall, these changes are more subtle than other re-masters I''ve heard.
My rating is 4/5 in part because the increased snare mix is noticeable enough for some listeners to conclude it is not an improvement to the original 1971 LP. Further, the packaging of this CD is basic. While original artwork, liner notes, and lyrics from the original record sleeve are included, there is nothing extra. Overall, the finished product seems to be an exercise in cost-cutting. The plastic jewel case is a thinner plastic than ordinarily, and there is only a blank white sheet behind the disc. This is a missed opportunity for bonus artwork at least. The only new artwork over the original LP is that the compact disc artwork includes a photograph of the original master tape reel.
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Toad G.
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
His first solo album....circa 1970..
Reviewed in the United States on March 7, 2021
This was relaeased about the same time that "Deja Vu" was released also about the same time CSNY was cutting "Ohio" and released that same month historically speaking this was a revoultionary time in music and the connection between the artist and audience was never to be... See more
This was relaeased about the same time that "Deja Vu" was released also about the same time CSNY was cutting "Ohio" and released that same month historically speaking this was a revoultionary time in music and the connection between the artist and audience was never to be reproduced again to my knowledge...there are songs of personal lose,politics"Chicago" and "We Can Change The Wotld" are great examples, of the social consciousness that was occuring literally "In the Streets"....as far as im concerned Graham Nash''s best solo album....Toad G..out....
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M. Fouts
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Another hidden treasure (to discover)
Reviewed in the United States on November 30, 2011
I just wanted to step up to the plate and offer my $0.02 on this particular release of this album. First, I''ve never owned any other versions of this album... not the original LP, or the initial CD of this release, or any other remastered versions, etc- other than this... See more
I just wanted to step up to the plate and offer my $0.02 on this particular release of this album. First, I''ve never owned any other versions of this album... not the original LP, or the initial CD of this release, or any other remastered versions, etc- other than this CD/DVD/DVD-A (DVD-Audio) version. And I know that a good handful of folks here have made it clear that this particular release is basically crap (to them)... and they''re entitled to their opinion. We''ll, here''s my take on it.

Basically, I think this is a great album, and it is essential Graham Nash to me... it has some really great songs, many thought-provoking lyrics, some great supporting artists, etc. It all works for me- and I think it''s a superb solo release from beginning to end. I really wish I tuned into this music when it first came out- it''s the same way I feel about David Crosby''s title ''If I Could Only Remember My Name''. To me, both of these albums are newly-discovered hidden treasures (for me anyway)... can''t believe I missed out on these great pieces all of these years.

Now, as far as this particular ''release'' of this title is concerned (i.e. with the DVD-A(udio) content)- I have to say I have no issues with it sonically whatsoever. My only gripe (and this is the *only* complaint I have about this release)- is that I wish they would''ve released this in the full 96/24 resolution, and not the 48/24 res this title features. I personally think it sounds damn good for a 48/24 title though... real clean in fact (and DVD-A is lossless of course). If there''s clipping, etc I sure can''t tell with the surround rig I''ve currently got (a rig with 370W of power to each of the mains which are also stereo bi-amped, 120W of power to the center/surrounds, high-end cables throughout, and I typically listen to all of my music titles at no more than ''2'' on the volume knob- which is more than loud enough to fill our entire living room with great sound, and not have any issues with distortion). The point here is not about my rig (I''m sure there are many better)... it''s that I take my music and movie reproduction seriously, and I''ve tried hard to piece together various components that help me do exactly that. If there are issues with the ''sonics'' on this Graham Nash title (at least on the DVD-A layer), I think I would hear it. And note the surround sound mix is also excellent on this release... as on many of my favorite surround music titles, the surrounds are nicely used- loud enough to contribute, not overly used, too loud or too soft, etc.

Bottom line, is I highly recommend this title (and especially in DVD-A surround, it blows me away)... I do wish they sampled it at the full 96/24 res to pull all they could from the original master tapes- but I''ll take it exactly the way it is.

P.S. I haven''t evaluated any of the video features or extras on this title as of yet... will probably check this out at some point and post an update.
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Missing Person
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
makes a really strong case for Graham Nash as a brilliant singer-songwriter
Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2006
In all honesty, I used to be skeptical about Graham Nash. I figured the guy was just too reliant on lightweight sugariness; seriously, I used to think that "Our House" was from Herman''s Hermits or something. But Nash really proved me wrong, and it pretty much all started... See more
In all honesty, I used to be skeptical about Graham Nash. I figured the guy was just too reliant on lightweight sugariness; seriously, I used to think that "Our House" was from Herman''s Hermits or something. But Nash really proved me wrong, and it pretty much all started with 1971''s "Songs For Beginners", his first solo album.

The running time is quite short to begin with, and a few tunes don''t make much of an impact, but otherwise "Songs For Beginners" gives you pretty much everything you could want from a singer-songwriter album--intimate arrangements, really thoughtful and poignant lyrics, supreme tunefulness on song after song, and even a sly diversity to the proceedings. The bouncy, swinging "Military Madness" is a soaringly melodic anti-war song, with passionately gutsy singing from Graham. "Better Days" is a brilliant song that beats John Lennon at his own game--really powerful lyrics and echoing double-tracked vocals from Graham on the haunting mid-section, plus a hair-raising high note from him on the closing verse (man, he really had to REACH to hit that one!). The country-flavored lost-love ballad "I Used To Be A King" is incredibly emotional and moving, with a triumphant, soulful vocal performance from Graham. "Be Yourself" (the one song Graham doesn''t have sole writing credit for) and "There''s Only One" have wonderfully thoughtful and gracefully poetic lyrics. I don''t agree at all with those who have mocked Nash''s rhyming scheme on "There''s Only One", and his earnest vocal rendering just makes the song all the more effective. "Chicago", written about the 1968 Democratic Convention, finds Nash working a soulful, organ-laced R&B groove to rousing effect. The acoustic folk song "Wounded Bird" is an entirely solo performance from Nash, with a simple 3-chord strum as the basis for another wonderful melody and a really witty lyric about what it takes to win a woman''s heart.

Admittedly, the album does fall a little short of a masterpiece. There are a few songs that, though by no means embarassing, don''t have much impact. "Man In The Mirror" has a great bit of descending melodicism on the quasi-chorus, but the verse melody is tossed-off. The fittingly-titled "Sleep Song", written while Nash was still with the Hollies but reportedly rejected by the rest of the band, is a tender, lightly-orchestrated acoustic ballad, but it''s on the dull, and indeed sleepy side, and the same goes for the James Taylor-esque "Simple Man", the latter of which was written just after Nash''s breakup with Joni Mitchell in June of 1970.

But for the most part, I''ve been blown away by "Songs For Beginners"--I never suspected to discover such a strong album here. If you lean more towards the ROCK & ROLL end of things, you might find your attention wandering--the album absolutely never goes beyond mid-tempo, and with the possible exception of "Chicago"/"We Can Change The World", nothing can even remotely qualify as a ''rocker''. However, if you have any kind of appreciation for a fine singer-songwriter effort, "Songs For Beginners" is really worth picking up.
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Northern Knight
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
Great Beginners album
Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2015
A Review for Beginners.. if your going to start your collection of Graham Nash solo work, here''s a great place to start with Songs for Beginners... by this point Graham had amassed a great personal collection of songs and had a lot of overflow he needed to get out... hence... See more
A Review for Beginners.. if your going to start your collection of Graham Nash solo work, here''s a great place to start with Songs for Beginners... by this point Graham had amassed a great personal collection of songs and had a lot of overflow he needed to get out... hence some great songs not used in that other group he was in at the time.
Again proving that good music played with real instruments by real musicians stands up better over time than electronics and gadgets and computer generated music and vocals.
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Glen Whittemore
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Fantastic
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2021
One great purchase. I’ve wanted this item for years and it didn’t disappoint. Great price delivered on time and was exactly what I hoped for
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Gabriel Rafael
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I have good memories, go back in time when I listen ...
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2016
My brother introduced this to me as my first introduction to music as a kid. I have good memories, go back in time when I listen to the songs. But there''s also a universality to Graham Nash and the songs on this album that transcends time and gets you singing and moving,... See more
My brother introduced this to me as my first introduction to music as a kid. I have good memories, go back in time when I listen to the songs. But there''s also a universality to Graham Nash and the songs on this album that transcends time and gets you singing and moving, feeling comfortable in your skin and part of the global community for peace.
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S. Robertson
4.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
this album really is good and some of it thought provoking
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 3, 2014
I never looked upon Nash as the weakest link in the c,s,n&y(who did?) family,this album really is good and some of it thought provoking,Nash has a fabulous voice and always has,whether it be in his early days in The Hollies,or the Crosby,Stills and Nash stuff sometimes with...See more
I never looked upon Nash as the weakest link in the c,s,n&y(who did?) family,this album really is good and some of it thought provoking,Nash has a fabulous voice and always has,whether it be in his early days in The Hollies,or the Crosby,Stills and Nash stuff sometimes with Neil Young on tow......Nash left The Hollies after falling in love with life in the West Coast of the States and a certain lady named Joni!!This product has stellar packaging with fab notes about the man himself and as for the quality of sound.......one word....fantastic!!!!I also have the David Crosby solo album on deluxe cd If i could only remember my name,which is stunning sounding too.....anyway im getting off track here...back to Graham Nash and Songs for Beginners,my fave songs are Military Madness,Simple Man and Chicago,but really the songwriting is of such a high standard throughout,its tough to pick faves and possibly unfair as this needs listened to as a whole.I too was disappointed that no extra songs have been added,i would loved to have heard demos, alternates or even out-takes if there are any.But alas nowt!!As for the DVD A disc ,a waste of time for me as i just have a normal cd player and no DVD player as to watch and see this great man in action.So im really disappointed with that!! But as for the album alone well worth your money and praise,great music personal and some thought provoking lyrics which are in the booklet.Fab stuff!!!
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Fletch-a-sketch
5.0 out of 5 starsVerified Purchase
As good as it gets.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 20, 2008
There is plenty of space in the music and the harmonies are what you would expect from Graham Nash. A string of Guest musicians and some very strong song writing make this an essential purchase. I only purchased this for the DVDA the fact is that this deluxe editions comes...See more
There is plenty of space in the music and the harmonies are what you would expect from Graham Nash. A string of Guest musicians and some very strong song writing make this an essential purchase. I only purchased this for the DVDA the fact is that this deluxe editions comes with a CD as well so great stuff a disc for the car and a disc for home. The DVDA which makes this set so special is as good as it gets and can be played on ANY DVD player, though to get the best you should get a DVDA player. Anyone with a surround system at home can listen to this very good surround mix. The surround is not aggressive but ultimately compliments the music and enhances the original stereo in many ways. The music is wonderful and complimentary to David Crosby''s `if I could only remember my name'' released last year as a similar CD/DVD package, and shows that these two friends were very much at the top of their games in the early 70''s. Now Warner can we see some Crosby Stills and Nash Discs done in the same format?
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Bluesman 57
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Nash''s Best Work
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 5, 2015
Just updating my CDs, I had this album on vinyl when it first came, CSNY were at the absolute top of the tree, as individuals and as a band. This was Nash''s first and undoubtedly best solo effort. Simple and effective songs. There are many great songs on this album,...See more
Just updating my CDs, I had this album on vinyl when it first came, CSNY were at the absolute top of the tree, as individuals and as a band. This was Nash''s first and undoubtedly best solo effort. Simple and effective songs. There are many great songs on this album, Military Madness, Simple Man, Chicago and Sleep Song. Nash was at his best with Crosby and Stills, but he also did some excellent solo work and this is his best.
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Mr. A. W. Riggs
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Graham Nash''s first solo outing sounds timeless
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 14, 2008
Released all of 37 years ago ! Graham Nash''s first solo outing sits comfortably alongside the solo records from the same time from (Young, After The GOldrush), (Stills, first solo record) & (Crosby''s If Only) - high praise indeed as they are now all now viewed as career...See more
Released all of 37 years ago ! Graham Nash''s first solo outing sits comfortably alongside the solo records from the same time from (Young, After The GOldrush), (Stills, first solo record) & (Crosby''s If Only) - high praise indeed as they are now all now viewed as career highs. The Cd has been remastered but the real revelation is the 5:1 mix of the record, if like me you''ve had this in your collection for many years the sound here is tremendous. Just listen to Dave Mason''s great guitar work on Military Madness - the whole record sounds new with Jerry Garcia''s guitar work standing out plus the great vocals of Rita Coolidge. Also featured are some of Nash''s photos plus and in depth interview. Highly recommended.
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Excellent sound
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 30, 2010
I''m talking about the DVD-A sound mix here. Considering the age of these recordings, 1971 I think, the surround mix and separation around the speakers is a joy to hear. The songs are basically very acoustic in nature, so no big sounds here, although Chicago, the best known...See more
I''m talking about the DVD-A sound mix here. Considering the age of these recordings, 1971 I think, the surround mix and separation around the speakers is a joy to hear. The songs are basically very acoustic in nature, so no big sounds here, although Chicago, the best known track on Songs For Beginners, made for a great single in its day and has slightly more instumentation. This is a million miles away from the Hollies and is a great Nash statement of intent. After the success of this re-release in this format, I hope Atlantic/Rhino also turn their attention to Nash''s follow up album, Wild Tales. Even more to the point, how about CSN&Y''s, Deja Vu?
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