It looks as though the 50th anniversary of Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's Déjà Vu will be commemorated in a major way. During a new chat with The Washington Post, Graham Nash, who serves as the band's chief archivist, revealed, “Déjà Vu comes out in about two months and it will be a five-or six-CD set. It will have a lot of stuff that people have never heard before. We found that the master tapes that we made of Déjà Vu are still fresh.”
Déjà Vu was released on March 11th, 1970 and features such CSNY evergreens as “Our House,” “Teach Your Children,” “Deja Vu,” “Carry On,” “Helpless,” “4+20,” “Woodstock,” “Almost Cut My Hair,” among others.
Déjà Vu spawned two Top 20 singles — “Woodstock,” which just missed the Top 10, hitting Number 11 and “Teach Your Children,” which topped out at Number 16 — due in large part to the quartet and Atlantic Records putting the brakes on the record and pushing band's rush-released “Ohio,” which chronicled the then-recent Kent State shootings.
Graham Nash was pressed about the slim chance that CSNY will ever team up again — especially seeing as how Nash and Neil Young have been on the outs with David Crosby for several years now: “I can’t say that it would never happen again, but it’s certainly not happening now. We have to really like each other to able to make music together. We have to love each other. And it’s just not happening right now. Who knows in the future? I mean, we’ve been at this place several times in the last 50 years. But I will never say no, y'know. But right now, it’s definitely not happening.”
He went on to say, “I love the music that we make. It’s a part of my sadness right now. It’s the music that I miss. But, y'know, if we never sing another note together, look what we did in 50 years. Not bad.”
Graham Nash admitted that the Déjà Vu songs spotlight the romantic losses of Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, and the death of David Crosby's girlfriend Christine Hinton. When asked why there was such a marked shift in direction between the group's first two albums, Nash explained: “Because I wasn't with Joni, Christine had been killed, and Stephen wasn't with Judy, y'know? The songs are sadder. We talk about relationships breaking up. It's just the way it is.”