Sunday, 8 August 2010

The album cover that never was

The last frame on a roll of film, shot by Graham Nash near Young's studio in Hawaii - to be the cover for the aborted Human Highway album

In 1973 Neil Young embarked on a solo tour noted for its dark tone and his erratic behavior. Crosby spearheaded a reunion album of the original Byrds quintet which proved a critical debacle and sold only marginally well. Nash delivered his bleak second solo album and Stills released a second Manassas record; neither disc sold to expectations.

In June and July of that year, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young met at Young's ranch and recording studio in Hawaii for a working vacation, ostensibly to record a new album, tentatively titled Human Highway. However, the bickering that had sunk the band in 1970 quickly resumed, scattering the group again.

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