Friday, July 18, 2008

Rick Rubin Set To Produce Crosby, Stills & Nash On First Album In 14 Years

Crosby, Stills & Nash will head back to the studio soon with producer Rick Rubin to record their first album in 14 years. Neil Young however, will not be participating.

The last CSN album was ‘After The Storm’ from 1994.

Rubin cut his teeth with rock acts like Red Hot Chili Peppers and AC/DC and then reinvented the sound of Johnny Cash. He produced the final 5 Johnny Cash albums.

He also brought Neil Diamond into the 21st century and rejuvenated his career with his last two albums. The last Diamond album ‘Home Before Dark’ was Neil’s first number one album in America.

It is hard to put a time-line of the Rubin CSN work. A few weeks ago, it was announced that he would be producing the new ZZ Top album.

The CSN album will be an album of covers.

"Rick Rubin's a brilliant man," says Graham Nash, "and what he wants is an album with no CSN songs. He wants to do an album of all the songs we love, all the songs we wish we've written. It's brilliant from this point of view because we usually wait five years to record an album. This way there's no pressure."

Nash says he, David Crosby and Stephen Stills have had "many discussions" with Rubin about the project, whittling the proposed list of songs from 60 down to a current 20. Nash declines to name specific songs but acknowledges most would be considered well-known.

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