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American Dream (Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young album)

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Length  57:31
Artist  Crosby, Stills & Nash
Label  Atlantic Records
American Dream (1988)  Live It Up (1990)
Release date  1 November 1988
Genre  Rock music
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Released  November 1, 1988 (U.S.)
Recorded  April 24, 1987 — September 16, 1988
Producers  Niko Bolas, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash, Neil Young
Similar  Crosby - Stills & Nash albums, Rock music albums

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American Dream is the ninth album by the band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, their fifth studio album and their second by the quartet configuration. Released in 1988 on Atlantic Records, it peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. To date, it is their final album of original material to receive either a gold or platinum citation by the RIAA. It is the highest-selling album by Neil Young in the 1980s. The album is dedicated to Jan Crosby, Anne Stills, Susan Nash and Pegi Young.


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Neil Young promised David Crosby in 1983 that he would reunite with Crosby, Stills & Nash if Crosby could solve his problems with drugs and clean up. Five months in prison for Crosby at the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville during 1986 accomplished exactly that, and good to Young's word the quartet assembled to record the second CSNY studio album at Young's ranch in Woodside, California.

The title song, written by Neil Young, was a satire of sensational political scandals involving Oliver North, former presidential candidate Gary Hart and televangelist Jimmy Swaggart. The promotional video of "American Dream" for MTV received some airplay, but the single missed the Billboard Hot 100 completely, as did three of the other four singles released from the album. The only single to chart, "Got It Made", peaked at #69.


Anticipation of the quartet's first studio album since Déjà Vu in 1970 was great, but all four performers were at various ebbs in their songwriting. American Dream was meant to be a concept album on the meaning of American dreams and aspirations, but critics and fans alike felt that CSNY had fallen short of their goals. Writing in Rolling Stone, critic Anthony DeCurtis wrote that "Despite pleasant melodies, the occasional interesting song, and the signature harmonies, American Dream is, for the most part, a snoozefest."

David Crosby, in fact, agreed that the album had too many songs and that the writing was not up to par. "The whole thing, the recording of American Dream, it got stretched out. And we did not have, really, the best group of songs to work with. . . . Then, even though we did not have enough good songs, we ended up putting fourteen of them on the album! I think that was stupid." For the first time in the group's history, none of the songs from a studio album became standard items in the group's live repertoire.


  • David Crosby — vocals; acoustic guitar on "Clear Blue Skies" and "Compass"
  • Stephen Stills — vocals; guitars on "Name of Love", "Don't Say Goodbye", "Nighttime for the Generals", "Drivin' Thunder", "Clear Blue Skies", "That Girl", "Soldiers of Peace" and "Night Song"; keyboards on "American Dream" and "Got It Made"; bass synthesizer on "Don't Say Goodbye"; bass, synthesizer and handclaps on "Night Song"; percussion on "Drivin' Thunder"
  • Graham Nash — vocals; piano on "Don't Say Goodbye"; electric guitar on "Nighttime for the Generals"; sound effects on "Shadowland"; keyboards and harmonica on "Clear Blue Skies"
  • Neil Young — vocals; guitars on all tracks except "Compass"; all instruments on "This Old House"; piano on "Don't Say Goodbye"; harmonica on "Compass"; percussion on "Name of Love" and "Feel Your Love"
  • Additional personnel

  • Joe Vitale — drums on "American Dream", "Got It Made", "Name of Love", "Don't Say Goodbye", "Nighttime for the Generals", "Drivin' Thunder", "Clear Blue Skies" and "Night Song"; all instruments, sound effects and vocals on "Shadowland"; keyboards on "Clear Blue Skies", "That Girl", "Compass" and "Soldiers of Peace"; synthesizer on "Don't Say Goodbye"; percussion on "Drivin' Thunder" and "Feel Your Love"; vibraphone on "Feel Your Love"
  • Mike Finnigan — organ on "Nighttime for the Generals"; keyboards, backing vocals on "Soldiers of Peace"
  • Bob Glaub — bass on "American Dream", "Got It Made", "Name of Love", "Nighttime for the Generals", "Drivin' Thunder", "Clear Blue Skies", "That Girl" and "Soldiers of Peace"
  • Joe Lala — percussion on "Got It Made", "Shadowland", "Clear Blue Skies" and "That Girl"; drums on "Soldiers of Peace"
  • Chad Cromwell — drums on "That Girl"
  • The Bluenotes: Tommy Bray, Claude Callilet, Larry Cragg, John Fumo, Steve Lawrence — horns on "That Girl"
  • Brian Bell — synthesizer programming on "This Old House"
  • Rhett Lawrence — synthesizer programming on "Soldiers of Peace"
  • Niko Bolas, Tim Mulligan, Tim Foster, Brentley Walton — handclaps on "American Dream"
  • Bill Boydston, Don Gooch, Bill Lazerus — sound effects on "Shadowland"
  • The Volume Dealers Choir: Kelly Ashmore, Betsy Aubrey, Tom Banghart, Cha Blevins, Niko Bolas, Craig Doerge, Scott Gordon, R. Mac Holbert, Stanley Johnston, Bill Krause, Debbie Meister, Tim Mulligan, Susan Nash, Jay Parti, Steve Perry, Vince Slaughter, Joe Vitale, Paul Williamson — backing vocals on "Soldiers of Peace"
  • Production personnel

  • Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Niko Bolas — producers
  • Tim Mulligan — assistant producer
  • Gary Long, Tim McCollan, Brentley Walton — engineers
  • Tom Banghart, Bob Vogt — mixing engineers
  • Gary Burden — art direction and design
  • Henry Diltz, Aaron Rapoport — photography
  • Delana Bettoli — border illustration
  • Songs

    1American Dream3:18
    2Got It Made4:56
    3Name of Love4:13


    American Dream (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album) Wikipedia

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