Graham Nash - Live: Songs for Beginners & Wild Tales LP


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Two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and founding member of both the Hollies and Crosby, Stills & Nash, Graham Nash delivers the new album Graham Nash: Live via Proper Records. The record features Nash performing his first two critically acclaimed solo albums, Songs For Beginners and Wild Tales, in their entirety, recorded on tour in the Northeastern U.S. in September, 2019.

Nash's career as a solo artist took flight in 1971, with these two seminal albums showcasing the depths of his abilities as a singer and songwriter. His solo debut Songs For Beginners includes the hits "Simple Man," "Chicago/We Can Change the World" and "Military Madness," and Wild Tales, released in 1974, features "Prison Song," "Oh! Camil" and "You'll Never Be the Same." While the songs on these albums are largely autobiographical – dissecting Nash's relationship and subsequent breakup with Joni Mitchell, recalling his 3,000-mile sea voyage with David Crosby from Florida to San Francisco by way of the Panama Canal, and remembering his parents – they also show the depth and breadth of Nash's songwriting and storytelling, chronicling society's frayed edges during the Vietnam era, championing the defense of free speech, calling for prison reform as well as political reform and more.

"I've been trying to figure out why Songs For Beginners and Wild Tales [were] so popular and I think it's that intimacy and that immediacy of my emotions," explains Nash. "We're supposed to learn from history and it doesn't appear as if we're learning much. Songs like ‘Military Madness' that not relevant today? The hope that we can change the world, isn't that still relevant today? I'm very flattered that my music seems to have lasted this long, but I'm also a little upset that we have to keep singing a song like ‘Military Madness' right up to the present. Enough already!"