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Graham Nash revealed to us that tensions between David Crosby and producer Rick Rubin forced the end of their sessions with him for Crosby, Stills, & Nash's covers project. The album, which is only halfway completed, features songs that the group wish they had written. Nash said that when Rubin tried to pull rank over Crosby, the rot set in.
We asked Nash to explain how it all went down: "The bottom line is that he tried to tell Crosby what to do. You can suggest anything to Crosby, you can persuade him any way. You cannot tell David Crosby that he's gonna do something he doesn't want to do. We wanted to do a couple of Beatles songs, and Rick said, 'Well there'll only be one Beatles song on this record.' And Crosby said 'Who the (bleep) said so?' He said, 'I am, I'm the producer here -- there'll only be one Beatles song on this record.' And Crosby said, 'You are telling CSN what is going to happen with their record?!' It was down hill from that moment."
Nash told us that the band has since re-recorded the songs they tracked with Rubin in a series of sessions at Jackson Browne's studio. Despite the ending of their professional relationship, Nash still respects Rubin's talents: "Rick is a brilliant producer, he knows what he wants, he just handled it badly, as far as I'm concerned."
The group is still planning on completing and releasing the album, but no release date has been set
Crosby, Stills, & Nash perform tonight (July 27th) at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium.
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