David Crosby has re-recorded Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young's “Woodstock” on his new album, If You Listen. The song, by Joni Mitchell — a former love interest of both Crosby and Graham Nash — was originally issued in 1970 on CSNY's Deja vu album. The newly reimagined track appears on Crosby's new collection, which is co-billed to his collaborators, vocalist/instrumentalists Michael League, Becca Stevens, and Michelle Willis.
During a chat with Billboard, “Croz” explained how the new version took shape: “I came up with that different set of changes for 'Woodstock.' At some point, I showed it to Becca, and she can play it better than I can, so she started playing it and we said, 'Oh f*** it, let's try it.' And we started singing it live. Four parts. And what happened was kind of magical. When we started doing it, the first time we hit that chorus, where it goes to reveal actual four different notes for a part, the audience started applauding right in the middle of the song.”
Crosby went on to shed light on the upcoming no holds barred documentary on him being produced by Cameron Crowe: “Cameron's known me since he was a teenager, and he's a very, very detailed interviewer. It's just a dangerously honest documentary. . . We all felt, y'know, this is a pretty heartfelt story and there is a lot to be learned from it. And we thought, f*** it, we're going to tell it like it is.”
Although David Crosby has toured alone and acoustic, as a duo, and as a trio — he maintains that it's the energy between the members of a full band that excites him the most: “I love that interaction back and forth with other people, I think sparking off of that. I mean, if you go into the thing, y'know, and it's all about you and you want all the publishing, and you want all the credit, and you want to be the star — well, that's a different thing. Use whatever it takes to elevate that song, to communicate that song.”
Source: Pulse of Radio