David Crosby has spoken about plans for his forthcoming solo album, the long-delayed CSNY 1974 live album and his current relationship with Neil Young.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Crosby has explained that his new solo album has been co-written, co-produced and arranged by his son, James: “It’s different than anything I’ve ever done. I’ve always wanted to hear the band instrumentals in the same kind of place where I wanted the vocals. I wanted to make something experimental and out there, and this time I got it. I think I’m going to call it Dangerous Night.”
Crosby’s other major project is the CSNY live album recorded on the band’s 1974 tour, which was originally scheduled to come out this month and is now reported to be coming next spring.
“We had a different opinion of what standards the audio comes to,” explains Crosby. “Neil, of course, was demanding that 96 wasn’t good enough and we had to go up to 192. And so we did. I mean, if you’re making a record with four people you have to take them all into account. Neil has been on this crusade every since Apple did the MP3 for iTunes. He wanted to have Steve Jobs shot. He hates MP3. You can’t even say the word ‘MP3’ in front of him. Steam will come out of his ears. He’s a bit of a nut about it, but I get where he’s coming from.”
Crosby also addressed the recent Neil Young & Crazy Horse tour cancellations, due to an ongoing injury to guitarist Frank “Poncho” Sampedro‘s hand.
“I just talked to Neil yesterday,” says Crosby. “He feels real bad for Poncho… I have so much respect for Neil because he always follows his muse. It’s often counter to what I want, because, because I want to work with him. But I also want him to follow his muse. I want him playing music that excites him right that minute. And if that includes me, that’s wonderful. If it doesn’t, that’s wonderful too. He’s still making great music and still tries to push the envelope. Sometimes he succeeds, something he makes Trans.”