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Almost Cut My Hair by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Album: Déjà VuReleased: 1970
  • David Crosby recorded this track with the last remaining moments of studio time that the band had remaining, and while he was still reeling from the death of Christine Hinton days earlier in a car accident. She had been his girlfriend, and he was obviously still grieving. The pain in his normally smooth voice reflects a cracked and angry quality, belied by the light-hearted directive he makes at the start of the recording. If you listen to it, he starts, then stops, and comments as to the pace and gain of the recording, then the song starts again. According to the story as told by Crosby on the air with Bob Coburn of KLOS in the late 1990s, the recording is the only take that was done. (thanks, Scotty - OC, CA)
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Comments: 7

Anyone who thought that Neil Young sang this is a freaking idiot.Bill - Fairfax, Va
Trust me,I've been following these guys since Woodstock.That is all David Crosby singing.The freak flag is his long hair.Chip - Stratford, Ct
Neil Young doesn't sing this! It sounds nothing like him. It's David Crosby.Matt - Victori, Tx
In this song Neil Young sings "I'll let my freak flag fly" which is a reference to Jimi Henrdix's "If 6 was 9" in which Hendrix sings the same lyricMax - Boston, Ma
The opening comment on this song, ("I will now proceed to entangle the entire area.")was actually edited onto this song and was actually spoken prior to cutting a song called "Horses in the Rainstorm". You can find the original track on the two-CD Anthology, "Carry On".Bob - Southfield, Mi
I love letting my freak flag fly! And I love David Crosby too! Love ya Cros!!Karen - La Crosse , Wi
I love this song. I've just recently started getting into CSNY, and I've got a lot of catching up to do.Ben - Chelsea, Me