Wild Tales

Album: Wild Tales (1974)

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  • Nash expected the Wild Tales album to chart higher than #34 on the Billboard 200 and blamed Atlantic Records for not promoting it enough. He would leave the label shortly after and sign on to ABC Records with partner David Crosby.
  • Sound engineer Don Gooch: "'Wild Tales' is based on a couple of real stories, in particular the milkman part ('Cause you caught the milkman with double cream, he was delivering down your halls') was part of a story that someone Graham had met had related and it was so bizarre he wrote the song around it. A lot of the other songs are based on his personal experiences and may be too personal to divulge." >>
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  • The album's darker tone is often attributed to the murder of Nash's girlfriend, Amy Gossage, but that didn't occur until over a year after it was released. It was actually his breakups with Rita Coolidge (who'd previously left his CSNY bandmate Stephen Stills to be with him) and Joni Mitchell (who'd had a love affair with bandmate David Crosby) that put him in a somber mood. Mitchell contributed vocals on another of the album's tracks, "Another Sleep Song."
  • Nash borrowed the song/album title for his 2013 memoir, Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life.

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