Graham Nash Working On Stephen Stills Box Set
The set will hopefully be with us next yearSpeaking to RollingStone.com Nash revealed that he was putting together the career spanning retrospective for his CSN bandmate.
"In a way Stephen is the wrong person to ask about Stephen," Nash says. "I’m lucky that I’m outside of Stephen so that I can look at his music and his trajectory as an artist more than he can."
Stills is the final member of CSN to land himself a career box set, with Nash overseeing both his own collection and that of David Crosby.
Rolling Stone reports that Nash has started going through more than 40 years of archives from Stills' career, from Buffalo Springfield and his CSN days through his solo work and rarer works such as 1972's Manassas. "I’ve got a list of every single thing that Stephen ever recorded and there’s some wild stuff in there," Nash says. "You’ve got to listen to it all because you can’t in a year after the album comes out go, 'Shit, look what we missed - Stephen and Hendrix.' You have to listen to it all and then you go, 'Okay, what are the important milestones in Stephen’s career? What should we start it with? What’s the last thing that he recorded so what’s gonna finish it?' And then we start fleshing it out in between."
The box set is likely to emerge at some point in 2012 if Nash finishes a list of Stills' complete discography. In the interview he points out that it took a year and a half for his own box set to be created and two years for David Crosby's.
"Stephen would like it out tomorrow and his manager would like it out yesterday, but we have to take our time because this is a piece of history," Nash says. "And I want to look at Stephen’s trajectory as a writer and a musician and a craftsman."