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Graham Nash Talks "Reflections" Box Set, Performs "Right Between the Eyes"

January 30, 2009 2:53 PM ET

On his way to Rolling Stone headquarters in New York to talk about his new three-CD career spanning box set, Graham Nash began thinking about a song he wrote in the city more than 40 years ago. "I was seduced by a beautiful woman down in Long Island," Nash says. "She was married. The song is a confession to a friend."

 

Nash sang us an acoustic version of the track, "Right Between The Eyes," for what he believes is the first time in 20 years (click above for the exclusive video). It's one of 64 tracks on Reflections, which traces his career from the Hollies through the many incarnations of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young to his recent solo work. "I went through 44 versions of the set before I settled on this one," he says. "It was painful for me because I'm not for introspection or resting on my laurels. A lot of the musical soundtrack to my life is on this box set."

 

Nash plans on hitting the road this summer for Crosby, Stills and Nash's 40th anniversary tour. He's also in the early stages of recording a new covers album with his famed trio under the guidance of producer Rick Rubin.

The last time Nash was hanging at Rolling Stone along with David Crosby and Stephen Stills, the trio took us track-by-track through the making of their landmark self-titled debut album:

Track by Track: Crosby, Stills & Nash on Their Self-Titled Debut

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