|Songs for Beginners|
|Studio album by|
|Released||28 May 1971|
23 September 2008 (CD+DVD)
Wally Heiders Studio III, Los Angeles and Studio "C", San Francisco
|Genre||Folk rock, country rock|
|Graham Nash chronology|
Songs for Beginners is British singer-songwriter Graham Nash's debut solo studio album. Released in May 1971, it was one of four high-profile albums released by each partner of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping Déjà Vu album of 1970. It peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, and the single "Chicago" made it to No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has been certified a gold record by the RIAA.
Nash brought in an impressive group of guests to assist in the recording, including David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Dave Mason, David Lindley, Rita Coolidge, and Neil Young (under Young's early 1970s pseudonym Joe Yankee). The making of this album directly followed Nash's break-up with longtime girlfriend, Joni Mitchell. Many of the songs are about their time together. The Top 40 track "Chicago" concerned both the 1968 Democratic National Convention and the trial of the Chicago Eight, articulating the outrage Nash felt concerning those proceedings.
"Wounded Bird" was written for Stephen Stills, about the pains he was going through in his relationship with Judy Collins. "Better Days", was also written for Stills, after Rita Coolidge left him for Nash.
A first generation compact disc was released in the late 1980s, and reissued in 2011. A remixed version supervised by Nash was issued on 180-gram vinyl only by Classic Records in 2001. A deluxe edition of Songs for Beginners was released on 23 September 2008 as a CD+DVD-Audio pack, featuring a bonus multichannel high resolution audio, all new 2008 video interview with Graham Nash, plus a photo gallery and complete lyrics along with the 11-track CD album remastered.
The song "Simple Man" featured in the opening sequence of the 2007 film Reign Over Me, and a copy of the album appears in it. The same song was also used in the final minutes of the season 2 finale of the HBO series Looking. The song "Better Days" appears in episode 2 of Fox TV's The Passage, released in 2019. A demo version of "Be Yourself" plays during the closing credits of the film Up in the Air. "Military Madness" has been covered live by Death Cab For Cutie, and was covered by indie-rock band Woods on their 2009 album Songs of Shame.
In 2018, the song "Better Days" was used as the closing credit song in the Showtime miniseries Escape at Dannemora, Episode 7. In 2021, "Better Days" was played over the closing credits of the HBO Max series Hacks, Episode 6.
|1.||"Military Madness"||Graham Nash||2:50|
|2.||"Better Days"||Graham Nash||3:47|
|3.||"Wounded Bird"||Graham Nash||2:09|
|4.||"I Used to Be a King"||Graham Nash||4:45|
|5.||"Be Yourself"||Graham Nash, Terry Reid||3:03|
|1.||"Simple Man"||Graham Nash||2:18|
|2.||"Man in the Mirror"||Graham Nash||2:47|
|3.||"There's Only One"||Graham Nash||3:55|
|4.||"Sleep Song"||Graham Nash||2:57|
|6.||"We Can Change the World"||Graham Nash||1:00|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.