Back in 2013, we profiled a rare Swiss pressing of supergroup Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s brilliant album Déjà Vu. Some seven years later, we look at another CSNY offering, this time the 1974 compilation titled So Far. The pressing featured here is not as rare but is still early and not an expected one to find for this compilation. Before we delve into the pressing, let’s briefly review the album itself.

So Far is appropriately titled as CSNY’s first compilation. Released on the Atlantic label in 1974, So Far includes hits from the pre-Neil Young trio among its 11 tracks. Thus, So Far includes, as examples, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” and “Wooden Ships” from the Crosby, Stills & Nash self-titled debut.

On CD, So Far was first released in the U.S. under Atlantic catalog number SD 19119-2. (As a point of trivia, this release and the original U.S. release of Déjà Vu are consecutively numbered, as the latter bears catalog number SD 19118-2.) The first copies of So Far to hit the shelves in the U.S. were pressed in Japan by Matsushita. When production shifted to the U.S., Warner, the parent to Atlantic, turned to the Sanyo plant.

The U.S. Sanyo pressing of So Far has the typical U.S. Atlantic label design with red and black outer rings, a red Atlantic logo, black text, and no paint coating. “MADE IN U. S. A. BY SANYO” is printed along the perimeter. The matrix code is “19119-2 S8124B” and is printed in the typical font used by both the Japanese and U.S. Sanyo plants. Also typical of a Sanyo pressing, the disc has “MANUFACTURED BY SANYO” stamped in the mirror band.

Shown below are the cover and back insert for the U.S. release of So Far, along with the U.S. Sanyo pressing.

 

The cover for the original U.S. issue of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young So Far (Atlantic, catalog number SD 19119-2). This is the standard cover artwork for this compilation.

 

The back insert for the original U.S. issue of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young So Far (Atlantic, catalog number SD 19119-2). As noted along the bottom, this insert was printed in the U.S., and there is a barcode in the top right corner.

 

The U.S. Sanyo pressing of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young So Far (Atlantic, catalog number SD 19119-2). Note “MADE IN U. S. A. BY SANYO” printed along the perimeter. The matrix code is “19119-2 S8124B”, and “MANUFACTURED BY SANYO” is also stamped in the mirror band.

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