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If I Could Only Remember My Name

David Crosby

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Although it has long been overshadowed by works from his better-known bandmates Neil Young and Stephen Stills, David Crosby’s 1971 solo debut is beginning to receive its due as a vivid portrayal of post-hippie malaise. The sublimely sedated grooves of “Cowboy Movie” and “Laughing” are a clear continuation of the patented CSNY vibe, but with Crosby as ringleader the proceedings become hazier and hazier until we are left with the hypnotic wordless incantations of “Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves).” At the time of its release the album was dismissed as aimless and pretentious, and those claims are not entirely unfounded. But over the years Crosby’s lone solo statement (he wouldn’t make another solo album until 1989) came to signify something more than marijuana ramblings. Like John Phillip’s Wolfking of L.A. and Gene Clark’s No Other, If I Could Only Remember My Name doesn’t sound so much like the party as the morning after. This is the sound of all those Woodstock vibes evaporating in a warm California breeze. It’s not “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” but it is, in its own sad way, just as sweet.

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One of the Best Albums Ever. Period.

What they don't tell you in the allmusic.com review is the cast that plays on this record. It came from the legenday PERRO sessions with Croz, Kantner, Slick, Freiberg, Nash, Garcia, Kaukonen, Lesh, Casady, Kreutzmann, Hart ... those sessions spawned the greatest collection of albums of any recording sessions in rock history. And THIS album is the crowning achievement. A Masterpiece of the highest order.

If I Could Only Remember My Name

Most of the other reviews miss the point of this album, so I will tell you the secret right out....I was in the studio when this thing was cut back in 1971-72, at least the parts that were cut at Wally Heiders in San Francisco. This is Volumn #1 in the evolution of the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra, that means that everybody on the album had equal star status in the eyes of the others, a total peer review album. The tune "What are their Names," was sung while the entire vocal ensemble formed a circle, somewhat like a Quaker or Native American sing-song. Call it political witchcraft if you wish. Thus, while the younger reviewers seem to have discovered the music, they need to know about the emotional levels found on the album. Try to visualize Phil Lesh and Grace Slick, Paul Kanter, Crosby, Grahm Nash, and Davids' favorite Back up singer, Joni Mitchell, plus a few others ...holding hands in a circle singing, loud, focused hexing chants. This is probably the best folk rock album ever produced. All contributors were at the top of thier form.

If I Could Only Remember My Name

I bought this album when it was first released in 1971. I lived in San Francisco and couldn't pass up David Crosby's album. He recorded this when he lived across the Golden Gate bridge in Marin County California. It has musicans from the Grateful Dead, Santana, the Jefferson Airlane, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Graham Nash during the peak of their creative" juices" . Don't miss Tamalpais High, Song With NO Words, and especially Cowboy Movie which is a tongue and cheek discription of band memebers fighting over Rita Coolidge.

Biography

Born: August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The singular odyssey of David Crosby remains one of the more remarkable tales in the annals of music history. As a founding member of the pioneering American groups the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, he helped create and popularize the highly influential folk-rock sound, forging the richly harmonic, radiantly acoustic approach that defined the West Coast music scene for years to follow; he also sold millions of records and enjoyed a cultural impact equaled by few of his contemporaries. Yet...
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