If I Could Only Remember My Name [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
David Crosby's debut solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name is a one-shot wonder of dreamy but ominous California ambience. The songs range from brief snapshots of inspiration the angelic chorale-vocal showcase on "Orleans" and the a cappella closer, "I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here" to the full-blown, rambling western epic "Cowboy Movie," and there are absolutely no false notes struck or missteps taken. No one before or since has gotten as much mileage out of a wordless vocal as Crosby does on "Tamalpais High At About 3" and "Song with No Words Tree with No Leaves," and because the music is so relaxed, each song turns into its own panoramic vista. Those who ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
David Crosby's debut solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name is a one-shot wonder of dreamy but ominous California ambience. The songs range from brief snapshots of inspiration the angelic chorale-vocal showcase on "Orleans" and the a cappella closer, "I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here" to the full-blown, rambling western epic "Cowboy Movie," and there are absolutely no false notes struck or missteps taken. No one before or since has gotten as much mileage out of a wordless vocal as Crosby does on "Tamalpais High At About 3" and "Song with No Words Tree with No Leaves," and because the music is so relaxed, each song turns into its own panoramic vista. Those who don't go for trippy Aquarian sentiment, however, may be slightly put off by the obscure, cosmic storytelling of the gorgeous "Laughing," or the ambiguous but pointed social questioning of "What Are Their Names," but in actuality it is an incredibly focused album. Even when a song as pretty as "Traction in the Rain" shimmers with its picked guitars and autoharp, the album is coated in a distinct, persistent menace that is impossible to shake. It is a shame that Crosby would continue to descend throughout the remainder of the decade and the beginning of the next into aimless drug addiction, and that he would not issue another solo album until 18 years later. As it is, If I Could Only Remember My Name is a shambolic masterpiece, meandering but transcendentally so, full of frayed threads. Not only is it among the finest splinter albums out of the CSN&Y diaspora, it is one of the defining moments of hungover spirituality from the era. [In 2006, Rhino reissued the album with a bonus track the seven-minute instrumental "Kids and Dogs," on which the singing is wordless scatting; historical liner notes, including comments on individual tracks by Crosby himself; and a DVD that included a Surround Sound mix, a stereo Dolby Digital mix, photos, and lyrics. The DVD also included a lengthy interview -- with only printed content, and no video or audio component -- about the recording of the album with Stephen Barncard, who recorded and mixed the original LP.]
Entertainment Weekly - Clark Collis
The music stands as some of the greatest to be produced by the early-'70s West Coast scene. (A)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227320423
  • Catalog Number: 73204
  • Sales rank: 29,835

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Music Is Love (3:21)
  2. 2 Cowboy Movie (8:11)
  3. 3 Tamalpais High (At About 3) (3:33)
  4. 4 Laughing (5:26)
  5. 5 What Are Their Names (4:14)
  6. 6 Traction in the Rain (3:46)
  7. 7 Song with No Words (Tree with No Leaves) (6:00)
  8. 8 Orleans (2:01)
  9. 9 I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here (1:26)
  10. 10 Kids & Dogs (7:01)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Music Is Love
  2. 2 Cowboy Movie
  3. 3 Tamalpais High (At About 3)
  4. 4 Laughing
  5. 5 What Are Their Names
  6. 6 Traction in the Rain
  7. 7 Song with No Words (Tree with No Leaves) [Surround Sound/Dolby Digital/
  8. 8 Orleans
  9. 9 I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here
  10. 10 Kids and Dogs
  11. 11 Bonus Material
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Crosby Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Michael Shrieve Percussion, Drums
Mickey Hart Percussion, Drums
Jerry Garcia Guitar
Jorma Kaukonen Guitar
Joni Mitchell Background Vocals
Graham Nash Guitar, Piano, Background Vocals
Grace Slick Background Vocals
Neil Young Guitar, Conga, Background Vocals, Vibes
Paul Kantner Guitar
Gregg Rolie Piano
David Freiberg Background Vocals
Bill Kreutzmann Percussion, Drums
Laura Allan Autoharp
Technical Credits
Crosby & Nash Arranger, Producer, Song Notes
Graham Nash Composer
Neil Young Composer
Craig Anderson Authoring
Stephen Barncard Engineer, Remixing, Song Notes
Gary Burden Art Direction
Spencer Chrislu Director
David Crosby Composer, Audio Production
David Geffen Direction
Steve Hall Mastering
Robert Hammer Cover Photo
Henry Lewy Engineer
Elliot Roberts Management
David Dieckmann Authoring
Matthew Greenwald Liner Notes
Traditional Composer
Robin Hurley Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great melodies

    Great interplay between Garcia and Crosby. Heart and Soul of the sixties, still sounds fresh.

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