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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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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 CSNY diaspora, it is one of the defining moments of hungover spirituality from the era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/2009
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227986667
  • Catalog Number: 7203

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, Vocals, 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
Phil Lesh Guitar
Laurie Allan Vocals
Laura Allan Autoharp
Technical Credits
Michael Shrieve Contributor
Mickey Hart Contributor
Joni Mitchell Contributor
Grace Slick Contributor
Paul Kantner Contributor
Gregg Rolie Contributor
Stephen Barncard Engineer
Gary Burden Contributor, Art Direction, Back Cover
Jack Casady Contributor
David Crosby Songwriter, Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ethan Crosby Contributor
Henry Diltz Contributor
David Freiberg Contributor
David Geffen Contributor, Direction
Robert Hammer Contributor
Bill Kreutzmann Contributor
Elliot Roberts Contributor
Ronald Stone Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best ever

    David Crosby assembled the cream of the crop from CSN, the Dead, the Airplane, Quicksilver, even Joni Mitchell. It's transcendent! Amazingly, the ablum received little notice when released, and seemed to fade quickly into obscurity. A real gem!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best overlooked masterpiece of late 60s music

    This is as close to an all-star gathering where the guests left their egos (and probably a few stray brain cells) at the door as you're likely ever to find. Joni Mitchell, Jerry Garcia, much of Jefferson Airplane, some Quicksilver and a whole host of others join in these mellow, cosmic proceedings. And the music is transcendent of time and origin, though the Haight-Ashbury vibe is deeply felt. This grouping of uncluttered genius unfortunately would never be repeated. Even the LP most closely related in time, studio and personnel, Paul Kantner's "Blows Against the Empire," seems worlds away in taste and temperament. A fleeting moment, but graciously caught and recorded just before the bubble of 60s commited idealism burst.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    still listening to it

    this album is a masterpiece. having worn out three original vinyls and still having one for my daughter to keep should be testimony enough. the album [and the musicians on it] serves as a window through which one can view what was happening musically and socially at that time. what is great about it is that it is still relevant... and musically vibrant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The 'Other' CSN/CSNY album

    Not a lot of people know this album, but if you like CSN/CSNY this is the 'other' album. Classic David Crosby.

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    Posted January 24, 2009

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