David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name

David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name


Classic Records (Atlantic)



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AATC 7203Q

200 Gram Vinyl Record

200 Gram LP  

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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 Only I Could Only Remember My Name is a shambolic masterpiece, meandering but transcendently 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 hung-over spirituality from the era.

1. Music is Love
2. Cowboy Movie
3. Tamalpais High (at about 3)
4. Laughing
5. What Are Their Names
6. Traction In The Rain
7. Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves)
8. Orleans
9. I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here

Customer Reviews (4.43 Stars) 7 person(s) rated this product.


posted on 08/30/2010
5 Stars
If you like CSNY, Neil Young, or especially the Grateful Dead, give this album a try. It's a masterpiece for sure! Great presssing, very big and dynamic. Interestingly/strangely enough, the Vatican recently rated this as the 2nd best album of all time, just behind the Beatles' Revolver. David Crosby was never better than this.


posted on 03/11/2009
5 Stars
Reviewer: vaughn

my first $50.00 200g LP....

posted on 02/28/2008
5 Stars
And it was painful turning loose of that cash.... until my first pass through "Traction in the Rain". Then it seemed like a bargain. "If I Could Only" is one of the sonic wonders of the early '70's, and if you're like me, you've been through several copies. With this highly atmospheric music, any surface noise, pops, or clicks are very distracting. My copy plays dead silent, and the audio quality is outstanding. If Acoustic Sounds does indeed have only "limited stock", you might want to get busy and get it.

A masterpiece

posted on 09/11/2007
5 Stars
Reviewer: Roberto
I know this album since 1974.I think when i'll be dead i want this album buried with me. I'll listen to it for the Eternity.

David Crosby

posted on 12/25/2006
1 Stars
This album is not very good-even with great people on it. If you want to hear a great album with many of the same people get Paul Kantner's Blows Against The Empire. I thought this album was poor when I first heard it in the early eighties, but with all the buz about it I gave it another few listens on this nice $30 pressing. Why does Bernie pick this stuff, when there is so much out there I'ld love to hear him release on HDAD or good analogue vinyl(King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Steely Dan, Frank Zappa)

Legendary David Crosby!

posted on 08/22/2005
5 Stars
Reviewer: CSNEd
As with the CSN debut album in 1969, David Crosby's first solo album from 1971 is a premiere classic. Remember the year, 1971. American Musclecars on the street, David Crosby providing the early 70s sound, that still sound fresh today. Great stereo systems beg for albums like this! Every cut is the heart and soul of David Crosby! The album cover, truly represents David's love of the open water, Sun and Earth. Into the studio, with an all-star cast that included living legends such as Graham Nash, Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick, Joni Mitchell, Paul Kantner & Neil Young. Stephen Barncard engineered this album, and stated "I consider this album one of the most memorable of my career". David Crosby has released an album that has stood the test of time. I highly urge anyone to purchase this album / CD. Play it loud, play it often, cuts like "Cowboy Movie" & "I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here" will have you forever locked in a 1971 time machine! CLASSIC LP ... 10 Stars...David CROSBY!!! BUY NOW!

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