David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name

David Crosby - If I Could Only Remember My Name


Classic Records (Atlantic)



Product No.:
AATC 7203-45Q

45 RPM Vinyl Record

No. of Discs: 4

45 RPM

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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 (5.00 Stars) 2 person(s) rated this product.

worth it for the cool photos inside the gatefold

posted on 03/09/2007
5 Stars
Reviewer: bruce wayne
great pics of all the people involved & all looking soooo young including a great pic of joni mitchell. this record may be better than any crosby, stills & nash LP. I love what classic records has done, but there seems to be a quality control problem at classic records as my 4 LP 45rpm pressings all had pops & crackles on the very first play & then I bought the crosby/nash LP & the very same thing on that one too! :(( also, every classic record that I have ever purchased has had minor, but still very visible paper scuffs right out of the sleeve for the first time. what is up with those guys??

maximum music and quality.

posted on 04/03/2005
5 Stars
Reviewer: ezio gallino (italy)
This can be considered the best recording of an historical album. just a problem single side oblig you to change disc 4 times keeping jackets sparse away. double side 45 could cost a little less and symplify life. anyway thanks for the gift, classic.

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