If I Could Only Remember My Name (50th Anniversary Edition; 2021 Remaster) David Crosby
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- 1Music Is Love (2021 Remaster) (192 kHz)03:23
- 2Cowboy Movie (2021 Remaster) (192 kHz)08:06
- 3Tamalpais High (At About 3) (2021 Remaster) (192 kHz)03:31
- 4Laughing (2021 Remaster) (192 kHz)05:23
- 5What Are Their Names (2021 Remaster) (192 kHz)04:13
- 6Traction In The Rain (2021 Remaster) (192 kHz)03:46
- 7Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves) (2021 Remaster) (192 kHz)05:55
- 8Orleans (2021 Remaster) (192 kHz)02:00
- 9I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here (2021 Remaster) (192 kHz)08:21
- 10Kids And Dogs (2021 Remaster) (192 kHz)07:00
- 11Riff 1 (Demo) (2021 Remaster)02:22
- 12Tamalpais High (At About 3) [Demo] (2021 Remaster)01:53
- 13Kids And Dogs (Demo) (2021 Remaster)03:07
- 14Games (Demo) (2021 Remaster)03:17
- 15Laughing (Demo) (2021 Remaster)03:58
- 16Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves) [Demo] (2021 Remaster)03:12
- 17The Wall Song (Demo) (2021 Remaster)04:15
- 18Where Will I Be? (Demo) (2021 Remaster)03:41
- 19Cowboy Movie (Alternate Version) (2021 Remaster)10:57
- 20Bach Mode (Pre-Critical Mass) (2021 Remaster)01:59
- 21Coast Road (2021 Remaster)05:15
- 22Dancer (2021 Remaster)05:03
- 23Fugue (2021 Remaster)02:02
Info for If I Could Only Remember My Name (50th Anniversary Edition; 2021 Remaster)
Singer-songwriter David Crosby's solo debut, If I Could Only Remember My Name, was dismissed by critics when it came out in 1971. Over the years, however, appreciation has grown for the album's adventurous aesthetic, stacked harmonies and haunting lyrics about loss and confusion. Billed as Crosby's solo debut, the album was anything but a one-man project.
Instead, it was one of his most collaborative efforts, featuring an all-star cast of players that included members of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Santana, along with Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and others.
If I Could Only Remember My Name turned 50 earlier this year and Rhino is celebrating with a 2-album set that includes the album lovingly remastered from the original analog tapes, accompanied by a bonus disc that features a dozen unreleased demos, outtakes, and alternative versions. The new remaster was overseen by original album engineer Stephen Barncard with restoration and speed correction using Plangent Processes.
The liner notes that accompany the collection were written by Steve Silberman, co-author of Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads. He writes: "...the stories behind the creation of If I Could Only Remember My Name make clear that its uplifting and redemptive qualities were the result of a close-knit group of gifted players pulling one of their own back from the brink. The album's edge was tempered in the fire of life-altering tragedy."
When Crosby started recording the album in 1970, he was grieving the death of his longtime girlfriend Christine Hinton, who was killed in a car accident a year earlier. At the time, Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco became a refuge for Crosby, who remembers Jerry Garcia showing up nearly every night. "There'd be that grin, and then that look in the eyes, and this fascination with the music," Crosby recalls. "Easy, not forced, graceful, fun, ever-present. It was a kindness, I'm pretty sure. Jerry never said that, never even implied it. Just, 'Hey, I heard you were doing something. What are you doing? Let’s do something."
What they made was music that would be embraced by later generations of singer-songwriters and cited as an early example of the "freak folk" genre. On the original, the nine songs explore a wide range of moods and textures. Crosby's swagger and Garcia's stinging solos give "Cowboy Movie" its intensity, while "Song With No Words (Trees With No Leaves)" gently stretches out to a place between choral folk and modal jazz. For "Orleans," Crosby transformed the French children's song using the studio and its echo chamber to record a choir of his vocal harmonies.
The second disc uncovers nearly an hour of unreleased recordings from the making of If I Could Only Remember My Name. That includes the album's first seeds, which Crosby planted on March 28, 1968 at Hollywood Recorders in Los Angeles. Together with producer Paul Rothchild, he recorded nascent versions of songs like "Tamalpais High (At About 3)" and more. Those tracks are joined by several unreleased session recordings, including "Coast Road," "Dancer," and an alternate version of "Cowboy Movie" that features Neil Young soloing instead of Garcia.
David Crosby, vocals, guitars
Graham Nash, guitar, vocals (on "Music Is Love", "Tamalpais High", "Laughing", "What Are Their Names", "Traction in the Rain" and "Song with No Words")
Jerry Garcia, electric guitar (on "Cowboy Movie", "Tamalpais High", "What Are Their Names" and "Song with No Words"); pedal steel guitar (on "Laughing"); guitars (on "Kids and Dogs"); vocal (on "What Are Their Names")
Neil Young, guitars, vocals (on "Music Is Love" and "What Are Their Names"); bass, vibraphone, congas (on "Music Is Love")
Jorma Kaukonen, electric guitar (on "Tamalpais High" and "Song with No Words")
Laura Allan, autoharp, vocal (on "Traction in the Rain")
Gregg Rolie, piano (on "Song with No Words")
Phil Lesh, bass (on "Cowboy Movie", "Tamalpais High", "Laughing" and "What Are Their Names"); vocal (on "What Are Their Names")
Jack Casady, bass (on "Song with No Words")
Bill Kreutzmann, drums (on "Tamalpais High" and "Laughing"); tambourine (on "Cowboy Movie")
Michael Shrieve, drums (on "What Are Their Names" and "Song with No Words")
Mickey Hart, drums (on "Cowboy Movie")
Joni Mitchell, vocals (on "Laughing" and "What Are Their Names")
David Freiberg, vocals (on "What Are Their Names")
Paul Kantner, vocals (on "What Are Their Names")
Grace Slick, vocals (on "What Are Their Names")
Recorded 1970–1971 at Wally Heider, San Francisco A&M, Hollywood
Produced by David Crosby
Legendary singer-songwriter and social justice activist David Crosby is a two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, inducted as a member of both the iconic folk-rock band The Byrds — with whom he first rose to stardom — and the iconic Woodstock era-defining group Crosby, Stills & Nash.
A native Californian-and son of an Academy Award-winning cinematographer-Crosby originally intended to be an actor when he moved from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles in 1960. Music prevailed, however, and Crosby began his career as a folksinger, playing clubs and coffeehouses nationwide. Back in L.A. in '63, Crosby formed The Byrds with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke, winning widespread recognition for his songwriting and charismatic presence. Driven by hits including "Eight Miles High," "Turn! Turn! Turn!," and a cover of Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," The Byrds' signature electric folk-rock influenced countless musicians to come.
Crosby left The Byrds in 1967 to embark on a lifelong collaboration with Graham Nash and Stephen Stills. Renowned for vocal harmonies, stellar musicianship and timeless songs, Crosby, Stills, & Nash (CSN) have been called "the voice of a generation," and were GRAMMY-honored in 1969 as Best New Artist. The trio's self-titled debut album introduced classics including the Crosby-penned tracks "Guinnevere" and "Wooden Ships"—today, it is included on Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Crosby continues to tour and record with CSN, as well as with Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and as a duo with Graham Nash.
As a solo artist, Crosby debuted with the 1971 masterpiece If Only I Could Remember My Name, recently reissued as a two-disc set featuring a 5.1 mix, video footage, and other bonuses. David Crosby also performs and records with CPR, the jazz-flavored trio he formed in 1995 with his son James Raymond and Jeff Pevar.
Crosby's most recent release is 2004's Crosby-Nash, a 2-CD set with Graham Nash, their first as a duo since 1976's Whistling Down The Wire. Their debut LP together, '72's Crosby & Nash-featuring "Southbound Train" and "Immigration Man"-is regarded as one of the best side projects from the CSN&Y sphere. Their catalogue also includes 1975's Wind On The Water and the live gem Another Stoney Evening. Previously a CD-only release of a 1971 concert recording, the latter title is now available in digital and LP versions as the inaugural releases on Blue Castle Records, the independent label Crosby formed with Nash in 2011. Voyage, a 3-disc, career-spanning retrospective box set touching on all aspects of Crosby's oeuvre, was released in 2006.
Crosby is also the author of three books including Stand and Be Counted: Making Music, Making History/The Dramatic Story of the Artists and Causes That Changed America, which underscores his commitment to social activism, and belief that artists and musicians are potent agents for change. Crosby's two autobiographical volumes are Long Time Gone and Since Then: How I Survived Everything And Lived To Tell About It. The latter, per Entertainment Weekly, chronicles, "A fascinating life worthy of a sequel."
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