If Only I Could Remember My Name – David Crosby

March 27, 2012

I bought this on its release in February 1971 and ever since it has been on my list of favourite albums.

It was David Crosby’s first solo album, and remains his finest, largely written and wholly recorded in the aftermath of the death, in an automobile accident, of his girlfriend Christine Hinton. It features most of the cream of California musicians of the time, including Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia and Bill Kreutzman of the Grateful Dead; Paul Kantner, Grace Slick and Jack Cassady from Jefferson Airplane; Carlos Santana and Michael Shreeve of Santana and, of course, Graham Nash and Neil Young.

Reviews at the time were generally unfavourable but that didn’t deter me! At the time I bought anything by CSN&Y.

 The style of the tracks varies but all feature Crosby’s fantastic vocals. Garcia contributes some fine guitar and steel guitar work, particularly on Cowboy Movie and Laughing. 

Tracks: Music Is LoveCowboy MovieTamalpais High (At About 3)LaughingWhat Are Their Names?Traction In The RainSong With No Words (Tree With No Leaves)OrleansI’d Swear There Was Somebody Here