If I Could Only Remember My Name
|If I Could Only Remember My Name|
|Studio album by David Crosby|
|Released||February 22, 1971|
San Francisco, CA, A&M Studios,
|David Crosby chronology|
|The Village Voice||D+|
If I Could Only Remember My Name is the debut solo album by David Crosby, released in February 1971 on Atlantic Records. It was one of four high-profile albums released by each member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping Déjà Vu album (along with Stephen Stills, Songs for Beginners, and After the Gold Rush). It peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200 and earned a RIAA gold certification for selling over 500,000 copies in the United States.
Many prominent musicians of that era appear on the record, including Nash, Young, Joni Mitchell, members of the Grateful Dead (most notably Jerry Garcia, who helped to arrange and produce the album), Jefferson Airplane, and Santana. The ensemble was given the informal moniker of The Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra by Jefferson Airplane bandleader, longtime Crosby associate and fellow science fiction fan Paul Kantner; the core of this agglomeration (including recording engineer Stephen Barncard) also worked on Kantner's Blows Against the Empire (1970) and the Grateful Dead's American Beauty (1970), both recorded concurrently with Crosby's album at San Francisco's Wally Heider Studios.
Two singles were taken from the album, including the minor hit "Music Is Love," a collaboration with Nash and Young that was released in April 1971 and subsequently peaked at #95 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album has remained continuously in print.
If I Could Only Remember My Name was initially released on compact disc on October 25, 1990, having been digitally remastered from the original master tapes, using the equipment and techniques of the day, by Barncard. A double-disc reissue appeared on November 6, 2006, with an audio disc remastered in HDCD, including a bonus track (the hitherto unreleased "Kids and Dogs", previously earmarked for an unreleased Crosby solo album slated to appear on Capitol Records in the early 1980s) and a second DVD Audio disc of the original album remixed for 5.1 digital Surround Sound. Reviews of the most recent reissue place the album in the same influential company as the more baroque works of Nick Drake and Meddle-era Pink Floyd; it has also been cited as a progenitor of the freak folk and New Weird America subgenres of indie rock.
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On 18 November 2013, Crosby appeared on an edition of the BBC Radio 4 programme Mastertapes, which was dedicated to the making of the album. The following day, he took part in the programme's "B-side" edition, answering audience questions and performing songs from the album.
|1.||"Music Is Love"||David Crosby, Graham Nash, Neil Young||3:16|
|2.||"Cowboy Movie"||David Crosby||8:02|
|3.||"Tamalpais High (at about 3)"||David Crosby||3:29|
|1.||"What Are Their Names"||Crosby, Garcia, Lesh, Shrieve, Young||4:09|
|2.||"Traction in the Rain"||David Crosby||3:40|
|3.||"Song with No Words (Tree with No Leaves)"||David Crosby||5:53|
|5.||"I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here"||David Crosby||1:19|
2006 reissue bonus track
|10.||"Kids and Dogs"||David Crosby||7:01|
- David Crosby – vocals, guitars
- Graham Nash – guitar, vocal (on "Music Is Love"); vocals (on "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, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick – vocals (on "What Are Their Names")
- Stephen Barncard – engineer, digital remastering producer
- Ellen Burke – assistant engineer
- Gary Burden – art direction
- Henry Diltz – photography
- Elliot Roberts, Ronald Stone – management
- David Geffen – direction
- Steve Hall – surround mastering engineer 2006 DVD reissue
- Bill Dooley – compact disc digital mastering engineer 2006 reissue
- Swihart, Stanton. If I Could Only Remember My Name at AllMusic. Retrieved 10 March 2006.
- Sheffield, Rob (January 25, 2007). "If Only I Could Remember My Name – David Crosby > Album Reissue Review". Rolling Stone (1018). p. 75. Archived from the original on January 14, 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2007.
- Christgau, Robert (June 10, 1971). "Consumer Guide (18)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
- Quinlan, Carrie (February 15, 2010). "Revealed: The Vatican's Favourite Bands", The Guardian
- If Only I Could Remember My Name – David Crosby > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved 22 May 2006.
- If I Could Only Remember My Name at the Grateful Dead Family Discography
- "David Crosby". Mastertapes. November 18, 2013. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
- Cornelius on the 10 Albums Everyone Needs to Hear