If I Could Only Remember My Name

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If I Could Only Remember My Name
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 22, 1971
Recorded1970–1971
Studio
GenreRock, folk rock, psychedelia
Length37:04
LabelAtlantic
ProducerDavid Crosby
David Crosby chronology
If I Could Only Remember My Name
(1971)
Oh Yes I Can
(1989)
Singles from If I Could Only Remember My Name
  1. "Music Is Love"
    Released: March 1971
  2. "Orleans"
    Released: May 1971

If I Could Only Remember My Name is the debut solo album by David Crosby, released in February 1971 on Atlantic Records. A number of guest musicians appear on the record, including Graham Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, and members of Jefferson Airplane, Santana, and the Grateful Dead. The ensemble was given the informal moniker of The Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra. Two singles were taken from the album, including "Music Is Love", a collaboration with Nash and Young that was released in April 1971 and reached No. 95 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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 No. 12 on the Billboard 200 and earned a RIAA gold certification for selling over 500,000 copies in the United States. The album gained new recognition in 2010 when it was listed second on the "Top 10 Pop Albums of All Time" as published in the Vatican City newspaper L'Osservatore Romano.[2] It was voted number 156 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000).[3] He stated "if you are not familiar with this miraculous record, please take the risk."

Recording[edit]

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, Quicksilver Messenger Service, 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;[4] 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.

Release[edit]

If I Could Only Remember My Name was released in February 1971 on Atlantic Records.

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 No. 95 on the Billboard Hot 100.[5][6] The album has remained continuously in print.[7][8]

In October 1990, a compact disc version was released, having been digitally remastered from the original master tapes, using the equipment and techniques of the day, by Barncard. A double-compact disc version appeared in November 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.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork8.7/10[9]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[8]
The Village VoiceD–[10]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music5/5 stars[11]

Reviews of the 2006 reissue compare the album with Nick Drake and Meddle-era Pink Floyd; and discuss it as a progenitor of the freak folk and New Weird America subgenres of indie rock.[12][13]

Legacy[edit]

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.[14] The following day, he took part in the programme's "B-side" edition, answering audience questions and performing songs from the album.[14]

Japanese musician Cornelius included it in his list of "10 Experimental Albums that Everyone Should Own."[15]

The title of the album served as basis for the title of the documentary David Crosby: Remember My Name (19 July 2019).

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Music Is Love"David Crosby, Graham Nash, Neil Young3:16
2."Cowboy Movie"David Crosby8:02
3."Tamalpais High (At About 3)"David Crosby3:29
4."Laughing"David Crosby5:20
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."What Are Their Names"Crosby, Garcia, Lesh, Shrieve, Young4:09
2."Traction in the Rain"David Crosby3:40
3."Song with No Words (Tree with No Leaves)"David Crosby5:53
4."Orleans"traditional1:56
5."I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here"David Crosby1:19
2006 reissue bonus track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
10."Kids and Dogs"David Crosby7:01

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (1971) Peak

position

US Billboard Top LPs[16] 12
UK Album Charts[17] 12
Canadian RPM 100 Albums[18] 8
Dutch MegaCharts Albums[19] 7
Australian Go-Set Top 20 Albums[20] 13
Swedish Kvällstoppen Chart[21] 12
US Cash Box Top 100 Albums[22] 9
US Record World Album Chart[16] 9

Singles

Sales chart performance for singles from If I Could Only Remember My Name
Year Single Chart Position
1971 "Music Is Love" US Billboard Hot 100[16] 95
US Top Singles (Cash Box)[23] 96
US Top Singles (Record World) [24] 76
"Orleans" US Billboard Hot 100[16] 101

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[25] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.4waysite.com/publications.../articles-1990s-if-i-could-only-remember-my-name... |
  2. ^ Quinlan, Carrie (February 15, 2010). "Revealed: The Vatican's Favourite Bands", The Guardian
  3. ^ Colin Larkin, ed. (2000). All Time Top 1000 Albums (3rd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 89. ISBN 0-7535-0493-6.
  4. ^ Craig Fenton (7 August 2008). Have You Seen The Stars Tonite. p. 69. ISBN 9781438245348.
  5. ^ If Only I Could Remember My Name – David Crosby > Charts & Awards > Billboard Album at AllMusic. Retrieved 22 May 2006.
  6. ^ If I Could Only Remember My Name at the Grateful Dead Family Discography
  7. ^ a b Swihart, Stanton. "If I Could Only Remember My Name". AllMusic. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  8. ^ a b 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.
  9. ^ "David Crosby: If I Could Only Remember My Name Album Review". Pitchfork. 10 March 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 10, 1971). "Consumer Guide (18)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved February 16, 2013.
  11. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 3074. ISBN 978-0857125958.
  12. ^ "Review". www.headheritage.co.uk. Retrieved 2020-06-18.https://www.headheritage.co.uk/unsung/review/1264/
  13. ^ Giles, Jeff. "Revisiting David Crosby's 'If I Could Only Remember My Name'". Ultimate Classic Rock.
  14. ^ a b c "David Crosby". Mastertapes. November 18, 2013. BBC Radio 4. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  15. ^ "Cornelius on the 10 Albums Everyone Needs to Hear".
  16. ^ a b c d "Stephen Stills". Billboard. Retrieved 2020-07-05. Cite error: The named reference ":5" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page). Cite error: The named reference ":5" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  17. ^ "STEPHEN STILLS | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  18. ^ Canada, Library and Archives (2013-04-16). "The RPM story". www.bac-lac.gc.ca. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  19. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Stephen Stills - Stephen Stills". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  20. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992.
  21. ^ "Swedish Charts" (PDF).
  22. ^ "CASH BOX MAGAZINE: Music and coin machine magazine 1942 to 1996". worldradiohistory.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  23. ^ "CASH BOX MAGAZINE: Music and coin machine magazine 1942 to 1996". worldradiohistory.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  24. ^ "RECORD WORLD MAGAZINE: 1942 to 1982". worldradiohistory.com. Retrieved 2020-07-05.
  25. ^ "American album certifications – David Crosby – If I Could Only Remember My Name". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 9 June 2016. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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