SD 7203 If I Could Only Remember My Name
Produced by David Crosby
Released on February 22, 1971
US CHART POSITION #12 . . . GOLD RECORD (4/8/71)
. . . UK CHART POSITION #12
Find it at GEMM
SD 7203 cover  

F ollowing CSN&Y’s breakup, David Crosby released an album of airy, evocative songs and instrumentals that typify the time’s affection for spiritual, organic music. With support from the members of Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane (as well as former bandmates Graham Nash and Neil Young), Crosby is free to pursue the occasionally transcendent vocal harmonies of CSN&Y in earnest. As a result, If I Could Only Remember My Name feels most closely aligned with that band’s work, and is perhaps a better bet to please CS&N’s fans than anything from Nash or Stephen Stills. “Tamalpais High (At About 3),” “Laughing” and “Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves)” are like lost CS&N songs. Similar to that band’s “Guinnevere,” the songs expand on a single riff that grounds the soaring, spirit-like vocals, creating a mesmerizing effect. There are grittier moments on here that recall the work of Neil Young, such as “Cowboy Movie” and “What Are Their Names,” but these social commentaries aren’t the real attraction. While it charted well, the album failed to produce a single that fans could rally around like Stills’ “Love The One You’re With” -- the opening “Music Is Love” (cowritten by Nash and Young) is a CSN&Y outtake at best that recalls John Lennon’s “Give Peace A Chance,” while the fragmentary “Orleans” is pretty but too short (under two minutes) to make a viable single. If I Could Only Remember My Name remains a lovely and idiosyncratic album, handily the best of Crosby’s solo records. CS&N fans interested in the band’s extracurricular affairs would do well to start here.

SD 7203 inner gatefold SD 7203 back cover
SD 7203 inner gatefold SD 7203 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. MUSIC IS LOVE    (Graham Nash/Neil Young/David Crosby)    3:16
  2. COWBOY MOVIE    (David Crosby)    8:02
  3. TAMALPAIS HIGH (AT ABOUT 3)    (David Crosby)    3:28
  4. LAUGHING    (David Crosby)    5:20
  5. WHAT ARE THEIR NAMES    (Neil Young/Jerry Garcia/Phil Lesh/Michael Shrieve/David Crosby)    4:09
  6. TRACTION IN THE RAIN    (David Crosby)    3:40
  7. SONG WITH NO WORDS (TREE WITH NO LEAVES)    (David Crosby)    5:53
  8. ORLEANS    (traditional arr. by David Crosby)    1:56
  9. I'D SWEAR THERE WAS SOMEBODY HERE    (David Crosby)    1:19

CREDITS

DAVID CROSBY --
Laura Allen --
Jack Casady --
Ethan Crosby --
David Frieberg --
Jerry Garcia --
Mickey Hart --
Paul Kantner --
Jorma Kaukonen --
Bill Kreutzmann --
Phil Lesh --
Joni Mitchell --
Graham Nash --
Gregg Rolie --
Michael Shrieve --
Grace Slick --
Neil Young --
Stephen Barncard -- engineer
Henry Lewy -- additional engineering (1)
Elliot Roberts -- management
Ronald Stone -- management
David Geffen -- direction
Gary Burden -- back cover photography, art direction, design
Henry Diltz -- inside photographs
Robert Hammer -- front cover photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US February 22, 1971 Atlantic LP/CS/8T SD/CS/M8 7203 gatefold cover
UK February 22, 1971 Atlantic LP 2401 005 gatefold cover
GER   Atlantic 2LP 60 064 repackaged w. SONGS FOR BEGINNERS
as 2 ORIGINALS OF DAVID CROSBY GRAHAM NASH
US November 1993 Atlantic CD SD 7203  

 

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