If I Could Only Remember My Name

January 1971 Atlantic 1971 US #12; UK #12

If I Could Only Remember My Name is the debut solo album by David Crosby, released in February of 1971 on Atlantic Records. 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, it peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200. It has been in print continuously since its initial release.

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Music is Love Play Track
Cowboy Movie Play Track
Tamalpais High (At About 3) Play Track
Laughing Play Track
What Are Their Names Play Track
Traction in the Rain Play Track
Song With No Words (Tree With No Leaves) Play Track
Orleans Play Track
I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here Play Track

The title of David Crosby's 1971 debut solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name, now seems like less of a joke by the singer-songwriter than on him, given the CSN member's subsequent drug and health issues. But the music stands as some of the greatest to be produced by the early-'70s West Coast scene. It's also an aural snapshot of that most incestuous of musical communities, thanks to contributions from Neil Young, Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell, and members of Jefferson Airplane and the Grateful Dead.

Yet this album is very much the Crozzer's show, as his never-better vocals dominate tracks such as the cinematic ''Cowboy Movie,'' the beautiful anti-guru tune ''Laughing,'' and the hippie-scat track ''Song With No Words.'' Now rereleased by Rhino in remastered form complete with photo gallery and bonus track (the excellent ''Kids and Dogs''), this is an album whose positive qualities are as clear as its author's memories may, indeed, be foggy.

Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly

David Crosby - guitars, vocals
Laura Allan - autoharp, vocal
Jack Casady - bass
David Freiberg - vocal
Jerry Garcia - guitars, pedal steel guitar, vocal
Mickey Hart - drums
Paul Kantner - vocal
Bill Kreutzmann - drums, tambourine
Phil Lesh - bass, vocal
Joni Mitchell - vocals
Graham Nash - guitar, vocals
Gregg Rolie - piano
Michael Shrieve - drums
Grace Slick - vocal
Neil Young - guitars, bass, vibraphone, congas, vocals


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
Bill Dooley, digital mastering engineer