White men with weak voices who huddle in the "Let's jam to the blues" bit of the rock spectrum have to work harder for my attention. David Crosby (not the same as Bill Cosby it turns out - I had to check) comes across so up his own arse that he either doesn't know or doesn't care, which is probably why so many of his moany vespers disappear before taking on a recognisable form. Song With No Words sounds like self-parody (though the coda's all right) and What Are Their Names sounds like a half-baked intro to a longer song which is due to start at 4:14 but finishes there instead. My question isn't can he play (answer: yes) but why is he playing? Verdict: I could have died without hearing this album.
I have an old used copy of this on vinyl so I do like it well enough, but listening to it in the context of 1001 greatest albums is kinda baffling to me. I like Cowboy Movie the most by far. It's basically a grateful dead track with a different singer when you look at the lineup. Other than that I like the strangely intense vocal harmony work on the last two tracks but honestly I feel like this is a fairly weak and very loosely constructed album. Kinda just sounds like high quality jam recordings on most of it.
Production: 11/20 Songwriting: 8/20 Innovation: 7/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 6/20 =32 tres boring I'm afraid
This album is pretty disappointing. Inconsistent quality of songwriting, it feels more like this album is on the list for Crosby's reputation.
didn’t really enjoy
This list of collaborators on this album is wild: multiple members of each of Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, and Santana, plus the entire CSNY crew, and of course Joni Mitchell. Three of the nine songs are instrumentals, one of them (Cowboy Movie) reads like it was written by a mental patient, and the rest offer little in the way of lyrical complexity. It sounds incredible, though, and not only is the sound enough to overcome all of that, it feels like a feature rather than a bug. One of my favorite albums so far. Best track: What Are Their Names
Loved this! Wish I had discovered this years ago!
It knows how to balance hard hitting lyrics and songs with calm tunes and vocals, switching it's tempo right as you're going at the right pace. A really well put together thought out album. I fucking love these kind of albums, everything comes together beautifully and comes to it's full fruition within the context of the album.
Great Overall album, mystical and enjoyable songs, setting a great mood
Tamalpais High and laughing
Wow - didn't know this album existed - but it underscores what a critical part of CSN sound Croz actually was - and likely an important foil to Stills.
no conocía nada de mi tocayo pero que barbaro chinago
Amazing. Ahead of its time, soothing and energizing
Quite liked that
Just amazing loved every second of this album
Really fun - Croz is a hell of a singer. Cowboy Movie wouldn't seem out of place as a gritty, choppy cut on a Neil Young platter, whilst Traction In the Rain almost has an iridescent quality to its beauty. I also liked the final tracks, eschewing words for voice and mood. Amongst the best albums this app has so far offered unto us.
Jerry. Pedal steel Excellent. All of the albums to come out of the PERRO recording sessions are pretty good to outstanding, and this is an outstanding one..
Ja dit is top !
It was a good listen
Great -- angry at times and haunting at others, moody and a bit rough around the edges, but powerful across the board.
This is one of, if not THE underrated classic of the 1970s. It’s basically Crosby stills Nash and Young without stills plus the Grateful Dead plus Jefferson airplane. I even think Greg Rolie and a few other Santana guys are on this thing too. It’s fucking amazing!
Good lord this made me want to drink beer in the sun.
This is a great album...jazzy atmospheric, beautiful harmonies and unusual song structures. Thecstar of the show for me is Cowboy Movie an 8 minute epic with a gorgeous melody and soaring guitar and lyrics as epic as the title implies. But there are great songs throughout this excellent album. 5 🌟
Lovely -- and how have I not heard this before?
I've been a Neil Young, Byrds and CSNY fan for so long... I'm almost ashamed that I didn't pay attention to this album before. From the second song, I already felt at home. The nosy, imperfect and magnificent guitar, the divine vocal harmonies, the subtleties brought by each musician. A very pleasant listen and I hope to find this vinyl record very soon!
Hard one to rate. It sound so hazy and loose in places, its hard to tell if they were trying. But when they lock into a groove or a good vocal line, it's magic. One of those albums that invented a template many others copied, and that no doubt sounded mind blowing at the time it was released, but I'm not sure this is really an album someone who's not already a big CSNY fan really needs to hear in 2021.
6/12 A real groover. Standout Tracks: Cowboy Movie, Song With No Words (Tree with No Leaves), Tamalpais High (At About 3), What Are Their Names, Traction in the Rain
Pretty relaxing and lowkey. I liked biking to this one. 3.5 --> 4
Pretty nice background music.
Did Crosby and Stills have a falling out during this time? Everyone and their mothers are on this except Stephen Stills
Nice, calming vibes.
Tttrriiiipppppyyyyy. "Decline of the hippy era" is becoming one of my favourite genres. Famous friends actually lift the album, when sometimes the opposite can happen. Lovely acoustic open string tone.
I thought this was a very good album. Fun picking out Neil Young's voice singing harmony. I liked the simplicity of the acoustic guitar and almost tinny recording quality in some places. Was reading about him, did not realize he was in The Byrds, and interesting to hear about him hanging with Buffalo Springfield, sitting in for Neil Young at least once. Seems like there was a lot of intermingling between bands that resulted in a lot of music.
Very good. Great harmonies. Not eternally memorable.
Holy star studded cast, Batman! You've got, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and The Grateful Dead all putting their fingers in the pie and it's wonderful. Moody, full throated and bluesy as all get out. Smooth as a drive on an empty interstate in the southwest. I figured out something that was bugging me, the vocals for "Cinder and Smoke" by Iron and Wine are clearly derived from "Tamalpais High (around 3)" and boy that's a good thing.
Disco que demuestra que Crosby es el alma de lo que toque. Ya sean los Buffalo Springnfield o los CSN/Y) Pos 69, espíritu de Laurel Canyon, heroína...
Well the GOATs are all here...what else can I say.
Some nice classic rock, solos were jamming.
Somewhat situational, but the western vibes are very enticing. Good road trip music
Bluesy. Sounds like improv. 3 instrumentals
So lush and warm
I always think of David Crosby as some kind of Wilford Brimley type fat old guy. Like the quaker oats guy or something. This is really pretty good, and good to remember that he was a big deal back in the day, both solo and with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (or the variations thereof). Oh, I didn't realize Crosby as in the Byrds.
Wonderful stuff, ably supported by some other amazing musicians - the early seventies were a golden period for music like this
A gorgeous, layered soundscape. Perfect Sunday listen.
I listened to this 4 times yesterday, but this just misses out on 5 stars. A fantastic album that I enjoyed immensely. It has an effortless flow and beautiful songs.
David Crosby's debut solo album, If I Could Only Remember My Name is a one-shot wonder of dreamy but ominous California ambience. As it is, If I Could Only Remember My Name is a shambolic masterpiece, meandering but transcendentally so, full of frayed threads. Not only is it among the finest splinter albums out of the CSNY diaspora, it is one of the defining moments of hungover spirituality from the era.
Franchement c'est assez cool Cowboy Movie est très bien. Il a une très jolie voix. Female Janis Joplin Tamalpais High (At about 3) est also superbe, elle fait penser à "A horse with no name" Song with no words très bien aussi Superbe album, ça tombe bien je commençais à manquer de motivation pour le challenge. Solide 8/10 + Orleans, une très jolie (courte) chanson sur la ville d'Orléans. seul défaut : peut-être qu'il finit vite, on reste sur notre faim.
Second album with Neil Young on it, I swear everything that guys does is good
just misses out on 5 stars. A fantastic album that I enjoyed immensely. It has an effortless flow and beautiful songs.
This album kinda reminds me of the first few Paul McCartney solo albums, where it’s mostly just a lot of free flowing musical ideas and sparse lyrics while he tries out new things and directions. This album feels decidedly more somber or ethereal than any of those McCartney albums. I dig it! It’s got a cool vibe you can live in for 40 minutes.
This was pretty good.
Loved this. No real songs, really, just a bunch of jams, but the vibe is perfect. Great guitar tone, too. Nonsense, but easy listening.
You know? This is pretty good. I don't love it all but it has some good jams on it. Diggin Song with No Words. Overall four stars.
Fleet foxes is just hipster David Crosby
'Music is Love' sounded like something Tim Buckley would sing, 'Cowboy Movie's' autobiographical nature was refreshing, would want to get high to 'Tamalpais High' and spout fallacious philosophy, 'Laughing' pretty much summed up life 'Traction in the Rain' felt like poetry, 'Song with No Words' did indeed have no words, 'Orleans' and 'I'd Swear Somebody Was Here' were short, beautiful and majestic, loved them the most
Weird concept album but some good licks
Didn't know how much I would enjoy this until I read into it and gave it a listen. Great album made by some great artists
4.6 - Theres a hushed reverence throughout and it’s uplifting, calming, soulful.
I have to admit a bias towards shorter albums (those that clock in under 40 minutes). This album still would have at least gotten 4 stars from me if it was longer and kept the mood going. Such a beautiful album from start to finish and with a wide range of guests. I am just left feeling at ease like I woke up from a good nap on a rainy day when I'm done listening to this.
First 35s of Music is Love is just beautiful. The vocals kind of ruin it. I was surprised I didn't love this album more than I did. Overall the musical arrangements were pretty stellar but not as seamless as I thought they'd be - again, either some so-so vocal accompaniment or some weird instruments added to the mix. Orleans was a beautiful track - both the music and the vocals (CSN-like harmonies). The album would be a 5 if it was all like this.
Listening to this album, I could hear all of his contributions to the CSN & CSNY albums. A lot of the song ideas really can be plucked right into them. (Cowboy Movie = "Ohio," Tamalpais High = "Guinnevere"). Even with the obvious connection, I really enjoyed this. I keep thinking I should get this, but I never got around to it. This just solidifies that plan.
Klinkt een beetje pschycedelic. Wel de moeite waard denk ik
Love this. I've listened to David Crosby a lot through Crosby, Still, Nash and Young but never really listened to just him. Was exactly what I expected which is good.
I actually really enjoyed this, was quite surprising mix of folky stuff.
I didn't know what to expect, and ended up liking this album a lot
Fun fact: the official newspaper of the Vatican once named this the second greatest album ever, after the Beatles' Revolver. So, what did the Papal hacks see in the debut album of a former drug-hound gun-nut jailbird who once gave his seed to a lesbian couple? Well, there's some obvious greatness here, and it's an album that aims high and mostly lands (yes, you heard the distant rumble of a qualifier). One of the more sophisticated hippy folk works, the playing is at once intricate and unforced, each piece allowed to grow at its own pace. Indeed, the feel is of a languid jam where enough has been smoked that the walls have turned green (among the notables appearing are Jerry Garcia, Neil Young, Graham Nash, Joni Mitchell and Jefferson Airplane). That said, there are touches of melancholy to tracks like Laughing and Cowboy Movie, which of course adds to the richness of this album. As for that qualifier? Well, Song with No Words (Tree with No Leaves) is a song with no words, and skates right to the edge of self-parody. An album like this does take risks, and it's in the nature of risks that they may not fully or even parly succeed. So, I choose to hesitate over giving it five stars, but I fully understand those who bow towards this. Also, some of the last few albums I received (e.g., OK Computer and the execrable Mellon Collie...) possessed no sense of humour whatsoever, and were significantly worse off for such pomposity. Hell, it's nice when an album is capable of a chuckle.
// Favs: – Score: Light 4
I'm sure for it's time it was really good. Definitely a solid album
'If I Could Only Remember My Name' presents a downtempo sort of folk rock. Fairly reminiscent of certain Grateful Dead records, David Crosby opted for an elusive lyrical style which carries the largely psychedelic guitar melodies. This album is mysterious yet forthcoming; the note choices pleasing yet restrained.
an austere album that in some ways seems to lack a centre - glorious harmonies, built on wisps of smoke, some lovely guitar parts, fragments of hurt and anger and loss. not an easy listen, but like many great LPs, there are times when this is the only record that will scratch the itch.
4.5 stars but rising. I loved the hippie hangover vibe of this album.
Really enjoyed this. It definitely follows on from Deja Vu. It has great melodic elements
Low-key. Pleasant. Will probably give a re-listen.
Cool earthy acoustic guitars and mellow harmonies.
"a perfect aural aid to digestion when you're having guests over for dinner" Said Rolling Stone. Yup, that.
Definitely missing Stills, Nash, and Young
"Music is love" was nice. But nothing too standout on a first listen.
Good album solid songs though some are a bit repetitive and annoying at times
First thought was "is this country?" "Oh it's more folk I suppose". I know the name David Crosby but don't know his music. I like Cowboy Movie, some nice energy here. Then I didn't enjoy the rest as much. Not bad, but nothing that jumped out for me.
It’s good background music but just lacks an engagement for me. Miss the harmonies that made CSNY so great. While talented, these quiet guitar licks don’t do it for me.
Not my cup of tea but I can see why people like it - makes me wonder about Laurel Canyon in the 70s. Some great guitar playing and fun to hear Neil Young in there - great album title.
The album is really good, I like it a lot. "Music is Love" is great. "Cowboy Movie" sounds like a dead song (and is over 8 minutes long, lol). David Crosby was a member of the Byrds. In 68 he was asked to leave the band, and he formed a supergroup (Crosby, Stills, and Nash) with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. Neil Young also joined them on and off. This is the debut album of Crosby as a solo act. He has a ton of guest appearances including Jerry Garcia, Nash, Young, Joni Mitchell, Jefferson Airplane, and Santana.
Pretty good folk stuff. Not my kind of music, but certainly listenable.
Je reconnais bien david crosby. , certaines chanson be font penser a crosby still nash and young. Particulierement, almost cut my hair sur deja vu .3.5
Enjoyed it, good album, hadn't heard any of his stuff before.
Great start, but trails away in the second half. Some very Led Zeppelin 12 string guitar sounds. A few more stars on the cards by void’n those later dull tracks
Chill kitchen folky vibes
Um álbum legal de música ambiente, mas bem ignorável.
It's very nice to listen to something like Neil Young that is not Neil Young. I don't want to reduce Crosby's career to be some type of Young cover or anything like that, but I'm comparing their importance for USA's music. This album is good enough to show this importance but it's not the best work in my opinion.
I generally like this album, there area few good guitar licks. though i cant say i will ever listen to it again
Pretty good, a nice feel to it all the way through. Very California sounding
good album. Some very familiar sounds heard on other great albums.
A fair album. Not really worth coming back to for another listen. Folk rock but just not that exceptionally good.
Had ‘m misschien nog een keer moeten luisteren voor een beter punt.
Niet slecht. Kende deze plaat niet maar onmiskenbaar de Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young sound.
Atmospheric album. Didn't really know this one, besides from Deja Vu.
Very mellow, enjoyable ***
that unmistakable CSNY sound
some pretty parts. merp
Fun bluesy vibes, almost psychadelic at times. Very nice.
Enjoyable, occasionally prescient ramble through the high desert. Ruminative as a sunrise over Monument Valley.
Enjoyable if a little meandering towards the end.
Enjoyable album, chilled out Americana, great harmonies.
Solid three stars for now, maybe upon further listens this can be a 4 star album.
Good, i'd listen to this again.
I think this album is fine, but it really dragged on for me. Every song kinda sounded the same, and after every song I would check to see how many more there were. Definitely good music for playing in the background, but it didn't grab me in any meaningful way 3/5
Enjoyable, great harmonies, but other than that, not very exciting. I don't think it deserved the critical panning it got upon its release, but It's not Crosby's best work. Again, perfectly enjoyable, very calming, just not terribly groundbreaking.
Harmonizations don’t get much better than Crosby
Mood music. Very mellow. Jammy. I like it as background music, but when I focus on it, I seem to lose focus quickly. It's pleasant enough. Favorite tracks: "Cowboy Movies", "Song With No Words"
Not what I expected
I didn't hate anything here and I liked the general vibe quite a lot. But nothing ever stood out and demanded a 4 star rating. So...
Enjoyed it. Background
A little bland but not unpleasant.
If I Could Only Remember My Name by David Crosby (1971) In 2010, during the pontificate of Benedict XVI, the leading Roman Catholic periodical L’Osservatore Romano listed this record as #2 on “Top 10 Greatest Pop Albums of All Time”. That should get the attention of a few of the readers of these reviews. The PG-rated lyrics of the first two tracks (language, nudity, violence, sexual situations) present themes of charity and justice that land shakily on the right side of Catholic moral thought, however lacking they may be in poetic depth. The rest of the album is truth, peace, love—you know, hippie stuff. Heavy, man. Don’t Bogart; pass the joint. Musically, the album is sometimes excessively repetitive, but with nice improvisational flourishes from a wide range of rock superstars (Graham Nash, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Jerry Garcia, Grace Slick, and many others climbing on board the David Crosby train). Crosby comfortably dispenses with lyrics altogether on four of these nine tracks, revealing his true genius in composition, vocal harmony, and expansive instrumentation. His jazz-influenced melodies and chord structures are typical Crosby—one can readily identify other Crosby songs that have a doppelgänger on this record. That’s nice for reminiscence, but those familiar with his oeuvre would have appreciated a fresh palette. The traditional song “Orléans” is a missed opportunity for a canon perpetuus sung with really fine voices. See if you’re as disappointed as I was. The closing track “I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here” is too brief, but it gives a nice idea of the music that swirled in David Crosby’s head. It’s really beautiful, but one could do without the twang. The cover art is a nice photomontage suggestive of a joyful tear falling from the eye of the artist beholding beauty—reflections of a sunset over the sea. (Or is it a sunrise? You decide.) In sum, this album is good, but not great. L’Osservatore Romano is not, after all, infallible. I don’t believe Acta Apostolicae Sedis rates albums. Let me know if they ever do. 3/5
Quite nice folk album.
Briefly very into CSN&Y and a general Woodstock phase in earl college years. Reflecting in this I realized that Woodstock 1999 was further back in my son’s relative history than actual Woodstock is in me, and I feel so so old.
Classic American wistful-cowboy strumming. Better than I thought it might be.
O ile dyskografie byrdsow czy CSNY troche osluchalem i znam poszczegolne albumy solowe niektorych czlonkow, tak dorobek solowy pana Crosbiego jest dla mnie niewadoma, wiec dobry piczek na zapoznanie sie z tym artystom na solowym krazku, bo jest to jego pierwszy album wydany jedynie pod swoim imieniem, z roku 71, ale przesada byloby stwierdzenie, ze jest to cos zupelnie innego, brzmiacego jak nic wszczesniej zasluszanego, bo lista ludzi bioracych udzial w nagrywaniu tego srednio dlugiego albumiku, 38 minut na 9 trakach, jest dosc spora i przepelniona nazwiskami super gwiazd tamtych czasow, wiec obok Stillsa i Younga przewija sie przez polowe trakow Jerry Garcia z wdziecznych trupkow czy Joni Mitchell na wokalach, trzynascie osob na dziewieciu trakach to juz troche tlok, no ale jednak slychac to z czego Crosby slynie, czyli gitarkowanie akustyka, zwlaszcza, ze trzy traki sa czysto instrumentalne lub cztery jesli liczyc orleans, ktory wymienia przez caly trak jedynie znane katedry francuzkie, a reszta lirycznie jest rowniez raczej oszczedna, wyjatkiem moze byc cowboy movie, opowiadajacy historie kompanow rozdzielonych przez kobiete fatalna, motyw mocno frazesowy, ale jesli odnosi sie do grupy CSNY, to go kupuje, dlatego laduje na plejce razem z traction in the rain, ktory lirycznie wydaje sie byc skondensowanym copiumem, wiec rowniez mocno pozytywny motyw idealnie wpasowujacy sie w cieple brzmienie calego albumu, nie jestem rozczarowany tym co przesluchalem, ale czuje jednak ze brakuje mu czegos co wpadnie mi w pamiec, bo jednak jest to rockowy folk, dobrze zagrany, ale jednak ktory ciepi na zbyt duza ilosc featurow przez co Crosby wydaje sie zepchniety na dalszy plan
Decent album, gets repetitive, but still enjoyable.
Old people's music, hippies trying to make money but pretend they're not. Songs all sound the same, and only ok. Not for me; just sounds like so many other albums from that time.
Good album, a little jazzy and fades into the background
I didn't expect CSN, but the songs that hinted at that trio were the best on the album. Didn't add.
Apparently, there are so much contributors in this album that David Crosby forgot his own name (what a terrible album name, even for a '70s album). So he looked up in the sky as the sunset paints it red, and at last... he now has a perfect album cover for his new album! (also a terrible album cover, it's hilariously corny). But despite the bad album name and cover (and also the personally bad vocals), it's actually a decent album that many elements (most of which are psychedelic licks) that tries to distance the sound from the stereotypical country music sounds. I enjoyed the psychedelic efforts in the first half, most notably the eight minute "Cowboy Movie". The second half is mostly chill and moody, a series of efforts that became boring from "Song with No Words" onwards. Overall, it's an easy listen. It has a few surprises (though I think it might be due to me underestimating it based on its name and cover).
First impressions are that this is a beautifully played album. The acoustic guitar is played tightly wound, the upright bass comes through adding depth to the recording. "Laughing" a clear favorite on streaming services, the aforementioned is delightfully demonstrated. Overall, even as a solo artist, Crosby cannot escape the connection to Crosby, Stills, (&) Nash & Young where comparisons are inevitably drawn, but where an ensemble of musicians may bicker over creative control we are instead made privy to Crosby the way Crosby would do it, and that is okay. He is backed by several guest musicians, all masters of their craft. The album is beautiful and it is definitely more on the laid back side of things, and certainly a recurring theme in recent days reviewing albums on this site. This album deserves a spot on the rotation, either on shuffle or for casual days.
It was fine.
Decent, but not great. Background music. Would rare a 3.5 if I could.
Not bad, quite nice and tranquil. Perhaps a bit boring and weird ending.
Un cas d'école aujourd'hui: cet album était super, et méritait probablement un 4/5. Malheureusement, la présence unique de cet album sur l'outil Youtube rend une telle note impossible à accorder. Nous ne cessons de le rabacher, mais à l'heure du numérique, il s'agirait d'évoluer un peu et de se mettre à la page.
Je vais vous expliquer un peu le contexte dans lequel j'ai écouté cet album. Vous n'êtes pas sans savoir que lorsque celui-ci a pointé le bout de son nez dans le générateur, je participais à un séminaire extrêmement chronophage. Il m'était dès lors très difficile de trouver un moment pour l'écouter. Je me rendis pourtant compte que d'énormes enceintes bordaient la salle de réunion et qu'un câble jack gisait sur le sol en permanence. Sous les coups de quinze heures, l'un des animateurs dit soudain la chose suivante : « Bien, nous allons maintenant vous enseigner la chose la plus importante de ce séminaire, à savoir un secret d'une valeur inestimable. Je vous le dévoile immédiatement : le secret est ... ♫ Everybody's saying music is looove ♫. » David Crosby venait d'envahir l'espace sonore. Toute la salle se retourna vers moi et m'aperçut alors debout, mon téléphone à la main et la prise jack branchée à celui-ci. Je leur adressai un sourire espiègle.
It ends too soon before I got a sense of his/their style
couple of decent tracks. I didn't hate it and only turned it off when it got to the french nonsense at the end so that's a bonus.
7th May 2022 Listened on the way to work, one of the rare albums not on Spotify! Met up with Ebbs and Ben in Clapham in the evening. Lovely album, sleepy country blues.
No me ha llamado la atención
Niet zozeer mijn ding
This is the debut album from American singer-songwriter David Crosby. It's a folk rock album with a dash of psychedelia, that includes a long list of guest musicians from other rock music projects. The album has been certified gold in the US. It's interesting that only half of the ten tracks on this album have lyrics, while the other half are instrumentals. The music is harmonious without being overbearing; a tinge of country and blues intertwines with the primary sound of folk rock. The album would make for great background music to a dinner or drinks event. I recommend everyone gives this album a listen.
Not a folk essential for me, but a very good album from a folk legend. The last 2 songs were completely unnecessary, but the rest is great.
Started really strong and it stays pleasant all the way through but some songs are sadly more uneventful than others.
it's fine. some cool parts, but nothing special
lol just what this list needed, more folk rock. There really is no excuse for the sheer number of albums in this genre and time period, let alone shit this idiot was personally involved in. If you believed this list, music as we know it wouldn't exist without David Crosby. Somehow, these boring, meandering half-country, half-psychedelic stoner jams are essential listening that I'm not allowed to die before I hear them. Fuckin' lol. 1 point grudgingly given for not being the absolute worst thing I've ever heard, 1 point for only running half an hour. 2/5.
1971. Key Songs: Music is Love, Tamalpais High ( At About 3)
The opening track is a great tool in homing in on my upper tolerance for hippie shenanigans. There are hints of interesting guitar work, but they are sadly overwhelmed by the tepidness of the idea. Cowboy Movie follows that up as the highlight of the album by far, and with the tone set we move into the rest. This seems to be a mixture of moderately interesting instrumental or instrumental-ish tracks, decent songs, and a couple more attempts at protest. Unfortunately, the instrumentals and chanting, the best bits, are subverted by a few lines of lyrics (What Are Their Names) or being directly subverted by parentheticals in their titles. Don't get me wrong, most of this would be very fun around a campfire with friends who were into it, and probably even at a show if you were. But it largely doesn't work on a recording. (Which is a shame given the harp non-sequitur, which would fit into the list of subversions above if I wasn't so charmed by it.)
Don't like that much
Went on forever - big waste of time
This was inoffensive enough, It sat in the background mkaing the world a little softer as it played. Nothing stoof out here though, it's just sound that it better than no sound. Sometimes sound is worse than no sound, so it has that going for it at least.
A few high points, but overall a little too mellow for me to really get into. Kept finding the album was over without really noticing it was on...
Two and a half mustaches. Little two much pretentious guitar noodling that really just hides lack of strong song structure.
Not his strongest, lots of wavy stuff.
I found the album listenable, but unremarkable.
ok, i guess. it's fine but i can't see myself coming back to it in the future
not for me
Not really my thing, but some lovely guitar work
I've never been a big fan of Crosby, Still, and Nash. This album hasn't really changed my mind, it was somewhat dull and doesn't flow exceptionally well. The highlight of the album is "Cowboy Movie".
Sounds like he was highly influenced by eastern mysticism and a fuck ton of drugs.
Hmnja, schon, aber halt auch nicht so wirklich
Enjoyed the Rockier side of this but the Psychedelic side (and more prevalent) of things not really to my taste. No unpleasant but not something I'll likely listen to again. Cowboy Movie the highlight for me. 2/5
A bit too ‘take loads of drugs’ this.
iets veel duh duh duh dutjes in de zang. Verder wel lekker
Gave it a few listens but couldn't really focus on it coz was working. Folk-style stuff tends not to grab my attention, but hopefully I'll get more into it over time.
Pleasantly surprised by this one, overall. But it's a low bar to clear. David Crosby has such an interminable reputation that clouds my perception of a lot of his music, so I really tried to approach this with an open mind. That said, there's a few clunkers here, too. "Cowboy Movie", while admirably raucous, is such an obvious, casually misogynist and racist metaphor for the dissolution of CSNY. It's kind of insulting how thin the metaphor is and how easily he throws around this "Indian girl" character to suit his own self-important ends. Blech. You lulled me into a false sense of enjoyment with Music is Love! Favourite track: Laughing
Relaxing acoustic guitar vibe
The album was okay maybe I was stuck in traffic listening to it and that’s why I wasn’t that into it
Softer than I prefer but the first half is pretty rad.
Okay just not my jam acoustic juried guitar a lot
Wasn’t really my vibe
It was ok. There is some very well played music on the album. But it was just dull to me.
Not anything wrong with it but wasn't really for me
meh, it's alright
It was fine, not memorable for me. I just listened to the album and I'm struggling to critique the record because it just slipped right through my ears.
Nothing happening all song the same
Great music to help you fall asleep. Doesn’t catch my attention, but also doesn’t annoy me
If I could only remember listening to this album.
Pleasant. Doubt I'd ever listen again.
Eh didn’t live it.
Man, this is an incredibly stoned album, balanced on the edge of incoherence. I really don't give a fuck that Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, members of Jefferson Airplane and Santana took part--If I Could Only Remember My Name is as unfocused and messy as the title implies. In what universe is this an exceptional album? Nice harmonies on Tamalpais High, Laughing, and Orleans, though. I suppose that if you squinted really hard, you could read If I Could Only Remember My Name as some sort of document or portrait of a dissolute mind on the edge of collapse. You know, a series of rambling tone poems. Nah. I don't buy it. Not impressed.
Some reasonable folk rock, not very exciting
Hippy drug addled music. 70's folk rock though some of it sounds like jams or they're half finished sketches. Best Tracks: Music Is Love; Cowboy Movie; Laughing
Yeah, not really feeling this. And get your damn nostrils out of my face on that cover art, Crosby.
I've been making a point of giving albums more than one chance and there have been a bunch that really hit me on the second or third listen. On first listen, my reaction was this album was ok, but nothing special. Three listens later...no different. It's just not a very interesting album. I like CSNY but this album just didn't do much for me.
Weird cross between muzak-level vocal-led tracks and attempts at flashy rock that fall flat. Not a fan
Merely an okay album, not exceptionally memorable for me at all
It’s fine. Background music. They all sound very stoned. Nothing memorable at all.
I hadn't heard his solo work before. Like a lot of people my age, I'd heard plenty of CSN/CSNY stuff over my life, and though I liked it a lot in my college years, my interest in them faded fairly quickly. I can hear how talented he is on guitar and vocally, but similarly to how I feel these days about CSN, it doesn't really do much for me. Hard to say why; might be that general 70s folksy-vocal harmonies-rock that was so crowded it was hard to stand out after a while. (I tend to like their stuff a little better when Neil Young was involved because he added a touch of grit and edge.) This is one of those albums about which I don't feel there is anything "wrong" with it, it's just not my thing.
An album like this just comes and goes. It doesn't leave me with any specific memories or desire to listen again. If I'd grown up with this, if I'd had specific memories associated with the songs, then it might have a different impact.
Not available on Spotify. Didn’t really have the gumption to listen anywhere else. I know the gist of what Crosby’s all about. Points added for the sheer number of amazing contributors involved. But this is shit. We all know it.
It's fine but I can't see myself really listening again.
It's sadly pretty boring. Nothing really engaging happened in this album. The lyrics didn't hit me in any real way, the instrumentals were bland, and though it's undeniable that Crosby has a good voice, it doesn't do anything to save me from nearly falling asleep.
First one that couldn't be found on Spotify. The list of collaborators on here is crazy - SNY, Santana, lots more; maybe that's what made it significant? Good guitar here, not much else.
Dull as ditchwater. I looked it up afterwards, and there's a host of really interesting musicians on it (Joni Mitchell, Jerry Garcia, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Neil Young), but I barely noticed any of it because it offered almost nothing. It's fine background music I guess, but without anything to lift it above a million other similar albums, despite the stellar cast. I finished listening to it about an hour ago... if only I could remember a single song... 2/5, only getting that because it's not actively unpleasant to listen to.
Folk rock muuuuy lento. Tostonazo. Un 2.
if I could only remember a single track from this album
I don't think I got anything out of this album. Nothing was really identifiable or distinct or unique to me.
This album cover is hilarious. Just needed to state that right off the bat. The familiarity of Crosby's voice is nice/pleasing to those of us old enough to have heard CSN so often on the radio, but I'm finding this a bit aimless. "Cowboy Song" as the second track...an 8-minute jam over two chords...seems a poor choice here, if not just a poor song. Once "Tamalpais High" kicks in though, those *harmonies* start right away - that's what we came for. But ... that's all that song delivers - almost literally - David just thought "yeah that's enough here" :D "Laughing" is a little more constructed but unimaginative, and the rest of the album sort of peters out. I know each of the CSNY members released solo albums in the aftermath of their classic "Deja Vu" and probably wanted to establish their own voice, no pun intended. But listening to this even while acknowledging DC's best asset (his gorgeous harmony construction) is still strong here it's hard not to think that Crosby needed the rest of his sometime-bandmates to help him put together anything resembling memorable songs. This ends up just being a half-hour of often nice sounding notes. If I could only remember any of them. mostly because it should have been better but it's just trash.... 2/10 1 star.
Literally awful. Not a single redeeming feature about this absolutely shit album. 💯 % stonewall gash
at first i couldn’t decide whether to give a 1 or 2 but now i know it’s a 1 because it was just awful. the album felt so ling even though it was 40 minutes. and the songs were just so awkward, the song without words just had humming and it was un listenable.
Really makes you FEEL like... I don't remember. 2 ... 1
Pochette horrible. Outre le fait de savoir à quoi ressemble le premier album solo de David Crosby, c’est sans intérêt pour moi.
Super textured and layered, it had a lot in it that I did not expect. Super psychedelic and moody and usually doesn't overstay. Kinda what I imagine the credits of a movie would sound like to a western or a heist movie. The 2nd half is more chill than the first half, album really isn't long just 37 minutes on 9 tracks and the last 2 tracks don't reach 2 minutes. So the album feels like it kinda runs on you. All in all, im glad i listened to this but its not my type of music. Highlights: Cowboy Movie, Traction in the rain.
Despite a year into the new decade, David retains his grasp on the late-sixties sound.