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If I Could Only Remember My Name

David Crosby

1971

If I Could Only Remember My Name

Album Summary

If I Could Only Remember My Name is the debut solo album by American singer-songwriter 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. It was one of four high-profile albums (all charting within the top fifteen) released by each member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping Déjà Vu album, along with After the Gold Rush (Neil Young, September 1970), Stephen Stills (Stephen Stills, November 1970) and Songs for Beginners (Graham Nash, May 1971). It peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and earned a RIAA gold record certification in the United States.

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Rating

3.08

Votes

4841

Genres

  • Country
  • Folk
  • Rock
  • Psychedelic Rock
  • Singer Songwriter
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Thu Mar 25 2021
1

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.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

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.

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Fri Mar 12 2021
2

Production: 11/20 Songwriting: 8/20 Innovation: 7/20 Bangers: 0/20 Emotional response: 6/20 =32 tres boring I'm afraid

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

This album is pretty disappointing. Inconsistent quality of songwriting, it feels more like this album is on the list for Crosby's reputation.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
2

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.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

didn’t really enjoy

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Sat Dec 12 2020
5

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

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Fri Oct 09 2020
5

Loved this! Wish I had discovered this years ago!

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Tue Mar 30 2021
5

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.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
5

Great Overall album, mystical and enjoyable songs, setting a great mood

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Wed Jan 20 2021
5

Tamalpais High and laughing

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

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.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

no conocía nada de mi tocayo pero que barbaro chinago

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Sixties Stones.Great

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Amazing. Ahead of its time, soothing and energizing

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Fri Mar 12 2021
5

Quite liked that

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Fri Mar 05 2021
5

Just amazing loved every second of this album

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Gorgeous

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Wed Sep 08 2021
5

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.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
5

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..

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Ja dit is top !

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Wed Jan 12 2022
5

It was a good listen

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

Great -- angry at times and haunting at others, moody and a bit rough around the edges, but powerful across the board.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
5

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!

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

Good lord this made me want to drink beer in the sun.

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Wed May 04 2022
5

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 🌟

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Sun May 08 2022
5

Lovely -- and how have I not heard this before?

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Wed Jun 08 2022
5

classic

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Thu Jun 16 2022
5

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!

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

Great album to get lost in on a sunny morning, floated in it.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Awesome! So much of the CSNY sound is here.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
5

a sublime album. absolutely love it

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Sun Dec 04 2022
5

I've never listened to this one before. Some of the songs are unplayable on Spotify, presumably due to the contributions of Joni Mitchell and/or Neil Young, so I'll have to find it elsewhere! I'm a big fan of Joni and Neil, but don't know much of the other CSNY members' work. Had a listen on YouTube -wow I can't believe I haven't heard this before. So many great artists on one record, and the Grateful Dead too (having said that, this is much better than their solo album I was subjected to last week). The album flows really well together, and is very well produced for the most part. Lyrically, it maybe strays a bit to far into hippie-dippie territory, but given the political climate at the time, that's understandable. Overall a great find, I'll be listening to this again for sure.

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Tue Oct 20 2020
4

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.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

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

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Mon Mar 08 2021
4

Pretty relaxing and lowkey. I liked biking to this one. 3.5 --> 4

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Wowww

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

Pretty nice background music.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Did Crosby and Stills have a falling out during this time? Everyone and their mothers are on this except Stephen Stills

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Thu Feb 18 2021
4

Nice, calming vibes.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

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.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

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.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
4

Very good. Great harmonies. Not eternally memorable.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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.

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

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...

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

Well the GOATs are all here...what else can I say.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Some nice classic rock, solos were jamming.

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Sat Feb 20 2021
4

Somewhat situational, but the western vibes are very enticing. Good road trip music

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Fri May 21 2021
4

Bluesy. Sounds like improv. 3 instrumentals

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

So lush and warm

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Sat Mar 06 2021
4

false

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

Classic

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

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.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

Wonderful stuff, ably supported by some other amazing musicians - the early seventies were a golden period for music like this

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

A gorgeous, layered soundscape. Perfect Sunday listen.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

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.

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Tue Apr 20 2021
4

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.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

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.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Second album with Neil Young on it, I swear everything that guys does is good

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Nice

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Tue Jul 13 2021
4

just misses out on 5 stars. A fantastic album that I enjoyed immensely. It has an effortless flow and beautiful songs.

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Sat Jun 19 2021
4

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.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

This was pretty good.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Loved this. No real songs, really, just a bunch of jams, but the vibe is perfect. Great guitar tone, too. Nonsense, but easy listening.

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Thu Jul 22 2021
4

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.

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Sat Jul 17 2021
4

Fleet foxes is just hipster David Crosby

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

'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

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Thu Aug 26 2021
4

Weird concept album but some good licks

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

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

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

4.6 - Theres a hushed reverence throughout and it’s uplifting, calming, soulful.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

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.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

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.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

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.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Klinkt een beetje pschycedelic. Wel de moeite waard denk ik

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

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.

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

I actually really enjoyed this, was quite surprising mix of folky stuff.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

I didn't know what to expect, and ended up liking this album a lot

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Sat Nov 13 2021
4

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.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
4

// Favs: – Score: Light 4

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

I'm sure for it's time it was really good. Definitely a solid album

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

'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.

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

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.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

4.5 stars but rising. I loved the hippie hangover vibe of this album.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Really enjoyed this. It definitely follows on from Deja Vu. It has great melodic elements

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Thu Mar 03 2022
4

Low-key. Pleasant. Will probably give a re-listen.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

Chill

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

Cool earthy acoustic guitars and mellow harmonies.

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Sun May 01 2022
4

"a perfect aural aid to digestion when you're having guests over for dinner" Said Rolling Stone. Yup, that.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Huge fan of the MAN, The Byrds, CSNY were some of my first records and I listen to them again & again. Nice album overall, just fellgood as we're use with those guys.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

Unfortunately not all the album is on Spotify, but it started like a fairly normal 70s west coast LP and then became something more.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

really solid, really melodic, really peaceful, easy listening.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
4

pleasantly surprised by this album! while it lacks punchy singles and occasionally loses focus, it’s a great hazy listen through and through.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
4

Aware of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young — but not of this solo record. So good.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

david crosby - if i could only remember my name (1971) notes - debut solo album from david crosby - CSNY - theres an improv-quality to some of the songs on here that makes me think they had a general idea of the songs going in and then just went for it fav song - laughing - love the 12-string guitar and pedal steel - beautiful lyrics Least fav - Music is love - I have this weird thing with “songs about music” or “songs about writing music”

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Quite interesting

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Wed Oct 12 2022
4

Great album with a great flow. Favorites are Cowboy Movie and Orleans. Not all songs are that recognizable though, even after multiple listenings. Guess I need to keep listening!

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Fri Nov 11 2022
4

first listen feels like a time box of hippie culture

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Het album begint met gejengel bij een kampvuur, als een krijsende Joni. Maar vervolgens gaat het over in heerlijke psychedelische bluesy nummers. Overigens eindigt het dan weer als een slechte trip.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

This is a vibe.

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Wed Jun 02 2021
3

3.5

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Definitely missing Stills, Nash, and Young

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Tue May 25 2021
3

"Music is love" was nice. But nothing too standout on a first listen.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

Good stuff!

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Mon Feb 15 2021
3

Good album solid songs though some are a bit repetitive and annoying at times

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

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.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

Very chill

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

It's fine.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
3

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.

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

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.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

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.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Pretty good folk stuff. Not my kind of music, but certainly listenable.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

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

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Enjoyed it, good album, hadn't heard any of his stuff before.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

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

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Chill kitchen folky vibes

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Um álbum legal de música ambiente, mas bem ignorável.

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

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.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

I generally like this album, there area few good guitar licks. though i cant say i will ever listen to it again

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Wed May 19 2021
3

Pretty good, a nice feel to it all the way through. Very California sounding

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

good album. Some very familiar sounds heard on other great albums.

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Sat May 29 2021
3

A fair album. Not really worth coming back to for another listen. Folk rock but just not that exceptionally good.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Had ‘m misschien nog een keer moeten luisteren voor een beter punt.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Niet slecht. Kende deze plaat niet maar onmiskenbaar de Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young sound.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Atmospheric album. Didn't really know this one, besides from Deja Vu.

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Wed May 05 2021
3

Very mellow, enjoyable ***

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

that unmistakable CSNY sound

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Thu Jul 22 2021
3

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

some pretty parts. merp

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Mon Mar 01 2021
3

Jingly jangly

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Sat Feb 20 2021
3

Fun bluesy vibes, almost psychadelic at times. Very nice.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Enjoyable, occasionally prescient ramble through the high desert. Ruminative as a sunrise over Monument Valley.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Enjoyable if a little meandering towards the end.

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Tue Jul 13 2021
3

Enjoyable album, chilled out Americana, great harmonies.

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Sat May 15 2021
3

Good album.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Solid three stars for now, maybe upon further listens this can be a 4 star album.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
3

Good, i'd listen to this again.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

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

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

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.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

Harmonizations don’t get much better than Crosby

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Thu Sep 02 2021
3

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"

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Not what I expected

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

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...

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Enjoyed it. Background

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

A little bland but not unpleasant.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

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

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

Mellow, nice

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Thu Oct 28 2021
3

Quite nice folk album.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

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.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

3/5

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Classic American wistful-cowboy strumming. Better than I thought it might be.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

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

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

Decent album, gets repetitive, but still enjoyable.

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

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.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

Good album, a little jazzy and fades into the background

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Sat Feb 12 2022
3

I didn't expect CSN, but the songs that hinted at that trio were the best on the album. Didn't add.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

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).

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

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.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Rating: 5/10

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

It was fine.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Decent, but not great. Background music. Would rare a 3.5 if I could.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Not bad, quite nice and tranquil. Perhaps a bit boring and weird ending.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

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.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

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.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
3

It ends too soon before I got a sense of his/their style

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Mon May 02 2022
3

Middle of the road for me.

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Wed May 04 2022
3

Not really outstanding. Don't know why this is a 1001 AYMHBYD. Still not bad (5/10). FT: Laughing, Cowboy Movie

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Wed May 11 2022
3

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.

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Thu May 12 2022
3

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.

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Mon May 16 2022
3

No me ha llamado la atención

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Mon Jun 13 2022
3

Niet zozeer mijn ding

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

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.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

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.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Started really strong and it stays pleasant all the way through but some songs are sadly more uneventful than others.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
3

A couple of songs missing, but I liked what I did hear

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

The "...." in the album name is where he feel asleep. Great album to fall asleep to.

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Fri Jul 01 2022
3

Ganske ok, men plagsomt at det ikkje ligg på spotify

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Otro que toca oír en Tidal. Bonito y tranquilo. Me gustó "Music is Love" y "Laughing". Que por lo que veo son sus canciones más conocidas así que si hay algo que escuchar de este autor está claro que en solitario es este disco.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
3

Mellow and soulful offering. Slightly bluesy vocals.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Listened to on 8/1/22 3.5/5 Favorite song: Cowboy Movie This album was very chill and easy to listen to - nothing crazy or flashy about it. Slight western flare but easily backgrounded

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Great voice….just not my thing

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Fri Aug 12 2022
3

it's alright, nothing special

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

Falls somewhere between Juno Hendrix’s rock edge, Pink Floyd’s atmospheric bluesiness, and CSNY’s harmonizing cheese. But not bad actually.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Quite entertaining

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Best Song: Cowboy Movie. Something about the way this is mixed makes the low-end sound incredible. It's as though the bass is strumming inside of my brain. The rest of the song almost falls away in the face of the deep rhythm of it. Honorable mention to: Song with No Words, which was also excellent. Worst Song: Orleans. I actually like the vocal melody, but I don't like the choice to play the vocals as a harmony. Just let Crosby sing it in a single voice. Overall: Excellent musicianship, where the playing felt impassioned and thoughtful. It's not in-your-face music, and everything has this kind of quiet timidity to it. The album also comes off the rails at the end, transitioning into what sounds like a sort of pseudo-religious offering. I'm here for the understated folk rock, gimme more of that.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
3

Voða ljúft, allt saman. Ekkert eitt lag sem er eitthvað outstanding samt.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

An unobjectionable album. I listened to it while going to sleep.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

A pretty somber album. Not too bad overall

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Not bad, but kind of forgot I was listening to it.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Calm, relaxing, easy to listen to and jam along to music. It wouldn't be my first choice to listen to this often, but it was still enjoyable overall.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

David Crosby's first solo album, made after the success of Crosby, Stills & Nash's debut album, and their first break up. He had a few other artists featured on this album as well such as Neil Young, Graham Nash, members of Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Santana, and Joni Mitchell. There were some exploratory works on this album that felt unpolished, but were also some fantastic songs as well such as Cowboy Movie. That song is apparently loosely based on the temporary breakup of Crosby, Stills & Nash. In this song, the individual members of the band are given aliases; Stephen Stills is Eli, Graham Nash is the Duke, Neil Young is Young Billy, and David Crosby is Fat Albert. The other character in the story, Raven, is apparently Rita Coolridge, who in real life had affair with both Stills, and Nash, and caused the bad feelings between them, and led to the splitting of the band. The harp section in Traction in the Rain is great! The song Music is Love had symplistic lyrics, and is underwhelming. Overall, not a bad album, but nothing really stood out with it either. Favourite songs: Cowboy Movie, What Are Their Names, Traction in the Rain Least favourite songs: Music is Love, Orleans, I'd Swear There Was Somebody Here 3/5

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

good blues rock / country album

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Definitely not unpleasant music, but I really didn't care about it too much either. Just some old, background-listening folky pop rock.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Spotifysta puuttui osa kappaleista, joten kuuntelin tämän kokonaisena Youtubesta. Rauhoittava.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Some great Young vibes in there. A nice album I would probably revisit.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Good 70's groove

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

De meeste artiesten bouwen op. Maar dit album begint top en wordt telkens saaier en slechter. Moest even wat anders opzetten, anders zou ik achter het stuur in slaap vallen. We middelen het maar uit. 3 Sterren.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
3

Vliegt een beetje in allerlei verschillende richtingen. Het ene moment is het gigantische Leo Blokhuis-muziek, dan weer blues, en het sluit af met een soort Clannad avant la lettre. Luistert best weg op een zonnige maandagochtend, daar niet van.

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Thu Dec 01 2022
3

I wanted to like this more than I do, not only for Crosby's vocals and legacy, but because musically speaking its right up my street. Even the collaboration list is stacked with fellow CSNY bandmates along with members of The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. Its musically pleasing and was a nice listen, but overall it feels more focused on jamming instead of song structure. Cowboy movie is an exception as it has room to breathe and go somewhere. Most of the songs on here are directionless and instead suited for the background of the backyard on a sunny day.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
2

it's fine. some cool parts, but nothing special

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Thu Oct 15 2020
2

1971. Key Songs: Music is Love, Tamalpais High ( At About 3)

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