Vinyl Review: If Only I Could Remember My Name by David Crosby February 03 2016, 0 Comments

Can a rock LP recorded 45 years ago be one the best sounding records of all time?

Every week we will talk about some of our favorite LPs that are musically great but also recorded well enough to show off the quality of your turntable system.  Imagine that, demo music that you actually want to listen to for the enjoyment of the music itself.  So, let’s get started…

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David Crosby has never been the most prolific writer of music. That may explain why he appears to be more comfortable in a group setting from the Byrds, to CSN (and occasionally Y), and the hard to find CPR.

In 1971, he did release his first solo effort and what a disc it is. David Crosby has always had one of the best voices in rock music and it is definitely on display on this album. Enlisting a bunch of his friends from such groups as his own CSN&Y, the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane and Santana, Crosby ensured the musicianship would be just as stellar.

Stephen Barncard was the engineer and he recorded the sessions on ¼” tape at 30 ips. The results are stunning.

Listen to the track Laughing and you will hear terrific imaging front to rear and some of the widest soundstage ever. The wordless Tamalpais High is mesmerizing.

There is a 200 gram version that should be available at one of our partners - Elusive Disc. You can also check out your local used record store for the original pressing.

Next week, we will talk about Michael Hedges. As an aside, it would be 18 years before Crosby would release another solo album and he used Michael Hedges on two cuts with the goal of getting the best sounding guitar ever recorded. But that’s another story…

What are your favorite records that combine great music with great sound? Let us know in comments!