The angelic voice and cantankerous nature blends to make Crosby one of rock’s most interesting, outspoken and talented individuals. He past ‘chemical’ experiments are well documented, as are his prison sentence and his liver transplant. His miraculous return and his singing voice are the present; he is the ultimate survivor. Already a superstar with The Byrds in the 60s, and then with Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young) in the 70s, his own work often gets overlooked. His debut solo album If I Could Only Remember My Name is a masterpiece of the era and should be in every comprehensive record collection. Wonderfully erratic chords and beautiful (and often spooky) atmospheres enrich his songs. Combining the best of San Francisco’s rock elite and beautifully choral pieces, this album is a worthy pinnacle in a long and still current career, although all of his work deserves attention.
Followers: Michael Hedges
Influenced By: Fred Neil, The Beatles, The Everly Brothers, Bob Dylan
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