My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: If I Could Only Remember My Name was recorded throughout 1970 and released in February of 1971. The album includes many writing and performing contributions from prominent California musicians of the time.
What I think:
There really isn’t a lot here, it’s just sort of a mediocre album. Only three tracks stand out. The first is “Music is Love” which features backing vocals from Neil Young that really help it along. The other two are “Tamalpais High” and “Song with No Words” which feature some great CSN&Y type melodies, but as the latter song suggests neither have any words at all. Just “do, doo, do” and “nan, na na” which really suggest a laziness and incompleteness to me. I’m really not surprised though, the man couldn’t remember his name, would you expect him to remember the lyrics?
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? There is no reason for this album to be on this list. There is no reason I need to hear it. The album is the sort of run of the mill piece that is released daily.
Rating (Out of 5): 2
If Only Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (171/216)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 79%