Nearly 50 years after first releasing it, according to a report, David Crosby will re-record his 1971 debut If I Could Only Remember My Name with a new orchestral backing. Best Classic Bands translated a story from the website of The Netherland's NPO Radio 1 in The Netherlands, which stated that Crosby will join forces with Metropole Orkest in May to remake the album.
According to the item: “Hornist Pieter Hunfeld of the orchestra said: 'We want to make it an orchestral remix, remove elements that we approach acoustically again without losing their intensity. As an example, he called the song 'Cowboy Movie' an elongated piece of music full of guitar improvisations: 'It sounds just as ragged with us, sometimes a bit bigger, sometimes a bit smaller, but with the same tension, and overall the album becomes innovative.'”
Crosby's If I Could Only Remember My Name was released on February 22nd, 1971 and peaked at Number 12 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Among the guest musicians on the set were bandmates Graham Nash and Neil Young; Joni Mitchell; the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart; the Jefferson Airplane's Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady, Paul Kantner, and Grace Slick; Santana's Gregg Rolie and Michael Shrieve; and Quicksilver Messenger Service's David Freiberg, among others.
David Crosby told us that these days he doesn't enter into any aspect of his life — personally or professionally — without a great deal of soul searching: “I look at myself a lot, I made an awful amount of mistakes in my life, and I've done harm. And I've had to look at myself. I had a year in a prison cell to look at myself. A lot of time to think. So, I do think about what I do and why and what it means and if it's significant, or not.”