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by Jim Allen

January 30, 2014

The World of David Crosby

by Jim Allen  |  January 30, 2014

The arrival of Croz, David Crosby's first solo album in over two decades, makes it clear that the fundamental folk rock figure has no intention of spending his 70s idly. But he's been busy pushing the envelope of the singer-songwriter idiom ever since the Big Bang of '60s counterculture, under an impressive array of aegises. His warm, honeyed vocals and jazz-spiced harmonic sensibilities first made an impact during his mid-'60s stint as a founding member of The Byrds before he made history as part of Crosby, Stills & Nash (and sometimes Young), whose bucolic but forward-looking folk rock journeys defined the leafy Laurel Canyon sound of the hippie era.

When he wasn't busy with C.S.N., Crosby found time for sporadic, sometimes stunning solo releases, like the cult classic If I Could Only Remember My Name .... He also embarked on a bit of a busman's holiday in a duo with Graham Nash that earned an identity all its own, and later fronted another trio, CPR, with guitarist Jeff Pevar and long-lost son James Raymond. Along the way, Crosby's luminous harmonies have always been a ubiquitous presence, appearing on tracks by everyone from Joni Mitchell (who he also produced) and Jackson Browne to John Mayer. His misadventures (substance abuse, incarceration, etc.) earned Crosby his share of infamy in the past, but most importantly, the art endures and thankfully, so does the artist, as these cherry-picked items from his oeuvre illustrate.

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