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3 Essential David Crosby Albums That Transformed Folk Rock

David Crosby died at the age of 81, but his solo records and iconic work with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash will live on forever.

David Crosby passed away on January 19, 2023, at the age of 81. As an original member of The Byrds, he contributed memorable guitar parts and vocal harmonies to the band’s first five albums. His folk rock supergroup Crosby, Stills & Nash (sometimes known as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) released some of the finest music to come out in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. His solo material and collaborations with artists like Graham Nash further solidified his influence in the ’70s. Throughout the ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s, he made guest appearances on albums by Phil Collins, David Gilmour, and the Indigo Girls. He also performed in a group called CPR with his son, James Raymond, and continued to release solo records up until 2021’s For Free

If you’re in need of some nostalgia or are discovering his music for the first time, these essential albums featuring David Crosby are the perfect way to honor his legacy.

Essential Albums Featuring David Crosby

Mr Tambourine Man
The Byrds
1966
Rock
LP, Black Vinyl, Repress, Mono
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This landmark album popularized the folk-rock sound and was widely regarded as the first American record to challenge the chart success of contemporaries like The Beatles effectively.

The jangly electric guitars, intelligent lyrics, intricate harmonies, and British Invasion backbeat all solidified The Byrds as a highly influential act that would eventually earn a place in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Crosby, Stills & Nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash
2009
Rock
LP, Black 180g Vinyl, Reissue
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Crosby, Stills & Nash’s self-titled debut was an instant success and the group won a Grammy in 1970 for Best New Artist. 

The album helped shift popular music away from the blues-based rock of the 1960s by incorporating elements of folk, blues, and jazz in a new type of way. By allowing their individual strengths to shine, the album ended up having a broad appeal with Crosby’s atmospheric abilities, Stills’s seamless integration of folk and country elements, and Nash’s penchant for pop melodies. 

If I Could Only Remember My Name
David Crosby
2021
Rock
LP, Black Vinyl, Reissue, 50th Anniversary Edition
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If I Could Only Remember My Name was initially panned by critics, but it has grown a cult following over the years and is now praised for its influence on the psychedelic folk movement. 

Notable musicians like Jerry Garcia, Joni Mitchell, and Neil Young contributed to the recordings, which have become known for their improvisational elements, harmonies, and an overall mood that has been compared to the work of Nick Drake and Meddle-era Pink Floyd. 

More Essential David Crosby Records

Younger Than Yesterday
The Byrds
2012
Rock
LP, Black 180g Vinyl, Reissue
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Déjà Vu
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
2022
Rock
LP, Black Vinyl, Reissue, Gatefold
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Graham Nash David Crosby
Graham Nash David Crosby
1972
Rock
LP, Black Vinyl, Trifold Die Cut Cover
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