David Crosby might not have performed actual good without spending a dime, as Joni Mitchell as soon as sang. However he did play, and sing, actual good, which is likely one of the causes his catalog consists of myriad moments past his personal recorded work, as a solo artist or along with his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bands such because the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash.
He performed good with others, it appears.
All through his profession, Crosby has been a visitor of selection, largely introduced in by musical associates craving his harmonically ingenious vocal abilities to raise their tracks. Crosby, who died on Jan. 19, 2023, on the age of 81, cameoed with colleagues each anticipated — Mitchell, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Carole King and, in fact, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young — and stunning, equivalent to John Mayer, Gary Wright, Pink Floyd‘s David Gilmour and Hootie & the Blowfish. Nash has even been compiling an album that can function his and Crosby’s cameos with others, beginning with Stills’ “Love the One You are With” and operating as much as their 1993 “You’ve got Received a Good friend” visitor look with King on the Common Amphitheatre in Los Angeles.
Crosby’s credit as a collaborator – alone or typically with Nash — are prolonged and numerous. We cherry-pick these visitor appearances to provide you with those we felt had been probably the most vital within the under record of 28 David Crosby Collaborations.
Joni Mitchell, Track to a Seagull (1968)
Crosby was assigned to supply his girlfriend Mitchell’s debut album. He took her to Sundown Sound Recorders and initially arrange microphones across the room as she sat and sang on the grand piano — an experiment that failed spectacularly. However he in the end served Mitchell and her songs nicely, maintaining the recordings largely to Mitchell herself, with Stills enjoying bass on one monitor. They’d reunite for Mitchell’s Court and Spark in 1974, offering backing vocals for “All the way down to You” and, with Nash, “Free Man in Paris,” after which once more on 1975’s The Hissing of Summer season Lawns, becoming a member of Nash on the opening monitor, “In France They Kiss on Principal Road.”
Jefferson Airplane, Volunteers (1969)
Crosby is credited with sailboat atmosphere on Jefferson Airplane’s model of “Wood Ships,” the monitor he co-wrote with the band’s Paul Kantner and Stills (who performed organ on the album’s “Flip My Life Round”). Crosby, Stills & Nash launched their tackle the trio’s self-titled debut album the identical 12 months. He additionally helped Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady out on Hot Tuna‘s Burgers in 1972 and appeared on Grace Slick‘s first solo album, Manhole, in 1974.
Stephen Stills, Stephen Stills (1970)
Crosby was a part of the vocal refrain for his typically bandmate’s self-titled first solo album, becoming a member of Rita Coolidge, John Sebastian and Priscilla Jones on the tracks “Love the One You are With,” “Sit Your self Down,” “We Are Not Helpless” (all additionally that includes Nash) and “Go Again House.”
Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship, Blows Towards the Empire (1970)
Crosby was a part of the unique Starship crew, singing on “Mau Mau,” “Starship,” “A Youngster Is Coming” and “Have You Seen the Stars Tonite.” (He earned co-writing credit and likewise performed guitar on the latter two.)
Graham Nash, Songs for Newcomers (1971)
Crosby was naturally going to be a part of greatest pal Nash’s first solo album, strapping on the electrical guitar for “I Used to Be a King.” He additionally reveals up on its follow-up, Wild Tales, in 1973, and Earth & Sky in 1980.
Neil Younger, Harvest (1972)
Younger made full use of his CSNY compatriots on his fourth (and most profitable) solo album, Harvest, with Crosby offering background vocals for “Are You Prepared for the Nation” and, with Stills, “Alabama.” Crosby additionally appeared on two songs for Younger’s Time Fades Away dwell album the next 12 months.
Jackson Browne, Jackson Browne (1972)
The ties had been strongly certain all through the California singer-songwriter group through the early ’70s, and Crosby, together with Nash, was on board for Browne’s self-titled debut, together with the signature hit “Physician My Eyes.” The duo additionally lent backing vocals to the title monitor from Browne’s traditional The Pretender three years later. Plus, Crosby appeared once more on 1989’s World in Movement and 1993’s I am Alive.
James Taylor, Gorilla (1975)
Crosby and Nash, working as a duo throughout CSN(Y)’s hiatus, will be discovered on the leadoff monitor and hit single “Mexico,” in addition to “Lighthouse.” Crosby, with Nash, was again for “Nothing Like a Hundred Miles” from Gorilla‘s follow-up, Within the Pocket, in 1976.
Carole King, Thoroughbred (1976)
Crosby and Nash saddled as much as present backing vocals all through King’s seventh album, and her final produced by Lou Adler. The duo additionally joined King on her 1994 In Live performance album to harmonize on “You’ve got Received a Good friend.”
Bonnie Raitt, Nick of Time (1989)
Crosby was comfortable to assist out an previous pal on her comeback album — a Grammy Award-winner, no much less — singing with (who else?) Nash on the Michael Ruff-penned “Cry on My Shoulder.” Crosby can be again once more for “Circle Dance” on 1994’s Longing in Their Hearts.
Phil Collins, … But Seriously (1989)
Crosby was a part of the all-star assemblage Collins recruited for his fourth solo album, harmonizing on the hit “One other Day in Paradise” and “That is Simply the Method It Is.” Collins returned the favor on Crosby’s Thousand Roads in 1993.
Bob Dylan, Under the Red Sky (1990)
Don Was, who additionally produced Raitt’s Nick of Time, reached out to Crosby once more to offer backing vocals on the album he and his “brother” David Was produced for Dylan on the flip of the last decade.
Dan Fogelberg, The Wild Locations (1990)
Crosby accepted an invite to assist out fellow troubadour Fogelberg, becoming a member of Eagles‘ Timothy B. Schmit for backing vocals on “Son of the Sea” from his eleventh album, The Wild Locations.
Indigo Ladies, Rites of Passage (1992)
Crosby and Browne had been tandem on this effort by the Georgia duo, throwing out harmonies on the one “Galileo” and “Let It Be Me.”
Willie Nelson, Throughout the Borderline (1993)
Crosby was among the many troupe of background singers recruited for Nelson’s fortieth album, which featured duets with Dylan, Raitt, Paul Simon and Sinead O’Connor. No phrase if Crosby boarded Nelson’s well-known bus at any level, nonetheless.
Marc Cohn, The Wet Season (1993)
Cohn made use of the Crosby-Nash group for his second, post-“Strolling in Memphis” album, deploying the duo on the tracks “From the Station” and “She’s Changing into Gold.”
Hootie & the Blowfish, Cracked Rear View (1994)
The most important factor Crosby might have ever sung on was “Maintain My Hand,” the debut single from the South Carolina group’s album, Cracked Rear View. The tune was a Prime 10 hit, and the album was a 21-times platinum phenomenon that holds as one of many top-selling debuts of all time.
Kenny Loggins, Return to Pooh Nook (1994)
Uncle Croz joined Nash, Amy Grant and others in offering backing vocals for Loggins’ youngsters’s album.
Stevie Nicks, Road Angel (1994)
Nicks tapped Crosby to sing backup on the title monitor of her fifth solo album, which additionally featured contributions by Dylan and Eagles co-founder Bernie Leadon, plus members of Tom Petty‘s Heartbreakers and Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band.
David Gilmour, On an Island (2006) and Rattle That Lock (2015)
Crosby, together with Nash, two-timed with the Pink Floyd guitarist on his most up-to-date two solo albums. They’re featured on the title monitor of On an Island and on “A Boat Lies Ready” from its follow-up. “They’ve great voices,” Gilmour instructed this author whereas selling Rattle That Lock. “These songs actually known as for these type of harmonies, and I used to be honored they might do it.”
Don Felder, Highway to Without end (2012)
The Eagles guitarist swung for the fences on Road to Forever, his first solo album in 29 years, together with getting Crosby, together with Stills and Nash, to sing on the set’s opening monitor, “Fall From the Grace of Love.”
John Mayer, Born and Raised (2012)
Don Was reached out as soon as once more to convey the Crosby-Nash harmonies into considered one of his initiatives, this time the title monitor for Mayer’s fifth studio effort.
Shawn Colvin, Uncovered (2015)
Crosby sings on “Baker Road,” the Gerry Rafferty traditional that Colvin included on her Uncovered assortment of canopy songs.
Chris Hillman, Bidin’ My Time (2017)
Bygones had been bygones as Crosby’s fellow Byrds bandmate welcomed him again for his first solo album in 12 years.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, Reunions (2020)
Isbell and firm introduced Crosby in as a backing singer for the Americana group’s fourth album, and Isbell’s seventh general. (Crosby sang backing vocals on “What’ve I Achieved to Assist” and “Solely Youngsters.”)
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