David Crosby's classic debut solo album If I Could Only Remember My Name turned 50 earlier this year (read our retrospective review), and now Croz has announced that he'll give the album a 50th anniversary deluxe reissue on October 15 via Rhino. He'll be releasing it as a 2-CD/digital set that includes the album remastered from the original analog tapes, along with a bonus disc with 12 unreleased demos, outtakes, and alternative versions. He'll also be putting out the newly remastered version of the original album on 180 gram vinyl. The reissue comes with liner notes by Steve Silberman, co-author of Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads. You can pre-order the LP in our store.
Along with the announcement comes a stream of one of the previously unreleased demos, "Riff 1." It's just Croz, his acoustic guitar, and some wordless humming, presumably testing out melodies for a song that didn't have lyrics yet. And even in this clearly-unfinished form, it's still a gorgeous recording in the same vein as the songs that did make it onto the original album. Listen below.