Emerging from his drug-fueled descent and subsequent imprisonment, David Crosby found himself returning to the scene of the crime to perform a solo set at Dallas’ Rockefeller’s.
Tape was rolling.
Dallas 1987 is a one-hour, full-show recording that captures Crosby in strong voice on Easter Sunday and accompanying himself on guitar for eight of the 10 tracks and switching to piano for “Delta” and “Oh, Yes I Can.”
“Compass” follows “Yes” as the other convict-era composition and Crosby tells his audience to never get busted in Texas and to consider his life up to that point before getting into freebase or other hard drugs.
He spends the balance of the set playing Joni Mitchell’s “For Free” and looking back at Crosby-Nash on “Lee Shore,” to CSN with “In My Dreams,” “Guinnevere,” “Wooden Ships” and “Long Time Gone” and to CSNY on “Almost Cut My Hair.”
These versions are akin to the demos Crosby might’ve made for his bandmates. And though it’s clear he’s still finding his way back, Dallas 1987 shines some nice light on one of Crosby’s darkest periods.