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There have been two bands with this name.

1) In 1962, before David Crosby had tasted any fame, he and his girlfriend gave up their newborn baby boy for adoption. In 1995, Crosby was reunited with that son, James Raymond, only to discover that Raymond had developed some serious musical and songwriting talents of his own, without ever knowing who his real father was. They began writing songs together almost immediately, with the first product being “Morrison,” a jazzy rock tune reflecting Crosby’s anger over Jim Morrison’s portrayal in the Oliver Stone film, “The Doors.”

Soon they enlisted Jeff Pevar, a well-traveled session guitarist who had played with Crosby & Nash, and formed the band CPR, using an acronym from their surnames. Their vocal harmonies recall Crosby, Stills & Nash at their best, but the music has a jazzy flavor and a healthy disrespect for pop convention that’s much more reminiscent of bands like Steely Dan. Including their eponymous debut album in 1998, CPR has released two studio albums and two live albums, and continue to tour occasionally.

2) A largely instrumental hard rock band featuring bassist Randy Coven (Steve Vai, Yngwie J. Malmsteen), guitarist Al Pitrelli (Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Megadeth, Savatage) and drummer John O. Reilly (Blue Öyster Cult, Rainbow), named for an acronym of their surnames and released a one-off self-titled album in 1992. Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Pride & Glory), Randy Jackson (Zebra), Vito Bratta (White Lion) and Steve Morse (Deep Purple) contributed guest appearances.

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    2 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Bartleman

    Great Music !! Self-titled album is really something to go listen to.

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • pinkpillow92

    I have the self-titled CD; it's one of the best CDs I own!

    22 Nov 2008 Reply
  • wheezy2

    Finally got a copy of Just Like Gravity!!!!!

    8 May 2008 Reply
  • curiousstranger

    And it's also the name used by Colorado Public Radio for podcasts.

    23 Feb 2007 Reply
  • eelco_maaike

    OK, there;s two different bands called CPR one with Randy Coven, Al Pitrelli & John O'Reilly and another one with David Crosby, Jeff Pevar & James Raymond. How do we split these two entries?

    28 Nov 2006 Reply