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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Gene Clark - White Light (1971 us, brilliant folk rock, bonus tracks edition)

Gene Clark's 1971 platter, with its stark black cover featuring his silhouette illuminated by the sun, was dubbed White Light -- though the words never appear on the cover -- and if ever a title fit a record, it's this one. Over its nine original tracks, it has established itself as one of the greatest singer/songwriter albums ever made. After leaving the Byrds in 1966, recording with the Gosdin Brothers, and breaking up the Dillard & Clark group that was a pioneering country-rock outfit, Clark took time to hone his songwriting to its barest essentials.

The focus on these tracks is intense, they are taut and reflect his growing obsession with country music. Produced by the late guitarist Jesse Ed Davis (who also worked with Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Link Wray, and poet John Trudell, among others), Clark took his songs to his new label with confidence and they supported him. The band is comprised of Flying Burrito Brothers' bassist Chris Ethridge, the then-Steve Miller Band-pianist (and future jazz great) Ben Sidran, organist Michael Utley, and drummer Gary Mallaber.

Clark's writing, as evidenced on "The Virgin," the title cut, "For a Spanish Guitar," "One in a Hundred," and "With Tomorrow," reveals a stark kind of simplicity in his lines. Using melodies mutated out of country, and revealing that he was the original poet and architect of the Byrds' sound on White Light, Clark created a wide open set of tracks that are at once full of space, a rugged gentility, and are harrowingly intimate in places.

His reading of Bob Dylan's "Tears of Rage," towards the end of the record rivals, if not eclipses, the Band's. Less wrecked and ravaged, Clark's song is more a bewildered tome of resignation to a present and future in the abyss. Now this is classic rock.
by Thom Jurek

1. The Virgin - 3:38
2. With Tomorrow (Clark, Jesse Ed Davis) - 2:27
3. White Light - 3:39
4. Because Of You - 4:04
5. One In A Hundred - 3:35
6. For A Spanish Guitar - 5:00
7. Where My Love Lies Asleep - 4:22
8. Tears Of Rage (Bob Dylan, Richard Manuel) - 4:14
9. 1975 - 3:55
10.Because Of You (Alternate Mix) - 4:06
11.Stand By Me (Previously Unreleased) (Ben E. King, Jerry Lieber, Mike Stoller) - 2:45
12.Ship Of The Lord (Previously Unreleased) - 2:34
13.Opening Day (Previously Unreleased) - 4:02
14.Winter In (Rare Track) - 3:21
All Songs Written By Gene Clark, Except Where Noted

*Gene Clark - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
*Jesse Ed Davis - Electric Guitar
*Chris Ethridge - Bass
*Gary Mallaber - Drums
*Mike Utley - Organ
*Ben Sidran - Piano

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Hajul Ellah said...

Thanks for this wonderful share, Marios.

mscmichael said...

Great choice. A wonderful album ! Thanks for this expanded edition...

mclehast said...

Thanks!But,1,3,4,6 songs-wrong pass....

kobilica said...

Very enjoyable music-Briliant gem.Many thanks...

Marios said...

the problem appears only with the deposit link, I'll upload it again and will replace it.
Thank you.

Geoavr said...

Μάριε ''White Light'' είναι όχι Ligh.
Κατά τα άλλα απλά κλασσικό...

Marios said...

Thanx Geoavr.
Deposit link replaced.
Thank you.

Dhiraj said...

"Clark created a wide open set of tracks that are at once full of space, a rugged gentility, and are harrowingly intimate in places."

Some poetry in description.

Marta said...

I love this album. I love Gene Clark. Thank you for posting.

Daniel said...

A great album from a brilliant singer/songwriter.

Thank you so much for this sharing, Marios


Remy said...

Great album! Thanks very much, Marios.

rintesh said...

Thanks for sharing.

Gandalf said...

dead link - acct suspd

Marios said...

Gandalf, Gene Clark updated

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Much appreciated!