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Friday, December 21, 2018

Gene Clark - Sings For You (1967 us, fantastic folk psych country rock, 2018 digipak with unreleased material)



Gene Clark’s musical legacy is most certainly assured as a singer, songwriter and member of some exclusive company as an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a founder of The Byrds, and collaborator in groups such as Dillard & Clark, Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers, McGuinn Clark & Hillman and later as the duet partner of Carla Olson (The Textones).

His songs have been covered by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iain Matthews, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The Rose Garden, and Chris & Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes among many others. As well documented as Clark’s career has been, there have been remarkable discoveries over the years (see Omnivore’s Here Tonight: The White Light Demos for example), but now the Holy Grail of Clark’s post-Byrds career is finally about to see the light of day:

“For longtime Gene Clark fans and aficionados, the tracks on this remarkable archival CD are the stuff of legend. Since word first spread in the 1980s about the discovery of these 1967 recordings on a rare acetate in Liberty Records’ vaults, fans have come to regard Gene Clark Sings For You as nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer/songwriter’s extraordinary body of work. Shrouded in mystery and the subject of much speculation and conjecture, few have ever had the opportunity to hear these forgotten gems from one of Gene Clark’s most prolifically creative periods. Until now.”
by John Einarson author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds’ Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)

In addition to the 8 tracks from the Gene Clark Sings For You acetate, recorded in 1967 after he famously left The Byrds, there are an additional 5 previously unknown tracks from a further 1967 acetate given to the band, The Rose Garden, for recording consideration. This new compilation also includes a previously unissued demo rescued from a tape in the collection of John Noreen, member of The Rose Garden. This demo of the song “Till Today” is Clark running through the song for the band who would cut it on their only album, the 1968 self-titled effort on Atco Records (also being reissued and expanded at the same time as Gene Clark Sings For You).

Released with the full approval and cooperation with both the Estate of Gene Clark and the band, The Rose Garden, Gene Clark Sings For You is produced for release by Grammy®-winner, Cheryl Pawelski with restoration and mastering by Grammy-winner, Michael Graves. Liner notes by John Einarson, author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds’ Gene Clark (Backbeat Books) and previously unseen photos.


Tracks
1. On Her Own - 4:19
2. Past Tense - 3:41
3. Yesterday, Am I Right - 2:56
4. Past My Door - 4:26
5. That's Alright By Me - 5:48
6. One Way Road - 2:34
7. Down On The Pier - 4:18
8. 7:30 Mode - 5:59
9. On Tenth Street - 3:50
10.Understand Me - 2:36
11.A Long Time - 2:03
12.Big City Girl - 3:56
13.Doctor Doctor - 2:59
14.Till Today (Demo) - 3:44
All compositions by Gene Clark

Musicians
*Gene Clark - Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
*Alex De Zoppo - Piano
Other Musicians Unknown

1964-90  Gene Clark - Flying High
1964-82  Gene Clark ‎- The Lost Studio Sessions (2016 audiophile double Vinyl set) 
1967  Gene Clark - Echoes
1968-69  Dillard And Clark - Fantastic Expedition / Through The Morning, Through The Night
1971  Gene Clark - White Light
1972  Gene Clark - Roadmaster  (2011 Edition)
1979  McGuinn, Clark And Hillman (2014 Japan SHM Remaster)
With The Byrds
1964  The Byrds - Preflyte (2012 Edition)
1973  Byrds - Byrds (2004 issue)

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8 comments:

david said...

The players listed are not the players on this release. They are some unknown local musicians, not the members of the Byrds and the others that are listed.

Marios said...

Yes Davis, I know, local musicians and probably some members from Rose Garden, it is written in tha booklet's last page, but there's one thing that makes me a negative impression, most of the comments here, are about mistakes, for requests, and to blame, except a few good friends who leave a "thank you" and some write their viewpoint for the posts...

Bob Robertson said...

Marios, Thank you for this awesome share, been looking forward to hearing some unheard Gene Clark. Really dig your taste in music, thanks for everything.

Anonymous said...

Hello
Can you please check the lossless links,something dont work.
Thanks

Marios said...

Just checked, worked fine, 177,4mb

Anonymous said...

Ok than sorry because you wrote for the lossles Version over 300 mb
Thanks for this fine Release
Merry Christmas

Snosbig said...

This is really sweet & great to read some good vibes of Gene Clark. Thanks for listing this as well as sharing his memories for GC should never be forgotten.
I'm from New Jersey & I am forever indebted to a long lost High School mate that succumbed to his addictions long ago for turning me onto The Byrds. Together we were fortunate to see McGuinn, Clark & Hillman live 4 times while they toured the Northeast & w/o my mates musical influences on me I'd never known of Gene. Back then I was more into the Guitar gods & technical stuff while Gene rode a different horse in the background for my taste @ the time. But I was quick to see there was something quite special there & became a believer.
Sadly now the most you read about those tours w/Roger & Chris speak mostly of Gene's inner battles but the shows I saw were amazing & my distinct memories of Gene were spectacular. His poise, focus & professionalism were so profound that When he commanded the mic leading a song, Chris & Roger were like the rest of us = Spectators enjoying the show. He was a rare talent & sadly checked out too soon. Listen to him often but not alone, share to as many as you can because we can't let this music fade away. Thanks Again

String13th said...

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