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Gene Clark White Light (1971)

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Former Byrds singer/songwriter's stark 1971 masterpiece! As founding member of folk-rock... more

Gene Clark: White Light (1971)

Former Byrds singer/songwriter's stark 1971 masterpiece! As founding member of folk-rock pioneers the Byrds, Gene Clark had emerged as a uniquely gifted singer/songwriter and master of the minor key melancholy ballad. His departure from the group in 1966 was met with critical anticipation and commercial indifference. Tiring of the Hollywood fast lane by 1969, Gene and new wife Carlie moved up to Mendocino on the Northern California coast where the tranquility, pastoral beauty and laid back lifestyle of the coastal community appealed to his country boy roots. It inspired a body of songs unlike anything Gene had composed before.

Their stark simplicity and stripped down arrangements'acoustic guitar, harmonica and voice'evidence a deeper insight into life and an overall optimism rarely found in his previous body of work. The resulting album, White Light, produced by renowned guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, remains one of Gene's most accessible and much-loved recordings among fans and critics, topping several domestic Best Album of the Year lists and being voted 'Album of the Year' by rock critics in the Netherlands. Songs like 'For a Spanish Guitar,' 'With Tomorrow,' and 'Where My Love Lies Asleep' are delicately evocative while the title song draws on Gene's appreciation for country music. 'One in a Hundred' harkens back to his finest Byrds compositions. Buoyed by his new surroundings, friendships, marriage, a feeling of contentment in his rural retreat and the imminent birth of his first child, White Light reveals singer/songwriter Gene Clark at the top of his game.

Rolling Stone declared the folk-based album 'a fresh and innovative look at what came before in a new framework. One of the most interesting and exciting records of 1971.' Relive that excitement on this Sundazed edition! Mastered directly from the original A&M analog session tapes, it is offered to you on compact disc and deep groove vinyl. CD includes extra photos and new liner notes by Gene Clark biographer John Einarson. Let White Light be your soundtrack for the road less traveled.

Article properties: Gene Clark: White Light (1971)

  • Interpret: Gene Clark

  • Album titlle: White Light (1971)

  • Genre Rock'n'Roll

  • Label SUNDAZED

  • Price code VLP2
  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl Size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 0090771534514

  • weight in Kg 0.28
Clark, Gene - White Light (1971) LP 1
01 The Virgin
02 With Tomorrow
03 White Light
04 Because Of You
05 One In A Hundred
06 Spanish Guitar
07 Where My Love Lies Asleep
08 Tears Of Rage
09 1975
Gene Clark Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky (aka Rough And Rocky) Although Gene... more
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Gene Clark

Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky (aka Rough And Rocky)

Although Gene Clark's first solo A&M album, colloquially known as 'White Light,' followed two Dillard & Clark LPs into the cut-out bins, A&M kept the faith, bankrolling some sessions in April, May, and June 1972. Clark brought in some new songs and a few non-originals. He was working with Chris Hinshaw, who'd engineered some Taj Mahal, Sly Stone, and Byrds albums. In June, A&M pulled the plug. The final straw came when Sly Stone arrived, racking up thousands of dollars on A&M's dime when Clark was out of town. "Those sessions were fun and I had great people playing on them," Clark told Dominic Priore, "but it was hard to get it together the way I wanted it." Clark saw musical tastes shifting toward heavy metal and decided to go low-key and meditative. A&M sat on the tapes, seeing no future for them until Clark's sometime manager, Jim Dickson, went to Holland and saw Byrds and Burrito bootlegs. Deciding that the A&M tapes were better than the bootlegs, he prevailed upon A&M to lease the tapes to their European licensee, Ariola. Roger McGuinn sang harmony on some songs, quite possibly because he was talking to Gene about the reunion of the original Byrds. There's an unissued mix on which he's clearly audible on Rough And Rocky. None of the Byrds was doing especially well on his own, but Clark probably had the most to gain from a reunion, and he provided that unremarkable album with most of its high spots.

Flatt & Scruggs' Don't This Road Look Rough And Rocky was a song that Gene probably heard the duo perform on their Martha White television show, but, until comparatively recently, it was only available on a single. They recorded it in 1954 and copyrighted it then, but it was a much older song of unknown provenance. The Blue Sky Boys had recorded it in 1936 as Can't You Hear That Night Bird Calling and it went under a bunch of other titles dating back to the dawn of recorded country music history. Its origin probably lay in a nineteenth century pop or minstrel song.

 

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Tracklist
Clark, Gene - White Light (1971) LP 1
01 The Virgin
02 With Tomorrow
03 White Light
04 Because Of You
05 One In A Hundred
06 Spanish Guitar
07 Where My Love Lies Asleep
08 Tears Of Rage
09 1975