Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
41 track anthology of the late Byrds member's entire musicalcareer, 1965-1990. Includes two unreleased outtakes from hisfirst three solo albums, three previously unreleased songs from 1968, tracks from his Dillard & Clark ... more »
41 track anthology of the late Byrds member's entire musicalcareer, 1965-1990. Includes two unreleased outtakes from hisfirst three solo albums, three previously unreleased songs from 1968, tracks from his Dillard & Clark days (including unreleased material) and two tracks from 1970 with the original Byrds line-up. Contains tracks from his other '70s solo albums, along with collaborations he did with Carla Olson in the '80s/ '90s. All cuts are digitally remastered. Double slimline jewel case. 1998 A&M release.
A testament to unheralded genius . . .
aliled | Shawnee, Kansas United States | 05/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After Bob Dylan, Gene Clark was possibly the best American songwriter of the 60s. While it's easy to admire artists such as Brian Wilson, his particular genius was based more in his arrangement and production skills than in writing tunes which hold up when performed by just a singer with an acoustic guitar. Clark was the most gifted songwriter in the Byrds, a fact obscured today by his early departure from the group, as well as the perception by many that Roger McGuinn was their leader, and the subsequent fame of David Crosby. Clark's gifts were many, but most important was his ability to write long and sensuous melodies which elevated otherwise verbose songs to heights that obscured just how difficult that ought to have been - try writing a concise and gentle melody to a line like "the first thing that I heard you say when you were standing there set in your way was that you were not blind". It's not easy. Clark's departure from the Byrds has been attributed to an unwillingness to travel and a fear of flying . . . but one wonders if there weren't other reasons, given that stellar Clark-composed tracks like "She Has A Way" and "The Day Walk" were left off early albums in favor of lesser songs and even cover versions like "Oh! Susannah".Clark's early success was never matched commercially as a solo artist. His first album was released the same time as his former band's "Younger Than Yesterday" and it sunk like a stone, despite the fact that it was arguably the better of the two. Recordings Clark made after shortly the album's release remained in the can (until now - four are included, all better than what the Byrds were doing at that time), but later that year Clark teamed up with Doug Dillard (of the Dillards, famous for their portrayal of the musically amazing but socially backward hillbilly family the Darlings on "The Andy Griffith Show") to make two amazing albums for A&M. These too, failed commercially. Two previously unreleased songs from those sessions are included here for the first time. His career continued along this path - great, even groundbreaking albums, followed by dismal sales, record company and promotional hassles and periods of inactivity, depression and alcoholism, which eventually contributed to his very early death. But don't let the sordid details get in the way of this music. Clark's voice (at the meeting point between pop, country and Dylan) feels like an old friend. The arrangements are often full of orchestration, which adds a panoramic grandeur without ever overtaking the essential calm beauty of the compositions. If you like the Byrds, Gram Parsons or Bob Dylan, but have never heard Gene Clark, congratulations, you're about to discover a connection between all three which equals their best qualities.This is an excellent place to start enjoying Gene Clark. If you dig this material enough to continue searching out the rest of his work, there is still enough fine and rare material here to prevent this from becoming redundant. After this, I'd recommend the A&M UK issue of the two Dillard & Clark albums (plus three 45-only tracks) on one CD. Beyond that, "Echoes", which combines some Byrds' tracks with his entire debut album (and three rare tracks), "White Light" (possibly his best solo album) and "No Other" (slightly flawed but amazing, and his most ambitious work) are all great."
Wayne Klein | My Little Blue Window, USA | 04/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To say that Gene Clark was The Byrds would be a disservice to a talented group with four strong songwriters. That said, Clark was the heart of The Byrds; his vulnerable songs recall John Lennon and Bob Dylan at their best while remaining uniquely his own. This terrific collection put together by Sid Griffin features key album tracks recorded with The Byrds, solo and with various collaborators over the years. Featuring a number of previously rare or unreleased tracks, "Flying High" may not be the ultimate Gene Clark anthology (it would take more than these two generous discs to do him justice), it's a great collection nonetheless.
Opening with "You Showed Me" (which Clark co-wrote and ultimately was covered by The Turtles), the CD moves sequentially through Clark's career with The Byrds (he appeared on three albums but departed during the recording of the band's third)moving through a handful of the band's classic Clark penned tracks. We get three previously unreleased recordings "Los Angeles", "I Pity the Poor Immigrant" and "That's Alright By Me". Moving into the groundbreaking country rock album that Clark recorded and released at the same time as The Byrds (now consisting of McGuinn, Hillman and Clarke)that Clark recorded as part of Dillard & Clark. We get a number of tracks from their debut and follow up album plus one previously unreleased track they recorded before their split. The first disc concludes with the single Clark recorded for A&M "One in a Hundred" and "She's the Kind of Girl" which ended up on "Roadmaster". These two are rare alternate mixes.
Disc two opens with key tracks from Clark's great album "White Light" including two tracks that appeared on the 2002 reissue as bonus tracks. From there we move to "The American Dreamer" a rare track recorded for Dennis Hopper's film and tracks from both the unfinished "Roadmaster" and the baroque-country-rock of "No Other". Three tracks from the MIA and excellent "Two Sides to Every Story" (which will hopefully see the lightof day on CD), a single track from Clark's album with Carla Olson and a single track recorded for the "True Voices" album. Finally, a bold re-recording of "Mr. Tambourine Man" featuring the verses cut for The Byrds' classic recording. The only material MIA that really matters are the tracks Clark recorded for "The Byrds" album for Asylum Records. While that album was a disappointment, Clark's tracks (including his remake of Neil Young's "Cowgirl in the Sand") were highlights that briefly revived his career.
The 16 page booklet features notes by Sid Griffin and a brief note by Chris Hillman. There's quite a few pictures from throughout Clark's career and a discography of the material this anthology was pulled from. A fine tribute to a great singer/songwriter who got lost midflight, "Flying High" redresses some of those wrongs."
Five stars plus
Scott Erickson | Cleveland, Ohio | 04/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Throughout Gene's stellar yet short career, he was often overshadowed by lesser talents. This collection goes along way in displaying just how incredibly gifted this former Byrd truely was. It was wonderful to finally hear many of the unreleased songs I had only read about over the years. This compelation is also the only opportunity for now, to hear cuts off of the "Two Sides to Every Picture" album released in the late seventies. I only hope that more of Gene's unreleased catelog can someday soon be released. I highly recommend this cd for Gene Clark and Byrds fans everywhere. It's worth every cent."