CLARK AND OLSON SHINE IN LIVE PERFORMANCE
S. F Gulvezan | Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan USA | 03/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gene Clark and Carla Olson, both legendary in their own right, show why they combined as a duo in this great live performance CD recorded shortly before Clark's untimely death at age 46. Included here are such great new songs as "Your Fire Burning," "Love Wins Again," and "Photograph," as well as live interpretations of such classics as "Train Leaves Here This Morning" and "Set You Free This Time". A strong five stars. Highly recommended."
Intimate and haunting - Gene and Carla
Ms. Felicia Davis-burden | Staines, UK | 07/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is something precious: In Gene Clark, we had an intimate and soulful singer/songwriter and in Carla Olson is someone who is clearly inspired by him. This is the only other official release by the duo (their studio album 'So Rebellious a Lover' is a stunning set). Considering Gene was not in the healthiest state at the time (February 1990) and would tragically die the following May, he still sang with impressive passion and strength. Unfortunately, to fit the entire live set onto CD, most of the between-song banter was edited out: But luckily there are some revealing moments of nostalgia and even hilarity; Gene is clearly performing out of sheer pleasure. Carla Olson sings forcefully, but is able to hold back from overkill when called upon to harmonise with Clark. Grab this if you can - it really is a rare piece, invested with poignancy but still hugely enjoyable. Yes, Clark's melancholy senses overshadows lighter songs such as John Fogerty's 'Almost Saturday Night', but the performances never drag. For Clark fans and anyone who appreciates intimate and heartfelt music-making, this is too good to pass up. God bless, and thanks Gene."