Psychedelic-Rock'n'roll: Gene Clark - White Light aka Gene Clark (FANTASTIC FOLK-ROCK US 1971)

19 January 2009

Gene Clark - White Light aka Gene Clark (FANTASTIC FOLK-ROCK US 1971)


"Gene Clark" is best remembered for being "The Byrds" main songwriter between 1964 and 1966.
He created a large catalogue of music in several genres but failed to achieve solo commercial success.
"Gene Clark" was one of the earliest exponents of Psychedelic Rock, Baroque Pop, Country Rock and alternative Country."Gene Clark" wrote many of "The Byrds"' best-known originals and he played harmonica for the band, too.
Byrds' bassist "Chris Hillman" noted years later in various interviews remembering "Gene Clark": "People don't give enough credit to "Gene Clark". He came up with the most incredible lyrics".


Easily one of "Gene Clark"'s finest outings ever.
This album ("Gene Clark" aka "White Light"), his first solo album for "A&M Records" post-Byrds.

As for the songs themselves, "Gene Clark" rarely bettered himself.
"Spanish Guitar" is easily one of "Gene Clark"'s most intense and arresting compositions; it's no wonder "Bob Dylan" claims that he wished he'd written the song.

Gene Clark - White Light AM SP-4292 Promotional copy first version

The whole album is that good, and is a must for anyone interested in the most criminally underrated singer/songwriter of his era.

see also "Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of the Byrds' Gene Clark" book.


billy said...

well said,sir

Anonymous said...

Gene Clark's story is a sad one. If anyone ever wonders what talent was thrashed by alcohol abuse, this LP is a glimpse. Brilliant on its own, yet it shows such potential of what might have been.