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Friday, January 24, 2014

Byrd Who Took Flight Returns

Surprising story in NYT today on one of my old faves, Gene Clark of the original Byrds.  Great singer and songwriter and wild character, first to leave group--oddly,  feared flying--and then a kind of founder of alt-country with Dillard & Clark and his solo albums.  Didn't know there's been a national tour, with young stars (the Walkmen etc.),  based on his 1974 No Other  album,  which was a dud--though I promoted it at Crawdaddy--and then a cult classic.  Over-produced (just listen to the demos in the re-release).    Always loved his "Strength of Strings" off that lp, see below, and then as a special treat, he does his "Feel A Whole Lot Better" with the Byrds, one of the great '60s rock songs.  He also had two tunes on the hit Robert Plant-Alison Krause lp, such as.

2 comments:

Gina Lobaco said...

Glad to see he's not forgotten--I never forgot him! Loved his mournful voice.

Gina Lobaco said...

Glad to see he's not forgotten--I never forgot him! Loved his mournful voice.