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Album Review

The Dillard & Clark duo was Gene Clark's most artistically successful post-Byrds collaboration, and his best venture into country-rock as well. With Chris Hillman and Bernie Leadon playing behind the duo throughout the first album, in many ways it is as much an offshoot of the Flying Burrito Brothers' work as it is of the Byrds, with more of the Burritos' feel. The standard of playing and singing on both albums is extremely high, but the ten songs on The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark are more impressive, both as recordings and compositions. The ten songs from Through the Morning, Through the Night fail to match the joyous quality or the originality of their predecessors and the sound is less unified, mostly due to the presence of a third singer in the guise of Donna Washburn. The mix of rollicking bluegrass (such as "Rocky Top" which is sung by Washburn) and covers like the Beatles' "Don't Let Me Down" and the Everly Brothers' "So Sad" is also less successful. But combined together, these 20 songs are an essential addition to any country-rock collection and are also indispensible to fans of the Byrds or the Flying Burrito Brothers. The duo's two albums are combined on one CD, making for more than an hour of great listening. Mastered in state-of-the-art sound that still holds up years later, this is the version of the two albums to get.

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Two Albums in One. 'Fantastic Expedition': One of the original country hybrid albums. Bluegrass style, Rock attitude. Clark teamed up with Dillard and future Eagle Bernie Leadon to reach a creative highpoint. The songwriting is amazing - (Radio Song, Train Leaves Here... are the highlights) and the musicianship is impeccable. Mumford & Sons have thankfully brought this style of music back to the mainstream, but this album is still fresh, 40 years on.

Focus gets totally lost on 'Through The Morning...'. Leadon departs and that means lots of covers. Female vocalist Donna Washburn sings 'Rocky Top' and if you take it anything more than a throwaway comedy number then it’s truly awful.

The entire album is salvaged by the achingly beautiful title song and the astonishing pre-empt of Gram - Emmylou 'Polly' which Alison Krause and Robert Plant had the good taste to cover on their 'Raising Sand' album.


Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s

Dillard & Clark, a duo featuring former Byrd Gene Clark and Doug Dillard of the Dillards, was one of the first country-rock groups to form in the late '60s. The group formed in 1968 and became one of pioneers of country-rock,...
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