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Editors’ Notes

Though he is far from the most famous member of the Byrds — Roger Mcguinn, David Crosby, and of course Gram Parsons all cut more distinctive public profiles — Gene Clark’s startlingly beautiful melodic instincts and unerring songwriting skills provided the backbone to many of the Byrds’ most memorable songs. Echoes is a re-titled re-release of Gene Clark’s first solo effort, Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers, and it features some of the most authentic efforts at fusing country with rock ‘n’ roll ever to grace a vinyl record. Though it was largely overlooked upon its release, fans of Gram Parsons, and mid-period Stones will find themselves instinctively drawn to Clark’s elegant, country-tinged compositions. The fantastic “Tried So Hard,” with its cascading guitars and multi-layered country harmonies is undoubtedly the set’s centerpiece, but nearly every song here is a gem worthy of admiration. Country-rock fanatics would do well to familiarize themselves with Clark’s work, as his groundbreaking albums would have a significant influence on the development of the genre.

Customer Reviews

My favorite Byrd.

Have not listened extensively just yet, but happy to report that the late, great Clarence White is the guitarist on 'Tried So Hard'. CW's recordings are too few and hard to find, but everyone is magic.

Not Just Solo Stuff

Although this collection is mostly Gene Clark's "With the Gosdin Bros" album, it lacks the alternate and mono-mix takes. Plus, the first few songs are actually some of his best
songs with the Byrds: Roger McGuinn's guitar is just too hard to ignore and I grew up with those mixes. As for the solo material, it may not have the timeless beauty of the Byrds'
songs, but it shows just how talented Clark was and is well worth the price. I see, however, that now I'm going to have to download the bonus tracks from the "With the Gosdin
Bros" album to complete the set. Ah well- live and learn, I guess...

Biography

Born: November 17, 1944 in Tipton, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Gene Clark will always be best remembered for his two-year stint as a vocalist with the Byrds between 1964 and 1966. A fine legacy to be sure, but the shame of it is that there was far more to Clark's body of work than that; he was a superb songwriter, one of the founding fathers of country-rock, and recorded a number of fine...
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