The Lost Studio Sessions 1964 – 1982

Gene Clark


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At long last, these 24 thought-to-be-lost recordings by the late, great Gene Clark are being released on Sierra High Fidelity as a 2XLP Set. And HYBRID SACD (plays on all players) These incredible recordings, which have never been released commercially, are from the original analogue master studio recording sessions held in Los Angeles between 1964 and 1982.

These Jim Dickson-produced tracks reveal a sensitive acoustic balladeer honing his songwriting craft. Already apparent are the unexpected chord changes, soaring tenor and preoccupation with heartache that would characterize his later, more well-known work, both with The Byrds and as a solo artist.
Recorded Spring 1964, World Pacific Studios, Produced by Jim Dickson; Original source: Scotch 201, 1/2″ 3-track analogue master, 15 ips; solo with 12-string guitar.

On the verge of being dropped by Columbia following disappointing performance of his debut album, Gene Clark with The Gosdin Brothers, Gene hooked up with South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela to record several songs in the spring of 1967. Back Street Mirror, released later that fall by actor David Hemmings (produced by Dickson as well) on his Happens LP (using the same backing track), recalls the rich baroque stylings of ‘Echoes’; while the spirited ‘Don’t Let It Fall Through’ shows Gene was no slouch singing swinging, R&B-based rock.
Recorded January 26, 1967, Sound Recorders, Produced by Jim Dickson; Arranger, Leon Russell; Horn Section, Hugh Masekela; Mixer, Armin Steiner; Recorder, Cal Frisk; Original Source: Scotch 203, 8-track, 1″ 8-track analogue master, 15 ips; Full Band.

Virtually an album within an album, these seven tracks constitute a convincing, cohesive testament to Clark’s extraordinary growth as a writer, especially when juxtaposed with the 1964 material. Temporarily eschewing the pressures of life in LA for the pastoral peace of his Northern California retreat, Gene’s music reflected uncommon maturity, grace and scope, with songs that embraced philosophy, ecology and spirituality.
Recorded 1968-1970, Liberty/UA Recording Studios, Produced by Jim Dickson; Original Source: Scotch 150, 1/4″ full track mono, analog master, 15 ips; solo with acoustic guitar.

Recorded in spring of 1970 before Gram Parsons’ firing, Gene revives a song that first appeared on the first Dillard and Clark album (also covered by Linda Ronstadt). This up-tempo interpretation shows how effortlessly Gene could have slipped into another band situation had he chosen to do so. One can’t help but think that this version, paired with Gene’s other Burritos-backed song, ‘Here Tonight,’ would have made a dynamite 45.
ecorded Spring 1970, Sound Factory, Produced by Jim Dickson: Original source: Scotch 206, 1/4″ 2-track analog master, 15 ips; with the “The Burrito Deluxe – Flying Burrito Bros”.

Similar to the situation with ‘Back Street Mirror,’ two of these tracks eventually saw release on Terry Melcher’s self-titled album from 1974; Gene’s vocals having been wiped and replaced by Melcher’s. Thankfully, Chris Hinshaw had the good sense and vision to record these featuring Gene’s original vocals. Jim Dickson always maintained that “these were the best Gene ever sounded!” One would be hard pressed to argue.
Recorded July – September 1972, Wally Heider Studio 4, Produced by Chris Hinshaw and Terry Melcher: Original source: Ampex 631, 1/4″ 2-track analog master, 15 ips; with Clarence White, Eric White Sr., Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Spooner Oldham, Byron Berline, Michael Clarke, Claudia Lennear and friends.

1982 NYTEFLYTE – Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen, Al Perkins, Michael Clarke
The July 1982 “Nyteflyte” sessions were an effort by the team of Tickner & Dickson to reenergize country-rock in Nashville. Alas, they were too early; so-called “New Country” had not yet hit Nashville tune masters. Nyteflyte’s music, featuring Gene as lead singer, may not have caught on with the 16th Avenue Music Row crowd, but we may now enjoy these exciting, previously unreleased recordings. Sadly, this would be the final occasion in which ex-Byrds Clark, Hillman and Clarke would record together.
Recorded July 10, 1982, Criterion Recorders, Produced by Jim Dickson: Engineer, Captain Echo; Original source: Agfa PEM 408, 2″ 16-track analog master, 15 ips.

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Track Listings

1 The Way I Am
2 I'd Feel Better
3 That Girl
4 A Worried Heart
5 If There's No Love
6 Back Street Mirror
7 Don't Let It Fall Through
8 Back To The Earth Again
9 The Lighthouse
10 The Awakening Within
11 Sweet Adrienne LISTEN
12 Walking Through This Lifetime
13 The Sparrow
14 Only Yesterday's Gone
15 She Darked the Sun
16 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
17 She Don't Care About Time
18 Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky
19 Bars Have Made a Prisoner Out Of Me
20 One Hundred Years From Now
21 (The) Letter LISTEN
22 Still Feeling Blue
23 No Memories Hangin' Round
24 I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better

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