Gene Clark - Gypsy Angel: The Gene Clark Demos 1983-1990

Posthumous release (2001)
Gene Clark was an American singer-songwriter, best remembered as a founding member of The Byrds.

In 2001 this collection of Gene Clark demos was released. Most of them come from 1990, as he was planning a second duet album with Carla Olson (after their 1987 release So Rebellious A Lover). However he died in 1991, so the album was never started, leaving the songs as just demos. A few other demos from years earlier complete the set. The result is a very interesting acoustic album, all the songs being solo performances (with the exception of one which features some electric slide guitar). The recording quality is not great, but this arguably adds to its appeal. Many of the songs are very long, and so with a total running time of over an hour it could be argued that it is too much of the same thing, but the best songs here are undeniable gems, given truly moving, deeply intimate performances. Nearing the end of his life, after many years of struggle with alcohol, drugs and resultant illnesses, and with a distinct lack of commercial success, Clark was still penning wonderful songs.
Also includes a cover of Tom Paxton's "The Last Thing On My Mind".

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2 comments:

Henrique said...

Thank you so much for you contributions man! I was wondering if there's any chance you could post Firebyrd. I know that it's probably not on the same level as his other albums, but I just can't seem to get it anywhere else. Again thank you a lot, and have a great day!

Anonymous said...

MP3-192s..... Man.. the bottom of the proverbial barrel here. Too bad, too since you have some pretty wonderful stuff hanging low on the vine..