Thursday, April 12, 2018

Out June 15: "Gene Clark Sings for You," collection of previously unreleased recordings


Also out June 15 is A Trip Through The Garden a collection of singles by the Rose Garden, a folk-rock championed by Clark.

Details from Omnivore Recordings:


The legendary 1967 Gene Clark recordings. Also includes six additional previously unissued & unknown recordings

Gene Clark’s musical legacy is most certainly assured as a singer, songwriter and member of some xclusive company as an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a founder of The Byrds, and collaborator in groups such as Dillard & Clark, Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers, McGuinn Clark & Hillman and later as the duet partner of Carla Olson (The Textones).
His songs have been covered by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iain Matthews, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The Rose Garden, and Chris & Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes among many others. As well documented as Clark’s career has been, there have been remarkable discoveries over the years (see Omnivore’s Here Tonight: The White Light Demos for example), but now the Holy Grail of Clark’s post-Byrds career is finally about to see the light of day:
“For longtime Gene Clark fans and aficionados, the tracks on this remarkable archival CD are the stuff of legend. Since word first spread in the 1980s about the discovery of these 1967 recordings on a rare acetate in Liberty Records’ vaults, fans have come to regard Gene Clark Sings For You as nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer/songwriter’s extraordinary body of work. Shrouded in mystery and the subject of much speculation and conjecture, few have ever had the opportunity to hear these forgotten gems from one of Gene Clark’s most prolifically creative periods. Until now.”
—John Einarson

author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds’ Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)

In addition to the 8 tracks from the Gene Clark Sings For You acetate, recorded in 1967 after he famously left The Byrds, there are an additional 5 previously unknown tracks from a further 1967 acetate given to the band, The Rose Garden, for recording consideration. This new compilation also includes a previously unissued demo rescued from a tape in the collection of John Noreen, member of The Rose Garden. This demo of the song “Till Today” is Clark running through the song for the band who would cut it on their only album, the 1968 self-titled effort on Atco Records (also being reissued and expanded at the same time as Gene Clark Sings For You).
Released with the full approval and cooperation with both the Estate of Gene Clark and the band, The Rose Garden, Gene Clark Sings For You is produced for release by Grammy-winner, Cheryl Pawelski with restoration and mastering by Grammy-winner, Michael Graves. Liner notes by John Einarson, author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds’ Gene Clark(Backbeat Books) and previously unseen photos.
CD / 2-LP / DIGITAL TRACK LIST:

ON HER OWN
PAST TENSE
YESTERDAY, AM I RIGHT
PAST MY DOOR
THAT’S ALIRGHT BY ME
ONE WAY ROAD
DOWN ON THE PIER
7:30 MODE
ON TENTH STREET
UNDERSTAND ME
A LONG TIME
BIG CITY GIRL
DOCTOR DOCTOR
TILL TODAY


The most expansive collection by The Rose Garden ever

“In December 1967, Los Angeles folk-rock quintet The Rose Garden’s debut single ‘Next Plane To London’ rose to #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 national singles chart. A month later the single topped the Canadian RPM chart. Considering the stiff competition at that point, along with the odds stacked against them as an unknown new band, The Rose Garden members can feel justifiably proud of their accomplishment. ‘Whether we’re remembered as a One Hit Wonder or not doesn’t matter,’ insists Rose Garden drummer Bruce Bowdin. ‘We certainly were where the action was and had the time of our lives. I have no regrets or anything to apologize for. Our record is still played on the radio.’”

—from the liner notes by John Einarson, author of Mr. Tambourine Man:
The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds’ Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)

Expanded for the very first time, The Rose Garden’s sole album finally gets the deep-dive examination it deserves with A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection. Beyond the twelve tracks released in 1967 (the original ten-track album and two songs from a post-album single release), this newly restored and remastered CD adds 14 previously unissued tracks. They include five live tracks recorded in August of 1967 at Chaminade High School in Canoga Park plus studio outtakes, acetate tracks, and a special rehearsal.
A special note, being released at the same time is the Gene Clark Holy Grail, Gene Clark Sings For You which serves as a companion to A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection. Clark was involved with The Rose Garden after leaving The Byrds and furnished them with an acetate of songs to choose from for their self-titled album. They chose “Long Time” which appears on Gene Clark Sings For You. They also chose “Till Today” which appears in demo form on Gene Clark Sings For You, and as an acetate version and rehearsal on A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection.
Released with the full approval and cooperation with both the Estate of Gene Clark and The Rose Garden, A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection is produced for release by Grammy-winner, Cheryl Pawelski with restoration and mastering by Grammy-winning engineer, Michael Graves, plus liner notes featuring new interviews with the band by John Einarson, author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds’ Gene Clark (Backbeat Books) and previously unseen photos.
CD TRACK LIST:

NEXT PLANE TO LONDON
I’M ONLY SECOND
FEBRUARY SUNSHINE
COINS OF FUN
RIDER
SHE BELONGS TO ME
FLOWER TOWN
TILL TODAY
LOOK WHAT YOU’VE DONE
LONG TIME
IF MY WORLD FALLS THROUGH (Mono Single Version)
HERE’S TODAY (Mono Single Version)
DOWN TO THE WIRE
CHARLIE FER DE LANCE
THE WORLD IS A GREAT BIG PLAYGROUND
HERE’S TODAY (Stereo Mix)
IF MY WORLD FALLS THROUGH (Stereo Mix)
DEAD MEN NEVER DIE (Take 2)
I’M ONLY SECOND (Acetate Version)
TILL TODAY (Rehearsal)
TILL TODAY (Acetate Version)
NEXT PLANE TO LONDON (Live)
SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK ‘N’ ROLL STAR (Live)
SHE DON’T CARE ABOUT TIME (Live)
LITTLE THINGS (Live)
YOU DON’T LOVE ME (Live)

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