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Gene Clark

7 disc fanmade boxset


 Disc 1   The Unreleased Originals
    01  I Don't Want To See You Anymore
  02  Carry On
  03  Shades Of Blue
  04  I Need To Fly
  05  Sleep Will Return
  06  After The Storm
  07  Look Who's Missing Who
  08  Somewhere After Midnight
    09  Life And Times
    10  Straight From The Heart
  11  Crazy Ladies
  12  Lover's Turnaround
  13  My Marie
  14  I Am Without You
  15  On The Run
  16  The Old Mountain God
 Disc 2   01  Last Of The Blue Diamond Miners
    02  Winning Hand
    03  Hard Times
    04  You're Gonna Miss That Somebody
    05  Daylight Line
    06  Ship Of The Lord
    07  Into The Night
    08  You And I
    09  I Saw A Dream Come True
    10  What Is Meant Will Be
    11  Mary Ann
    12  Put Your Faith In Me
    13  Wheel Of Time
 Disc 3   The Unreleased Covers 

  01  No Memories Hanging Around
  02  Kaw-Liga
  03  Long Black Veil
  04  Gates Of Eden
  05  Tell It Like It Is
  06  She Loves You
  07  I Shall Be Released
  08  Stand By Me
  09  I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  10  Kansas City
  11  Knocking On Heaven's Door
  12  I'll Be Back
  13  You Ain't Going Nowhere
  14  Boll Weevil Song
Disc 4   01  Baby Blue
    02  Love Is Gonna Come At Last
    03  My Back Pages
    04  One Hundred Years From Now
    05  You Really Got A Hold On Me
    06  Living Next Door To Alice
    07  It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
    08  The Closer You Get
    09  Still Feeling Blue
    10  Young Love
    11  So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star
    12  Needles And Pins
    13  Ain't Loving Long Like This
    14  Why You Been Gone So Long
Disc 5   Rare Releases
    01  Day For The Night
  02  Denver Or Whenever
  03  Lover's Turnaround
  04  Jokers Are Wild
  05  Release Me Girl
  06  Here Without You
  07  Hula Bula Man
  08  Changes
    09  Outlaw Song
  Alternate Takes
  10  I Remember The Railroad
  11  Why Did You Leave Me Today
  12  Shooting Star
  13  Gypsy Rider
    14  Mary Sue
    15  In A Misty Morning
    16  All I Want
    17  Love Wins Again
    18  She Don't Care About Time
    19  The Virgin
    20  I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
 Disc 6   The Live Performances
    01  Kansas City Southern
  02  If You Could Read My Mind
  03  Painted Fire
  04  Won't Let You Down
  05  Something About You Baby
  06  Train Leaves Here This Morning
  07  Hear The Wind
  08  Backstage Pass
    09  The World Turns All Around Her
    10  Release Me Girl
  11  For A Spanish Guitar
  12  Satisfied Mind
  13  Denver Or Whenever
  14  Eight Miles High
  15  Rodeo Rider
  16  Your Fire Burning
    17  She Don't Care About Time
    18  Past Addresses
    19  Little Mama
    20  Bells Of Rhymney
Disc 7   01  You're Gonna Miss That Somebody
    02  Blue Raven
    03  Here Without You
    04  Feeling Higher
    05  Silver Raven
    06  Fair And Tender Ladies
    07  Gypsy Rider
    08  Life's Greatest Fool
    09  Rain Song
    10  American Dreamer
    11  Hot Burrito #1
    12  Stand By Me
    13  Set You Free This Time
    14  You Showed Me
    15  I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
    16  Mr Tambourine Man

A sprawling seven-disc set (eight, including the bonus interview), this Gene Clark box set, believe it or not, barely scratches the surface of his unreleased material and underlines the fact that he remains one of the most prolific, underrated, and talented singer/songwriters to come out of the 1960s. To this end, several collectors that were active on the Gene Clark website geneclark.com and a related listserv have pooled their resources to collect this set of previously unreleased and rare material. The first two discs contain nearly 30 previously unreleased studio recordings, most of them from the 1980s. Some are solo acoustic versions, but most are collaborations with fellow exByrd John York and/or Pat Robinson, who, along with Clark, recorded under the name CRY. Some of the highlights include the fascinating and beautiful "I Am Without You," which was originally written for Clark's unreleased 1967 solo album. Clark had such a huge and impressive catalog of original material to draw on that it's surprising he recorded and performed so many covers, but discs three and four are dedicated to just these songs, and they are particularly enlightening. Several selections predictably draw upon his country roots, like "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" and "Long Black Veil." While these are wonderful, it's the Beatles and Dylan covers that command the most attention. Clark's readings of "I Shall Be Released" and, especially, "Gates of Eden" get to the heart of the matter and are quite possibly the finest versions of these classic songs, next to Dylan's originals. Discs five and six consist of 40 ultrarare and alternate studio and live versions of songs that either were never released or somehow slipped through the cracks. The acoustic demos of "In a Misty Morning" and "Gypsy Rider" will take your breath away with their stark vulnerability. There are several exquisite examples of Clark's collaboration with Carla Olsen, particularly their duet on Phil Ochs' "Changes," from the True Voices album, and "Day for Night," from the Textones' Through the Canyon album. The importonly (U.K.) live album Three Byrds in London is wellrepresented by two of Clark's hardest rockers ever, "Denver or Wherever" and "Hula Bula Man," which come across like Johnny Cash fronting the Rolling Stones in the early '70s. The sound quality, frankly, is wildly inconsistent, and ranges from fair to excellent. The songs and performances, however, are the main reason for picking it up.  Matthew Greenwald, All Music Guide