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Gene Clark & Carla Olson

Silhouetted in Light

recorded at McCabe's in L.A. Feb. 1990
released 1992

Gene Clark, Carla Olson, Duane Jarvis, David Provost, Steve Young

get the story

1.  Your Fire Burning  (Clark) 9.  Train Leaves Here This Morning (Clark/Leadon)
2.  Number One Is To Survive  (Olson) 10. Almost Saturday Night  (Fogerty)
3.  Love Wins Again  (Clark) 11. Del Gato  (G.Clark/R.Clark)
4.  Fair And Tender Ladies (trad.arr.Clark) 12. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (Clark)
5.  Photograph  (Callins/Olson) 13. She Don't Care About Time  (Clark)
6.  Set You Free This Time  (Clark) 14. Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (Clark/Clark)
7.  Last Thing On My Mind  (Paxton) 15. Will The Circle Be Unbroken (arr.Clark/Olson)
8.  Gypsy Rider  (Clark) 16. Here Without You  (Clark)



Gene Clark & Carla Olson


single 1992

I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
Set You Free This Time
She Don't Care About Time

In Concert

American reissue 2007 - rec. 1988





Silver Raven
Tried So Hard
My Marie
Rodeo Rider
Gypsy Rider
Train Leaves Here This Morning
Hear The Wind
Number One Is To Survive
Mary Sue
Del Gato

Your Fire Burning
Love Wins Again
Fair And Tender Ladies
Set You Free This Time
Last Thing On My Mind
Almost Saturday Night
I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
She Don't Care About Time
Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness
Will The Circle Be Unbroken
Here Without You

Album notes

Personnel: Gene Clark (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica); Gene Clark (guitar); Carla Olson (vocals, acoustic guitar); Steve Young (vocals); John Kessler, David Provost, John Kessler (bass guitar); Ammed Solomon, Ammed Solomon (drums); Duane Jarvis (guitar, mandolin); Bob Webb (mandolin); Deni Bonet (violin, background vocals); Julie Adams (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Carla Olson (guitar).

Liner Note Author: John Einarson.
Recording information: Gene's Living Room, Sherman Oaks, CA (10/02/1988-02/03/1990); McCabe's, Santa Monica, CA (10/02/1988-02/03/1990); Mountain Stage, West Virginia (10/02/1988-02/03/1990).
Photographer: Gary Nichamin.

Gene Clark was one of the most gifted singers and songwriters of his generation, but bad luck and self-destructive habits followed him like a shadow, and it seemed sadly appropriate that he died in the spring of 1991 as he was working on a follow-up to the biggest success of his solo career, So Rebellious a Lover, his 1987 collaboration with Carla Olson of the Textones. Clark's poor health (aggravated by drinking) and fear of flying prevented a full-scale tour in support of So Rebellious a Lover, but he played scattered live dates after its release, and In Concert gathers recordings from shows Clark gave in late 1988 and early 1990. Disc one features seven songs Clark performed on the radio series Mountain Stage; the announcer opens the set by informing the audience that Clark was unable to rehearse with the show's house band due to his flight arriving late, but Clark delivers strong and passionate solo acoustic interpretations of five numbers (including the masterful "Tried So Hard") and later sits in with the band for two songs, with the musicians lending subtle but effective support. The disc closes out with three rehearsal recordings with Olson taped at Clark's home; the fidelity is fair at best, but the harmonies are strong and the music heartfelt, if casual. Disc two is devoted to a concert Clark and Olson played at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, which was previously released in the U.K. as Silhouetted in Light. The show is intimate, with Clark and Olson joined only by guitarist Duane Jarvis and bassist David Provost, whose accompaniment is fine but spare. Clark is in splendid voice for this show, and he delivers a set that spans the length of his career, from the Byrds to So Rebellious a Lover, with a few well-chosen covers thrown in; Olson remains in the background much of the time, but she's there when the music needs her, and her presence is an immeasurable asset to this performance. It's not difficult to emphasize the failures of Gene Clark's career rather than his successes, but this set makes the case that regardless of the size of his audience (or his salary), Clark made beautiful and truly individual music, and In Concert preserves two evenings in which he gave his all to his listeners. ~ Mark Deming