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McGuinn, Clark & Hillman
Chris Hillman - Los Angles Times 2009
Sounds like a law firm, doesn't it?
Chris Hillman - Musicangle 2004
The first album ('McGuinn, Clark & Hillman'), if you stripped away all that schlocky, smarmy stringed garbage, there were some good songs. It would have been a good record.
The second record ('City') was okay. There's a couple good things, but that whole decade -- it's just simply forgettable. I'm serious. I was not in a good place physically or mentally. I was out there experimenting with every other moron, with consciousness-altering things. And, it was a horrible time. In my life, and I'm sure other musicians would probably say the same thing, it just wasn't a very good decade.
Chris Hillman - John Einarson Mr. Tambourine Man 2005
Gene Clark - Domenic Priore 1985
A lot of the songs during that time started out a different way. One thing about producers, when you get a producer for a record, sometimes they have their own view of how songs should be approached or how they should be recorded. In this particular case I would have liked actually to have seen the songs and material approached the way we were doing them, more as a group, than how people wanted them arranged as far as production. Even though it ('McGuinn, Clark & Hillman') was a good record, I still think we lost our true sound, our true Byrds thing, because you had three Byrds there. I think if we had another approach to the production it could have been much more real.