Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by lemonade kid, Jan 23, 2018.
I agree...with everything!
Brilliant, brilliant song. It's always in my Clark top five, and sometimes sits at number one. And it's even more poignant to know that it's straight-up autobiographical, written about the day he came home and found out his wife had left him. Charlie Rich should have covered this song.
Yes. Gene was always a brilliant craftsman, while wearing his heart on his sleeve with every song.
His "cover" of his own "Kansas City Southern" is a brilliant hard rocker. I love this version best from "Two Sides"...!
Great guitar break too.
This is a must have--off topic but so cool
The care and professionalism of the High Moon reissue is pretty apparent to me, good work!!
I always felt Two Sides would have been a stronger album if they had included "Daylight Line" and "What is Meant Will Be" in place of "Mary Lou" and "In The Pines". The other songs are all gorgeous. My personal favorite is "Silent Crusade". I think that one is especially very autobiographical. I always thought of this album as Gene's Blood on the Tracks. Lots of really good, reflective deep songs on there that came out of what was a very painful period for him. The High Moon reissue is gorgeous. I usually prefer vinyl, but the CD of this album is stellar. I did a brief questionnaire with James Talley who wrote the beautiful "Give My Love To My Marie" for the Echoes newsletter. He had some nice words to say about Gene:
May 5, 2017 no. 2
This track is from the bonus live tracks with the Silverados. Heartbreakingly beautiful:
When I first heard it I thought it was an old country song! I was surprised that Gene wrote it (and then again I wasn't surprised that he wrote it!)
A beautiful song - and, whoever said it was poorly recorded, you’re wrong!
That's one where I have to disagree with you. I don't think the new arrangement works at all, and that type of heavier rock is well outside Gene's area of strength. It's puzzling to me that he stuck this remake on there when he had better new songs available.
I'm with you.
While I agree with you about this particular song, I don’t think heavier stuff was necessarily outside Gene’s bailiwick. His performance on the 3 Byrds Land version of ‘7th Avenue Train’/‘Hula Mula Man’ was both commanding and convincing. That track smokes.
The reason for the inclusion of ‘Kansas City Southern’ is probably a little more practical than one might think: it was a standby in the Silverados’ repertoire (and their swingin’ interpretation of it worked, IMO). My guess is that Gene wanted to re-record/reintroduce the song—with the Silverados’ sound in mind— and so it was slated for inclusion on the album. When Tommy turfed the Silverados after one or two sessions in favour of studio pros, he had the temerity to ask Duke Bardwell and Roger White to hang around long enough to assist their replacements in learning the material.
I think Hillman's a bit underappreciated also. His voice on his solo album Morning Sky is like melting butter.
Hillman solo is amazing, and has a following but definitely underrated. His work on Manassas is wonderful. AND Flying Burritos!
This is a bit off topic, but does anyone have any misheard Gene Clark lyrics they want to share? I'm compiling a list for April Fool's Day!
Here are a couple that I have:
"You're just a bag of bones" Gypsy Rider
"Always on staircases" She Don't Care About Time
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