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Gene Clark 2020 Tribute by Kai Clark--"Silver Raven" LP track by track

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by lemonade kid, May 16, 2020.

  1. lemonade kid

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    This brilliant new recording was shared recently by Clarkophile, I felt it warranted a compete thread featuring a track by track appreciation.

    Available from Kai Clark's home page.
    NEWS | kaiclarkmusic

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    Silver Raven by Kai Clark


    NEW! Kai Clark interview with "The Clarkophile"
    "Raven 'bout Gene: Kai Clark talks about his new tribute album, Silver Raven."
    Roughly coinciding with 4AD's mammoth reevaluation of Gene Clark's 1974 masterpiece No Other (released last week) and what would have been Gene's 75th birthday on November 17th, son Kai Clark is poised to release Silver Raven, an 11-song tribute album that traces his father's career in music. Suffice it to say each of the handpicked tracks—popular classics, Byrds-era favourites, under-heard gems—hold special significance for Kai. With guest performances from his dad's former colleagues Carla Olson and Byron Berline, and spirited backing from the members of the Kai Clark Band, the album is both a loving celebration of his dad's accomplishments and a welcome opportunity to introduce Gene Clark's music to a new generation of fans.

    Read the full interview with Tom Sandford, a.k.a. "The Clarkophile" HERE


     
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    Carla Olson appears on the album...contributing a beautiful harmony on Your Fire burning.

     
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    NEW RELEASE: THE KAI CLARK BAND
    SILVER RAVEN

    Songs synonymous with the legendary singer-songwriter Gene Clark are brought full circle by his son Kai, and reintroduced to a new generation...with the help of some very special guests!

    NEWS | kaiclarkmusic

    KAI CLARK, the son of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Gene Clark (The Byrds), is set to release a new album entitled Silver Raven between November 17th to December 15th.



    Conceived as a loving tribute to his father’s rich musical legacy, and titled after one of his best-loved compositions (from the legendary No Other LP—itself the subject of a comprehensive new box-set on 4AD), the 11 songs on Silver Raven feature The Kai Clark Band’s soulful reinterpretations of classic material from The Byrds and Dillard & Clark, as well as hand-picked favorites from Gene Clark’s solo work from the 1960s to the 1980s.



    The celebration of Gene Clark’s life in music is brought full circle by the presence of some of his past collaborators and associates, including:



    • Byron Berline Fiddler extraordinaire; former member of Dillard & Clark; over the course of his career, has also recorded with: The Band / The Byrds / The Eagles / The Rolling Stones / Bob Dylan / John Denver / Elton John
    • Carla Olson Leader and one of the founding members of seminal LA roots-rockers The Textones, Carla recorded the critically acclaimed duet album So Rebellious a Lover album with Gene in the late 1980s. She’s also worked alongside ex-Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor / Ry Cooder / ex-Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan / CCR’s John Fogerty, and many others
    • Henry Diltz Born in Missouri like Gene, Henry also made a name for himself in LA as a member of the Modern Folk Quartet. A gifted photographer who is responsible for some of the most iconic album-cover shots of the rock era (including The Doors’ Morrison Hotel; Crosby, Stills & Nash; and Gene Clark’s Roadmaster)


    Whether singing popular fan-favorites, connoisseur-approved deep cuts, or songs that hold deeply personal significance for him, Silver Raven stands as further evidence of Gene Clark’s poetic/melodic genius—and Kai’s stunning emergence as a formidable talent in his own right.




     
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    Kai Clark recently spoke to 'Echoes' the Gene Clark newsletter about his forthcoming album:

    "Most musicians would bristle at the idea of recording an album of songs originally written and sung by the legendary Gene Clark—and who could blame them? But what if that musician is his son, Kai Clark? Talk about intimidating.

    But Kai doesn’t see it that way. He views his forthcoming album as an opportunity to retrace his father’s steps, and simultaneously forge a musical path all his own.

    Featuring guest appearances by esteemed colleagues from his father’s distinguished career, including Carla Olson, John York (The Byrds), Byron Berline (Dillard and Clark), and many other surprise guests, the most enticing aspect of this Clark-sings-Clark release may be Kai’s stated intention to make this album the first in a projected series."
    To read an excerpt from the interview, click HERE.


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    track 1) I Found You

    This is quite stunning and so eerily like his pop's original (from With The Gosdin Bros), it is uncanny!
    And the backing harmonies rival the originals by the Gosdin brothers.

    Stunning!



    Well I knew at the moment when I saw you
    I could feel you close to me across the room
    Last night, oh all right
    I found you
    What went down there I knew could never leave me
    It was that feeling, girl, I got from you
    Last night, oh all right
    I found you

    It's been much too easy to remember sometimes
    How empty handed loneliness can be
    But when you were there to ease my mind
    There was so much of something that I need
    All the changes in the places at the time when
    You were there and then at once I was with you
    Last night, oh all right
    I found you

    Last night, I said, all right
    I found you

     
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    We'll do a track a day...wouldn't want to rush a masterpiece.

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    Some accolades for Kai and his band and some live videos...in the meantime.

    Kai Clark

    Kai Clark
    LA Times 2011




    2011 Nominee – Country Artist of the Year (Chris P. Ellis Award) – 21st Annual LA Music Awards

    2011 Nominee – Country Single of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards “Hope You Understand”

    2011 Nominee – Country Album of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards – Self Titled

    2011 was a great year for the Kai Clark Band. Nominated for Country Single and Country Album of the year by the LA Music Awards for their debut self titled album “Kai Clark”. The band is quickly gaining the admiration of fans and critic’s alike. Combining the influences of his father (Gene Clark) and the sounds of past and present. Kai Clark has given the world of music something warm and familiar yet fresh and unique.
    With an arsenal of great original tunes like “Sunlight” and “Hope You Understand” and a extensive list of Gene Clarks timeless hits. The Kai Clark Band is considered one of the best up and coming live performances on the west coast.
    Their music is influenced by Alternative Country, Classic Country, Americana Roots, Bluegrass, Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Blues, Accoustic, Folk, Folk Rock and more.
     
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    track 2) Mr. Tambourine Man

    The long version (the Byrd's cut a verse); this by Kai is the way Gene reimagined the track for his Firebyrd LP (on Takoma).
    Gene's was a mellow piano driven reading. Kai makes it a harder rocking number,
    and Kai's pop would have been proud.



    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,
    In the jingle jangle morning I'll come followin' you.

    Though I know that evenin's empire has returned into sand,
    Vanished from my hand,
    Left me blindly here to stand but still not sleeping.
    My weariness amazes me, I'm branded on my feet,
    I have no one to meet
    And the ancient empty street's too dead for dreaming.

    Take me on a trip upon your magic swirlin' ship,
    My senses have been stripped, my hands can't feel to grip,
    My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels
    To be wanderin'.
    I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade
    Into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way,
    I promise to go under it.

    Though you might hear laughin', spinnin', swingin' madly across the sun,
    It's not aimed at anyone, it's just escapin' on the run
    And but for the sky there are no fences facin'.
    And if you hear vague traces of skippin' reels of rhyme
    To your tambourine in time, it's just a ragged clown behind,
    I wouldn't pay it any mind, it's just a shadow you're
    Seein' that he's chasing.

    Then take me disappearin' through the smoke rings of my mind,
    Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,
    The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,
    Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.
    Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,
    Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,
    With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
    Let me forget about today until tomorrow.

     
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    track 3) Train Leaves Here This Morning

    Wonderful long version of the Dillard & Clark classic tune...
    with a bluesy cosmic Americana country vibe....nice peddle steel.




    I lost ten points just for being
    In the right place at exactly the wrong time
    I looked right at the facts there,
    But I may as well have been completely blind

    So, if you see me walking all alone
    Don't look back, I'm just on my way back home

    There's a train leaves here this morning,
    I don't know what I might be on

    She signed me to a contract,
    Baby said it would all be so life-long
    I looked around then for a reason
    When there wasn't something more to blame it on

    But if time makes a difference while we're gone
    Tell me now, and I won't be hanging on

    There's a train leaves here this morning
    I don't know, what I might be on

    1320 North Columbus was the address
    That I wrote down on my sleeve
    I don't know just what she wanted
    Might have been that it was getting time to leave

    And I watched as the smoker passed it on
    And I laughed when the joker said, "Lead on."

    'Cause there's a train leaves here this morning
    I don't know what I might be on

    There's a train leaves here this morning
    I don't know what I might be on
     
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    With each listen, this long player by Kai gets better and better.

    A must have in the Gene Clark canon...

    :cheers:
     
  13. Off topic a bit but Kelly Clark ,Genes other son passed away in San Francisco a week ago.
     
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    Terrible terrible news. I half feel like I know Kelly & Kai from reading Einarson's Gene Clark bio...condolences to the Clark family.
     
  15. Not sure about causes yet. My good friend told me who used to live in the same building with him in SF’s Mission district.
     
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    track 4) Here Without You

    Beautifully covered by Kai...in another universe we might believe it is Gene & latter day Byrds. Jangling 12 string too.

    Beautiful, Kai. This alone makes it a must have. This sounds so much like Kai's pop!




    Daytime just makes me feel lonely
    At night I can only dream about you
    Girl, you're on my mind
    Nearly all of the time
    It's so hard being here without you

    Words in my head keep repeating
    Things that you said when I was with you
    And I wonder, is it true?
    Do you feel the same way too?
    It's so hard being here without you
    Being here
    Without you

    Though I know it won't last
    I'll see you someday
    It seems as though that day
    Will come never
    But there's one thing I'll swear
    Though you're far away
    I'll be thinking about you forever

    Streets that I walk on depress me
    Ones that were happy when I was with you
    Still with all the friends I know
    And with all the things I do
    It's so hard being here without you
    Being here

    Without you

    Source: Musixmatch
    Songwriters: Gene Clark
     
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    track 5) Silver Raven

    Stunning cover...of one of my favorite Gene Clark tracks.
    Rocks the cosmic country a bit more.




    Have you seen the silver raven?
    She has wings and she can fly
    Far above the darkened waters
    Far above the troubled sky

    Have you seen the changing rivers?
    Now they wait their turn to die
    But they turn their tide upon you
    When the sea begins to cry


    Have you seen the changing windows
    Of the sea beyond the stars?
    And the sky beyond the sunbeams
    And the world beyond your dreams

    Have you seen the old world dying
    Which was once what new world seem?
    Have you seen the silver raven?
    She has wings that barely gleam


    They barely gleam, they barely glimmer
    As she circles past the sun
    And she tries to tell her sister
    That her trials have just begun


    Have you seen the silver raven?
    She has wings and she can fly
    Far above the darkened waters
    Far above the troubled sky

    Have you seen the changing rivers?
    Now they wait their turn to die
    But they turn their tide upon you
    When the sea begins to cry
     
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    track 6) Kansas City Southern

    Rocks so sweet & hard ...pop would love this one!



    When I was a young boy evening sun went down
    Stand off by the railroad tracks and I'd listen for the sound
    Of that Kansas City Southern
    Man that's a lonesome sound
    Oh I'd sit and watch those trains go by
    And wish that I was outward bound

    Well I'd dream about big cities And the pleasures I would keep
    Long about twelve-thirty thru phase of my sleep
    I'd hear that Kansas City Southern
    Man that's a lonesome sound
    Oh I'd sit and watch those trains go by
    And wish that I was outward bound

    Well now I've been in a couple of places, seen a couple of things
    Whenever I think back in time my memory rings
    With that Kansas City Southern
    Man that's a lonesome sound
    Oh I'd sit and watch those trains go by
    And wish that I was homeward bound

    Don't you know how the whistle blows?
    Don't you know how the whistle blows?
    Don't you know how the whistle blows?
    Don't you know how the whistle blows?

    © songwriter: Gene Clark
     
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    7) Gypsy Rider

    A stunning cover by Kai of a favorite Gene tune. This is Gene's voice, as perfectly sung so naturally by Kai.



    Crank her over once again
    Put your face into the wind
    Find another road where you're never been.
    Sing that two-wheeled melody
    The highway symphony
    You know she'll never understand.

    Gypsy Rider sing
    Your who-wheeled symphony
    You know there's nothing to explain.
    She should have known by now
    You're just a vagabond
    You may never pass this way again.

    All the writings on the wall
    The paper all must fall
    You're only as good as your word remains
    You can take it out if you
    Decide to follow through
    Just take what you earn and leave what remains.

    Gypsy Rider sing
    Your two-wheeled symphony
    You know there's nothing to explain.
    She should have known by now
    You're just a vagabond
    You may never pass this way again.


     
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    This is as different from stunning original by The Byrds, and yet, well done indeed!

    track 8) Turn Turn Turn



    To everything (turn, turn, turn)
    There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under heaven

    A time to be born, a time to die
    A time to plant, a time to reap
    A time to kill, a time to heal
    A time to laugh, a time to weep

    To everything (turn, turn, turn)
    There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under heaven

    A time to build up, a time to break down
    A time to dance, a time to mourn
    A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together

    To everything (turn, turn, turn)
    There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under heaven

    A time of love, a time of hate
    A time of war, a time of peace
    A time you may embrace, a time to refrain from embracing

    To everything (turn, turn, turn)
    There is a season (turn, turn, turn)
    And a time to every purpose, under heaven

    A time to gain, a time to lose
    A time to rend, a time to sew
    A time for love, a time for hate
    A time for peace, I swear it's not too late
     
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    track 9) Polly

    Perfectly done. With a slightly different, rockier, but perfect new vibe, vocals lovely with the 12 string.
    It still amazes me how Kai has a certain something in his voice, the way he ends a note
    or something that is so like his father. Goosebumps.




    If the wild bird could speak
    She'd tell of places you had been
    She's been in my dreams
    And she knows all the ways of the wind


    Polly, come home again
    Spread your wings to the wind
    I felt much of the pain
    As it begins


    Dreams cover much time
    Still they leave blind
    The will to begin
    I searched for you there
    And now look for you from within


    Polly, come home again
    Spread your wings to the wind
    I felt much of the pain
    As it begins
     
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    track 10) Your fire Burning

    I've always loved this one by Gene and Carla, and this is just wonderful...a tear filled reading. Just wonderful.
    With Kai and the lovely Carla. As close to Gene's voice as one could imagine...almost ghostly in its beauty.

    Carla has said that for many years she couldn't hear a Gene Clark song without crying;
    I can't imagine what she felt singing this with Kai...this most beautiful of Gene's many beautiful songs.




    Now your hearts on the ground
    I'm trying hard to be fair
    Someone out of control
    Someone who doesn't care


    As you pick up your pride
    Put your head in the air
    You find it hard to believe
    That, that someone would leave


    Till it was over
    And all I want is you to believe in me
    I am your fire burning here
    And someday you'll find out


    That you can be free
    And break the chains of their despair
    Meanwhile your fire is burning here
    I can never replace


    The time that I didn't know
    You were trying to love
    Someone out of control
    With your life in my hand

    And your in my heart in my soul
    Hope that you'll understand
    That my love can't just be and then be over
    And all I want is you to believe in me

    I am your fire burning here

    Someday you'll fly away and you'll be free
    And let them go in their despair

    Meanwhile your fire is burning, darling
    Meanwhile your fire is burning, leave it burning
    Meanwhile your fire is burning here


    I hope that I do ascend
    The pain of losing you when
    You were in the control
    Of someone out of control


    Some where deep in the night
    I saw you finding your way
    Silhouetted in light
    And never having to say,
    Say that it's over


    So all I want is you to believe in me
    I'm the fire burning here
    And someday you'll find out
    That you can be free
    And break the chains of their despair


    Meanwhile you're fire is burning, keep it burning
    Meanwhile you're fire is burning, darling
    Meanwhile you're fire is burning here


     
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    track 11) Eight Miles Higher (Clark, McGuinn, Crosby)

    Perfectly done...just as Gene might have reimagined it. Fantastic fuzz guitar.





    Eight miles high and when you touch down
    You'll find that it's stranger than known
    Signs in the street that say where you're going
    Are somewhere just being their own

    Nowhere is there warmth to be found
    Among those afraid of losing their ground
    Rain gray town known for its sound
    In places small faces unbound

    Round the squares huddled in storms
    Some laughing some just shapeless forms
    Sidewalk scenes and black limousines
    Some living, some standing alone

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    Gene (radio interview):

    "I actually wrote that song and then presented the song to
    McGuinn and Crosby on tour. The melody and lyrics I wrote myself
    in a hotel room with Brian Jones in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania."

    (McGuinn added the Coltrane inspired guitar break suggested
    by Chip or Croz, and Gene related that Croz suggested one line for the
    lyrics, s
    o McGuinn taking the lead in the subsequent song credits after Gene's passing is just so wrong
    ...and cowardly.)
     

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