Michael Fremer Rated 9/10 Music, 9/10 Sonics in his March 2012 reviews on www.musicangle.com!
Former Byrds' Singer / Songwriter's Stark 1971 Masterpiece!
Mastered Directly From Original A&M Analog Session Tapes!
After playing in various teenage groups, Clark was offered a place in the
sprawling New Christy Minstrels in late 1963. He stayed long enough to
contribute to two albums, Merry Christmas and Land Of Giants, before returning
to Los Angeles, where he teamed up with Jim (Roger) McGuinn and David Crosby in
the Jet Set. This fledgling trio evolved into the Byrds. At that point Clark was
the leading songwriter in the group and contributed significantly to their first
As founding member of folk-rock pioneers the Byrds, Gene Clark had emerged as a
uniquely gifted singer / songwriter and master of the minor key melancholy
ballad. His departure from the group in 1966 was met with critical anticipation
and commercial indifference. Tiring of the Hollywood fast lane by 1969, Gene and
new wife Carlie moved up to Mendocino on the Northern California coast where the
tranquility, pastoral beauty and laid back lifestyle of the coastal community
appealed to his country boy roots. It inspired a body of songs unlike anything
Gene had composed before. Their stark simplicity and stripped down arrangements
- acoustic guitar, harmonica and voice - evidence a deeper insight into life and
an overall optimism rarely found in his previous body of work.
The resulting album, White Light, produced by renown guitarist Jesse Ed Davis,
remains one of Gene's most accessible and much-loved recordings among fans and
critics, topping several domestic Best Album of the Year lists and being voted
"Album of the Year" by rock critics in the Netherlands. Songs like "For A
Spanish Guitar", "With Tomorrow", and "Where My Love Lies Asleep" are delicately
evocative while the title song draws on Gene's appreciation for country music.
"One In A Hundred" harkens back to his finest Byrds compositions.
Buoyed by his new surroundings, friendships, marriage, a feeling of contentment
in his rural retreat and the imminent birth of his first child, White Light
reveals singer / songwriter Gene Clark at the top of his game. Rolling Stone
declared the folk-based album "a fresh and innovative look at what came
before in a new framework. One of the most interesting and exciting records of
1971." Relive that excitement on this Sundazed edition!
Mastered directly from the original A&M analog session tapes, it is offered to
you on high-definition vinyl. Let White Light be your soundtrack for the road
"Sundazed's reissue, mastered by Bob Irwin from the original analog tapes (no cutting engineer is credited so I assume from a high resolution digital master) captures the spirit of the original, maintaining the overall tonal balance, warmth and particularly the depth and strength of Ethridge's bass. It gives up some transparency and especially three-dimensionality, particularly on Clark's voice, but makes up for it with added overall transient clarity, particularly on the drums. For a forty year old tape, produced at a time when tape wasn't particulary robust, it sounds remarkably well preserved, in part because it probably wasn't used much. The pressing, probably at Rainbo is both physically and sonically fine. Highly recommended" - Michael Fremer, www.musicangle.com, Music 9/10, Sound 9/10
• High-definition Vinyl
• Mastered from original A&M analog session tapes
1. The Virgin
2. With Tomorrow
3. White Light
4. Because Of You
5. One In A Hundred
1. Spanish Guitar
2. Where My Love Lies Asleep
3. Tears Of Rage