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Rough Trade Compilations of The Year: #9

Gene Clark was one of the last century’s most gifted songwriters. These eclectic interpretations of songs drawn from his time with the Byrds through to his solo masterpiece “No Other” provide the irrefutable proof. Quite incredibly, it’s only in more recent years that Gene has risen above cult status to be hailed as one of the last century’s greatest voices, charismatic performers and supernaturally talented songwriters. That could easily be down to the complex mass of paradoxes and human weaknesses that battled inside him. As Byrds biographer Johnny Rogan put it, “For every celebrated moment of his musical life, there were comparable moments of opportunities lost and projects abandoned or unrealised.”

From his earliest composing attempts, there was always more to Gene’s songs than his contemporaries’: deceptively complex arrangements, unusual melodic turns and subtly woven twists carrying a secret, deeper resonance that reached its cosmic apogee on 1974’s “No Other”. He blazed trails for folk-rock, psychedelic/baroque pop and was first to pioneer alternative country and Americana. That he was also a masterful songwriter is why we’re here today, celebrating just some of these masterclasses in translating universal emotions or extraordinary observations into living, breathing music: like early champion Dylan, timeless flights asking to be boarded by other artists.

As with the recent collections spotlighting the songs of Leon Russell and Lou Reed, this latest release in the Songwriters series is compiled by Mick Patrick and packaged with a bumper booklet featuring copious notes by Kris Needs.

01 You Showed Me - Echo In The Canyon with Jakob Dylan & Cat Power 02 Feel A Whole Lot Better - Juice Newton 03 I Knew I'd Want You - Thin White Rope 04 She Don't Care About Time - Flamin' Groovies 05 Eight Miles High - Roxy Music 06 Till Today - The Rose Garden 07 Echoes - Starry Eyed & Laughing 08 Elevator Operator - Velvet Crush 09 I Found You - The Thyme 10 So You Say You Lost Your Baby - Death In Vegas featuring Paul Weller 11 Tried So Hard - The Flying Burrito Bros 12 In The Plan - New Grass Revival 13 Train Leaves Here This Morning - Kai Clark 14 He Darked The Sun - Linda Ronstadt 15 Kansas City Southern - Pure Prairie League 16 Polly - Iain Matthews 17 Why Not Your Baby - The Mother Hips 18 Full Circle - Byrds 19 Silver Raven - The Baird Sisters 20 Some Misunderstanding - Soulsavers featuring Mark Lanegan

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You Showed Me The Songs Of Gene Clark

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Released 25/03/2022Catalogue Number

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Rough Trade Compilations of The Year: #9

Gene Clark was one of the last century’s most gifted songwriters. These eclectic interpretations of songs drawn from his time with the Byrds through to his solo masterpiece “No Other” provide the irrefutable proof. Quite incredibly, it’s only in more recent years that Gene has risen above cult status to be hailed as one of the last century’s greatest voices, charismatic performers and supernaturally talented songwriters. That could easily be down to the complex mass of paradoxes and human weaknesses that battled inside him. As Byrds biographer Johnny Rogan put it, “For every celebrated moment of his musical life, there were comparable moments of opportunities lost and projects abandoned or unrealised.”

From his earliest composing attempts, there was always more to Gene’s songs than his contemporaries’: deceptively complex arrangements, unusual melodic turns and subtly woven twists carrying a secret, deeper resonance that reached its cosmic apogee on 1974’s “No Other”. He blazed trails for folk-rock, psychedelic/baroque pop and was first to pioneer alternative country and Americana. That he was also a masterful songwriter is why we’re here today, celebrating just some of these masterclasses in translating universal emotions or extraordinary observations into living, breathing music: like early champion Dylan, timeless flights asking to be boarded by other artists.

As with the recent collections spotlighting the songs of Leon Russell and Lou Reed, this latest release in the Songwriters series is compiled by Mick Patrick and packaged with a bumper booklet featuring copious notes by Kris Needs.

01 You Showed Me - Echo In The Canyon with Jakob Dylan & Cat Power 02 Feel A Whole Lot Better - Juice Newton 03 I Knew I'd Want You - Thin White Rope 04 She Don't Care About Time - Flamin' Groovies 05 Eight Miles High - Roxy Music 06 Till Today - The Rose Garden 07 Echoes - Starry Eyed & Laughing 08 Elevator Operator - Velvet Crush 09 I Found You - The Thyme 10 So You Say You Lost Your Baby - Death In Vegas featuring Paul Weller 11 Tried So Hard - The Flying Burrito Bros 12 In The Plan - New Grass Revival 13 Train Leaves Here This Morning - Kai Clark 14 He Darked The Sun - Linda Ronstadt 15 Kansas City Southern - Pure Prairie League 16 Polly - Iain Matthews 17 Why Not Your Baby - The Mother Hips 18 Full Circle - Byrds 19 Silver Raven - The Baird Sisters 20 Some Misunderstanding - Soulsavers featuring Mark Lanegan