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Clear Light

Clear LightAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 13, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B0000631PB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,474 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Black Roses
2. Sand
3. A Child's Smile
4. Street Singer
5. The Ballad of Freddie & Larry
6. With All in Mind
7. She's Ready To Be Free
8. Mr. Blue
9. Think Again
10. They WHo Have Nothing
11. How Many Days Have Passed
12. Night Sounds Loud

Editorial Reviews

Here's a real missing piece of the psychedelic '60s puzzle - the lone album from Clear Light, the Paul Rothchild-produced folk-rock band that featured future actor Cliff DeYoung on vocals, CSN&Y drummer-to-be Dallas Taylor and a whole lot of West Coast Su

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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic! April 23, 2002
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A Classic!

In the sixties, I had a tendency to pick up albums based on the photo of the band. I figured if the band looked freaky, their music probably was too. I hated pop music so I always looked for the underground bands. The longer the hair, the uglier, the weirdest dressed, that was my incentive. Clear Light was in that category. They had long hair, one guy looked like Buffalo Bill, and there were six of them. Another attraction was their label. They were on the same label as the Doors and at the time, I was really into the Doors first album. So, I figured they had to be something like them.

Many people can see a nod to the Doors in Clear Light's music, but I did not. I was very pleasantly surprised at how good the music was. It was full of experimental songs, like Black Roses that had more time signature changes than cords. Then there was Sand, with a really good tempo shift guitar solo at the end instead of in the middle of the song like so many others. Everyone that knows this album refers to Mr. Blue. It was unusual for several reasons. It has some pretty neat drumming, great guitar effects and solos, and was over six minutes long. It was not quite Ina Gadda Da Vida, but still unusual for the time. My favorite song though is Street Singer, or as I call it the Organ Grinder Song. As a guitar player, I tried to learn the whole album note for note and actually came close a couple of times.

As with my other favorite albums of the time, I wore it out and was lucky enough to meet my wife in Spain (she's American) and she had a copy of the album too! I was finally able to purchase the Edsel version of their CD with the extra track "She's Ready To Be Free" on it from the movie "The President's Analyst.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid second-line Elektra psyche offering July 24, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I first bought this album when I was 14 years old, mainly on the strength of it being on the Elektra label, which up to that point had not issued a single bad album. I also recognized bassist Douglas Lubahn's name, as he had played bass on the first two Doors albums. And on top of all that, they had TWO DRUMMERS!!! How cool was that? (well, to be honest, you couldn't tell by playing the album, but the idea sounded great.)

I played this thing to death for well over a year and I often named them as one of my favorite bands. A nice mix of light weight psych with some occasional fuzz bursts from guitarist Bob Seal, who also sang one of the best tunes on the album. With 35 years perspective, this is not a classic album by any means, but for fans of Love and The Doors and that particular summer of love sound, this album holds many delights. Trivia note: The bonus track, She's ready to be free, taken from the James Coburn movie The President's Analyst, was actually sung by Barry - Eve of Destruction - McGuire in the movie. Watch for it on late night TV.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I really wish Clear Light made a second album!! August 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD
But alas, they only made this self-tittled work of fantastic music. Im no music critic, but if your into psychedelic/garage rock bands from the 60's, then you wont be dissapointed by getting this album. Best freaking part about this group is that they have two drummers!!!!! Plus, havnt you noticed that the uglier the band memebers the better the music?
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Rothchild's Frankenstein Project Rules August 1, 2004
By andy7
Format:Audio CD
Clear Light may be dismissed by some as a "Doors Lite" band, but I think the material and playing on this CD is outstanding. I was hooked as soon as I heard "Black Roses" with it's amazing time signature changes, played at a breathtaking hardcore punk pace (before the beast ever existed).
Some tracks have the definite Doors-Love sound without the drunken tunelessness of Jim Morrison, so you get movie actor Cliff De Young's great vocals instead. "Mister Blue" even has that "petition the Lord with prayer" dramatics with 100 times more focus.
Favorite tracks: She's Ready To be Free, Sand, The Ballad of Freddy and Larry (about gay love?). Recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Good! September 3, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In my closet is this album from way back when. I bought it due to the psyechedelia and Electra pedigree, but stuck around long enough to love it on its own terms. It has the elongated song structure, the vision, the transcendental lyrics, the bold manly singer, and most importantly the stretched out fluidity of the music. All of which made the Doors and Love brilliant. But, it is not, I'm sad to say, as good as either. Clear Light had the chops, but not the cajones. As a slice of the best of garage acid trippin', one could do worse. Buy it. Drink and see!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clearly good music June 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I feel it's my duty to stick up for the bands that are not only really good, but also underrated. You know, bands that didn't have much success and therefore most people probably wouldn't remember them today.

Clear Light is one such band. It's really unfair to call these guys (and this album in particular) a Doors rip-off. How do you figure that? Just because there's a few spooky moments, suddenly they're copying what the Doors did? Would Iron Butterfly be considered a Doors rip-off, too?

Clear Light is much closer to Iron Butterfly and the band Love than to the Doors, in my opinion. Further, these guys were really good at experimenting with all the different ways to write a tune, which means guitar solos and all sorts of vocal changes will burst in a completely different direction *very* suddenly. Iron Butterfly used to do the same thing. This is a style of songwriting that NEVER gets old.

I love this album. Seeing as how each of the 12 songs are memorable, I refuse to name which songs are the standouts (but if you forced me to choose, "A Child's Smile" is probably my favorite). Trust me, the whole thing is great. Buy this album now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little known gem from the sixties
I was a big Doors fan and while perusing the record rack of new releases, I saw an intrigung album cover on the Elektra label, produced by Paul Rothschild(the Doors label and... Read more
Published 14 months ago by peter s block
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Album
Loved it then...Love it Now...Highly Under-rated!Brilliant Music...wish they would Re-record these!And the Bass player is so Sweet & Adorable..I just Love him!
Published 17 months ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Los Angeles psychedelic/folk/rock from '66/'67
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Published 19 months ago by DAVID EDDY
4.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Lost Band
Being a huge fan of Sixties surf, garage, British Invasion, folk, and psychedelic rock, I thought I had heard of every really good band of the era, and was surprised that I had... Read more
Published on July 30, 2011 by Eric Mayforth
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear Light Review
This came in great shape and was very well-packaged. The sound is good for a 60's recording and the content if very impressive as well. I'm fully satisfied.
Published on October 18, 2010 by Jason K. Levalley
1.0 out of 5 stars Seriously, this band SUCKS.
OK, maybe it's actually worth two stars, but I'm just trying to do my part to add some balance/objectivity/sanity to the reviews of this third-rate fake-psych dreck. Read more
Published on July 20, 2009 by J. Rosenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer 1967 Delight!
You wouldn't believe how exhilarated I was to randomly enter the name of the band "Clear Light" into Amazon's search engine and find that it's now available as mp3 downloads. Read more
Published on November 10, 2008 by Phil (San Diego, CA)
4.0 out of 5 stars "With All In Mind" Clear Light has put this out for the Psych fan!
As the author of the Jefferson Airplane book "Take Me To A Circus Tent" and a former radio disc-jockey, I am often asked to write and or discuss various music supplies and... Read more
Published on August 14, 2007 by Craig Fenton
5.0 out of 5 stars CLEAR LIGHT RULES!!
CLEAR LIGHT IS THE KING OF PSYCH MUSIC,

WHEN I BOUGHT THIS ALBUM I LOVED IT RIGHT AWAY.

SO ALL YOU 60s FANS OUT THERE I WOULD TRY IT.
Published on March 9, 2005
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