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This CD is an out of print collectible! It is the original 1991 Columbia Legacy release.

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A folk-rock sleeper, Echos bundles 20 recordings the romantic, original Byrd cut in '66 and '67, shortly after he left the "American Beatles." Containing the entirety of the Gene Clark and the Gosdin Bros. album, plus a half- dozen Clark-penned Byrds songs and three previously unreleased tracks, Echos displays remarkable breadth. It includes elements of folk-rock, nascent country-rock, and what today is called orchestral pop intermix in a collection that feels remarkably cohesive despite its disparate sources. Sadly, Clark was never able to live up to all the promise as a solo artist on display in this lovely period piece. --Steven Stolder
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
  • ASIN: B00000281U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Essentially this is a collection of some of Gene Clark's best work from the first two Byrds albums, his first (and best) solo album (Gene Clark And The Gosdin Brothers), plus a couple of previously unreleased songs and an acoustic demo version of "So You Say You Lost Your Baby." As such, this is essential listening for fans of the Gene Clark-era Byrds.
Of the first two tracks taken from the album Preflyte, "Boston" is a fairly pedestrian pop/rock song, but "For Me Again" is typical of the terrific mid-tempo songs Clark wrote for the Byrds. Also included are a pair of songs from Mr. Tambourine Man and Turn! Turn! Turn! [The glaring omission of "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" is forgivable in that most fans will already have the Byrds first two albums anyway.]
Tracks 7 through 17 comprise Clark's 1966 debut which included the Byrds' rhythm section of Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke. Standout tracks include the country-rock sound of "Tried So Hard" and songs like "The Same One," "Keep On Pushin'" and "Think I'm Gonna Feel Better." Of the previously unreleased tracks, "The French Girl" is not up to the standards of the other songs, but "Only Columbe" would have fit in nicely.
When Gene Clark died in 1991, most fans--if they remembered him at all--only remembered him as a one-time member of the Byrds. Echoes proves that he was more than that. RECOMMENDED
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It's 1967. The unthinkable has happened. John Lennon has left The Beatles. The Beatles continue on with McCartney, Harrison and Starr adding Klaus Voormann to bass so McCartney can pick up rhythm guitar. Lennon's first couple of singles and his first solo album is brilliant but--it's not The Beatles so, despite having the elements that Lennon brought to the band, it sinks without a trace on the charts. Lennon continues to struggle along while The Beatles dominant the charts like any brand name band with two talented songwriters would.

Subsitute Lennon with Gene Clark, The Beatles with The Byrds and this is essentially what happened to America's most popular band and its most talented songwriter. Clark briefly rejoined The Byrds after leaving but it was brief. Pretty soon he was cutting stuff without his former band mates again.

Clark was the most talented songwriter in a very talented band. His angular songwriting, unusual musical hooks (remember songs like Feel a Whole Lot Better When You're Gone? or Eight Miles High)and wounded but guarded lyrics made him a natural for the lead slot in The Byrds.

This great collection of early solo stuff sounds like it was recorded in the mid to late 60's. What makes it still sound fresh is Clark's memorable tenor voice and the songwriting. There's a lot of great material here. If it intrigues you check out Roadmaster, White Light and No Other all overlooked masterpieces by this forgotten great musician.
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Gene Clark was the soul of the Byrds, responsible for virtually all of their weightier musical moments, such as "Set You Free This Time," "Here Without You," "She Don't Care About Time," "If You're Gone," and the band's chief claim to first rank status--"Eight Miles High." After his exit, the Byrds were forced to resort to novelty tunes like "Mr. Spaceman" and "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n Roll Star" and Dylan re-tread "My Back Pages" to keep up the interest until their next soul, Gram Parsons, came to the rescue.
This set is by far the best re-issue of Clark's first solo LP, "Gene Clark with the Gosdin Bros." from 1967 as it bolsters this relatively brief album with the best Clark classics from his days with the Byrds, one excellent-sounding demo and two tracks recorded after the Gosdin Bros. album. Most of the tracks have been carefully remixed. The Gosdin Bros. album is one of those hidden great moments in 1960s pop showcasing Clark's introspective songs with backings by present and future Byrds (Clarence White) augmented by sophisticated arrangements from Leon Russell.
If you are a fan of the early Byrds, this release is a must-buy. If you are partial to the whole singer/songwriter movement that took off in the early 1970s, this release is also recommended.
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One of those reissues that just gets everything right, Echoes is essentially "Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers Plus." Following his departure from the Byrds, Gene wasted no time in recording a solo album, getting the most talented musicians he could find for the recording sessions. The album they turned out was stellar; however, Columbia unwisely released it perilously close to the Byrds' own Younger than Yesterday, meaning that few people would properly appreciate Gene's first solo offering.
Echoes contains the entirety of that album--albeit resequenced--and also throws on several extra bonus tracks. Byrds tracks, from the World Pacific sessions, Tambourine Man, and Turn Turn Turn give something of a "warm-up" to the solo material, as it were. The Gosdins tracks themselves are remixed, and sound excellent; the album is, of course, stellar, one of the first and one of the best forays into "country rock." Rounding out the package are some stellar demos dating from the same time period.
Is that enough incentive?;-) One of the earliest reissues from the Byrds camp, Echoes remains one of the best due to its intelligent presentation, excellent liner notes, and stellar sound quality. It's also fantastically cheap, and serves both as a casual introduction into Gene Clark as a solo artist as well as a mere representation of the man at his best. Pick it up; you won't be disappointed.
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