A fine slab of Memphis soul from a brilliant but doomed singer.
Two recently released collections document what former Byrds guitarist Gene Clark was doing immediately after leaving the band. One collection finds him sorting out ideas on tape, the other highlights his willingness to work with a young group. While these recordings are rough and probably more for the devoted Byrds fans, they do provide an interesting look into an artist’s creative process.
The end of the year always finds The Beach Boys gifting their fans with dives into their vast studio and live archives. This year’s offering serves as a companion to the superb 1967-Sunshine Tomorrow compilation, and though it’s probably one of the less essential offerings in the ongoing series, it still contains a few moments that make it worthwhile.
This mysterious record appeared in 1967, and with its cheesy sound effects and pretentious narration, it’s a record that’s impossible not to laugh at. But scratch the surface and you’ll find that this anonymous little record was actually the work of some of the finest musicians of the era and has since become a legend in its own right.
Taken from the Third Man Records release, Hamburg Recordings 1967.
1967 wasn’t a good year for The Beach Boys, and it especially wasn’t good for Brian Wilson’s psyche. But the year did produce one of their greatest albums, the highly underrated Wild Honey. This two-disc collection examines the lesser-explored post-Smile Beach Boys era, even though the biggest selling point of this generous rarities collection deserved to stay unreleased.
Bobby Bare/Skeeter Davis/Liz Anderson/Norma Jean: Tunes For Two/The Game Of Triangles/Your Husband, My Wife (Morello)
This two-disc set compiles two albums of duets and one album of trio recordings pairing Bobby Bare with Skeeter Davis, Norma Jean, and Liz Anderson, and contains some fine performances from the first decade of Bare’s long, storied career.
Anita Kerr left the comfort of her successful career in Nashville, setting out to Los Angeles to experiment with more contemporary music. The five albums she released under her name for Warner Brothers are fine examples of mid-60s Easy Listening and Sunshine Pop.
In 1967, folk singer Tim Buckley turned twenty, but he was already a masterful songwriter with a powerful, unique voice. These recordings stem from the time surrounding the recording of his second album, Goodbye And Hello, but stand on their own in terms of potency and power.
Taken from the forthcoming Future Days Recordings release, Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions .