Gene Clark: White Light

Gene Clark: White Light

Intervention Records  IR-SCD9

Stereo Hybrid


Gene Clark

Classic Solo Album From Founding Member of The Byrds!

"... one of the greatest singer/songwriter albums ever made." -All Music

Gene Clark's 1971 classic "White Light" is a bittersweet and knowing statement from a singer/songwriter at the peak at his creative powers. Having fronted The Byrds, Clark on his own here is stripped down in guitarist Jesse Ed Davis' stark production. The lyrics, singing and guitar playing are so powerful that less production here is immeasurably more musically.

The album art is beautifully restored by IR's Tom Vadakan and housed in a super jewel box.

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Comments (2)

Comment by Downunderman - July 23, 2018 (1 of 2)

Rarely have the planets aligned so well as they have here.

Wonderful performance, beautifully recorded, master tape in excellent condition and a top notch DSD mastering.

On the Intervention Records site they have this to say :

"White Light's CD/SACD is mastered Direct-to-DSD by Kevin Gray at CoHEARent Audio from the best source available- phenomenal-sounding 1/2" safety copies of the original stereo master tapes. The results are amazing! The beautiful guitar playing is full and rich, and listeners can hear the full body of the instruments, not just the strings. Gene's aching vocals have never been so emotive and immediate."

All true as it turns out.

AND no pesky audio post it notes (AKA 'Bonus Tracks')either.


Comment by breydon_music - August 1, 2018 (2 of 2)

Absolutely endorsed - I can't remember hearing another recording from this era sounding so self-effacingly wonderful in every way. I confess that I wasn't even aware of this recording at the time of its release so it has passed me by all these years. For anyone who appreciates American country rock post-"Sweetheart of the Rodeo" this really is a gem. All but one of the excellent compositions are Clark's own and the odd man out turns out to be (for me anyway) possibly the best version of "Tears of Rage" I've heard.

I see they've announced "Burrito Deluxe" by the Gram Parsons Flying Burritos for imminent release, so I will be booking my copy of that without delay.