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Gene Clark & The Gosdin Brothers

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Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers is the debut solo album of Gene Clark, released in February 1967 on Columbia Records, catalogue CS 9418. It was his first effort after his departure from folk-rock group the Byrds in 1966. Though the album was a critical success and it established Clark as a talented singer-songwriter, it appeared very close to the scheduled release date for the Byrds’ album Younger Than Yesterday in both the United States and the United Kingdom, hampering its possibilities for commercial success. The musicians on the album include: former bandmates Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke; Wrecking Crew session musicians Glen Campbell, Jerry Cole, and Leon Russell; future Byrd Clarence White; and Clark’s future collaborator Doug Dillard. The folk/country vocal duo the Gosdin Brothers added backing vocals, and subsequently received co-billing.

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Gene Clark was first reissued in the US in the early 1970s, omitting “Elevator Operator” and with re-recorded backing tracks designed to “soften” the sound, under the title Early LA Sessions.

A reissue for compact disc on the Columbia/Legacy imprint in 1991 was titled Echoes, and also (partially) remixed, though closer to the sound of the original album - the most significant change was the removal of vocal double-tracking. Echoes altered the song running order, added “The French Girl” by Ian and Sylvia, “Only Colombe”, a demo outtake of So You Say You Lost Your Baby, and several Clark-penned songs from early Byrds recordings.

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