Two Sides to Every Story

Two Sides to Every Story

by Gene Clark

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Overview

Two Sides to Every Story

Gene Clark's 1974 album No Other has come to be seen as a masterpiece in the decades after its release, but that was hardly the consensus at the time, and the album's considerable production cost and negligible sales quickly made Clark persona non grata in the music business. It would be three years before Clark made another album, and Two Sides to Every Story was a very different affair; Clark and producer Thomas Jefferson Kaye (who was also behind the console for No Other) cut the album on their own dime without a record deal in place, and they opted for a simpler, more direct musical approach, with a handful of session pros going through their paces as Clark and Kaye aimed for an organic sound. Two Sides was made at a time when drink and drugs were starting to take their toll on Clark, and the material is uneven, especially when Clark and the band try to rock out (Clark's half-hearted stumble through Ronnie Hawkins' "Marylou" is easily the album's low point) and on a curiously upbeat run through the classic murder ballad "In the Pines." But Clark's muse invariably guided him well even under awkward circumstances, and Two Sides has a number of superb moments, including the heartfelt coal miner's tale "Give My Love to Marie," the literate heartache of "Past Addresses," and the nautical philosophizing of "Silent Crusade." While one can hear moments of wear in Clark's vocals, his instrument is usually strong and so is his spirit, with his phrasing smart and effective, while the musicians (including Doug Dillard, Byron Berline, John Hartford, Al Perkins, and Jeff Baxter, with Emmylou Harris adding harmonies) deliver the goods for the legendary Byrds vocalist. RSO Records eventually signed on to release Two Sides to Every Story, but in typical fashion they had no idea how to promote it and it soon fell out of print (don't feel bad for them -- RSO released the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack a few months later); it turned out to be Clark's last solo album for a major label, but if this is well short of a masterpiece, it's still clearly the work of a masterful singer and songwriter, and the best moments here are honestly magical.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2014
Label: High Moon Records
UPC: 0641444103126
catalogNumber: 2
Rank: 21928

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gene Clark   Primary Artist
Doug Dillard   Banjo,Background Vocals
Emmylou Harris   Background Vocals
John Hartford   Background Vocals
Thomas Jefferson Kaye   Background Vocals
Steven Soles   Background Vocals
Jeff Baxter   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Guitar (Electric Baritone)
Byron Berline   Fiddle
Sammy Creason   Drums
Jerry McGee   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Daniel Moore   Background Vocals
Matthew Moore   Background Vocals
Pepper Watkins   Background Vocals
Michael Utley   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Gene Clark   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Thomas Jefferson Kaye   Producer
James Talley   Composer
David Campbell   String Arrangements
Obie Jessie   Composer
Steve Stanley   Art Direction
John Einarson   Liner Notes
Sam Ling   Composer
Sheryl Farber   Liner Notes
Gary Legon   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Tom Sanford   Liner Notes
Roger "The Immortal" Nichols   Remixing
Joel Soifer   Engineer
J.D. Martignon   Reissue Producer
George Baer Wallace   Reissue Producer
G.B. Wallace   Liner Notes

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