This is the album that made me think that maybe there aren't 1001 albums worth listening to.
White Light, aka Gene Clark, is the second solo album by Gene Clark, former member of The Byrds. It only achieved commercial success in the Netherlands, where rock critics also voted it album of the year. Like all of his post-Byrds records, it did very poorly on the US charts. In June 2018, independent reissue label Intervention Records released White Light on vinyl and as a hybrid CD/SACD.
This is the album that made me think that maybe there aren't 1001 albums worth listening to.
“White Light” by Gene Clark (1971) Never heard this album. This was one that I missed when I was young. I never knew of Gene Clark by name, but his association with The Byrds, as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Bob Dylan puts him very good company. As I approach this album, my expectations are high. The highlight of this album is in the lyrics. As a songwriter, Gene Clark utilizes simple melodies to carry elaborate lyrics, like a Bob Dylan or Gordon Lightfoot. But Clark’s poetics are flawed. There is too great a reliance on the device of placing the object before the verb and subject. For poets, this a device sometimes used to maintain the rhyme and meter. But Clark doesn’t use a strict rhyme or meter structure anyway, so it comes off as pretentious and distracting. On the opening track “The Virgin”, we get a story with no ending. On the title track “White Light”, we get an elaborate and thoughtful depiction of an imaginary scene, but without coherent meaning. Clark fails to tie it together. He’s trying to channel Dylan. He’s no Dylan. I thought the lyrics to “Tears of Rage” were better, then I found out that unlike the rest of the songs on this album, these lyrics were written by—Bob Dylan. Musically, the settings are so very plain. Country folk rock three chord monotony. No innovation. Simple to the point of lacking depth and passion. I wish he’d put down the harmonica. Clark’s voice is timid. He struggles to find the notes, high and low. Melody on “Because of You” has the curious ending to each verse on the fifth—not resolving to the tonic until a repeat of the last line of the song. That doesn’t count as innovation. That’s just weird. A melodic doodle. Yawn. I’m glad I heard this album before I die. It reassures me that some of the music I missed when I was young was actually worth missing. 2/5
Maybe artists were less ridiculed back then for covering on the nose material, but that Dylan cover of Tears of Rage halfway through thiss one reminds me of Westlife's Barry Mannilow cover in 2003 - erroneou for being both the best and worst choice. Yes Gene, the song suits you because it's what you're entire sound is cadged from. No Gene, you shouldn't cover it because it mostly highlights your limitations in comparison. Started well, though, and ended even better when he just kinda stopped the song, put down his instruments and called it a day. Love that. No surprise about any of this as I generally find The Byrds unconvincing even when I like them, so one member's solo plight for authentic folksiness was unlikely to score well in my book.
I've had colonoscpies more pleasurable
As if I didn't have enough boredom in my life, getting served as I was with 4 Byrds albums here already, I got this "bonus".
Well this has happened before... kick straight off with a country twang and a prominent harmonica... "Ugh... kindly fuck off please". But wait... actually it's not too bad. In fact it's really nice and chilled and I'm enjoying it very much. I don't often go in for this kind of folk music, but these are some smooth vocals and the whole vibe is incredibly mellow. Thanks again 1001 for making me confront my various musical prejudices! It's nice, real nice. 3.5 rounded up.
Don't really have much to say about this one other than I found it fairly boring overall.
Je vais tenter en moins de cinquante lignes de vous prouver que Gene Clark est une ordure. Regardez d'abord son nom, et plus particulièrement sa première particule: Gene. Vous ne remarquez rien ? Laissez-moi vous expliquer. Au moment de choisir un nom de scène, Gene Clark sortit sa carte d'identité de son portefeuille. "Harold Eugene Clark" était-il écrit sur son recto. "Vais-je choisir mon magnifique prénom pour former la première partie de mon nom d'artiste, ou vais-je plutôt choisir le deuxième qui est objectivement dégueulasse ?" Et c'est ainsi que Harold Eugene Clark devint Eugene Clark, plus tard abrégé en Gene Clark puis Gêne Clark, avant d'être rebaptisé La Merde par son rival Cat Stevens. Parlons ensuite de la chanson Ship of the Lord. Je vous rappelle ci-dessous l'échange entre Gene et son producteur Jim Doors Morrison: - Un, deux... - *Musique*. Je suis désolé. - Un, deux. Un, deux, trois... - *Musique* - Ça va pas du tout. Un, deux... - *Musique* - Eh dis donc Gene tu te foutrais pas un peu de notre gueule ? - Pardon, je ne suis pas dans mon état normal... - Qu'est-ce que t'as ? - Rien... c'est simplement que... Cat Stevens détient ma femme et mes enfants dans une caravane non climatisée à l'extérieur de la ville... - T'as pas un peu fini de chouiner Roldah Clark ? - Tu as raison, on reprend. - One, two... - *Musique: Ma feeemme et mes enfaaants sont les hotaaages de Cat Ste-vens, Cat Steeee-vens, Cat Steveeeeeens... * L'échange est évidemment plus long mais vous avez là l'essentiel.
I’ve become a bit of an expert on North American acoustic folk rock from 1971 recently. Not by any desire or design, it’s just I’ve signed up to this 101 North American acoustic folk rock from 1971 albums to hear before you die thingy. To be fair though, this is a particularly decent example. It reminds me of a lot of songs and ideas that came soon after this, including but not limited to: Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eagles, John Prine. And also brings to mind Paul Simon and Cat Stevens who I already enjoyed. More enjoyable to me than all the Crosby/Stills/Nash/Young that have been flooding my ears recently.
La révélation de ces NRJ Music Awards faisait son retour en ce mercredi matin, malheureusement il n'a pas su répondre aux attentes placées en lui. La comparaison avec Jeremy Menez est dès lors inévitable.
This is the first album I’ve listened to in this project that I have just flat out hated. There have been ones not for me, ones I’ve thought were kind of lame, ones that turned me off. But something about this, right from the first track, was kind of stomach-churning. It should be the kind of music I really like; the songwriter from the Byrds trying to do Bob Dylan, but when you have a genre built on authenticity, the worst thing is if you give off a smarmy, false air, and I get that from this. I think it had something to do with the patronizing bullshit of the first track. Do you dislike Cat Stevens? This is that, but worse. Ugh. Favourite track: “Tears of Rage” (the one he didn't write). Least favourite track: The bonus re-issue (which is all Spotify has) has the single worst version of “Stand by Me” I’ve ever heard.
Like a boring Bruce Springsteen
I really like this, especially for a spanish guitar. Maybe i am dutch?
Nicely understated and under appreciated. Soft and lovely, the album can sound a bit the same at first, but the songs quickly grow on you and become your favorites.
I had heard his name before but this is the first time I listen to anything by Jean Clark. It’s a good little album and you can hear Bob Dylan’s obvious influence on him and so many Singer songwriters in the late 60s and into the 1970s just like this album.
Reminds me of a country James Taylor, just kind of folk music with a harmonica
The songs sounds all too similar, nothing really stands out. Decent country-esque but not more
Good for the background but overall very average writing, trying hard to be Dylan like.
Ugh. James Taylor from Wish. Nothing redeeming or captivating about this at all. Lyrics are entirely forgettable, that is when the singing isn't too mumbly to even understand them. Singing is completely lacking in energy and monotonous. Music is basic and boring throughout, save for some harmonica flourishes. And thanks to spotify for the bonus tracks... We get an alternate (?) version of a song that I couldn't stand the first time, and a dreadful cover of stand by me. I have no idea why this album is on this list.
Oh god harmonica country and boring country at that, this is beyond terrible.
Enjoyed immensely. Just the subtle, calm feeling of the moods and lyrics warmed me over pretty well.
First time listening: 9/9 songs like Oh yeah, this is such a relaxing album all the way through. I have a thing for simple, genuine, music writing, and this is definitely it. Definitely should have gotten more steam with all the folk greats
Really liked this album
I really enjoyed this, quite the easy listen,
This one is for me.
Amazing album, very underrated songwriter. I feel he belongs up there next to Dylan. The man can write beautiful songs and has a lot to say on this short, concise album! 9 out of 10
Actually liked this one a lot? Nothing memorable about it, I just listened to it like 5 times in a row
Another solid effort from ya man Gene Clark. I know who he is now... decent!
Quite nice folk/country mix. Enjoyed "Because of you"
Do you want a hug, Gene? Really gorgeous and open country-rock. Winter In is superb.
I had never heard this before. Some tracks that were covers ( maybe he did the original?) Can hear his influence in Springsteen
This album has more of a country sound to my ears, but Wikipedia says it’s a rock album. Either way, I like it. I don’t know that I’d necessarily look up more by this artist, but I did enjoy this album. It was good music for chilling.
Harmonica, good old country
While admittedly not the most exciting album, I'm a big fan of the Byrds and their members' solo work. Loved it.
just some real nice folk music. Gene White - founding member of The Byrds
Pretty good singer-songwriter fare
Gene Clark is good
Always grateful to get recommended more country music, as I don't know the genre all that well and being exposed to the best can allow me to garner a greater appreciation. Sounds a bit like Dylan at some points but is nowhere near as grating. It's a sweet and mellow album, as the warm sounds of Clark's voice and guitar float through my ears. I wish it had a bit more substance though. Nothing wrong with a simple album, it just ends up not being wholly remarkable or memorable for individual moments. Still rocks near the end though and I can always get down with a barn-burner! Thanks for the music, Gene.
Surprised me, quite liked it.
Folk de guitarras clásicas, mejora cuando se inclina más hacia el pop. Tranquilísimo y bello.
Great melodies, perfect for driving
Beautiful, easy listening.
Great folk songs even though this is not my favorite thing.
Laid back, mellow vocal
Mile zaskoczenie, bo od tej strony nie znalem jeszcze glownego teksciarza byrdsow, pana Gene, ktory na swojej drugiej solowej plycie dotitnie pokazuje, ze mial on lwia czesc zaslug jesli chodzi o sukces bandy, bo zazwyczaj jak sie mysli o byrdasch, to na mysl przychodzi Crosby i jego gitarkowanie, McGuinn jako glowny wokalista, ale rozbudowane lirycznie teksty utrzymane w psychodeliczno folkowym klimacie, to jednak w wiekszosci zasluga Clarka, no i nie mozna zapomniec o harpie, ale co do samego albumu white light, nagrany w 71 z czlonkami latajacych braci burritosowych i bandy stefka mlynarza, material jest dosc krotki, bo tylko 35 minut na 9 kawalkow z czego wiekszosc to kompozycje orginalne clarka, jedynie tears of rage dylana jest tutaj coverem, na plycie dominuja proste kompozycje oparte na dwoch gitarkach i harpie, zarowno gitarka i harpa operuje pan Gene, no i oczywiscie jest on glosem plyty, bo to przeciez jego material, urzeklo mnie podczas odsluchu jak album progresuje swoje brzmienie, pierwsze traki same gitarki i harpa, co przywodzi na mysl styl country z folkowymi wokalami, dochodza kolejne instrumenty, tutaj bongosy, tam drumsy, kolejne organy, elektryk, klawisze, w wyniku czego juz przy tears of rage i konczacym plyte 1975 czuje sie jakbym sluchal klasycznego rokowego materialu, folkowe brzmienie w ciagu 30 minut zupelnie ewoluowalo, a obie czesci plyty slucha sie rownie dobrze, to dopiero sztuka, a sztuczki mozna szukac w solidnych tekstach, ktorym najblizej do wspomnianego juz dylana czy neila younga i jego folkowego okresu, niestety nie dodam nic na plejke, bo spotifaj nie posiada w swej biblitoece akurat tego albumu, ktory widocznie nie sprzedal sie zbyt dobrze, jak zreszta cala solowa tworczosc Clarka, a wielka szkoda, ze taki artysta jest znany tylko jako czlonek byrdsow
Kon mij zeker smaken. Lekker rustig, heb er zelf een dutje bij gedaan
I rather enjoyed this album. Mellow and folky.
I love beautiful, sad songs and this album is chock full of them. Really good stuff. This could become a 5 star album for me after listening about 10 times, but for now I'll give it 4 stars.
Dylan-esque folk rock. This is a sound/style I enjoy. This kind of music always feels so classic to me, kind of like coming home I guess. Maybe not the most groundbreaking album. I listened to this over two days. The first day it wasn't really clicking with me but the second day I quite enjoyed it. 1975 in particular was really great. Probably more like a 3.5 for me.
Nice country album
I liked it enough to listen to it twice, but there was nothing that jumped out at me particularly, though Stand By Me was recognizable
a tough collection of songs - Dylan/Manuel's "Tears of Rage" is the pick of the bunch - but Gene Clark sings them all with great depth.
I quite like actually its like a more country version of old Harrison
I get annoyed when Clark is listed among the great songwriters; to me, he's a tier or two below that. That doesn't mean he's a bad songwriter, though, and there's some good stuff here, even if it is a bit mellow and same-y. Best track: For a Spanish Guitar
Ngl this is amazing, I like this
I don't know man. This feels like a pretty run of the mill decent album for me. The writing is solid, and dude is hitting licks with that harmonica.
I'm not a big fan of country music, but it was great as a background to my working hours. There is something in country music that is triggering me all the time, but in this one there wasn't.
Chilled well crafted songs. Nothing mind-blowing but I enjoyed most of them.
Хороший альбом. Светлый, добротный. Напомнил сольный альбом Джорджа Харрисона.
yoo this slapped
pretty good, had some enjoyable parts but far from perfect 8/10
Massa massa Rockzao da antiga
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Enjoyable listen. The type of laid back country tinged rock that existed, before wall-of-sound country arrived a few years later and urbanised the genre. Great.
Country, folk, 1971. Very good record full of great songs and a really well played cover of "Stand By Me". The mood is calm but sometimes melancholic and the tracklist is clever and interesting. After all the project is really solid.
I have a soft spot for Gene Clark and sadly he's career really never took off the way that it should. I seem to disagree with with which albums are selected by artists for this list. this album is good but No other and Roadmaster are much better. Also the extra songs on the current release are not very good and take away from the original release.
Great stuff. Gene Clark has a way of getting into your soul with the way he plays music.
Quite enjoyable. Early country rock
folky and very nice. 4 stars.
A lovely album similar to David Crosby (also a former band member of The Byrds) and his album “If only I could remember my name”. Both highly rated albums!
Nice light album Nothing special IMO but easy to listen to
Quite nice actually. Great to listen on a ferry.
Gene Clark is so underrated. This is like listening to Bob Dylan but not actually wanting to cut of my ears because of the screeching harmonica and horrible voice. Don't get me wrong I love Bob Dylan, but a whole album of his can get so hard to listen to. Even though the lyrics aren't as deep or captivating or whatever this is nice for a change. 5 Though it sure is not the most memorable.
Never heard any of his music before or of him, but really good singer-songwriter music.
Reminescent of Tom Petty, Dylan, Drake. Acoustic guitar and harmonica folk. Really nice songs. Good discovery.
8/10. I guess I'm a bit of a Gene Clark fan, this was really nice.
Good stuff here.
99 / 1069 Prefer No Other, this is certainly more country. Still a great listen!
Great voice and great songwriting but sounds like a demo album esp some of the percussion.
listend to no other instead
Actually pretty good, and I was honestly surprised based on description. But missing anything elevating.
I was so pleasantly surprised by this. It feels timeless but still quintessentially 70s.
A great listen and fine playing by the assembled musicians
Sounds like how conversations with old friends feel. Deserves to be much better known.
Es como un 'Ballad-Country', está buenardo. Bien trancu, tener en cuenta para estudiar. Es el León Gieco de ellos.
This was lovely
HL: “For a Spanish Guitar”, “Where My Love Lies Asleep”, “Because of You”, title track Last couple albums were great but not exactly in my usual genre of music (metal, noise rock). 70’s folk rock? No need to concentrate too much here, I’ll take it all baby Lovely to walk down the city streets to, an antidote to the traffic.
I knew Gene Clark, of course, but not this particular record. Enjoyed it quite a bit. If this isn't considered a foundational record for alt country, it should be.
This has a real 70s country-crossing-over-to-soft-rock vibe that was pleasant to listen to. It didn’t knock my socks off, but was still nice to have on. I’m not sure how memorable this will prove to be for me but I liked it.
This was a nice soundtrack for a morning walk through a quiet neighborhood. It didn’t leave me thinking that I had been missing something in my life for not having heard it, but it was nice.