A founding member of legendary Los Angeles outfit The Byrds, Gene Clark spent a couple years as primary songwriter and vocalist for the band — penning classics “Feel a Whole Lot Better,” “Here Without You” and “Eight Miles High” — before pursuing a solo career. While he never enjoyed the commercial success that his music deserved, Clark, who died in 1991 at age 46, is considered one of the funding fathers of country-rock.
Clark’s seventh solo album, the criminally underappreciated 1977 release “Two Sides to Every Story,” has been out of print for years. Until now, that is. Thanks to the folks at High Moon, the record is getting new life via this expanded reissue. In addition to the original 10-track release, there’s an exclusive download card featuring more than 92 minutes of unreleased bonus tracks that make this an essential addition to the collection of any music lover.
The original album is darn near perfect, with a host of standout cuts that include “Home Run King,” “Lonely Saturday,” “Kansas City Southern,” “Give My Love to Marie,” “Sister Moon,” “Hear the Wind” and “Past Addresses.” The digital bonus disc is the real treasure, however, with a handful of live full-band performances and a never-aired 1974 radio interview. Highly recommended. (Jeffrey Sisk)