Clear Light (album)

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Clear Light
Clear Light album cover.jpg
Studio album by Clear Light
Released September 1967
Recorded April - May 1967, August 1967
Genre
Length 31:59
Label Elektra
Producer Paul A. Rothchild
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
The Village Voice D–[1]

Clear Light was the only studio album released by the 1960s Los Angeles psychedelic rock band, Clear Light.

Recording commenced in April 1967 at Elektra Recording Studio in Los Angeles. The majority of the material was complete during these sessions, but the developments were postponed to replace Robbie Robison on guitar. Instead of a new guitarist, the band recruited keyboardist Ralph Schuckett, and, following a month of concerts, the band returned to recording in Sunset Sound Recorders Studios. The studios had just recently upgraded from a 4-track to an 8-track. A highlight of the recording sessions was the band's psychedelic interpretation of the composition, "Mr. Blue".[2]

It was released in September 1967 and peaked at number 126 on the Billboard pop albums chart. It combined elements of folk, rock, psychedelic, and classical music. It is an AMG music pick,[3] although the album was not a success at the time. The album featured the unique characteristic of including two leading drummers on their tracks.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Black Roses" (Clear Light, Wolfgang Dios) 2:09
  2. "Sand" (Douglas Lubahn) 2:38
  3. "A Child's Smile" (Clear Light, Michael Ney) 1:37
  4. "Street Singer" (Greg Copeland, Steve Noonan) 3:17
  5. "The Ballad of Freddie and Larry" (Cliff De Young, Ralph Schuckett) 1:56
  6. "With All in Mind" (Bob Seal) 2:58
  7. "Mr. Blue" (Tom Paxton) 6:25
  8. "Think Again" (Clear Light, Douglas Lubahn) 1:37
  9. "They Who Have Nothing" (Bob Seal) 2:34
  10. "How Many Days Have Passed" (Bob Seal) 2:24
  11. "Night Sounds Loud" (Douglas Lubahn) 2:26

A later reissue of the album included a bonus track, "She's Ready to Be Free", which was the B-side of the group's first single.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 20, 1976). "Christgau's Consumer Guide to 1967". The Village Voice (New York). p. 69. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Official Clear Light". officialclearlight.com. Retrieved March 16, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Clear Light". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Clear Light". therisingstorm.com. Retrieved February 27, 2015.