Clear Light (album)
|Studio album by Clear Light|
|Recorded||April - May 1967, August 1967|
|Producer||Paul A. Rothchild|
|The Village Voice||D–|
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".
Clear Light 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, although the album was not a success at the time. The album featured the unique characteristic of including two leading drummers on their tracks.
- "Black Roses" (Clear Light, Wolfgang Dios) 2:09
- "Sand" (Douglas Lubahn) 2:38
- "A Child's Smile" (Clear Light, Michael Ney) 1:37
- "Street Singer" (Greg Copeland, Steve Noonan) 3:17
- "The Ballad of Freddie and Larry" (Cliff De Young, Ralph Schuckett) 1:56
- "With All in Mind" (Bob Seal) 2:58
- "Mr. Blue" (Tom Paxton) 6:25
- "Think Again" (Clear Light, Douglas Lubahn) 1:37
- "They Who Have Nothing" (Bob Seal) 2:34
- "How Many Days Have Passed" (Bob Seal) 2:24
- "Night Sounds Loud" (Douglas Lubahn) 2:26
The CD reissue of the album includes a bonus track, "She's Ready to Be Free", which was the B-side of the group's first single.
- Cliff De Young - vocals
- Bob Seal - guitar, vocals
- Douglas Lubahn - bass
- Ralph Schuckett - keyboards
- Dallas Taylor - drums
- Michael Ney - drums
- Bruce Botnick - engineer
- Jac Holzman - production supervisor
- Gordon Anderson - executive producer
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