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Format: CD
Sku: 62282442
UPC: 029667422727
UPC 14: 00029667422727
Release Date: 4/29/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Hong Kong Hillbilly (Nashville West) ~ Clarence White
2. Mother-In-Law ~ Clarence White
3. Make Up Your Mind ~ Clarence White
4. Grandma Funderbunk's Music Box ~ Clarence White
5. Guitar Pickin' Man - (previously unreleased) ~ Clarence White
6. Vaccination for the Blues ~ Clarence White
7. Don't Pity Me ~ Clarence White
8. Gotta Go See the World ~ Clarence White
9. Everybody Has One But You - (previously unreleased) ~ Clarence White
10. She's Gone - (previously unreleased) ~ Clarence White
11. Tuff and Stringy ~ Clarence White
12. I'm Tied Down to You ~ Clarence White
13. Hey Juliana ~ Clarence White
14. Last Date ~ Clarence White
15. I'll Live Today ~ Clarence White
16. Not Enough of Me to Go Round ~ Clarence White
17. Riff-Raff ~ Clarence White
18. If We Could Read ~ Clarence White
19. Rocks in My Head ~ Clarence White
20. Made of Stone - (previously unreleased) ~ Clarence White
21. Buckaroo - (previously unreleased) ~ Clarence White
22. Adam and Eve - (previously unreleased) ~ Clarence White
23. Why Can't We Be ~ Clarence White
24. Nature's Child - (previously unreleased) ~ Clarence White
25. Tango for a Sad Mood ~ Clarence White
26. If We Could Read - (previously unreleased) ~ Clarence White

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Clarence White (guitar); Gary Paxton, The Spencers, Wayne Moore, Sanland Bros, Darrell Cotton, Jack Reeves, Dennis Payne, Great Love Trip.
Muze PNote Recorded between 1966 and 1968.
Muze PNote Though this is by no means the best of Clarence White's guitar work -- or even necessarily the best of his session work from 1966-1968 -- it's an important document of no less than 26 rare tracks predating his joining the Byrds. These recordings, often but not always released on the Bakersfield International label (in fact a few were previously unreleased), find White perfecting his transition to the electric guitar and country-rock from bluegrass. The confusing aspect of this phase of his career, on record anyway, is that White's presence is the only real thread running through these recordings, most (though not all) of which feature him only as a session man, rather than as the billed or featured artist. It's quite a crazy quilt of disparate tracks, combining, in varying degrees, country, pop, rock & roll, folk, and folk-rock, with some blues, R&B, Byrds, Beatles, and Cajun licks thrown in. That might not make it the easiest listen in the world, but the variety also makes it fascinating, as White fishes around numerous mixtures of country and rock on obscure recordings by Gary Paxton, Wayne Moore, the Sanland Brothers, Darrell Cotton, Gib & Jan, Jan & Clarence, Jack Reeves, Dennis Payne, the Great Love Trip, and other names known to very few, even in the record-collecting world. Alongside these are eight tracks credited to White himself, some of them previously unreleased. White and the artists explored an almost zany range of tangents, occasionally using sitar, Mellotron, and guitar through a Hammond organ Leslie unit, not to mention nut pulls for bending strings.
Muze PNote What keeps this from being as good as it is historically interesting is the material, which is only average (if often ear-perkingly quirky) for the most part. Some of the tracks rise above that level, though, like the Byrds-like country-rock-psychedelia of the Spencers' "Make Up Your Mind," with some great fuzz effects, the blunt Dylan-ish folk-rock of Darrell Cotton's "Don't Pity Me"/"If We Could Read" single, and the beautiful country ballad "She's Gone" by Gib & Jan (though another recording of the song from the same era, by the Gosdin Brothers, is better). Especially worthy of note are a couple of previously unissued circa-1966 electric rock recordings by White's just-ex-bluegrass band the Kentucky Colonels, particularly the Beatles-influenced folk-rock of "Made of Stone" (co-written by Eric Weissberg); these might be the first studio tapes of White playing electric guitar. The lengthy liner notes by compiler Alec Palao do a great deal to chart White's progress during this particularly blurry and hard-to-follow juncture in his career. It should be noted that this is not a complete overview of White's session work during the time, which also included tracks with the Byrds, the Everly Brothers, Rick Nelson, Gene Clark, and others not represented on this compilation. ~ Richie Unterberger

Associated Artists and Works

The Flying Burrito Brothers

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 04/29/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 227
Music Label Name Label : Big Beat Records (Dance)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : DDD

Professional Reviews

Uncut (6/03, p.116)
- 3 stars out of 5 - "...A fascinating glimpse of the great man's development as solo artist and innately sympathetic sessioner on the cusp of Byrdsdom..."

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