Gene Clark, “Two Sides to Every Story”

 

Released originally in 1977, Two Sides to Every Story was intended to reintroduce country-rocking Byrds co-founder Gene Clark to the record-buying public a couple of years after the commercial disappointment of No Other — a sleeper now rightfully regarded as a masterpiece. Sharing the same producer (Thomas Jefferson Kaye) and several of the same fine studio musicians (along with Emmylou Harris on backing vocals), Two Sides is as comfortably accessible as No Other was baroquely discombobulating.

Two Sides is in large part a conservative retrenchment to Clark’s country roots. Its finer moments include the energetically harmonized bluegrass standard “In the Pines,” with nifty fiddling by Byrone Berlin, and the emotionally devastating “Lonely Saturday,” in which Clark ruminates on his recently failed marriage in George Jones-worthy lines like “Thursday evening at six o’clock/ I stepped into a world of living all alone.” Read more at Wondering Sound…

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