Clear Light (Uk)

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Review Text Kind of a minor league version of the Doors, Clear Light were a West Coast phenomenon, and although they didn't last too long, were an interesting group. A very good slice of Los Angeles psychedelia, Clear Light were a six-piece band that combined folk, rock, psychedelia, and even a touch of classical to their sound. The end result, though, is a little ponderous and pretentious, but strangely listenable. The big hit off this album (produced by Paul Rothchild and engineered by Bruce Botnick) was "Mr. Blue," a psychedelic folk song written by Tom Paxton. It's over six-minutes long and a bit overbaked, but it does have an odd appeal. The finer moments are guitarist Bob Seal's psychedelic folk-rock songs, namely "With All in Mind" and "They Who Have Nothing." Singer Cliff DeYoung went on to have a successful acting career, bass player Doug Lubahn played on the early Doors albums, Dallas Taylor went on to drum for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and John Sebastian, and keyboardist Ralph Schuckett became one of the more popular West Coast session players and arrangers. A lot of talent in a short-lived ensemble. Dated but charming West Coast psychedelia. ~ Matthew Greenwald

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Black Roses - 2:10
  2. 2. Sand - 3:40
  3. 3. Child's Smile - 2:38
  4. 4. Street Singer - 3:19
  5. 5. Ballad of Freddie & Larry - 2:58
  6. 6. With All in Mind - 3:03
  7. 7. Mr. Blue - 6:28
  8. 8. Think Again - 2:40
  9. 9. They Who Have Nothing - 3:35
  10. 10. How Many Days Have Passed - 2:26
  11. 11. Night Sounds Loud - 3:31
  12. 12. Bye Bye Boogie Man - 3:26
  13. 13. She's Ready to Be Free [Stereo Mix] - 2:00
  14. 14. Dawn Lights the Way - 2:00
  15. 15. Susan Years - 3:20
  16. 16. Eastern Valleys - 3:03
  17. 17. Me - 2:25
  18. 18. Black Roses - 2:18
  19. 19. She's Ready to Be Free [Single Mix] - 2:55

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3/4/16 

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