They recorded the album with some talented collaborators, including guitarist Bernie Leadon, who went on to join The Eagles, and bassist Chris Hillman, who had also been part of The Byrds. Hillman & Leadon also helped form The Flying Burrito Brothers, another well regarded country rock band. The album is awash with the sounds of banjo, fiddle and organ, and there are some fantastic songs, including the opener “Out On The Side,” and “Train Leaves Here This Mornin,” which Leadon later covered during his stint with The Eagles.
This is old-fashioned country & bluegrass, shot through with a dose of rock & roll. Much of the music here is also folk flavored & on the melancholy side, including the amazing “She Darked The Sun,” “Something’s Wrong” and the wonderful Clark tune “Why Not Your Baby?” which is included on CD reissues of the album as a bonus track. It’s one of the most poignant songs ever recorded. The songwriting by Clark, Dillard & Leadon, ranks with the best of the genre. There’s some stunning musicianship here; the playing and singing is stellar, and you can hear the influences these musicians had on other artists who visited these soundscapes in their careers.
The group only recorded one other album together; the 1969 follow up Through The Morning, Through The Night, which leans even more heavily toward the bluegrass sound. It wasn’t as well-received as their debut, but there are still some wonderful songs, including the title track and covers of The Everly Brothers classic “So Sad” and The Beatles “Don’t Let Me Down.” Both albums are available on one CD, which also includes the group’s singles. While the albums are available as separate releases, I highly recommended the “two-fer” disc, which provides you with the group’s entire recorded output on one CD.
Here are links to “Why Not Your Baby?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JqEuUEHxCk and “Train Leaves Here This Mornin & In The Plan” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9GQDKkhAas
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