Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Roger McGuinn & Gene Clark - 1978-03-15 - Willamantic, CT

Roger McGuinn & Gene Clark
March 15, 1978
Shaboo Inn, Willamantic, CT

Audience Recording, average quality
mp3 @ 320 kbps
Artwork Included

Here's another rarely heard show from Roger McGuinn, this time with his old Byrds mate, Gene Clark. After touring with his band and solo throughout 1973 & 1974, Roger joined up with Bob Dylan and friends for the Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975&1976 (many bootleg recordings exist for these great Rolling Thunder shows). Then in late 1977 and early 1978 Roger got back together with Gene Clark for a series of concert dates as a duo. Shortly after, in late Spring 1978, they were joined by another of their ex-Byrds mates, Chris Hillman for further touring. This combination proved successful, known as McGuinn, Clark, & Hillman, and they recorded 2 studio albums together (1979-1980), before Clark left again, leaving McGuinn and Hillman to continue on for a time as a touring duo and a subsequent album (1981). Although the McGuinn, Clark, and Hillman combination was successful, many Byrds fans disdained the overly slick production and commercial sound of their studio albums and media appearances, and preferred the more laidback and natural stylings of the McGuinn-Clark shows. So, here is an example of those McGuinn-Clark shows, before the studio glitz of the MCH albums. Again, this is a rarely heard David M. recording, not all that great quality, but certainly plenty listenable and entertaining, and an opportunity to hear these 2 Byrds greats performing together as a duo.    

1. The True One (Gene) (3:19)
2. Denver Or Whenever (Gene) (3:22)
3. Silver Raven (Gene) (3:28)
4. Ballad Of Easy Rider (Roger) (2:09)
5. 5D (Roger) (2:20)
6. Dreamland (Roger) (2:43)
7. Mr Spaceman (Gene & Roger) (3:43)
8. He Was A Friend Of Mine (3:08)
9. Feelin' Higher (4:15)
10. Don't You Write Her Off (3:11)
11. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (3:11)
12. Chestnut Mare (6:07)
13. Crazy Ladies (3:44)
14. Train Leaves Here This Morning (4:12)
15. Mr Tambourine Man (5:14)
16. Bagful Of Money (3:53)
17. Release Me Girl (4:00)
18. You Ain't Going Nowhere (4:46)
19. Fair And Tender Ladies (3:06)
20. Turn Turn Turn (3:20)
21. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (4:45)
22. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star (2:33)
23. Eight Miles HIgh (4:29)
24. Season Song (Bye Bye Baby) (3:55)

Many thanks to David for the files, and to Rocking-Byrd for originally making this available through his private blog (rocking--byrd.blogspot.com).

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