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It went rather unnoticed but the latest vinyl re-release of Gene Clark and Carla Olson's LP « So Rebellious A Lover » on blue vinyl has a bonus 7’’ vinyl single with an unreleased Clark/Olson « home recorded » song.

Says Carla Olson:

« A blue vinyl version of my album with Gene, ‘So Rebellious A Lover’, has just been re-released in the summer and it includes a 7 inch single of Gene singing a song in his house, and me singing the song with him in the house, it was recorded in his lounge on a little cassette deck. It is really a wonderful addition to the many reissues of that album »

The LP was released on Sunset Blvd Records with reference LP-SBR-7021.

The single is as follows:


Side A

Gypsy Rider 

Recorded at Criterion Recording Studio, Hollywood, Ca. 1985

Bass – Joe Read

Drums – Phil Seymour

Guitar – George Callins

Pedal Steel Guitar – Ed Black

Recorded By, Mixed By – Guy Roche

Written-By, Producer, Guitar, Vocals – Gene Clark


Side B 

Recorded at Gene's House, Sherman Oaks, Ca. 1989 

Number One Is To Survive

Guitar, Vocals – Gene Clark

Written-By, Guitar, Vocals – Carla Olson

UPDATE The mention that Gene And Carla’s "Number One Is To Survive" is an unreleased track was based on what Carla Olson said in a recent interview. Actually, our regular correspondent JPM just let us know that it’s not unreleased, as it appears on Gene and Carla’s double CD “Gene Clark With Carla Olson In Concert” released by Collector’s Choice Music as long ago as 2007, with the note “Gene & Clara In Gene’s Living Room, 1989”
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It had escaped me until now but I just found out that Chris Hillman plays mandolin and sings harmony vocal on The Psychedelic Cowboys’ “Jangle Waltz” album from 2007.

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I hadn’t listened to the “Candy” soundtrack LP for years.

I did a couple of days ago, and when listening to “Ascension To Virginity” by Dave Grusin, I couldn’t help thinking I was hearing The Byrds.

Some research led me to someone who plays on the album; he said it was Dave Grusin on keyboards, Gene Parsons on drums, Clarence White on guitar and probably John York on bass. He couldn’t remember about McGuinn being there as well.

Seems like an uncredited Byrds track to me.

Make your own opinion here:


UPDATE Nov 8, 2023:

Both Gene Parsons and John York were contacted by e-mail and confirmed that the track is by the both of them and Clarence White. McGuinn's participation is not confirmed.

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A long-lost sci-fi film starring Gram Parsons is the subject of a new book.

Called Saturation 70, the project also starred Julian Jones-Leitch (son of Rolling Stone Brian Jones), Michelle Phillips, tailor Nudie Cohn and Prince Stanislas Klossowski De Rola, the aristocrat and Stones’ confidant.

The music was by Parsons and Roger McGuinn while the film’s special effects were due to be handled by Douglas Trumbull, who’d then just completed Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The project began life in 1969, when writer-director Anthony Foutz was prepping a film written in collaboration with playwright Sam Shepard, called Maxagasm, intended as a vehicle for The Rolling Stones.

Foutz attended a UFO convention in the desert at Giant Rock, near Joshua Tree with a group of friends, including Parsons, Phillips, and 5-year-old Julian Jones-Leitch, to film test footage for Maxagasm; however, the footage gave rise instead to another film: Saturation 70.

According to the Kickstarter page for the book, the plot for Saturation 70 was this :

“A Victorian star child (Julian Jones-Leitch) who falls through a wormhole into smog-ridden, dystopian, present day Los Angeles, is compelled to embark on a hazardous quest to reunite with his mother (Marsia Holzer). He is helped in this endeavor by a Nudie-suit wearing Fairy Godmother (Ida Random), Nudie Cohn himself, and a group of aliens in hazmat suits: the Kosmic Kiddies (Gram Parsons, Michelle Phillips, Andee Nathanson, and Stash Klossowski de Rola), who have landed on Earth with a mission: to rid it of poisonous toxins and pollution.”

The film was shot but never completed after financing fell apart. Most of the footage subsequently disappeared.

The full story for Saturation 70 – and Maxagasm – has now been documented in a new book, Saturation 70: A Vision Past of the Future Foretold, by Chris Campion, which features never-before-seen imagery, on-set photographs, production stills and script fragments.

The book will be released in April 2024.

Watch the trailer here:

Moere details here:

Info provided by our regular correspondent JPM – Many thanks to him.

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Carla Olson’s new release, “Have Harmony, Will Travel 3” includes three previously unreleased “live” duets with Gene Clark: “Gypsy Rider”, "Del Gato" and “Set You Free This Time”

With The Hollies' Allan Clarke, members of Broken Homes, as well as Jake Andrews, Robert Rex Waller Jr, Harvey Shield of the Mighty Echoes, Shawn Barton Vach, and B.J. Thomas’s final recording. (record label is BFD)


1. In Another Land (4:34)
2. Face To Face (3:31)
3. Street Fighting Man (4:37)
4. I Can See For Miles (4:44)
5. Lead Me (3:57)
6. (Just Like) Romeo & Julie (3:24)
7. Stronger (6:28)
8. It Makes Me Cry (7:32)
9. A Love That Never Blooms (4:43)
10. Cool Water (3:22)
11. Gypsy Rider (4:58)
12. Del Gato (5:13)
13. Set You Free This Time (4:05)

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The current Burrito Brothers comprise no original member.

Chris P. James, Tony Paoletta, Peter Young and Steve Allen

They have a new CD out titled “Christmas”.


1. Christmas Day (3:11)

2. Bethlehem Bell (3:25)

3. Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy (2:21)

4. Christmas Moon (4:11)

5. Christmas Star (1:38)

6. The Feast of Stephen (4:23)

7. Spirit of the Season (4:00)

8. Santa (4:55)

9. Christmas (6:17)

10. Merry Christmas (4:27)

11. Christmas Time is Here Again (8:30)

12. Happy New Year (2:27)

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Just out on CD and Vinyl:

Christian Parker – Sweethearts

A Tribute To The Byrds’ “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo”

Featuring Earl Poole Ball And JayDee Maness

---‘Sweethearts’ is a tribute to the Byrds 1968’s classic ‘Sweetheart Of The Rodeo’ album. Christian Parker & Earl Poole Ball, one of the original sessions, co-produced and contributed piano to this modern interpretation. JayDee Maness, one of the original pedal steel players making a special appearance, joined the sessions. In 1968, the album managed to disappoint and, in many cases, alienate almost everyone who heard it. It would be much later before it was recognized as the iconic piece of work that it is. ‘Sweetheart Of The Rodeo’ is widely regarded as the album defining country rock, but the rock part is almost silent. The whole thing is almost out and out of the country, with huge dollops of pedal steel, banjo, fiddle, and almost everything other kinds of instrument you would expect to hear in the mainstream twangy country that existed at that time.---

1. You Ain’t Going Nowhere (3:12)
2. I Am A Pilgrim (3:43)
3. The Christian Life (2:32)
4. You Don’t Miss Your Water (3:43)
5. You’re Still On My Mind (2:29)
6. Pretty Boy Floyd (2:31)
7. I Still Miss Someone (2:51)
8. Hickory Wind (4:07)
9. One Hundred Years From Now (2:37)
10. Blue Canadian Rockies (2:02)
11. Life In Prison (2:43)
12. Nothing Was Delivered (3:20)
13. Satisfied Mind (3:22)
14. Drug Store Truck Driving Man (3:57)

You can get it here:

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Although the current Burrito Brothers comprise no original member (Chris P. James, Tony Paoletta, Peter Young and new guitarist Steve Allen who replaces the recently deceased Bob Hatter), we feel we should mention that their new CD titled “Together” is out.

It seems the current members have put music to "unreleased" lyrics by Gram Parsons. Strange as "Mr. Customs Man" has already been released on the year 2000 album "THE GRAM PARSONS NOTEBOOK - THE LAST WHIPPOORWHILL" but titled "L.A. Customs Blues". I haven't checked if the melody is the same though. Probably not as the current lineup is credited for it.


Ms. Misery / Mr. Customs Man (lyrics by Gram Parsons)/ Together / Let Go / Blood On His Hands / Boiling Point / Streets Of Santa Rosa / I Live For Loving You / History Suite

More info here:

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Planned for release on September 22nd, 2023 is a new CD by Clarence White, titled “The Lost Masters 1963-1973”

See track listing on image of rear trail

Pre-orders are open on most usual sites

UPDATE 2023/08/06:

Actually a re-release by the Liberation Hall label of Clarence White's "White Lightnin’" CD released in 2008 on John Delgatto's Sierra label with some minor changes in the music tracks

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From Paul Kendall, filmmaker of the movie “The Byrd Who Flew Alone” about Gene Clark:

Hello there

A little while back, with a big assist from two of my sons, I made 'The Byrd Who Flew Alone' - a feature length documentary about Gene Clark, who I'm sure needs no introduction. You may have heard about it. Or even seen it.

Sadly we sold out of the DVD last year, TV screenings have come to an end and we're still trying to get it up on one of the streaming platforms.

But what is available is a new book I've written, about the struggles and joys of getting the film made, with minimal resources or experience and very little help from outside my family and Gene's.

It's called 'The Film That Flew Alone'. If you might be interested in reading it, you'll find it here:

If you're not in the USA, you may need to put the title into the search box on your local Amazon site.

All the best

Paul Kendall

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