Our September 2011 releases are now available for ordering:
THREE LEGENDARY GENE CLARK ALBUMS ON COMPACT DISC AND LP:
Upon leaving the Byrds, Gene Clark blended many genres into his own brand of Americana. Tremendously influential on his peers as well as future generations of musicians, his legacy lives on through these watershed albums:
• The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark
• White Light
All sourced from the original A&M analog session tapes, Sundazed Music is proud to make these releases available again.
Gene Clark with The Gosdin Brothers
THE MAGIC BAND performing the music of Captain Beefheart
LIVE RECORDING OF THE LEGENDARY AND INNOVATIVE MAGIC BAND’S 2005 REUNION!
Oxford, UK-June 6, 2005
Famously forged in a cauldron of intense artistic pressure, the Magic Band emerged as a group unlike any other in popular music. Under the tenacious tutelage of Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart, this strikingly innovative unit took their music to unexplored places, creating a musical language all their own. Throughout the band’s chaotic history with Beefheart, drummer John “Drumbo” French served as the chief translator, deciphering the Captain’s often cryptic instructions into a discernable direction for the band. His tireless efforts provided the essential conduit through which Beefheart’s multi-hued compositional visions transformed into concrete audio sculptures. In simpler terms, he was the glue.
In response to repeated fan requests, French assembled an all-star cast of Magic Band veterans—Denny “Freebo Reelers” Walley/guitar, Gary “Mantis” Lucas/guitar, Mark “Rockette Morton” Boston/bass and Michael Traylor/drums—and brought them to the U.K. for several concert tours between 2003 and 2006. Freed from the confines of his drum kit, French stepped into the front man role, singing and playing harmonica. Exploring songs from the Magic Band’s rich catalog, the group returned to these compositions with fervor, faithfully recreating them while simultaneously adding new sonic colors to the palette. Enraptured audiences across the empire reveled in the revived music, thrilled to hear the long-silent repertoire performed again.