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Intervention Records is thrilled to announce its 180g LP of The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark featuring singer-songwriter Gene Clark and banjo genius Doug Dillard.
The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark is Intervention's first 180g LP to be pressed at Gotta Groove Records in Cleveland, Ohio. Matt Earley and his team press beautiful records, and all Intervention 180g LPs will be pressed using GrooveCoated stampers that preserve the high-frequency content of pressed LPs over pressing runs. One of the true and rare innovations in vinyl pressings in decades!
What a time 1968 was for the burgeoning country rock scene! Gene Clark and Gram Parsons had introduced rock fans to some country flair with The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo. After Sweetheart, Parsons broke auspicious new ground with The International Submarine Band (just a year before he'd make The Flying Burrito Brothers' The Gilded Palace of Sin), while Gene Clark teamed with banjo genius Doug Dillard for this bluegrass classic, The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark.
The picking virtuosity of Dillard, Bernie Leadon and others on this LP meshes beautifully with Gene Clark's soulful vocal presence and guitar. The repertoire is endlessly fun and engaging, but punctuated with somewhat somber Clark offerings like "She Darked the Sun" and "Something's Wrong."
Country rock is familiar ground to Intervention fans, as they've already tackled greats from The Flying Burrito Bros., and Gene Clark's amazing solo effort White Light. This is the roots of the music that paved the way for the Eagles and countless others.
The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark is 100% Analog Mastered from the 1/4" 15-ips Original Master Tapes by Kevin Gray at CoHEARent Audio! The tapes sound beautifully dynamic and alive, with tuneful bass, extended highs and three-dimensional imaging. The IR cut has better separation and punch than ANY previous version of this amazing record!
The (Re)Discover Series
You know those songs that come up on the radio when you're driving and you crank up the volume to 11 and sing your lungs out? That's the spirit of what Intervention's (Re)Discover Series is all about! Taking these FM classics and presenting them in "like you've never heard it before" sound quality so you can get that same blast of energy and excitement on your hi-fi at home. The hallmark of this series will be 100% analog mastering from real analog tapes. Combining superior master sources with the truly full-range, ultra-transparent mastering chains at studios like CoHEARent Audio and Sterling Sound, the dead quiet 180g vinyl pressings means that you'll hear these FM staples with power, majesty and musical detail like it's the first time. (Re)Discover these sonic treasures!
The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark is one of the first, inarguable classics of country-rock ... a work rooted in tradition while reveling in freedom and new ideas and making the most of them all.
I've been playing this one for fifty four years (!) and not only does this reissue sound better than the original and the two reissues, one by Sundazed and one a Mo-Fi CD from years ago ... I'm hearing things now I never heard before on the original. The bass lines are cleaner and dig deeper and the vocal harmonies are laid out more cleanly than ever and with greater authority. If you are familiar with this record you'll be astonished. I'm not kidding. Listen to the harmonies at the end of 'Get it On'. You've never heard them expressed like they are here... If you are a Byrds fan or a Gene fan and don't know this one, do yourself a big favor and pick this one up. It's 30 minutes of musical magic. It's never sounded better than this!
- Ultra-Quiet 180g Vinyl
- 100% Analog Mastered from the 1/4" 15-ips Original Master Tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
- Pressed at Gotta Groove Records
- Old-Style "Tip-On" Jacket Printed by Stoughton on Heavy Stock & Film-Laminated
- Out on the Side
- She Darked the Sun
- Don't Come Rollin'
- Train Leaves Here This Mornin'
- With Care from Someone
- The Radio Song
- Git It on Brother (Git in Line Brother)
- In the Plan
- Something's Wrong