Though they were enjoying tremendous international success, life with the Byrds was proving increasingly difficult for Gene Clark in 1965. Internal band struggles had brought Gene down and he just wanted to feel better, a whole lot better, in fact. Thus, in early 1966, Gene flew solo and started recording his solo debut album for Columbia with trusted musical cohorts the Gosdin Brothers on backing vocals. From these sessions, a promotional single was pulled, “Echoes” b/w “I Found You,” with both sides written by Clark. The A-side features a tasteful orchestral arrangement by Wrecking Crew stalwart Leon Russell, supporting a declarative vocal by Clark. The lyrics, and their delivery, belie a distinct Dylan influence, proving that Gene had been paying close attention as the Byrds had filtered Bob’s missives for the masses. The B-side revolves around a snaky guitar duel laid down by Jerry Cole and Glen Campell while Clark and the Gosdins sing heavenly harmonies over the top. This should-have-been chart topper frustratingly failed to make a big impact at radio, having been sideswiped by the near-simultaneous release of The Byrds’ Younger Than Yesterday album. The single, along with its picture sleeve, became a prized item, as generations of Gene’s loyal acolytes searched for copies of this elusive gem. It is for these faithful followers that Sundazed has painstakingly recreated this single in a strictly limited edition for Black Friday. Sourced from the original analog tapes, bedecked with the Columbia promo labels and packaged in a replica of the promotional picture sleeve, this Sundazed single is destined to take its place among Clark’s most highly desired releases.
• Official “Black Friday” 2012 Limited Edition release
• Recreation of ultra-rare promo picture sleeve!
• First EVER commercial release of this incredibly rare 45!