GENE CLARK - 'Only Colombe'/'The French Girl' (Sundazed 192) rec April 1967
Yesterday's posting of 'The French Girl' by The Daily Flash got me thinking about the very obscure take that Gene Clark recorded in April 1967. His version was slated as the B-side of 'Only Colombe' for a single release to maintain his profile after the disappointing reception of the studio album 'Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers'.
Unfortunately, the single was cancelled and Gene Clark left Columbia Records. The recordings were produced by Gary Usher and arranged by the legendary Curt Boettcher with vocal support by his group The Ballroom. The same collection of musicians worked with Tommy Roe when he recorded 'Moon Talk', reviewed previously on my site.
Both songs would remain unheard until 1991 when a posthumous CD collection of Gene's work was released shortly after he died at the age of 46. Those fine folks at Sundazed released this excellent retrospective 45 in 2008 using the mono mixes.
GENE CLARK - The French Girl