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Clear Light (2)Clear Light

Label:Elektra – EKS-74011
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo, Allentown Pressing, 2nd
Country:US
Released:
Genre:Rock
Style:Psychedelic Rock

Tracklist

A1Black Roses
Written-ByClear Light (2), Dios*
2:08
A2Sand
Written-ByLubahn*
2:37
A3A Child's Smile
Written-ByClear Light (2), Ney*
1:33
A4Street Singer
Written-ByCopeland*, Noonan*
3:15
A5The Ballad Of Freddie & Larry
Written-ByDe Young*, Schuckett*
2:00
A6With All In Mind
Written-BySeal*
3:00
B1Mr. Blue
Written-ByTom Paxton
6:24
B2Think Again
Written-ByLubahn*
1:37
B3They Who Have Nothing
Written-BySeal*
2:33
B4How Many Days Have Passed
Written-BySeal*
2:20
B5Night Sounds Loud
Written-ByLubahn*
2:25
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Notes

Gold/tan Elektra label with Clear Light logo.
Allentown pressing, identified by the "AR" date-codes faintly etched in runouts.
Label variant: second Allentown version with
• Corrected "Nina Music / Little Giant" publishing credits for track A1.
• Both labels (and jacket) are marked, "All songs © copyright Nina Music BMI, except where otherwise indicated."
• October pre-release plate/pressing dates in runouts.

The "AR" date-code was inscribed each time a stamper was made; they vary considerably in style but it's all the same pressing: some are MM-DD-YY (Variants 1 and 2), but others use a pressing-plant MMDDY shorthand with only the final digit of the year (with or without a / separator, as in Variant 3).
All runouts also contain a tiny and indistinct set of initials that have not yet been identified. (RK, R10 and PY have been suggested.)

Issued with a special inner sleeve showing a picture of the band in black and white.
Also released in mono (# EKL-4011).

All songs © Nina Music except
"Black Roses" © Nina Music/Little Giant.
"Mr Blue" © Deep Fork, ASCAP.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Pressing Plant ID (Etched in runout areas): ARC
  • Rights Society (A1 to A6, B2 to B5): BMI
  • Rights Society (B1): ASCAP
  • Matrix / Runout (A-Side Label): EKS-74011-A
  • Matrix / Runout (B-Side Label): EKS-74011-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, Variant 1): [initials] ARↃ 20-27-17 EKS 74011A (A)
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, Variant 1): EKS 74011B (A) ARↃ 10-4-17
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, Variant 2): EKS 74011A (A) ARD 10 11 67
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, Variant 2): EKS 74011B (A) ARD 10 11 67
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout A, Variant 3): EKS 74011A (A) ARC 10/ [unreadable]
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout B, Variant 3): EKS 74011B (A) ARC 10-11-7 [or 10-4-7]

Other Versions (5 of 41)

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
New Submission
Clear Light (LP, Album, Mono)ElektraEKL-4011UK1967
New Submission
Clear Light (LP, Album, Mono, Monarch Pressing)ElektraEKL-4011US1967
New Submission
Clear Light (LP, Album, Stereo)Disques VogueCLVLXEK. 212France1967
New Submission
Clear Light (LP, Album, Stereo)ElektraEKS-74011Canada1967
New Submission
Clear Light (LP, Album, Stereo)Elektra, ElektraEKS-74011, EKS 74011South Africa1967

Reviews

  • tom807's avatar
    tom807
    This is an excellent, fuzzed out West Coast psych album. Read the other reviews for more details. But two things seemed to be missing from this other reviews - firstly - their are two drummers credited, and either they are playing in unison much of the time they are separated, each in their own channel - but once I figured it out it was even more enjoyable! Secondly, if you are a fan and prefer vinyl I would highly recommend searching for a reissue on Sundazed Records. It’s out of print, and as time goes on fewer copies are available as the price goes up. Grab a copy now!
    • cscottward's avatar
      cscottward
      Man, this is a great album. Highly underrated in my opinion.
      • Beachbeatle1's avatar
        Beachbeatle1
        Interesting ’67 Elektra West Coast one-off of high-energy psych infused with Byrdsian/Love folk rock, occasional baroque, garage tinges, subtle pop melodies, a great stereo mix & a warm sonic crud. A [slightly flawed] gem. Worthy of a spot in any psych collection.
        • waxnkicks's avatar
          waxnkicks
          I have a later butterfly label US pressing with a sleeve that is laminated like a UK sleeve.
          • ParchmentFarm's avatar
            ParchmentFarm
            Also available in 8-track, manufactured by Ampex in a Lear Jet Stereo 8 shell. I’ll get around to uploading my copy to the database (but the label is worn out).
            • leonthepro's avatar
              leonthepro
              What a great sounding release for the time. It reminds me of Graffiti in that sense.
              Stereo imaging could hardly be done better, even by todays standards. The soundstaging is deep and impressive likewise.
              Sounds have this echo to them that works really well, especially on drums, and it tends to fit nearly any listening room. Speaking of drums, they also have the perfect tiss and sizzle to the cymbals that I only come to expect from great Jazz recordings. Very satisfying indeed.
              Dynamics are good too, more than enough for this type of music, although might be bettered slightly to increase some kick and punch on instruments.
              The vinyl too seems quiet, a scratch free copy should yeild quiet backgrounds.
              Im very surprised by this records performance. If there was ever a time when I had to choose an old psych album as a test record, this might be the one.

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              Cyrus 2 Amplifier
              System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
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