Dillard & Clark

Through the Morning, Through the Night - AM Records 1969

Tracks: 1. No Longer a Sweetheart of Mine / 2. Through the Morning, Through the Night / 3. Rocky Top / 4. So Sad / 5. Corner Street Bar / 6. I Bowed My Head and Cried Holy / 7. Kansas City Southern / 8. Four Walls / 9. Polly / 10. Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms / 11. Don't Let Me Down


"Through the Morning, Through the Night" was the second and final album from the Dillard & Clark group. The musicians on the album's are mostly repeats from the first album, but a significant difference is that singer Donna Washburn plays a big part on several songs. She's not a bad singer, who with a little good will might remind you of Emmylou Harris. Anyway, her presence gives the album another character.

Another significant difference between the two albums are the relatively few original Clark songs found on "Through the Morning, Through the Night". One of the reasons that "The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark" is ususally assessed very highly is not least Clark's fine songwriting.

No surprise that is it Clarks songs that primarily lift "Through the Morning, Through the Night". The title track is a moving piano ballad sung by Clark supported by Donna Washburn. "Kansas City Southern" is a fine melodic country song while "Polly" is another nice ballad that could easily lead the mind towards Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons.

Among cover versions, I think especially the Everly Brothers song "So Sad" works really well . Some songs are a little ordinary; and changing "Donít Let Me Down" into a country song is not really a good idea.

The two bonus tracks "Why Not Your Baby" and "Lyin 'Down in the Middle," both written by Gene Clark, are on the other hand really great. Isnít there a little bit "Bittersweet Symphony" in the end of 'Why Not Your Baby "?

No more albums came from the group after this, but luckily Clark continued to write and record fine music for many years onwards.

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