Gene Clark / Full Circle

I’ll say it again: great songs make for great basslines. Behold two versions of Gene Clark’s magnificent “Full Circle” with The Byrds and “Full Circle Song” under his own name. I prefer studio ace bassist Chris Ethridge’s swingin’ smooth glissando groovin’ performance on Clark’s Roadmaster (1973) collection which was waxed in early 1972 at Wally Heider in Los Angeles.

A few months later the reunited former Jet Set cut the track in the same studio with bassist Chris Hillman, who also renders a fine mandolin passage, and cops Ethridge’s feel.

To my ears, “Full Circle” was an apt Byrds swansong, and yet another routine work of genius by Gene Clark.   

Thomas SemioliComment