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Dillard and Clark

  • Through the Darkness, Through the Night [A&M, 1969] B-

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Through the Darkness, Through the Night [A&M, 1969]
D&C succumb to the folk fallacy. That is, they relate themselves to an alien and/or past musical style, purist country western, rather than relating the style to themselves, as Gram Parsons does. The songs are good and well-played, and two cuts--a brilliant version of "Don't Let Me Down" and Clark's "Corner Street Bar"--transcend the Bad Concept which ruins this album for me. But I know damned well that I may never play it again, because basically it's just another archive. B-