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So Rebellious A Lover

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The Drifter
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Gypsy Rider
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Every Angel In Heaven
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Del Gato
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Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
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Fair and Tender Ladies
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Almost Saturday Night
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I'm Your Toy (Hot Burrito #1)
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Are We Still Making Love
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Why Did You Leave Me Today
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Don't It Make You Want To Go Home
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Changes (Bonus Track)
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Day For Night (Bonus Track)
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Jokers Are Wild (Bonus Track)
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Winning Hand (Bonus Track)
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Lover's Turnaround (Bonus Track)
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Broken Hearts and Broken Dreams (Bonus Track)
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 64:42

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So Rebellious A Lover

Fredhead

I don't know how I missed this album in the late 80's, but I'm so glad to have come across it on now eMusic. It is a true classic.

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Amazing 20 years later

tommallia

Originally released in 1987 on Rhino records "So Rebellious a Lover" should be an Ameician classic. This unlikely duo of Gene Clark (Byrds) and Carla Olson (Textones) never received any kind of recognition for one of the best Americana records released. The songs are sung with so much emotion and feeling, you can't help get caught up in the stories they are telling. "Gypsy Rider" is one of the best motorcycle songs ever recorded. You can feel the lonsome road rise beneath you. "Deportee" is as poignant today as is was 20 years ago. The collection of originals and some covers by Woody Guthrie,Joe South,Gram Parsons and John Fogerty tell a real story of heartbreak and loneliness. The bonus tracks are a nice addition, but the core of the record paints a musical tapestry that made me fall in love with the original 20 years ago. Don't take my word for it, listen for yourself and you will fall in love with this record.

They Say All Music Guide

So Rebellious a Lover caused quite a stir when it first appeared on the Demon label in 1987, and was hailed as a return to form for Clark. Carla Olson, the Austin native who transplanted to L.A. (and is criminally underappreciated in America), was the perfect foil for Clark. As a songwriter, her lean and taut lines resonate her visions of weary hearts and broken but hopeful lives. Her tunes are rooted in the Americana tradition of Townes Van Zandt, Clark, and others. Clark’s tunes here are inspired and free of the weighty lyrical entanglements of some of his other ’80s projects. These sessions were born from an informal living-room encounter, and that ease and freedom of license is everywhere evident. Proof in the pudding is in the recording of Clark’s “Del Gato,” which contains the lyric of the album’s title. The story is an elegiac one, full of yearning and downtrodden vision, and the two singers’ voices ache with desperation, regret, and the hint of redemption on the margins of the tune. Olson’s “The Drifter” is a third-person tale of tragedy and legend. It is Old West mythology that, in the grain of the singer’s entwined vocals, becomes a present-day passion play. And then there’s Clark’s haunted “Gypsy Rider,” which could have been recorded for White Light. Olson’s harmony drips with an ache at once ghostly and immediate.
The mandolin-drenched (courtesy of Chris Hillman) backcountry read of John Fogerty’s “Almost Saturday Night” recontextualizes the song and turns it into a singalong. In addition, the cover of “Hot Burrito No. 1 (I’m Your Toy)” is as moving and transcendent as the Burritos and far more intimate. And while there are no weak tracks here, Olson’s waltz “Are We Still Making Love” deserves special mention for its searing honesty and barely contained passion in the depth of its regret. But everything here reveals a synchronicity and symbiotic spirit that sound organic and whole. This reissue contains six bonus tracks in addition to the original album. The duo’s brilliant cover of Phil Ochs’ “Changes,” which originally appeared on the tribute album True Voices, is a standout. There are four demo recordings of Clark with Olson’s band the Textones, which were used to try to secure another deal, and “Broken Hearts and Broken Dreams,” originally issued as a bonus track on Olson’s debut album in Europe. So Rebellious a Lover, Rovi – Thom Jurek

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