Mojo (Electronic) (p.71) - "[A] psych-folk rollercoaster of two minute mini-symphonies, encompassing sensitive-to-apocalyptic vocals, waltz-time outbursts and Ralph Shuckett's Manzarek-like Farfisa..."
Clear Light: Bob Seal (vocals, guitar); Cliff De Young (vocals); Ralph Shuckett (piano, celeste, organ); Douglas Lubann (bass); Michael Ney (drums, percussion); Dallas Taylor (drums).
Recorded in Los Angeles, California. Includes liner notes by Mike Stax.
Kind of a minor league version of the Doors, Clear Light were a West Coast phenomenon, and although they didn't last too long, were an interesting group. A very good slice of Los Angeles psychedelia, Clear Light were a six-piece band that combined folk, rock, psychedelia, and even a touch of classical to their sound. The end result, though, is a little ponderous and pretentious, but strangely listenable. The big hit off this album (produced by Paul Rothchild and engineered by Bruce Botnick) was "Mr. Blue," a psychedelic folk song written by Tom Paxton. It's over six-minutes long and a bit overbaked, but it does have an odd appeal. The finer moments are guitarist Bob Seal's psychedelic folk-rock songs, namely "With All in Mind" and "They Who Have Nothing." Singer Cliff DeYoung went on to have a successful acting career, bass player Doug Lubahn played on the early Doors albums, Dallas Taylor went on to drum for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and John Sebastian, and keyboardist Ralph Schuckett became one of the more popular West Coast session players and arrangers. A lot of talent in a short-lived ensemble. Dated but charming West Coast psychedelia. ~ Matthew Greenwald