Roy Clark

He'll Have to Go

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The Pickwick budget label released several albums of Roy Clark's early-'60s Capitol recordings when he made it big in the late '60s and early '70s. Chaotic stylistic shifts characterized Clark's Capitol Records period, as though he couldn't decide which direction to pursue. He cut a little rock & roll, a little country, country-pop, pop, and quite a few guitar instrumentals, some of which were jazz-tinged. Pop ballads paid off for Clark in the end, and he was already experimenting with them in the early '60s. "Through the Eyes of a Fool," one of the nine cuts on He'll Have to Go, is an example; the song became one of Clark's three country hits while at Capitol and also registered in the pop market. The title track, a hit for Jim Reeves, is exactly the kind of song Clark does very well, but he threatens to turn into Al Martino on "But I Was Lying." "In a Million Years or So" offers the only departure from pop and country-pop ballads with a lively, orchestrated pop song that could easily have been sung by Jackie Wilson. At nine songs He'll Have to Go is too brief, but it is a budget album, after all, and to their credit, the Pickwick reissues are easier to find than Clark's original Capitol albums and singles.

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