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  • Audio CD (3 Nov. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Big Beat
  • ASIN: B0000DD9AS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sounds Of Goodbye
2. She's Gone
3. Catch The Wind
4. Let It Be Me
5. For Us To Find
6. The Victim
7. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
8. Woman's Disgrace
9. Bowling Green
10. Louisiana Man
11. Love Of The Common People
12. Love At First Sight
13. One Hundred Years From Now
14. No Matter Where You Go (There You Are)
15. Tell Me
16. Wishing
17. Had A Lot Of Friends
18. Hangin' On
19. Multiple Heartaches
20. She Still Wishes I Were You
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The Gosdin Brothers - Sounds Of Goodbye: The Gosdin Brothers’ 1968 album "Sounds Of Goodbye" is regarded as one of the most satisfying blends of country, pop and folk-rock that the era produced, yet because it was aimed at the country market rather than the hip scene, the record, and indeed the act’s importance, has been overshadowed by the frankly more copy-worthy Byrds and Burritos. This compilation collects together the contents of the "Sounds Of Goodbye" album and its attendant non-LP Bakersfield International sides, along with unreleased material and esoteric singles, including the Gosdins legendary Edict 45. Produced by Chris Hillman, this record was cut in December 1966, features accompaniment from Hillman, Michael Clarke and Clarence White, and is thereby tantamount to an outtake from Gene’s LP or even "Younger Than Yesterday". The package features lengthy liner notes detailing the career of the Gosdins in the mid-1960s, with contributions from those involved, and plenty of visuals too.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By johnnyo on 16 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This CD comprises the original album interspersed with extras (all high quality). Great songs, magnificent vocals. If you like the Byrds, Gram Parsons etc and are wondering where to go next in the vast country hinterland, this ain't a bad place to start. There seems to be a huge back catalogue of great music in the previously uncool category. I split the disc into the original and the extras. Two great albums for the price of one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Thompson on 9 May 2009
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The Gosdin Brothers major on country and folk harmonies with considerable success.
While I find some of this 1968 album less satisfying than The Byrds Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, it has one particular high spot, the title track, The Sounds Of Goodbye.
Its a fantastic story of lost love which evokes sadness and approachng lonliness.
No band anywhere would be unhappy to have recorded such a gem.
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A Marvelous Reissue 13 Jan. 2004
By Mr. 33 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I agree with most everything in Mr. Sandstrom's review below except for the three star rating. Regardless of whether you call this country-rock, folk-rock, country, or hillbilly music, this is a first-rate compilation all the way. If you, like me, love old time country music in the styles of George Jones and the Louvin Brothers AND you also love the electric guitar work of Clarence White, this music is a revelation. This is one of those albums like Johnny Darrell's California Stop-Over that probably never would have been reissued if it weren't for its tangential link to The Byrds. Whether or not this music is right for you depends upon your answer to the following question: Do you like George Jones and the Louvin Brothers as much as Gene Clark and Gram Parsons? If the answer is yes, you won't regret purchasing this album--especially if you are a fan of the late great Clarence White. The previously unreleased "Tell Me" has some of the most mind-blowing guitar work I've heard from Clarence and that says a lot. The liner notes are exceptional as well. My single regret is the sequencing of the music. While I can see why they changed the sequence of the original LP since so much of the non-LP bonus material is exceptional, I still wish they had kept the original order of the LP cuts in tact. I never heard the original Sounds of Goodbye LP and it's difficult for me to assess the "feel" of the original release of this record. Sure, I could program my CD player to simulate the experience, but that's far too much trouble.
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Exceptional late-60s country-rock artifact 3 Jan. 2006
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Those who are familiar with the Gosdins probably know them from either Vern "The Voice" Gosdin's country music success in the late '70s and early '80s, or their backing slot on Gene Clark's first post-Byrds project, Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers. The brothers' career as a duo has largely been overlooked, in part because they only recorded one album and a handful of singles, and in larger part because that 1968 album sat unreissued until now. Ace archivist Alec Palao has augmented the original album's eleven tracks (cuts 1, 10, 9, 24, 16, 7, 20, 4, 18, 14, 21, to replicate the album's ordering) with thirteen singles and previously unissued masters.

The Gosdins gigged and recorded demos and one-off singles with various (and future) members of The Byrds, including Chris Hillman, Clarence White, Michael Clarke and Gene Parsons. They combined their country and gospel backgrounds with bluegrass and pop, and found themselves recording their debut LP in the thick of California's country-rock revolution. Produced by Gary Paxton at his Bakersfield compound, the Louvin/Everly/Owens-styled country sounds of their earlier singles remain, but mellowed by California experiences in playing folk and bluegrass. The drumming of Gene Parsons fits the album's casual vibe perfectly.

In fleshing out the album's story, producer Alec Palao has pulled together a number of pre-LP singles, including the Byrdsian original "Love at First Sight," and a trio of Chris Hillman produced country-rockers that feature Michael Clarke's propulsive drumming. Of these latter three, the unreleased "Tell Me" is the winner, with stunning electric flatpicking from Clarence White. White can also be heard picking a flamenco-styled storm on the Gosdins' pre-LP country hit "Hangin' On." This sentimental ballad is an unusual mix of country pathos and modern production touches that include a mellotron.

Palao's notes are quite detailed, stretching over 19 pages that include period photographs and reproductions of various Gosdin-related ephemera like record labels, session sheets and record charts. As others have mentioned, the decision to scatter the album tracks throughout the CD is somewhat baffling, particularly as it was not done in service of some other obvious ordering such as chronological. Still missing from this period in the Gosdins' career are a few tracks that include the A-side cover of Dylan's "To Ramona," a cover of Gene Clark's "The Reason Why," and several post-LP singles issued on Capitol. All sides here are crisply remastered stereo except for a pair of mono publisher's demos ("Uncommitted Man" and "I'll Live Today"), and they add up to one of the heretofore undiscovered gems of California country-rock. [©2006-2013 Hyperbolium]
Excellent album featuring future country star Vern Gosdin "The Voice" and brother Rex Gosdin singing 60s folk rock 14 Aug. 2010
By Edward Rubinstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Most people are very familiar with country legend Vern Gosdin, also known as The Voice. His music came to fame in the 70s and lasted until his sudden death in 2009. At first glance, it might be difficult for someone to recognize Vern Gosdin on the album cover artwork. Vern is the man on the right wearing the blue turtleneck, but minus a moustache or masculine leathery skin. The man on the left side is his brother and musical partner Rex Gosdin, who played with him for many years before Vern called it quits and left the music business. Fortunately for us, Vern re-entered the music business as a country singer and produced mega hit singles. Sadly, Rex Gosdin passed away during the 1980s. The Gosdin Brothers recorded with Gene Clark of The Byrds and had previously played in a bluegrass band called The Golden State Boys (later renamed The Hillmen for reissues) with a young Chris Hillman, who later went on to tour and record in The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Desert Rose Band.

The Gosdin Brothers maintained an excellent folk/rock and country/rock sound, which is dominant on these recordings. If you enjoy The Louvin Brothers, The Byrds or the later 60s Everly Brothers, this CD compilation album will satisfy. Although most will recognize Vern Gosdin's voice, it is interesting to hear him sing music in folk and bluegrass stylings rather than his popular traditional country sound.
I enjoyed reading the booklet that came with the cd 23 Nov. 2012
By hooked - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This was info on the Gosden brothers. I have been a fan for years. It was some of their beginning music. It was interesting and I am glad I have it' Thanks
Historical gem, some lost masterpieces, some filler but that's ok. 19 Aug. 2012
By ad9000 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
At least a dozen tracks here are great, and about half that many are absolutely stunning. Fans of Clarence White will love this compilation, as his unparalleled work is clearly heard throughout. Fans of the Burrito Brothers and the Byrds in their countrified phase will find this album to be like a long lost part of a puzzle.

Concerning the earlier material here, it is pretty obvious that Vern Gosdin was enamored with the sound of the Byrds - undoubtedly so on the several tracks produced by Chris Hillman. It is also clear that the Gosdins effortlessly achieved a true country-rock fusion, a bit before the Byrds, Burritos or any other outfit of that era began to seriously wade into that territory. The difference with the Gosdins was that they didn't have to try, they just sang and it was immediately the real deal.

It is kind of understandable in hindsight why this material (with the exception of "Hangin' On") didn't sell very well - basically, at the time it was too country for rock audiences and too rock for country audiences - this was long before the walls began to come down between those very segmented camps. When you strip everything else away though, the true reward here is the singing - Vern was one of the finest country singers of any era, and Rex was an ace harmonist with a beautiful tenor voice. Together, they had a sibling blend on the level of the Louvins, Everlys or anybody else you can think of. Add in some tuff backing tracks with Clarence White front and center, and how can you go wrong?
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