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  • I’ll Probably Feel A Whole Lot Better When You’re Gone

    Posted by Chicago Boyz Archive on April 8th, 2005 (All posts by )

    The first Byrds album was one of the greatest things ever. But this song always seemed to me to be the best of the best, an all-time top ten, everything a pop song is supposed to be — beautiful, simple, classically structured, sad but shining through the sadness. It has been part of the fundamental architecture of my brain for a really long time. God knows when I first heard it, probably on the radio as a really little kid. But as I think about it, my first conscious recollection of hearing this song is on a dusty big-hole 45 that belonged to the big sister of my friend across the street — I’d guess age 11 or 12 (circa 1975). The musical legacy of the period 1965-67 (pre-hippie era) was the peak of American Rock and Pop Music, both famous and obscure. So today I was pleased to run across this video here of “Feel a Whole Lot Better”. The video, for all its poor quality, is an artifact which capture that mid-60s youthfulness and energy and innocence and cool — featuring a tall, dashing young Gene Clarke on vocals, with tambourine, of course.


    2 Responses to “I’ll Probably Feel A Whole Lot Better When You’re Gone”

    1. Carl Ortona Says:

      Awesome find; enough to make me break an unintentionally imposed blog silence; ironically enough, one of first CDs I threw in machine (after, I must admit, my re-discovery of a lost Motorhead tape) was best of the Byrds, and the first tune cued up was the above. It seemed fitting to listen to “feel a whole lot better” after my fun five day experience with U-Haul and leaving my wife behind once again that having made it home alive, I should listen to that song. You are right, it is pure pop genius. It is what links good blues, good country and western and good rock.

    2. Carl Ortona Says:

      Now find the feed for “eight miles high” — beyond beat generation doesn’t have it.