A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection
Release date: June 15, 2018
The most expansive collection by The Rose Garden ever.
“In December 1967, Los Angeles folk-rock quintet The Rose Garden’s debut single ‘Next Plane To London’ rose to #17 on the Billboard Hot 100 national singles chart. A month later the single topped the Canadian RPM chart. Considering the stiff competition at that point, along with the odds stacked against them as an unknown new band, The Rose Garden members can feel justifiably proud of their accomplishment. ‘Whether we’re remembered as a One Hit Wonder or not doesn’t matter,’ insists Rose Garden drummer Bruce Bowdin. ‘We certainly were where the action was and had the time of our lives. I have no regrets or anything to apologize for. Our record is still played on the radio.’”
—from the liner notes by John Einarson, author of Mr. Tambourine Man:
The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds’ Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)
Expanded for the very first time, The Rose Garden’s sole album finally gets the deep-dive examination it deserves with A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection. Beyond the twelve tracks released in 1967 (the original ten-track album and two songs from a post-album single release), this newly restored and remastered CD adds 14 previously unissued tracks. They include five live tracks recorded in August of 1967 at Chaminade High School in Canoga Park plus studio outtakes, acetate tracks, and a special rehearsal.
A special note, being released at the same time is the Gene Clark Holy Grail, Gene Clark Sings For You which serves as a companion to A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection. Clark was involved with The Rose Garden after leaving The Byrds and furnished them with an acetate of songs to choose from for their self-titled album. They chose “Long Time” which appears on Gene Clark Sings For You. They also chose “Till Today” which appears in demo form on Gene Clark Sings For You, and as an acetate version and rehearsal on A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection.
Released with the full approval and cooperation with both the Estate of Gene Clark and The Rose Garden, A Trip Through The Garden: The Rose Garden Collection is produced for release by Grammy®-winner, Cheryl Pawelski with restoration and mastering by Grammy®-winning engineer, Michael Graves, plus liner notes featuring new interviews with the band by John Einarson, author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds’ Gene Clark (Backbeat Books) and previously unseen photos.
Next Plane To London I’m Only Second February Sunshine Coins Of Fun Rider She Belongs To Me Flower Town Till Today Look What You’ve Done Long Time If My World Falls Through(Mono Single Version) Here’s Today(Mono Single Version) Down To The Wire Charlie Fer De Lance The World Is A Great Big Playground Here’s Today(Stereo Mix) If My World Falls Through(Stereo Mix) Dead Men Never Die(Take 2) I’m Only Second(Acetate Version) Till Today(Rehearsal) Till Today(Acetate Version) Next Plane To London(Live) So You Want To Be A Rock ‘n’ Roll Star(Live) She Don’t Care About Time(Live) Little Things(Live) You Don’t Love Me(Live)