"East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)," Les Paul (1962).
Written by Brooks Bowman, an undergraduate member of Princeton University’s Class of 1936, for the 1934 production of the Princeton Triangle Club’s Stags at Bay, "East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)" has since been recorded by Charlie Parker, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett, among others. Not bad for an undergrad.
Those who are familiar with the Gosdin’s probably know them either from 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 Gosdin’s 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.