1975 Clover – The Sound City Sessions

Clover was an American country rock band formed in Mill Valley, California, in 1967. They are best known as the backup band for Elvis Costello’s 1977 debut album My Aim Is True (recorded in the UK), and for members later forming or joining more successful acts, including Huey Lewis and the News, The Doobie Brothers, Toto, and Lucinda Williams. Clover disbanded in 1978. Three members reunited for two concerts backing Costello in San Francisco on November 8, 2007.

Formed by members of the band Tiny Hearing Aid Company, Clover’s sound moved on from Bay Area psychedelia to the burgeoning country rock sound, similar to Creedence Clearwater Revival. 1970 saw their debut self-titled album released on Fantasy Records (also Creedence’s label), and a 1971 follow-up entitled Fourty Niner. Later the band moved to the UK and recorded Unavailable and Love on the Wire (both in 1977 and early efforts by producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange), before McFee, Ciambotti, Hopper and Shine backed Elvis Costello on his debut album My Aim Is True. Clover toured as the support group for Thin Lizzy in the UK during the late 1970s.


1  Ain’t Nobody Own Nobody’s Soul 2:49
2  Livin’ Simply 2:35
3  Blessed Be The People 3:15
4  Child Of The Streets 3:21
5  Fair Weather Man 2:59
6  If You Only 3:58
7  Pecos Bill 2:47
8  Santa Fe 3:54
9  Seq. <3> Livin’ Simply/Chain Gang/Child Of The Streets 8:31
10  Summer’s Here 4:21
11  Free, Free, Free 2:40



BassJohnny Ciambotti
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
DrumsMichael Schriener
GuitarAlex Call
GuitarJohn McFee
Pedal Steel GuitarJohn McFee
KeyboardsSean Hopper
ViolinJohn McFee
HarmonicaHugh Gregg
SaxHugh Gregg
VocalsHuey Lewis

Liner Notes

Producer, Remastered By – Joey Stec

Design (Cover Design) – Chesher Cat
Liner Notes – Alex Call, John McFee

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