Gene Clark’s ‘No Other’: An Underrated Country-Rock Gem

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No Other, a country-rock solo outing by the late singer/songwriter/guitarist and former Byrds member Gene Clark, garnered lukewarm reviews and few buyers when it first appeared in 1974. Over subsequent decades, however, it has attracted enough of a cult following to prompt the recent release of a boxed set that expands the original eight-song release to include three Super Audio CDs, an LP, a Blu-ray that features a surround-sound mix and a film about Clark, an 80-page hardcover book, and more.

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For those who aren’t prepared to shell out about 150 bucks, there’s also the recently issued two-CD version, which delivers a remaster of the original album plus an alternate version of each of its songs and a reading of “Train Leaves Here This Morning,” which Clark cowrote with the Eagles’ Bernie Leadon. (The song also appears on that group’s debut LP.)

Listen to a studio outtake of the title track

On the one hand, fans who call No Other a work of genius and compare it to classics like Love’s Forever Changes and Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks are overselling it; that said, No Other does deserve a whole lot more attention than it initially received. Well played and sung by a stellar lineup that includes Chris Hillman, Clydie King, Timothy B. Schmit, and Butch Trucks (to name a few), the album is consistently tuneful and engrossing. If you like the Byrds, the Eagles and the Flying Burrito Brothers, you’re probably going to like this as well.

Listen to “From a Silver Phial” from No Other

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