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Editors’ Notes

The former frontman of The Byrds really came into his own in the late '60s and early '70s, so much that many music historians now hail him a songwriting genius. Of course the genius' curse is that their greatness goes largely unnoticed in their time, and such was the case with Clark's 1974 album No Other. Before studio wizardry became a recording staple, Clark was one of the first to utilize the sonic effects, backing singers, and multi overdubbed percussion that would later become the norm. Even though it bombed following its release, years later No Other would be compared time and again to Van Morrison's Astral Weeks, perhaps because it was another rare case where the innovative production matched the stellar songwriting. And the songs here are as beautiful as they are sublime. Clark wrote the entire album from the bay window of his Mendocino home where he once stated that he would just stare out at the Pacific Ocean for hours at a time to come up with the ideas and melodies. The beauty and strength of the sea truly sounds channeled in the poetic "Silver Raven" and especially in the flowing "Strength Of Strings."

Customer Reviews

A missed treasure

I think this is truly one of the best albums nobody knows about; it's a masterpiece that sadly went unrecognized. The vocals and lyrics combine to make a great album, but the producing of it made it one that sounds as good now as it did thirty years ago. An outstanding album.

No Other

Gene Clark always seemed like the magical, mysterious genius, pulling the levers behind the Byrds.This album could be the "Sargent Pepper" of 60's FolkRock or todays altCountry (2006). If you did not know when it was written and recorded it would be hard to place it in time in the last thirtynine years. It transports me from the Sunset Strip to the twirling tides off the coast of Mendecino. Perhaps a liitle to moody and a little to existential for many. A lost nugget of American music.

No Other

Thank Buddah I checked for this title!
This album is one of the core (and little known) albums in my experience. It's also so outside most of Gene's music.
The original album cover photo suggest that it was recorded in a transitional time for Gene, music and the culture.
I heard a radio interview with Alison Krauss and Robert Plant just after the release of The Raising Sand album. They covered some Gene Clark on it and expressed their surprise and respect at discovering his music. The emotional tone of this album and often epic sweep of vocals (including background singers) is stunning. I listen to this over and over again.


Born: November 17, 1944 in Tipton, MO

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Gene Clark will always be best remembered for his two-year stint as a vocalist with the Byrds between 1964 and 1966. A fine legacy to be sure, but the shame of it is that there was far more to Clark's body of work than that; he was a superb songwriter, one of the founding fathers of country-rock, and recorded a number of fine albums with an impressive array of collaborators whose quality far outstripped their modest sales figures. Gene Clark was born in Tipton, MO, in 1944. Clark's father was an...
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