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  • Audio CD (28 April 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B00004RIUV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 953,934 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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No Other was first released in 1974, and has acquired mythic status since. This is due to a number of factors. Foremost was its unavailability--vinyl copies were about as easy to come by as Holy Grails, and so No Other has tended to circulate on homemade cassettes. Then, of course, there was the legendary eccentricity of its creator, Gene Clark, who founded one of the most influential groups of all time, the Byrds, wrote several of their best songs ("Feel a Whole Lot Better", "Here Without You"), and then quit because, ironically enough, he couldn't stand flying (Clark died in 1991).

The good news is that No Other sounds just as marvellous when heard on a CD that anyone can buy in a shop. It is an immensely, almost ostentatiously, ambitious work, complete with choirs and orchestras the sort of aggrandising, bombastic accoutrements that were favoured by many Californian musicians in the 1970s, for reasons that may not have been unrelated to the drifts of cocaine everyone was having for breakfast. However, the songs on No Other survive--indeed, flourish--beneath the mountainous arrangements because they're anchored to Clark's essential humility: the opening track recognises that "Man is life's greatest fool".

The songs on No Other weave elements of funk and soul in with Clark's country-rock leanings with astonishing success "Strength of Strings" could have been recorded by Isaac Hayes. Gram Parsons, who for a while took Clark's place in the Byrds, was fond of saying that his dream was to create what he called a Cosmic American Music, an overarching synthesis of all America's popular forms. On No Other, Clark did it. --Andrew Mueller

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Andy Clare on 13 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is quite simply one of the very best albums to have come out of West Coast America - ever. Heard in it's entirety, it is a work of staggering vision, scope and emotional depth. The quality of the songs, playing, arranging and production is breathtaking, but for me, it is Gene Clark's haunting voice, dripping wih melancholy, that makes this such an unsettling and unforgettable experience. One year after Gram Parsons death, Gene Clark picked up the cosmic torch and kept it burning bright.How Geffen allowed this masterpiece to sink without trace on it's initial release is beyond me, but perhaps it was a little too dark for mass appeal. Way ahead of it's time in 74, this sounds absolutely wonderful in 2003 and completely relevent. Insightful and moving liner notes from Johnny Rogan and Sid Griffin, plus fascinating alternative cuts make this a great value-for-money re-release. If you thought you knew everything there was to know about 70's West Coast music and you don't have No Other, you are in for a wonderful and hugely rewarding suprise.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. Olyett on 20 May 2002
Format: Audio CD
Some albums defy description. No Other by the great late, lamented Gene Clark fits this discription. I can only describe the genre it fits in as American cosmic country. We are only talking about eight tracks here, but they represent a stunning achievement for Clark here. For the last time in his career, Gene had an innovative producer in Thomas Jefferson Kaye and a big production budget. Most of the songs deal with the metaphysical and the power of music. The album's greatest track is the outer space influenced, 'Silver Raven'. It's a beautiful evocative track, superbly decorated by the guitar work of Jesse Ed Davis. Other standout tracks are the voodoo funk of the title track, the Epic 'From A Silver Phial' and 'Strength Of Strings', although there is not a duff track. It's crying out for a UK release(I have a japanese import copy). This is an album which couldn't get arrested on release in 1974, but regularly gets in most critics best of lists. My words cannot do justice to this immense aural, musical achievement
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 April 2014
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Having known and loved it for years, I recently got a copy of this classic for a friend of mine who (having both of us watched the recent superb BBC4 documentary about him) was new to Gene Clark (1944-91). I warned him that it might take more than one listen for it to `get through`. He texted me to say that he was immediately bewitched by it. He sounded quite overwhelmed. That`s what Gene Clark can do to you, particularly this album from 1974, on which he and his sympathetic producer Thomas Jefferson Kaye pulled out all the stops.
It`s that other sometime Byrd and harbinger of Americana Gram Parsons who has tended to reap plaudits and (in recent years) sales, but it`s Gene Clark who I play more often and with more of a sense of deep pleasure, if not outright awed homage. This isn`t the place to denigrate the hugely talented Gram P, but his tragically early death at 26, and his unarguable prowess as a songwriter and country catalyst, has overshadowed the fact that his voice was not always an `easy listen` - ie. he often sang flat.
No such provisos with the man from Missouri (who grew up in Kansas). Gene`s voice hits the spot every time. His vocal tone reminds me most of that other early purveyor of `alternative country` Michael Nesmith, though with far more of a hint of melancholia to it. In fact, if you love, as I do, a bittersweet voice - such as Jackson Browne or Sandy Denny, for example - then Gene`s your man.
This remastered reissue, with booklet, notes and full listings, plus alternate versions of most of the songs, is a treasure trove of beauty and wonder.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Alexander on 19 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
'No Other' is one of those rare gems of a record that just gets better with each listen. I suppose, it's a bit like Astral Weeks by Van Morrison or like Ys by Joanna Newsom as at first it can seem hard to get into, but once you have you will never be able to get away from it! And that's a good thing, by the way! It's a record with different shades. It's hard to describe but there are songs on this album that are both happy and sad at the same time. For instance, the album's opener 'Life's Greatest Fool' with it's otherwordly country rock chuggerlong and gospel choir is both extactically uplifting and overwhelmingly sad at the same time. With lyrics like 'Children laugh and run away, while others look into the darkness of the day', the album is never less than profound. With Sly Stone contributing some mean funk on 'No Other' and 'Lady of the North' the musicianship is simply telephathic.

It is a shame Clark was snatched away from us through his booze and ill health as I think he would be pleased to know that many people are greatly moved by the 'No Other' experience. I hope that this joyous album is one you soon decide to purchase.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Blinddieselslim on 13 Aug 2002
Format: Audio CD
It remains a scandal that a record as good as this is not available on CD. I've got an original vinyl copy that I'm scared to play. Cosmic country remains a great description of what this record offers and what really gets to you is the sheer wide screen feel of the thing. Rumour has it, that it was going to be a double Lp, but the support for that to happen wasn't there. A full release, in the way Gene & Thomas Jefferson Kaye intended will I hope deliver an album that for once will be able to live up to it's now ludicrous reputation.
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