No Other - Gene Clark

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Help me enjoy this long-awaited REMASTERED AND EXPANDED classic reissue what I bought. I must be missing something. Am I missing something?

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Thursday, 14 August 2003 08:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I bought it on import several years ago after some 'lost classic' MM rave and found it a bit rubby. But I've been getting really into it lately. Mind you, I've been getting into all sorts of shit so I wouldn't take much heed.

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 14 August 2003 08:55 (sixteen years ago) link

Peter, you are... and so did I as I daftly bought it only last week for 12 squid and it's been re-mastered and re-released this week for 8 squid with loads of extra tracks! Arse!

However, I think it's great - well worth the cash and in my opinion considerably better than Gene's earlier effort "White Light".

Nick - that lost classic book "Unknown pleasures" was a belter wasn't it? I bought quite a few great records from that one.

Keith Watson (kmw), Thursday, 14 August 2003 09:22 (sixteen years ago) link

The only downside is that "Lady of the north" has a small piano break that sounds like Vangelis' "Chariots of Fire".

Keith Watson (kmw), Thursday, 14 August 2003 09:24 (sixteen years ago) link

This record is the only record I love which has those wah-wuh-wuh-wah-wuh-wuh-danddangdangdangdangdangdangdang guitars on it.

I grew to love the lp during a time when I was in the habit of drinking heavily on a Friday night then taking a 6 hour train journey to the football on the Saturday morning. My tape of this (and, on the other side, the fabulous "Phases and Stages" by Willie Nelson) was my fave at the time and so "No Other" is inseparable from dragging through Wigan and Warrington and Crewe and so on, half asleep and wholly hungover. It has that atmosphere of ruin about it.

I hope the expanded version has selections from "The Kindling Collection" by Gene Parsons on it, like my tape had.

Also: KEEF! Hello!

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 14 August 2003 09:34 (sixteen years ago) link

Hey Tim! How's it going... Will have to catch up with you guys some time soon. I've been thinking of you whilst following the "What's the hipster attraction to obscure reggae?" thread.

Keith Watson (kmw), Thursday, 14 August 2003 09:38 (sixteen years ago) link

Hm I'll try to take that as a compliment but I'm not sure I'll be able to. Please catch up with us in whichever way you can.

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 14 August 2003 09:41 (sixteen years ago) link

'Unknown Pleasures' - yes, that was it. I can't remember what else I 'investigated' but there were others. More of a booklet than a book, no? Or are you being northern?

White Light

I haven't heard of this. I've got Roadrunner, which is kind of nice in a ho hum way and has a nice cover. Meant to buy 'Gene Clark with the Godsin Brothers', which is supposed to be good.

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 14 August 2003 09:50 (sixteen years ago) link

Being northern! Haha; yes, everything longer than two pages is a book to me. Actually, the guy who recommended me "No Other" read it in the self-same NME book(let).

Led Zep: Presence
Chic: can't remember
Dexy's: Don't stand me down
Orange Juice: You can't hide your love forever

Can't remember the others. The Chic review contains my favourite piece of rock journalism ever where he goes at the end "I love Chic, I f***ing love Chic".

Keith Watson (kmw), Thursday, 14 August 2003 09:55 (sixteen years ago) link

I think Abba's 'The Visitors' was another one.

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 14 August 2003 09:57 (sixteen years ago) link

N., "White Light" is the one that's just called "Gene Clark" really. It got the reissued and expanded treatment last year and I like it very much though not as much as "No Other" because of the sentimental reasons detailed above probably.

I seem to recall that review of "The Visitors" pulling the Pitchfork trick of writing about pop music as if it was alternative rock in order to get the alternative rock fans interested.

"Roadrunner": good one, heh. Have any of you heard "So Rebellious A Bunny"? Someone who was in a psychobilly group in the 1980s was recommending it to me the other week.

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 14 August 2003 10:08 (sixteen years ago) link

Roadmaster bleh.

I don't get the Bunny joke. Maybe it's not a joke.

Is the Gosdin Bros. one any good?

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 14 August 2003 10:12 (sixteen years ago) link

I remember that Unknown Pleasures book(let)....great stuff too. Also had Todd Rundgren-"A wizard, a true star", SR on "Tusk", some Neil Young live album, Captain Beefheart-"Clear spot"...I've only heard "Strength of strings" from that Gene Clark album. Now that it's reissued I might check it out.

Michael B, Thursday, 14 August 2003 10:14 (sixteen years ago) link

Todd Rundgren-"A wizard, a true star"

Thanks for reminding me. I ended up buying it because of that write up, despite my doubts about buying an album by someone called 'Todd Rundgren'. The CD skipped so I took it back to the 2nd hand shop I bought it in and exchanged it for 'Something/Anything'. I only wish I had got something/anything else.

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 14 August 2003 10:18 (sixteen years ago) link

it was a Melody Maker book not an NME book grrrr

I too bought "No Other" on CD (and some others - Todd, Curtis M.) on the strength of that book. Some days I love it, others I wonder why I loved it last time. I must say tho' that I was listening to the bonus tracks in HMV on a listening post earlier this week and getting excited all over again. I think I may need to trade in my old copy for the new edition.

Jeff W (zebedee), Thursday, 14 August 2003 11:11 (sixteen years ago) link

Others in "Unknwn Pleasures" - Go Betweens, More Specials, Microdisney, Fatima Mansions...

bham, Thursday, 14 August 2003 11:27 (sixteen years ago) link

...Bow Wow Wow, The Residents, "Time Fades Away"...

Jeff W (zebedee), Thursday, 14 August 2003 11:43 (sixteen years ago) link

The Lester Chic piece described their music as "glass mountains on fire" which is my favourite sonic-cathedral metaphor EVER!

Tom (Groke), Thursday, 14 August 2003 11:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I love the Gosdin Bros. one

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 14 August 2003 11:44 (sixteen years ago) link

that metaphor is much too fast for my liking

Andrew Thames (Andrew Thames), Thursday, 14 August 2003 11:45 (sixteen years ago) link

I seem to have uncovered some ILM touchstone with my mention of this book(let).

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 14 August 2003 11:47 (sixteen years ago) link

I don't like the Gosdin Bros one very much. It's a bit too Byrdsy-jangly for my taste, but probably won't be for yours (whoever you are).

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 14 August 2003 11:59 (sixteen years ago) link

it's taken on a life of it's own has the 'unknown pleasures' book.
it's still something i re-read at least once a year.
the abba 'the visitors' one and the chic one were fantastic but
chris roberts' dexys bit was the best piece of music journalism
i've ever read. famously the last line of it ran something like
'here is the effect that 'dont stand me down' had on popular
music : none whatsoever. you are all stupid scum and deserve to die.
but that's another story'.
mr roberts then got to interview kevin rowland for uncut mag when the album was re-released, and he said the review had a big impact on him when he was coming off drugs in the 90's.
it really was the best thing ever.

piscesboy, Thursday, 14 August 2003 12:00 (sixteen years ago) link

piscesboy OTM

zebedee (zebedee), Thursday, 14 August 2003 12:10 (sixteen years ago) link

No-one mentioned Stubbs (I think) on "The lexicon of love" yet. Probably the best album that was covered (although not the best review). I set out to get every album that was mentioned on that book after reading it. Made a big impression on me. I've got about 3/4 of 'em now.

Michael B, Thursday, 14 August 2003 12:25 (sixteen years ago) link

That was a kind of great line. The kind of great line that is only great because of where it was published. Someone could come along and say that on ILM and it wouldn't be so exciting.

Tim you are funny the way you like 80s jangle but not 60s Byrds jangle. I respect that a lot.

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 14 August 2003 12:27 (sixteen years ago) link

The great line I was talking about was CR on DSMD btw.

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 14 August 2003 12:28 (sixteen years ago) link

Well also it came at the end of a review in which he'd surely sold DSMD on any neutrals and many doubters, it was a real tour de force so he deserved his moment of NME-style bolshiness.

Tom (Groke), Thursday, 14 August 2003 12:30 (sixteen years ago) link

I do keep dreaming about doing some kind of 'New Unknown Pleasures' thing on FT or even (gasp) in print but I think the book came out at almost the last moment such a thing would have been possible (i.e. before the CD reissue program turned its attention away from the canon and definitely before mp3s).

Tom (Groke), Thursday, 14 August 2003 12:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, the idea of selling 'More Specials' or 'Don't Stand Me Down' as lost classics now would be kind of ridiculous. That's not to say that there aren't great albums that are still unknown to even us smartpantses on ILM, but I doubt they'd be ones with such potentially wide appeal.

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 14 August 2003 12:36 (sixteen years ago) link

Thing is, with Don't stand me down it's looking like that booklet had something to do with it given the reaction here amongst all of us... and 3/5 people I was in the pub with when they recommended "No other" a few weeks ago.

Keith Watson (kmw), Thursday, 14 August 2003 12:38 (sixteen years ago) link

It was responsible for my investigating "No Other" but not "DSMD". I didn't buy DSMD when it came out (I never bought anything when it came out back then) but if anything was responsible for making me listen to "DSMD" more carefully, it was the third issue of "Hungry Beat".

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 14 August 2003 12:46 (sixteen years ago) link

So Peter, with respect to the original request of "help me enjoy it" the answer is simple - you need to get a hold of a free giveaway booklet that came with Melody Maker about 10 years ago.

Keith Watson (kmw), Thursday, 14 August 2003 13:05 (sixteen years ago) link

And you need to get hold of it 10 years ago.

Tim (Tim), Thursday, 14 August 2003 13:06 (sixteen years ago) link

Man, I love No Other, but it did take a bit to get into it. Part of it's because it sounds a whole lot like a draggy country rock record on first listen. It's only when you start digging in that the peyote lyrics and weird production stuff begin to rise to the surface.

Re. Vangelis keyboard break in "Lady of the North" -- that's what's so great! It's 1974! Vangelis was just learning how to grow his mustache back then!

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 14 August 2003 13:15 (sixteen years ago) link

Hehe, I thought someone might like the Vangelis bit... I'm more a fan of Demis Roussos' "Forever and ever" LP from about that time too, thanks to my dad.

Keith Watson (kmw), Thursday, 14 August 2003 13:18 (sixteen years ago) link

i highly recommend the gene clark/godsin bros. as well as the dillard and clark albums if you like your jangle crossbred with bluegrass. i think the first solo record (referred to as white light upthread) is a masterpiece.

lauren (laurenp), Thursday, 14 August 2003 13:18 (sixteen years ago) link

I wish I had time to contribute to this thread.

I like N on 60s / 80s.

The booklet thing is mysterious to me. My key booklet was Reynolds' Smiths. I don't get Ewing's post - is it a parody?

I think N is kind of wrong about Lost Classics. I don't know More Specials or Don't Stand Me Down. And Tim H possibly doesn't know Don't Get Weird On Me Babe.

So - there are many knowledges. I have said before what may or may not be true: there is no consensus, at least not one that everyone belongs to.

the pinefox, Thursday, 14 August 2003 13:21 (sixteen years ago) link

Hello Keith!

This book(let) sounds great, as does the idea of ten years ago.

I read about this record in The Guinness Book of Rock'n'Roll Obscurities a few years ago, which paid special attention to his velevt loons on the back cover, and have been waiting to hear it ever since, hence my disappointment. I bought the White Light AKA Gene Clark reissue a few months ago and didn't listen to it much, but I listened to it the other day and thought it was great, which restored my faith in excessive record buying. Perhaps No Other will grow on me too. This thread will certainly help me enjoy the album, because every time I hear I will think of you lot fingering your free booklet ten years ago. But not even that will help me enjoy the line, "we all need a fix at times like this".

I don't know whether it's a coincidence or not, but I was a bit disappointed by Don't Stand Me Down too, although I thought the sleevenotes were great. What did Hungry Beat say? I like that song where he witters on about going for a walk with his girlfriend and the 'I Love You' one. I think I'll eventually like all of it. I like More Specials.

Thank you for your contributions.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Thursday, 14 August 2003 15:43 (sixteen years ago) link

No-one mentioned Stubbs (I think) on "The lexicon of love" yet. Probably the best album that was covered (although not the best review)
That one always seemed to me to be the most puzzling inclusion. Was there ever a time when that record was not-in-the-canon/underrated/unknown* ? (*delete as appropriate)

record i bought thx to book: Presence
records in book i meant to get but still haven't: soft boys, beefheart

zebedee (zebedee), Thursday, 14 August 2003 16:26 (sixteen years ago) link

What did it say about Presence?

Mr. Diamond (diamond), Thursday, 14 August 2003 16:31 (sixteen years ago) link

In the mid-seventies if you took out a subscription to Zigzag magazine you could either receive a Zigzag t-shirt or a copy of 'No Other' with it. I always wondered whether I had made the correct decision to opt for the shirt so was pleased when someone (thanks, Robbo) made me a CD-R with 'Gene Clark & The Gosdin Brothers' & 'No Other' on it.

I have only ever wanted to re-listen to 2 songs, 'Strength of Strings' & 'Some Misunderstanding' and those not very often at that.

I think I must be some kind of pervert - when I bought a CD of The Byrds 'Untitled' I must have played the live bits about 15 times in a row.

Peter, maybe you could enjoy the fact that Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks is on it?

Mooro (Mooro), Thursday, 14 August 2003 16:32 (sixteen years ago) link

Wow! Butch Trucks!

(That's a made-up name, isn't it?)

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Thursday, 14 August 2003 16:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Presence: it said it was great... and that Jimmy Page deliberately didn't sleep for 3 days prior to playing the guitar solo on "Tea for one".

I think anyway - it was 10 years ago. Someone who's still got the book can perhaps correct me.

"Mooro"! Good to hear from you... Could you recommend me a good Allman Brothers' LP - I bought one a while back (Brothers and sisters) and I thought it was a bit rubbish.

Keith Watson (kmw), Thursday, 14 August 2003 16:37 (sixteen years ago) link

as I recollect, the gist of the Presence review was:

car crash - everyone's in DEEP PAIN for one reason or another - you can hear it in the music, maaan

(writer = mat snow? or matt black, summat like that.)

zebedee (zebedee), Thursday, 14 August 2003 16:38 (sixteen years ago) link

It's clear now you made the right decision David - I bet it's loads harder to pick up a Zigzag magazine T-shirt nowadays... The re-issue of the Byrds' Untitled has Unissued(?) coupled with it and there are some absolutely amazing geetars (fret-wizardry) on "This Wheel's on Fire".

Keith Watson (kmw), Thursday, 14 August 2003 16:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Perhaps I should have got that instead. I haven't got Byrdmaniacs or Farther Along either. I need to get in touch with my inner hairiness.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller), Thursday, 14 August 2003 16:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Peter: Butch Trucks is the real name of a real drummer.

Keith: 'Brothers & Sisters' is pooh because both Duane & Berry had died in road accidents by then, thus robbing the band of the majority of its talent. (Sadly I never got to see them until this period.) I would go for 1971's 'Live At The Fillmore East' of which I have 3 versions, 1992's CD issue 'The Fillmore Concerts' collecting up tracks issued on other albums to clock in a few seconds short of a mighty 2 and a quarter hours of twin howling Les Paul/twin drummer bliss. The tones Duane extracts from his guitar during the nearly 34 minutes jam (OK, there's a lot of bollocks drum solo) on Donovan's 'There Is A Mountain' are sublime.

Mooro (Mooro), Thursday, 14 August 2003 17:11 (sixteen years ago) link

That one always seemed to me to be the most puzzling inclusion. Was there ever a time when that record was not-in-the-canon/underrated/unknown* ?

Well for me it was one of the first record's I got where I learned to stop being an uptight jerk and love the 80's (again)

Michael B, Thursday, 14 August 2003 17:24 (sixteen years ago) link

Maybe it was the MM hoping that none of their readers had being reading the NME in the early 80s.

N. (nickdastoor), Thursday, 14 August 2003 17:29 (sixteen years ago) link

i do think that at his best, clark was one of the best dylan disciples, one of the few who actually got what dylan was up to in the mid 60s and was able to build his own thing out of it.

tylerw, Thursday, 30 July 2015 23:12 (four years ago) link

seems like he had an expectation of what he should write w/ the byrds and then suddenly he figured he could do whatever

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 31 July 2015 00:29 (four years ago) link

Some Misunderstanding is one of my alltime favorite songs

kornrulez6969, Friday, 31 July 2015 02:14 (four years ago) link

Three words:
Strength of Strings

nostormo, Friday, 31 July 2015 07:40 (four years ago) link

my fave song and lyrics is From a Silver Phial. Not just on No Other, maybe my favorite Gene Clark song.

dan selzer, Friday, 31 July 2015 14:10 (four years ago) link

A handful of "lost classics" turn out to be as great as this one did.

I actually don't understand why Asylum was so dissatisfied - the title song and "Strength of Strings" would have sounded great on FM radio, country rock and southern rock were a thing, and in an era where "Wildfire" could be a big hit, "Silver Raven" wasn't all that uncommercial either. Taste issue-wise we do have a label that hosts Joni Mitchell, but they also host The Eagles.

Vic Perry, Friday, 31 July 2015 14:55 (four years ago) link

four years pass...

This and deluxe "1999" in one year! Holy smokes.

Carly Jae Vespen (Capitaine Jay Vee), Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:25 (two months ago) link

idk extras on this don't look particularly appealing tbh

Οὖτις, Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:27 (two months ago) link

on first listen...pretty appealing to me. Refuse from a Silver Phial is maybe my favorite song ever and this version is different enough to be interested. Not just some demo.

dan selzer, Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:33 (two months ago) link

I'll take the box

dan selzer, Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:34 (two months ago) link

I've had some tracks that were labeled "demos" for years and they're my favorite versions of the songs. They really just sound like less bloated alternate takes.

Evan, Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:39 (two months ago) link

the alt "silver raven" is pretty cool as well

american bradass (BradNelson), Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:39 (two months ago) link

If it's worth releasing, then it shouldn't be on a flexi (and Some Misunderstanding is a song I love very much, so I'm glad to hear alt takes). Gimmickry.

by the light of the burning Citroën, Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:41 (two months ago) link

I'm mostly curious about the 80-page book tbh but looks like that's only available with the $140 deluxe box, dunno if I'm $140 worth of curious for all those alt versions

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:42 (two months ago) link

those wah-wuh-wuh-wah-wuh-wuh-danddangdangdangdangdangdangdang guitars

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 12 September 2019 18:40 (two months ago) link

5.1 is a draw for me, but ... $140?!? Gah.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 14 September 2019 05:54 (two months ago) link

idk extras on this don't look particularly appealing tbh

― Οὖτις, Thursday, 12 September 2019 16:27 (two days ago) link

FYI this was one of the projects whos masters were apparently burnt up on the UMG backlot

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 14 September 2019 07:43 (two months ago) link

Is it? Universal owns most of the prior Clark (and Dillard & Clark) albums. This one was with Warner Music, though perhaps it's changed hands? The version on Spotify is credited to 'No Other Records ©1974'.

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 14 September 2019 11:32 (two months ago) link

It would seem to be challenging to mix a record for surround sound with no multitracks.

Naive Teen Idol, Saturday, 14 September 2019 12:25 (two months ago) link

can’t stop listening to this

prorogue mahone (||||||||), Sunday, 15 September 2019 21:31 (two months ago) link

FYI this was one of the projects whos masters were apparently burnt up on the UMG backlot

Asked about this on Quadraphonic Quad and the thinking there was only the A&M stuff he recorded would have been at UMG.

Naive Teen Idol, Monday, 16 September 2019 02:13 (two months ago) link

We all need a fix
At a time like this

buzza, Monday, 16 September 2019 02:25 (two months ago) link

Wonder if the packaging will get the full-on Vaughan Oliver treatment.

henry s, Monday, 16 September 2019 15:12 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Did anybody pick up the deluxe box set?

Soundslike, Saturday, 9 November 2019 22:35 (one month ago) link

Yes. I haven’t opened it yet but two metallic foil printed flexis if the alternate versions came in the package as well.

dan selzer, Saturday, 9 November 2019 23:40 (one month ago) link

Amazon just notified me that my order is being delayed, with no shipment date in site. What's up with that?

henry s, Sunday, 10 November 2019 05:06 (one month ago) link

I ended up having to order from Amazon Canada--sold out on the 4AD website and was $300 US on Amazon US! Shipped, but not due to arrive for a couple weeks...

Soundslike, Sunday, 10 November 2019 19:52 (one month ago) link

I am holding out for a standalone Blu-Ray release. One of the mix engineers on QQ said he hopes it happens as well.

Naive Teen Idol, Sunday, 10 November 2019 22:15 (one month ago) link

On the title track when that crystal meth bass first comes in and slides down the neck, it’s pure molasses

June Pointer’s Valentine’s Day Secret Admirer Note Author (calstars), Sunday, 10 November 2019 22:38 (one month ago) link

the new remaster of this is excellent, record's never sounded better

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 11 November 2019 16:57 (one month ago) link

(now pls go back and do this to white light which has a godawful remaster)

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 11 November 2019 16:57 (one month ago) link

the drumming on this album especially on the title track deserves its own thread

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 11 November 2019 17:02 (one month ago) link

the remaster does sound realllllly good. what a great, weird record.

tylerw, Monday, 11 November 2019 17:35 (one month ago) link

"Strength of Strings" was my first exposure to Clark, on a mixtape that also had my first tastes of Can, Autechre, Julian Cope, Dusty Springfield, Laika, Pentangle, A.R. Kane and Nick Drake, plus great Diana Ross and T. Rex deep cuts. So I really associate that song and later that album with having my mind blown repeatedly.

Trussrippers WILL be persecuted! (WmC), Monday, 11 November 2019 17:38 (one month ago) link

I first learned of him thru the (inferior) This Mortal Coil cover. those records were my gateway to a ton of great stuff.

Simon H., Monday, 11 November 2019 17:49 (one month ago) link

The remaster makes a huge difference, way more than I thought.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 11 November 2019 21:08 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

Fuck me this album. I'd never heard of it until I bought it last week. Everything told me classic. And I can't get over how great it is. It's like an acid trip of crescendo after crescendo.

Duke, Sunday, 1 December 2019 21:38 (one week ago) link

I bought the 2-CD version. I'm so smitten I'm considering getting the deluxe box, but I'll probably sober up in a week.

Duke, Sunday, 1 December 2019 21:39 (one week ago) link

what an album

omar little, Monday, 2 December 2019 21:50 (one week ago) link

This is so, so great. I'd never heard any of it until a few weeks ago when I picked up the 2xCD reissue, this is fantastic!

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 10 December 2019 22:56 (yesterday) link

I just got the deluxe box, being such a fan I had to have all the sessions plus the book and dvd. The book is great but the film is a bit slight. Not a great deal of actual Gene footage, just some radio interview quotes. Apparently Gene went after Geffen after the latter refused to promote the album, and had to be physically restrained. Pretty much did his career in, sadly enough. (For some reason the altercation is glossed over in the doc.) The two records Gene made with Doug Dillard are the only ones that really come close to this in his solo repertoire, for me at least.

henry s, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 23:06 (yesterday) link

I meant to say the Dillard & Clark album plus the one with the Gosdin Brothers. Though White Light is up there too.

henry s, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 23:08 (yesterday) link

Great record, not sure how well known it was before it got reissued on cd about 20 years ago. But has been in print in some form since then, thought even quite widely distributed. Gave it to my brother's girlfriend about 3 years ago in the old cd version.

Think I might just need to get the 2cd version of this release though.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 10 December 2019 23:10 (yesterday) link

Actually looks like Edsel had a vinyl version out in the mid 80s. THink it may have been reviewed in Strange tHings Are Happening if i remember right.
& cd version was 17 years ago. Collectors Choice put it out on a pretty quiet sounding cd and were followed shortly after by a louder mastered one with some bonus tracks on another label

Stevolende, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:18 (twenty-two hours ago) link

4 Men With Beards had a vinyl release out -- i'm sure it was atrocious.

omar little, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:20 (twenty-two hours ago) link

I've had a German label CD of this since the early-90's. It isn't bad but the new remastered thing sounds so much better.

henry s, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 02:46 (nineteen hours ago) link

As someone pointed out upthread the cover version by This Mortal Coil first (re?)alerted people to the existence of this album (in the UK, at least), and that was 1986. The Edsel reissue was 1989. I got it on vinyl - I think it was an original, I can't check because my vinyl's all in storage - but I can't remember what year that was.

I've Got A Ron Wood Solo Album To Listen To (Tom D.), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 07:18 (fifteen hours ago) link

yeah the TMC cover seems pivotal in this album's journey to cult-classic status. I came across this record maybe a dozen years or so ago and resulted in a deep country-rock/Gene Clark dive for me, probably thx to ilx.

Οὖτις, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 16:34 (five hours ago) link

And those indie fans who weren't necessarily aware of TMC might have been turned onto No Other several years later vis a vis David Bennun's review in the Unknown Pleasures paperback (mentioned upthread) that came with a copy of Melody Maker in 1995 (a collection of "lost classics" reviews by the MM writers at the time), and/or the "Gene Clark" song that Teenage Fanclub had on their Thirteen album, a couple years prior in '93.

henry s, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 17:07 (five hours ago) link


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