1974 Gene Clark – No Other

clark-gene-1974No Other is the fourth solo studio album by Gene Clark. On release in late 1974 it was a critical and commercial failure; the studio time and cost were seen as excessive and indulgent. The record label, Asylum Records, did not promote the album, and by 1976 had deleted it from their catalog. Clark never recovered from the failure of the album. Just after Clark’s death in 1991, “No Other” was reissued in its entirety on CD. In 1998, a double disc compilation, Flying High, was released with three songs from No Other. Then in the early 2000s, No Other was reissued a second time in its entirety to positive critical reappraisal.

In late 1972, Clark was invited to join a reunion of the original Byrds line-up on Asylum Records. The resulting album was a showcase for Clark, who sang on two Neil Young covers and two original songs. By the strength of his contributions to the album, Clark was signed to Asylum as a solo artist by David Geffen.

While preparing to record, Clark briefly joined the backing group of former Byrds colleague Roger McGuinn; the two even shared a home together during the period in the Hollywood Hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean. During an engagement at The Troubadour in Los Angeles with McGuinn, he introduced a song that would remain in his repertoire for the rest of his career, “Silver Raven”; it would be recorded in an arrangement featuring Jesse Ed Davis and L.A. session player Danny Kortchmar on No Other.

Tracks

1  Life’s Greatest Fool (Gene Clark) 4:44
2  Silver Raven (Gene Clark) 4:53
3  No Other (Gene Clark) 5:08
4  Strength Of Strings (Gene Clark) 6:31
5  From A Silver Phial (Gene Clark) 3:40
6  Some Misunderstanding (Gene Clark) 8:09
7  The True One (Gene Clark) 3:58
8  Lady Of The North (Gene Clark, Doug Dillard) 6:09

Media

Musicians

1 Life’s Greatest Fool

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarGene Clark
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarJesse Ed Davis
GuitarSteve Bruton
KeyboardsMike Utley
PercussionJoe Lala
Background VocalsCarlene Williams
Background VocalsCindy Bullens
Background VocalsClaudia Linnear
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsRonnie Barron
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
VocalsGene Clark


2 Silver Raven

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarDanny Kortchmar
GuitarGene Clark
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarJesse Ed Davis
KeyboardsMike Utley
Background VocalsTimothy B. Schmit
Background VocalsCindy Bullens
Background VocalsClaudia Linnear
Background VocalsRonnie Barron
VocalsGene Clark


3 No Other

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsButch Trucks
GuitarGene Clark
GuitarJerry McGee
KeyboardsMike Utley
PercussionJoe Lala
Background VocalsCindy Bullens
Background VocalsClaudia Linnear
Background VocalsRonnie Barron
Background VocalsTimothy B. Schmit
VocalsGene Clark


4 Strength Of Strings

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarBuzz Feiten
GuitarGene Clark
GuitarJerry McGee
KeyboardsCraig Doerge
KeyboardsMike Utley
ViolinRichard Greene
Background VocalsCindy Bullens
Background VocalsClaudia Linnear
Background VocalsRonnie Barron
Background VocalsTimothy B. Schmit
VocalsGene Clark


5 From A Silver Phial

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarGene Clark
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarJesse Ed Davis
MandolinChris Hillman
KeyboardsMike Utley
VocalsLalah Hathaway
Background VocalsTimothy B. Schmit
VocalsGene Clark


6 Some Misunderstanding

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarBuzz Feiten
GuitarGene Clark
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarSteve Bruton
KeyboardsMike Utley
OrganBill Cuomo
ViolinRichard Greene
Background VocalsCarlene Williams
Background VocalsCindy Bullens
Background VocalsClaudia Linnear
Background VocalsClydie King
Background VocalsRonnie Barron
Background VocalsSherlie Matthews
Background VocalsVenetta Fields
VocalsGene Clark


7 The True One

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsButch Trucks
GuitarGene Clark
GuitarJerry McGee
KeyboardsMike Utley
PercussionJoe Lala
VocalsGene Clark


8 Lady Of The North

BassLeland Sklar
DrumsRuss Kunkel
GuitarGene Clark
GuitarJerry McGee
GuitarMike Utley
KeyboardsCraig Doerge
ViolinRichard Greene
VocalsGene Clark

Liner Notes

Producer – Thomas Jefferson Kaye
Arranged By – Gene Clark, Thomas Jefferson Kaye
Engineer (Mixing Engineer) – Mallory Earl
Engineer (Recording Engineer, Assistant) – Joe Tuzen
Engineer (Recording Engineer) – Tony Reale

Art Direction, Design – John Dietrich
Artwork By – Ea
Photography By – Linda Dietrich

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum/Nonesuch Records
Record Company – Warner Communications Inc.
Published By – Irving Music
Recorded At – The Village Recorder
Mixed At – Wally Heider Recording