- Released: September 30, 2002
- Originally Released: 2004
- Label: Collector's Choice
Entertainment Weekly - 3/14/03, p.67
"...A missing link between '60s folkie Fred Neil and Beck's SEA CHANGE..." - Rating: A-
Q - 11/03, p.1274 stars out of 5
- "...A long-lost gem, this 1974 affair mixes loping rhythms with gospel and funk tinges, innovative studio effects and tastefully extended playing..."
Uncut - 9/03, pp.120-15 stars out of 5
- "...Clark's lyricism was lashed to his finest vocal performance....It's the best album any Byrd ever made..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 8/03, p.1085 out of 5 stars
- "...It's Clark's writing and the rough beauty of his voice that make NO OTHER so compelling..."
- 1.Life's Greatest Fool
- 2.Silver Raven
- 3.No Other
- 4.Strength Of Strings
- 5.From A Silver Phial
- 6.Some Misunderstanding
- 7.The True One
- 8.Lady Of The North
Personnel: Gene Clark (vocals, guitar); Gene Clark; Cindy Bullens, Clydie King, Ronnie Barron, Timothy B. Schmit, Venetta Fields, Claudia Lennear, Carlena Williams (vocals, background vocals); Sherlie Matthews (vocals); Danny Kortchmar, Steve Burton, Jerry McGee, Jesse Ed Davis , Stephen Bruton, Howard "Buzz" Feiten (guitar); Chris Hillman (mandolin); Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott, Richard Greene (violin); Ted Machell (cello); Bill Cuomo (organ, keyboards); Craig Doerge, Mike Utley (keyboards); Leland Sklar (bass instrument); Russ Kunkel (drums); Joe Lala (percussion); Shirley Matthews (background vocals); Michael Utley (keyboards); Butch Trucks (drums).
Audio Mixer: Mallory Earl.
Liner Note Author: Matthew Greenwald.
Recording information: The Village recorder, West Los Angeles, CA (1974); Village Recorders, West Los Angeles, CA (1974).
Arrangers: Gene Clark; Thomas Jefferson Kaye.
Ex-Byrd Gene Clark's early-'70s solo efforts, which rank alongside the recordings of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young in terms of quality, vision, and appeal, have been unjustly overlooked. This is particularly true of NO OTHER, Clark's 1974 coup de grace. While the focus of NO OTHER's excellent predecessors WHITE LIGHT and ROADMASTER was on stripped down, passionate country-rock, NO OTHER pushes Clark's aesthetic to another level entirely. A cadre of female backing vocalists lend gospel-drenched color to the album, taking Clark's excellent compositions to church, and giving the whole a sanctified feel.
Amid the strummed acoustics and weeping pedal steel of songs like "Life's Greatest Fool" and "The True One," there is also the expansive, orchestral feel of "Strength of Strings" which sounds like the Moody Blues by way of the Delta, and the exceptional title track, which encompasses sinuous blues, a light, synthesizer-touched groove, and gospel dreaminess. An unbeatable team of session musicians gives the record a solid backbone, while producer Thomas Jefferson Kaye adds a high gloss that puts NO OTHER with best of radio-ready '70s rock. Still, it is ultimately Clark's unique, superior songwriting and reflective lyrics that make NO OTHER a treasure worth seeking out.