Gene Clark, the Byrd who flew alone, is one of the lesser known prolific songwriters from the 60s and 70s. Chances are you’ll recognize songs he has written, but you won’t know he was the man behind them. This particular album, No Other, is considered to be a masterpiece by the who’s who of musicians. However, it took nearly 30 years for it to be recognized as such. In fact, two years after the failed release in 1974, the album was removed from Asylum record’s catalog entirely. The title track, ‘No Other’, showcases the superb production, psychedelic overtones and heavy groove that make it one of my favorites of all time.
According to Clark, “The whole album was written when I had a house overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Northern California. I would just sit in the living room, which had a huge bay window, and stare at the ocean for hours at a time. I would have a pen and paper there, and a guitar or piano, and pretty soon a thought would come and I’d write it down or put it on tape. In most instances, after a day of meditation looking at something which is a very natural force, I’d come up with something.”
I’d also recommend listening to the Echoes record (listen below) released in 1967. It’s sound is completely different from No Other and more closely resembles his work with the Byrds. Parts of Echoes contains some of the best psychedelic rock music I’ve ever heard.
Listen to the song, ‘No Other’…
Listen and stream the full album, No Other…[spotify http://open.spotify.com/album/7Dln8ruq4VMRtmJDvSGtjJ]
Listen and stream the full album, Echoes…[spotify http://open.spotify.com/album/3ZURMtfIDGKosM40ivlVeA]