Gene Clark – No Other / Lady Of The North (1974)

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No 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. At the time of release, Clark was part of the L.A.’s party circuit and the latest fashionable drug – cocaine. After his disgusted wife moved the family back to Northern California, Clark established a house with old friend and band mate Doug Dillard in the Hollywood Hills; “Lady of the North”, a song for Carlie and also the album’s closer, was written by the twosome in a cocaine haze, their final collaboration on a song.

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