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Gene Clark NO OTHER

Like other prodigiously talented singer-songwriters before and since, Missouri-born Gene Clark was a fragile character, wholly unsuited to life in the public eye. On what would have been his 75th birthday, as a major reissue of his fourth album No Other is released by 4AD, Neil Crossley looks back at Clark’s under-appreciated masterpiece
Original Byrd and singer-songwriting legend Clark crafted highly poetic folk and country-rock
JOHN DIETRICH-FROM THE COLLECTION OF WHIN OPPICE

Few words imply a sense of commercial and critical failure in the music industry quite as effectively as the phrase ‘lost classic’. Over the decades, numerous such albums have failed to pique the interest of record buyers or critics on their release, either through simple lack of promotion or the records being too far ahead of the curve for listeners to grasp their greatness.

Titles such as Safe At Home (1968) by International Submarine Band, Parallelograms (1970) by Linda Perhacs, Dixie Fried (1972) by James Luther Dickinson and California (1988) by American Music Club. Another record that fits seamlessly into this category is No Other, the fourth solo album by revered singer-songwriter and founder member of The Byrds, Gene Clark.

Released in 1974, No Other received no promotion from Asylum, the label that had funded it to the tune of $100,000. It was roundly ignored by the public and critics alike, rejected by most as an exercise in bloated studio excess. The album peaked briefly at No. 144 in the Billboard charts, before plummeting into obscurity. For Clark, who had invested so much of himself in the album, the response was devastating.

Four and half decades on and No Other is viewed in a wholly different light. This month, to mark what would have been the 75th birthday of the late Gene Clark, 4AD have unveiled a lush and expansive reissue, remastered at Abbey Road Studios. The release reflects burgeoning interest in Clark and the album that is widely regarded as his masterpiece.

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The Clash, Gang Of Four, Buzzcocks, The Pop Group… 1979 was a hell of a year for music! Our epic cover feature tells the true story behind one of the most influential albums of all time, London Calling, as a new deluxe 40th anniversary reissue is unveiled. We also speak to a host of bands who wouldn't have existed without The Clash's revolutionary masterpiece. In other 1979 news, we've rounded up the key members of the post-punk movement that shaped one of British music's greatest years to tell us why it was so special and dig out some of the essential records from the final year of the 70s. Elsewhere, we count down the 40 greatest double albums of all time, London Calling included – from Tago Mago to Daydream Nation via Songs In The Key Of Life and The White Album. How many have you got? Talking of great classic albums, we take an in-depth look at Gene Clark's lost masterpiece No Other, finally given a reissue by 4AD this month. And our packed interviews section brings you chats with ELO legend Jeff Lynne, rising Irish folk heroes Lankum, indie veterans Stereophonics and Tindersticks as they tell us about their new albums. If all that's not enough you'll find a host of new release and reissue reviews from the likes of Nick Cave, The Rolling Stones, Prince, R.E.M., The Who, FKA Twigs and Michael Kiwanuka, as well as the latest turntable reviews. Long Live Vinyl is THE magazine for vinyl lovers.