[ 4AD / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Friday 8 November 2019
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Recorded at the Village Recorder in West Hollywood and produced by Thomas Jefferson Kaye, No Other was originally released in 1974 on Asylum Records, coming a year after the Byrds short-lived reunion. Reaching for the stars, Gene delivered a visionary record of psychedelic rock, folk, country and soul which famously cost a small fortune to make ("It took a lot of time in the studio before we could actually get the songs to the point we wanted them," Gene said in 1977). Although warmly received by critics, No Other was a commercial failure and was subsequently deleted shortly after.
However, as The New York Times wrote around the record's 40th anniversary in 2014, "hindsight has burnished No Other, as it has redeemed other albums that went on to be reconstructed as rock repertory, like Big Star's Third/Sister Lovers and Lou Reed's Berlin," with No Other now being increasingly recognised as one of the greatest of its time, if not all time. Another sign of the album's enduring charm came that year when feted Baltimore duo Beach House decided to "spread awareness" of Gene's master work by enlisting friends - most of whom weren't born when No Other was released - from bands such as Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and The Walkmen to tour the album note-for-note in both the UK and the US.
The original eight-track album is being released with the design kept as close to the 1974 original as possible.
This limited run double CD edition is housed in a hardbound book cover sees the original album being released alongside a bonus disc of alternate studio versions of each track plus a recording of 'Train Leaves Here This Morning' (an Eagles hit in 1972, written by both Gene and Eagles founding member Bernie Leadon).
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
1. From A Silver Phial (Version 4)
2. Silver Raven (Version 2)
3. Some Misunderstanding (Version 3)
4. Life's Greatest Fool (Version 2)
5. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Version 2)
6. Lady Of The North (Version 2)
7. The True One (Version 2)
8. Strength Of Strings (Version 2)
9. No Other (Version 2)