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Gene Clark – No Other (Deluxe Edition) (2019) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gene Clark – No Other (Deluxe Edition) (2019)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 02:23:33 minutes | 2,85 GB | Genre: Alternative, Indie
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © 4AD

Though wildly misunderstood when first released (like most art that’s ahead of its time), Gene Clark’s third solo album—his most focused and intricately-produced shot at musical immortality—is now revered as something of a lost masterpiece. Expectations were high for the former Byrd, who had signed a solo deal after he’d been the bright spot in the band’s abortive 1973 reunion. Clark seemed poised to write and record a blockbuster that could power his solo career; the studio was filled with choice players like Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, percussionist Joe Lala, ex-Byrd Chris Hillman on mandolin, Steve Bruton, Jesse Ed Davis, Danny Kortchmar on guitars and Claudia Lennear on vocals. Instead, No Other busted its recording budget, disappointed its label and perplexed fans—an expensive commercial flop that hung over Clark’s career until his death at 46 in 1991.

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Gene Clark – White Light (1972/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Gene Clark – White Light (1972/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 35:28 minutes | 742 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © A&M

Gene Clark’s 1971 platter, with its stark black cover featuring his silhouette illuminated by the sun, was dubbed White Light – though the words never appear on the cover – and if ever a title fit a record, it’s this one. Over its nine original tracks, it has established itself as one of the greatest singer/songwriter albums ever made. After leaving the Byrds in 1966, recording with the Gosdin Brothers, and breaking up the Dillard & Clark group that was a pioneering country-rock outfit, Clark took time to hone his songwriting to its barest essentials. The focus on these tracks is intense, they are taut and reflect his growing obsession with country music. Produced by the late guitarist Jesse Ed Davis (who also worked with Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, Link Wray, and poet John Trudell, among others), Clark took his songs to his new label with confidence and they supported him. The band is comprised of Flying Burrito Brothers’ bassist Chris Ethridge, the then-Steve Miller Band-pianist (and future jazz great) Ben Sidran, organist Michael Utley, and drummer Gary Mallaber. Clark’s writing, as evidenced on “The Virgin,” the title cut, “For a Spanish Guitar,” “One in a Hundred,” and “With Tomorrow,” reveals a stark kind of simplicity in his lines. Using melodies mutated out of country, and revealing that he was the original poet and architect of the Byrds’ sound on White Light, Clark created a wide open set of tracks that are at once full of space, a rugged gentility, and are harrowingly intimate in places. His reading of Bob Dylan’s “Tears of Rage,” towards the end of the record rivals, if not eclipses, the Band’s. Less wrecked and ravaged, Clark’s song is more a bewildered tome of resignation to a present and future in the abyss. Now this is classic rock.

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Gene Clark – No Other (1974) [Deluxe Box Set 2019] {2.0 & 5.1} SACD ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC

Gene Clark – No Other (1974) [Deluxe Box Set 2019]
SACD Rip | 3x SACD ISO | DST64/DSD64 5.1 & 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 44:20 minutes | 7,53 GB
or DSD64 2.0 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 143:47 min | 5,67 GB
or FLAC Stereo (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | 143:47 min | 3,07 GB
Features Stereo and Multichannel Surround Sound (on disc 1) | 4AD # 0071 MXX | Complete PNG Artwork

Gene Clarks 1974 masterpiece gets the reappraisal its long overdue. One of the greatest albums ever made. Initially celebrated for its obscurity, No Other is now celebrated for its magnificence. It was in every way a magnum opus: epic, sprawling, poetic, choral, rococo. 45 years on and recently remastered at Abbey Road, 4AD are giving No Other the reappraisal it deserves. As stated on 4AD’s website, the original tapes were remastered at Abbey Road Studios, featuring a 5.1 surround mix of the album created for the first time. All the studio tapes were forensically worked on and mixed by the duo of Gene Clark aficionado Sid Griffin and producer John Wood; the extra tracks have not been edited or composited in any way, “allowing for everything to be heard exactly as it went down in the studio and before any overdubbing took place”.

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