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Gene Clark

  • Released on 11/8/19 by 4AD
  • Main artist: Gene Clark
  • Genre: Rock
  • Distinctions: Best New Reissue
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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.

Remastered with a brighter, more multidimensional sound for its 45th anniversary reissue, the original eight tracks are supplemented by twenty extra takes from sessions that show the songs’ evolutions, including a slow, loopy version of Clark's earlier hit, "Train Leaves Here This Morning," co-written by Bernie Leadon and later recorded by The Eagles. Producer Thomas Jefferson Kaye (aka Tommy Kontos) grew close to Clark during the sessions and came to share his vision for the project. Their collaboration proved to be the doubled-edged sword at the heart of No Other, one that fashioned a mystical, multi-layered, intricately-arranged singer/songwriter album with forward looking psychedelic and R&B touches. The strongest tracks, the menacing synth-backed folk of "The Silver Raven" (written about his wife's shoes), the fragile melody of the seemingly anti-drug themed "From A Silver Phial" (which speaks of "a mind that sleeps inside tomorrow,") and the glorious title track, with its sinuous changes and low keyboard line doubling the vocal choruses, are among the best of Clark's short career. And his singing throughout is extremely moving. He clearly believed in this project.

And yet the overdubbed production confounded many. Slow ballads and mid-tempo songs predominate, and as Chris Hillman points out in the liner notes, Clark refused to tour, do interviews or participate in any promotional efforts, essentially dooming an ambitious project to failure. Original label Asylum refused to employ any marketing muscle and the album was deleted from the label's catalog within two years. Genius or a colossal miscalculation? This confounding prism continues to turn. © Robert Baird / Qobuz

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1
Life's Greatest Fool
00:04:45

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Ed Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Bruton, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Keith, AssociatedPerformer - Venetta Fields, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Shirley Matthews, AssociatedPerformer - Clydie King, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Carlena Williams, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

2
Silver Raven
00:04:53

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer - Danny 'Kootch' Kortchmar, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

3
No Other
00:05:08

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Butch Trucks, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

4
Strength of Strings
00:06:31

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Doerge, AssociatedPerformer - Buzzy Feiten, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Greene, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

5
From a Silver Phial
00:03:41

Chris Hillman, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Ed Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

6
Some Misunderstanding
00:08:09

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bill Cuomo, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Bruton, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Venetta Fields, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Shirley Matthews, AssociatedPerformer - Clydie King, AssociatedPerformer - Buzzy Feiten, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Carlena Williams, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Greene, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

7
The True One
00:03:59

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Butch Trucks, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Keith, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

8
Lady of the North
00:06:06

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Douglas Dillard, ComposerLyricist - Craig Doerge, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Richard Greene, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer - Ted Machell, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

DISC 2

1
From a Silver Phial Version 4
00:03:51

Chris Hillman, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Ed Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

2
Silver Raven Version 2
00:06:35

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer - Danny 'Kootch' Kortchmar, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

3
Some Misunderstanding Version 3
00:05:20

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bill Cuomo, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Bruton, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Venetta Fields, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Shirley Matthews, AssociatedPerformer - Clydie King, AssociatedPerformer - Buzzy Feiten, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Carlena Williams, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

4
Life's Greatest Fool Version 2
00:04:27

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Ed Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Bruton, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Keith, AssociatedPerformer - Venetta Fields, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Shirley Matthews, AssociatedPerformer - Clydie King, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Carlena Williams, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

5
Train Leaves Here This Morning Version 2
00:05:02

Bernie Leadon, ComposerLyricist - Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Ed Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

6
Lady of the North Version 2
00:05:45

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Douglas Dillard, ComposerLyricist - Craig Doerge, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Richard Greene, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer - Ted Machell, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

7
The True One Version 2
00:04:18

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Butch Trucks, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Keith, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

8
Strength of Strings Version 2
00:06:29

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Doerge, AssociatedPerformer - Buzzy Feiten, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Greene, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

9
No Other Version 2
00:05:40

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Butch Trucks, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

DISC 3

1
From a Silver Phial Version 1
00:04:07

Chris Hillman, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Ed Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

2
Life's Greatest Fool Version 1
00:04:10

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Ed Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Bruton, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Keith, AssociatedPerformer - Venetta Fields, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Shirley Matthews, AssociatedPerformer - Clydie King, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Carlena Williams, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

3
No Other Version 1
00:05:15

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Butch Trucks, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

4
Lady of the North Version 1
00:05:53

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Douglas Dillard, ComposerLyricist - Craig Doerge, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Richard Greene, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer - Ted Machell, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

5
Some Misunderstanding Version 1
00:05:12

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bill Cuomo, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Bruton, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Venetta Fields, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Shirley Matthews, AssociatedPerformer - Clydie King, AssociatedPerformer - Buzzy Feiten, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Carlena Williams, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Greene, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

6
Silver Raven Version 1
00:04:59

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer - Danny 'Kootch' Kortchmar, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

7
Train Leaves Here This Morning Version 1
00:05:45

Bernie Leadon, ComposerLyricist - Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Ed Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

8
The True One Version 1
00:04:41

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Butch Trucks, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Keith, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

9
Strength of Strings Version 1
00:06:22

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Craig Doerge, AssociatedPerformer - Buzzy Feiten, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Richard Greene, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

10
Life's Greatest Fool
00:03:10

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Ed Davis, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Steve Bruton, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Ben Keith, AssociatedPerformer - Venetta Fields, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Lala, AssociatedPerformer - Shirley Matthews, AssociatedPerformer - Clydie King, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Carlena Williams, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer - Ross Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

11
Silver Raven Single Edit
00:03:20

Gene Clark, Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Lee Sklar, AssociatedPerformer - Russ Kunkel, AssociatedPerformer - Jerry McGee, AssociatedPerformer - Claudia Lennear, AssociatedPerformer - Ronnie Barron, AssociatedPerformer - Mallory Earl, Mixer - Michael Utley, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Jefferson Kaye, Arranger - Cindy Bullens, AssociatedPerformer - Tim Schmit, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Reale, Engineer - Danny 'Kootch' Kortchmar, AssociatedPerformer

2019 4AD Ltd 2019 4AD Ltd

Album Description

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.

Remastered with a brighter, more multidimensional sound for its 45th anniversary reissue, the original eight tracks are supplemented by twenty extra takes from sessions that show the songs’ evolutions, including a slow, loopy version of Clark's earlier hit, "Train Leaves Here This Morning," co-written by Bernie Leadon and later recorded by The Eagles. Producer Thomas Jefferson Kaye (aka Tommy Kontos) grew close to Clark during the sessions and came to share his vision for the project. Their collaboration proved to be the doubled-edged sword at the heart of No Other, one that fashioned a mystical, multi-layered, intricately-arranged singer/songwriter album with forward looking psychedelic and R&B touches. The strongest tracks, the menacing synth-backed folk of "The Silver Raven" (written about his wife's shoes), the fragile melody of the seemingly anti-drug themed "From A Silver Phial" (which speaks of "a mind that sleeps inside tomorrow,") and the glorious title track, with its sinuous changes and low keyboard line doubling the vocal choruses, are among the best of Clark's short career. And his singing throughout is extremely moving. He clearly believed in this project.

And yet the overdubbed production confounded many. Slow ballads and mid-tempo songs predominate, and as Chris Hillman points out in the liner notes, Clark refused to tour, do interviews or participate in any promotional efforts, essentially dooming an ambitious project to failure. Original label Asylum refused to employ any marketing muscle and the album was deleted from the label's catalog within two years. Genius or a colossal miscalculation? This confounding prism continues to turn. © Robert Baird / Qobuz

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