Gene Clark / ‘No Other’ deluxe box set

LP + 3 x SACD + blu-ray + 7″ single + hardcover book

American singer-songwriter and Byrds founding member Gene Clark’s 1974 solo album No Other is to be reissued by 4AD in November as a lavish box set which features no fewer than three SACDs, a blu-ray and an 80-page hardcover book!

Originally released on Asylum Records, a year after the Byrds shortlived reunion, Clark’s psychedelic rock, folk, country and soul record cost a small fortune to make and despite being well received critically, it was a flop. It is said that Clark never really recovered from this blow.

Since then, the album has gained greater prominence via a few reissues and has become recognised as a great album of its era.

Gene Clark ‘No Other’ box set. Click image to enlarge

4AD have remastered the eight-track album at Abbey Road and are reissuing it on CD and vinyl, but of interest to SDE readers will be an ‘extremely limited’ deluxe box set which contains the album on silver-coloured vinyl, three SACDs, an exclusive seven-inch single, and a blu-ray disc – which includes HD versions of all tracks, a 5.1 surround mix of the album, the original 1974 vinyl master and an exclusive documentary by Paul Kendall (the director of the 2013 film, The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Triumphs and Tragedy of Gene Clark) – and a hardbound 80 page book which features essays, extensive liner notes and previously unseen photos.

All the SACDs are hybrid, meaning you can play the stereo audio on normal CD players. The first (multi-layer) SACD is presented in an exclusive Japanese vinyl replica sleeve and features the eight-track album and the 5.1 surround mix, while two further SACDs offer 18 session tracks and a couple of seven-inch edits. Amongst the sessions is a recording of ‘Train Leaves Here This Morning,’ an Eagles hit in 1972, written by Gene and Eagles founding member Bernie Leadon.

As well as being home to the documentary, the blu-ray offers all the stereo content on the three SACDs, plus the 5.1 mix, the 1974 ‘vinyl master’ of the album and an exclusive 2019 stereo remix. The 5.1 and stereo remix is by Neil Wilkes and B.J. Cole at Opus Productions (everything is 24/96).

All the studio takes have been worked on and mixed by the duo of Gene Clark aficionado, author and Long Ryders frontman Sid Griffin and John Wood, the producer famed for his work with the likes of Fairport Convention, Nick Drake & Sandy Denny. No track has been edited or composited in any way so what you hear is exactly what went down in the studio before any overdubbing took place.

As well as the box set there’s a special 2CD hardcover book edition (with a selection of sessions) and a black vinyl LP version. All three formats can be pre-ordered via the SDE shop, using this link or the buttons below.

No Other is released on 8 November 2019.

No Other deluxe boxset

SACD 1: No Other (Remastered) + 5.1 surround mix

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

SACD 2: No Other (Sessions 1)

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)

SACD 3: No Other (Sessions 2)

1. From A Silver Phial (Version 1)
2. Life’s Greatest Fool (Version 1)
3. No Other (Version 1)
4. Lady Of The North (Version 1)
5. Some Misunderstanding (Version 1)
6. Silver Raven (Version 1)
7. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Version 1)
8. The True One (Version 1)
9. Strength Of Strings (Version 1)
10. Life’s Greatest Fool (Single Version)
11. Silver Raven (Single Edit)

Exclusive 7”

A. Life’s Greatest Fool (Single Version)
AA. Train Leaves Here This Morning (Version 1)


Documentary: The Byrd Who Flew Alone: The Making of No Other by Paul Kendall

No Other (Alternate Audio Versions)
No Other (HD Audio Remaster)
No Other (5.1 Surround Mix)
No Other (1974 Vinyl Master)
No Other (2019 Stereo Remix)

80 Page Hardbound Book

Extensive Liner Notes
Previously Unpublished Photographs
Essays by Andrew Perry, Jon Einarson, Johnny Rogan, Martin Aston & Sid Griffin


No Other 2CD edition

CD 1 / No Other (Remastered)

  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

CD 2 / No Other (Sessions 1)

  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)

Vinyl LP

No Other (Remastered)

  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

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I know you read responses Paul, even though they are on old posts. Just wanted to let you know that I ordered this from the SDE shop – it looked like it was the last copy, as the message “Out Of Stock” now displays. If it really was, this was indeed a very good price. I am only interested in the SACD 5.1 mix (one review suggests that it is a 5.0 mix) – these rare offerings are highly prized by audiophile enthusiasts with a good home theatre set-up. Although 4AD might release stand-alone blu-rays and SACDs, it isn’t very likely, given that there are hardly any hi-rez releases being reissued on physical media these days. In future, the value of the SACD surround-mix will only increase in value. Have a look on the web and try to find a second-hand copy of Kraftwerk’s live album Minimum Maximum on SACD, released in 2006 with a surround mix for under £300.


With Amazon.fr. appearing to have the best price I ordered this from them. Sadly, when it arrived yesterday, all four of the the mailing carton’s corners were split open to the point that you could stick your hand in them. Upon opening the box, I was pleasantly surprised that the actual set was sealed and totally undamaged … until I opened it. If you have seen it and know the contents, the LP and a 12″ x 12″ cardboard insert are on top, the hardcover book is below those two items and then there is a sunken cardboard pocket where the CDs, blu-ray and 7″ single are housed. That sunken pocket had torn away from the surrounding frame on both corners on the right. The top of the edge of the outer frame was folded in on part of it, overall, a mess.

Attempting to reach Amazon.fr was a nightmare that took nearly two hours, as unlike the German Amazon site, there is no option to translate the whole site into English. I tried calling Amazon in the US to see if they could help with the situation, and after being told by the first customer service rep that she could connect me to them, I instead was sent to a recording that repeatedly asked me to enter my dealer’s pin number (?!?). It never went back to her or gave me any option to return to a different menu.

On my second attempt, the gentlemen also said he would connect me with them, and indeed, a woman initially speaking French came on the line. She did speak some English so he left the call so she and I could discuss the issue. Unfortunately, it then became apparent that he had connected me to … Amazon in Canada, not France! Arggggh!

I wanted to deal with this by either phone or at least chat rather than e-mail, so after doing a search online for Amazon.fr’s phone number and not finding any results — why are they making this a secret? — I diligently tried US Amazon again, and this time the customer service agent was able to provide me with the correct number to them, although he could not connect me. Prefacing the following comment by telling him I realized this was not his fault, I asked him how many millions of dollars Amazon was making worldwide in just one day, and yet they can’t have a system where the US branch could have a direct line to the UK, German, French etc. locations if a customer needs help. He agreed that would be very useful and customer-friendly.

I called the number — after adding a $5-per-month International calling plan to my AT&T phone account which made the cost 9¢ per minute vs. $4 per minute without the plan — and reached a French-speaking voice menu. I just said, “customer service” and it transferred me to an agent who only spoke a little English. She said they do have reps that specifically are fluent in English, but … they were gone for the day and I should call back the next day after 7 AM their time (11 PM here in California).

I called back yesterday, finally got through to an English-capable agent and she told me to return the set at my expense for which I will reimbursed, and they would send me a new one. But here’s the concern: everything looks fine from the outside. They probably have copies in their warehouse that are already damaged. I won’t know until I receive it. This is really frustrating. There would probably be less of a chance of damage if I ordered it through Amazon in the US, but it’s $42 more.

By the way, this came three days after receiving a package from Amazon.uk where they shipped four CDs in one of those rectangular cartons that folds in on both ends. Amazon NEVER tapes these shut, which I find unbelievable. In that case, one end must have come open in transit, as the postal service had taped it up. The other end was closed, but I could easily open it with one finger. The two copies of the Jethro Tull – Stormwatch set were fine, but two regular-sized CDs both had damaged jewel cases, one with nearly all the CD spokes broken off so the CD just fell out and the other, a digipak with a plastic tray, having a 2″ piece of the tray’s edge broken off and loose in the carton. Why did this happen? Because Amazon.uk didn’t put any bubble wrap, airbag space fillers, wadded-up paper, ANYTHING in the box, so the two smaller regular-sized CDs just got banged around in transit. If I was a 3rd party dealer shipping out packages packed this poorly, I would be dealing with complaints and negative feedback all the time and eventually kicked off the site. I contacted Amazon.uk by chat, and given the CDs themselves were not damaged, was told, “we normally don’t compensate in a case like this” — which I found to be an incredible thing to say — but he offered me £5 credit on my account for a future order. I have replacement cases so I switched out the tray with the broken spokes, and I glued the edge piece back on to the digipak tray, but … this is absurd I’m having to do that. Has anyone else had horror stories like this when ordering from overseas Amazon locations? They often have a much better price — especially the UK site — but man, there is still a price to pay when you have to deal with this crap due to horribly-packaged shipments leading to damaged contents.

I’m crossing my fingers I’ll get a perfect No Other box set on attempt #2…

Emilio Lafarga Giribets

I also got mine from Amazon France. The setbox was “dancing” inside a typical brown Amazon cardboard box with only some loose paper as protection.
Fortunately it only had a couple of dents and one of the corners was slightly bent. Contents were sealed and fine.
Nevertheless, I contacted them via email: THERE’S A CONTACT US IN ENGLISH OPTION. They promptly answered me and offered a 57’67€ refund which I happily accepted as the box was in almost pristine condition, according to their email it was the 30% of its value.

george c

I agree with Andrea. A Decent album but would I pay £140 to own this edition, sadly no. I remember a shopping trip to Newcastle’s virgin records store in the mid 70s where I bought this album, 4 Michael Nesmith LPs (as American cut – outs in the bargain bins) & an original US copy of Phil Spector’s A Christmas gift to you LP (these were extremely rare, but apparently a warehouse search in the US had turned up a few thousand copies) for the princely sum of £1 each. IMHO the Mike Nesmith albums are musically more enjoyable than this album. Just my two pennyworth. By the way I do buy deluxe editions (bob Dylan, The Beatles etc.) I don’t permanently live in the world of 70s bargain bins. Ta


Is there a way to still get the set with the flexi’s?


Hello Jeff

The Flexi singles are exclusive to the box set when purchased from 4AD.com website.
It is still available there at the moment. Hope that helps.

Dan G

Does anyone know if the BluRay is region-free (i.e. all regions supported)? I’m in the US and considering ordering Deluxe box from amazon.fr.
Thanks in advance.

Wayne A. Klein

It is a thing of beauty. My flexis also arrived inside the box (my wife God Bless her ordered it for me as a b-day gift). My only complaint is minor–I wish that it came in a small box perhaps the size of the latest Replacements one or Abbey Road–it’s pretty darn thick. Great album though gets a great package from 4AD.


Beautifully constructed product. I agree, the box is the same size as the Bob Marley complete album collection – at least 2 inches thick and will take up a lot of space on the shelf. It is a pity that the album was not presented as a gatefold. But, overall, looks and sounds like a true superdeluxe product. Bravo.


Update – the vinyl record is the weakest part of this set, as is almost always the case. I think that the previous music on vinyl release sounded better. Digital material is phenomenal, though.


I said no to this but then I had to.it arrived today. Was so underwhelmed when I seen the set.rhen I opened it and wow wow wow its stunning. Yes expensive but it’s worth it


There are some problems with this set and the track order seems to be mislabelled…


It’s a fabulous album but at that price it will alienate new fans from hearing the music


I always liked this album but….the demos are much better than the released versions, imo. His voice stands out more with the demos. Oh Ivo is alive and well and living in New Mexico

Ian McJannet

I’d buy the vinyl just to get that cover ! It’s Fabulous…………….

John Berry

Have the cd, very tempted by the vinyl. Deluxe edition is stupidly expensive but I’m sure the hi res mixes will sound stunning. Sigh.


Such a great album – bought the CD and the MOV version years ago. I just went ahead and pre-ordered on Amazon UK. Then I read the post above from Denmark and realized that I could be hammered with tariffs if the UK does the no deal madness at Halloween (I live in Ireland). Any sign of the set appearing on Amazon.de or .fr?


Well it’s available at the jpc de as listed above.


Now if we could just get the UK to stay in the EU a fortnight longer then the package would probably go to Denmark without any problems. But if you know who gets his way, it could end up costing nearly twice the price, with taxes, fees, and fee for the fee itself (I kid you not)!

I’m sorry as I would like to support the sde, but I’ll have to if it becomes available at amazon.de or similar.

Steve gilmour

Just want to say I LOVE paul sinclair. Im been an SDE subscriber from day 1…hes made me broke fair dinkum but his comments and dry wit put a smile on me every day.

Long may he run and Paul if youre ever in Perth mate you have a place to stay here

Simon Stokes

Not heard this album before. Just finished listening to the song posted on your site Paul.

Now I know where the Jayhawks came from!

John Berry

I think the Everly Bros & Neil Young/ Crazy Horse were also powerful influences!


Ivo Watts-Russell’s cover of Strength Of Strings with This Mortal Coil on Filigree & Shadow explains this beautiful homage. If 4AD could, you would probably also see Tim Buckley and Alex Chilton/Big Star reissues.

Yes, Paul, it is true that most 4AD product does not get discounted and after their limited run go very dear indeed.

I hope that I could get the delirious SDE version. Not likely to happen…

Stan Butler

£140! To quote the great John Lydon, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?”
Is there any linit to the amount record companies can screw out of the public?


This is obviously a good album, but obviously not nearly good enough to justify an overkill uberbox like this one. There’s no need for 4 versions of Silver Raven, really.
The 2 CD set is a very good compromise.

The Golden Agei Of A Gene Clark S.D.E. Box Set

‘but obviously not nearly good enough to justify an overkill uberbox like this one’ – says you. You’re wrong, very wrong.

Neil Wilkes

Sorry Stan, but if you think this is expensive I sincerely hope you are not a Stones fan, given the £135 price tag on “Let It Bleed” for stereo vinyl, mono vinyl & 2 SACD.
Now THAT is expensive

Michael Manasse

It does not look like they have re-printed the poster that was included in the original U.S vinyl pressing. A deluxe treatment we see here should have had that included.

Tom M

The 4AD website states:
“Beautiful Silver Boxset Containing No Other LP (Pressed on Silver Vinyl with poster)”

Bassel Hassouna

Are there any amazon links as I do not live in the UK


Glad to hear the SACDs are hybrids. I have no business doing it, but that super box is very appealing.

I will admit, though: if this came out on another label I wouldn’t be drawn to the super box at all. 4AD is a much different label than it once was, but there is something about that 4AD logo that can add instant gravitas to a project. And I always thought it was super cool when the label had connections to country music, something NO ONE cool was doing in the ’80s/early ’90s. Having Rodney Crowell covers on This Mortal Coil albums was more daring than half of what I saw coming out of alternative rock at the time.

The Golden Age Of A Gene Clark Deluxe Box Set

Sorry Paul, got an email from Echoes: Gene Clark website this afternoon and I simply had to have that deluxe box and ordered right away from 4AD.

I`ve been a fan of Gene Clark since his days in The Byrds and `No Other` as many have already said is one of the great albums of the last 50 years. The great man never got the recognition his talent deserved. The Byrds were never the same again without him.

I have the S.D.E.`s of Abbey Road, Arthur, The Soft Parade and quite a few more on preorder but this is the release I`m now looking forward to.


Okay, not exactly true that NO ONE cool was connected to country in the ’80s/early ’90s. Elvis Costello’s Almost Blue album was completely daring, and still one of my favorites by him and the Attractions.


Would love this album on SACD but the box is too much in terms of cost and content. Although I’m sure it will be lovely and it’s totally understandable that it’s coming out on 4ad.


This is extremely unexpected, but fantastic. The Deluxe Box is a must have and will sell out fast, I predict. Perhaps with that cash infusion, 4AD will get working on that SDE for Wolfgang Press?

Toby Young

140 squids! it’ll be 50 in a matter of months. Over the top pricing on this.


Can’t wait to hear the tracks without the original horrible over-production. It may have been “of the time” but Gene’s wonderfully emotive delivery and songwriting were trampled upon. By ignorance or intent, the immediacy and depth of a great artist were lost.


Curious to know how the different versions match up with those on the 2003 reissue (other than sound quality, which of course counts for something). You know, is Version 2 of a song the same as the ‘previously unreleased’ version of the same song on the earlier reissue?

Were you given any insights, Paul, or does one have to buy everything?


There’s an exclusive Flexi if you order the box from the label..

Also, Ivo from 4ad is a huge Gene Clark fan and This Mortal Coil did a few Gene covers so I think that’s why he’s doing this


Not Ivo. Sadly, Ivo passed a few years back.


Ivo sold his share of 4AD to Martin Mills/Beggars in 1999 but is still alive, unless his death has gone unreported?


whoa, apologies to Ivo for thinking him passed. I remembered several artists tributing his life a few years back (time flies!) but I guess it was over his selling his shares.

Apologies. Mea Culpa.


He does seem to be living the quiet life these days so wouldn’t have been outwith the realms of possibility!

Matthew McKinnon

Ivo hasn’t been involved in 4AD for twenty years. Not in any capacity whatsoever. He sold his shares and moved on.

Andrew Abley

Simply brilliant news


Does anybody know if the vinyl is mastered from the original tapes?


it’s digital vinyl because the half-speed remaster process is not done with the analog tape,
they cut the lacquer from a digital file run at half speed.

John Murray

SACD lives! Rejoice!

Robert Ferbrache

How about a release of the blu-ray


That’s not going to happen until all those overpriced box sets have been sold. If ever.

The Blu-ray in the box renders the three SACDs redundant, but hey, they bump up the price nicely…

Paul English

One of my favourite ever albums. I know a lot of people were turned onto it by that Melody Maker Lost Albums book in 1995. Will get the super deluxe edition – worth the price of admission for the two single edits alone.

Mathew Lauren

This looks to be a great RE campaign with a multi-hybrid 5.1 SACD AND 5.1 Blu-ray amongst the goodies. I’ve been a proponent of 5.1 SACD/5.1+ Blu RE sets for years. What a treat!


Tim Abbott

One of the greatest albums ever made by one of popular music’s underappreciated stars. But what I’ve heard of the bonus tracks (when they were added to the CD reissue 15-17 years ago) added nothing to the album’s brilliance; part of its appeal is the economy of just eight songs. Aside from the 5.1 mix, I feel this would be a slog. Even the double LP of unreleased outtakes from across his career was a tough listen in places. Sorry Gene.


So happy to see this album get the full reissue treatment that it thoroughly deserves.


Just for clarification, it looks like the double CD version is NOT an SACD. Is that correct?

graeme ewan

hi Paul , does SDE shop charge at point of order? I can’t remember. thanks.

David Bly

Addendum to my previous post.
Neither regular SACDs nor SACD Hybrid discs will play on my computer.

Neil Wilkes

Of course they won’t – Sony designed it that way.

Ron Weslosky

I’m interested in the set for the digital portion only. I have o interest in the vinyl, box, paraphernalia books etc. So if anyone else is interested in getting that set without the digital maybe a deal could be made?


Very interesting but not a lot of songs for this prize … 3 sacds? with 2 it was enough for the songs included …


A completely boneheaded question: those SACDs aren’t gonna play on regular CD players, correct? Some part of me wants the deluxe box, but I think that’s gonna be the dealbreaker.

David Bly

But, SACDs do NOT play on some computers, like mine. And as I don’t have a stand-alone CD player anymore, that’s a bit of a problem. I do have a way I can extract the audio portion and turn them into mp3 files, but it’s sad that I won’t be able to get the whole effect.

And as I previously pointed out, I also do not have a Blu-ray player, as such another example of where a DVD would help, and would play on my computer.

I will probably buy it, and may just buy the 2-CD version also, just so I can play it easily.

David Bly

Oh, I get that a lot! Some years ago I actually bought a used Blu-ray player from someone for $50 and I got it home and dropped it in the hallway just feet from the bedroom door (that’s where my big TV is). After that I looked for other bargains but never found one.

Meanwhile, I’m perfectly happy with my all-region DVD player which has allowed me to buy DVDs from all over the world – South Korea, Hong Kong, Brasil, France, and the UK – the latter where I’ve gotten some great dual-format sets (DVD/Blu-ray) from the British Film Institute, many of which are of films not available in the US, or in better versions. The BFI just released a dual-format version of “How I Won The War”, for example.

As for not having a CD player, it was just a result of the last one dying, and since the computer played them fine – until in found out about the SACD problem, I never bothered to get a new one. I only have about 15 hybrid SACDs, only one of which (a classical one) I don’t have otherwise on CD and vinyl.
I also have several DVD-As, which were great.

But as I pointed out before, some artists are releasing both DVD and Blu-ray, and many new bands are releasing only DVD versions as they realise many of their fans may not have Blu-ray.

In the long run, I may get a Blu-ray player, but there’s only 2 available inputs on my TV, so I’de have to remove my all-region DVD player or my VHS recorder/player.

There’s never going to be an end to the format wars until they finally start licencing my BrainQube™ system, where a small cube about the size of a thumbnail is inserted directly into your head via a small square hole in the side of your temple.
WHY they haven’t come to me yet, I DO NOT KNOW!

What To Do??????? [place smiley emoji here]

Matthew Breach

I bought a £30 “unknown manufacturer” CD/DVD/Blu-Ray player off Amazon which plays absolutely anything on my iMac (let alone a PC) – treat yourself! Only issue with it so far (after 2 years of heavy use) is that it won’t let me rip the SACD layer from a hybrid SACD – only play the CD layer. A bit strange as I can rip the SACD layer on a non-hybrid SACD.

Rare Glam

4AD box sets are always beautiful in every sense. But this looks like there’s nothing on the SDL box set you can actually play on a standard CD player or are the SACDs hybrid? I’ll go for the 2 x CD set if not. So many big box sets due in the next four months!


Cool set but how did this end up on the 4AD label??

Jeffrey Grimes

I was wondering the same. Country rock has not traditionally been their sort of thing.

Robert B

One of my favorite albums of the year.
The demos that appeared on the UK cd release years ago, imo, are
better than the released versions.
Such a great voice. Despite the heavy price Im seriously considering

David M

One of the greatest albums ever made. Would love it, but probably a little too pricey for me.


An absolutely fantastic album, and one that has been in need of a careful well considered reissue, which this new one looks to be. The previous “remastered” cd from about 15 years ago was horribly compressed.

As much as i love it, i don’t know if i will stretch to the boxset, as comprehensive as it is, but i will be snagging the vinyl!!!


Anyone curious about GC just needs to check out Some Misunderstanding and Strength of Strings from this release. Awesome stuff.

David M

It’s all great.


Why did this have to come out in a deluxe edition? Here I am feeling all smug having no interest in the recent rip off Pink Floyd box, among others, and now this, my favourite album.


Wow! I had no idea this was even on the horizon. Interesting that it’s on 4AD given that This Mortal Coil covered Strength of Strings from this album.

Andrew Greenwood

It looks the 2CD set is the vinyl free option, then hope that he blu ray comes out on its own at some point

Justin Cole

A great album that is well-deserving of the deluxe treatment.