Some of the first-ever recordings of Cast King – quite a surprise, given that Cast is 90 years old, and has been playing guitar for most of his life! King's a hell of a songwriter – and the tracks on this set, although relatively spare in their instrumentation and recording techniques, could have been country music gems if they'd made it to the Nashville publishers – the kind of songs that have the right balance of live lived and honest humanity – an which are especially compelling here in the almost-ethnographic setting of the record. Cast sings and plays acoustic guitar on all numbers, with some extra electric guitar from Matt Downer – who recorded the tracks. Titles include "Cheap Motel", "Low Down Blues", "Faded Rose", "Wino", "Numb", and "Saw Mill Man". LP, Vinyl record album
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Gene Clark —
No Other ... CD Asylum/Collectors Choice, 1974. Used ....
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A pretty amazing effort from country rock progenitor Gene Clark! This one blends breezy songcraft that's not too far off from his previous couple of great solo albums – rustic harmonies and memorable lyricism flavored by acoustic guitars – with far more deft studio touches such as synths and densely layered backing vocals. There really was no other album in '74 like No Other, and initially it had the poor reception to show for it! It has a somewhat laidback and laconic vibe overall – infused with that Cali country rock groove that Gene helped invent – yet the production is richly produced on an epic scale, an effort that seems to seek flat out perfection. A couple years later, Califoria fellow travelers would utilize a similar approach and sell LPs by the ton. Here's hoping those groups bought Gene a dinner or two to thank him for the inspiration! Includes "Life's Greatest Fool", "Silver Raven", "No Other", "Some Misunderstanding", "The True One", "Lady Of The North", "Strength Of Strings" and "From A Silver Phial". CD