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Sunday, 16 February 2014

An Ex-Byrd’s Album Is Given New Flight



Some albums find an unexpected afterlife. They may have been ignored or reviled upon release; they may have been out of sync with the trend of the moment; they may have had bad business luck. Then, years or decades later, word of mouth and word of Internet start to bubble up from musicians, collectors, longtime fans and new acquaintances. It doesn’t hurt if the songs are oblique and tormented, if the album and musician have troubled back stories or if newer music has vindicated sounds that went unappreciated at the time.

The reputation of Gene Clark’s 1974 album “No Other” — which was initially spurned by its record company and dismissed by critics as overproduced — has been steadily ascending, particularly since an expanded European reissue on CD in 2003. On Saturday and Sunday, “No Other” is to be performed live at Music Hall of Williamsburg, in as close a replica of the original arrangements as 14 musicians and singers can create onstage. It’s the New York City finale of the “No Other” mini-tour organized by Alex Scally of Beach House.


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