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Greatest Hits

The Byrds

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Album Review

Without question, the Byrds were one of the great bands of the '60s and one of the few American bands of their time to continually turn out inventive, compelling albums. As they were recording a series of fine records, they turned out a number of classic singles that unquestionably defined their era. The Byrds' Greatest Hits does an excellent job of chronicling the peak years of their popularity before they went country-rock on 1968's Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Apart from the minor hits "It Won't Be Wrong," "Set You Free This Time," and "Have You Seen Her Face," all of the group's hit singles — from 1965's "Mr. Tambourine Man" to 1967's "My Back Pages" — are included: "All I Really Want to Do," "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)," "Eight Miles High," "5D (Fifth Dimension)," "Mr. Spaceman," and "So You Want to Be a Rock N' Roll Star." Yes, some great songs were left behind on the albums, but important cuts like "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better," "The Bells of Rhymney," and "Chimes of Freedom" are added, making this pretty close to a definitive single-disc summary of the Byrds' prime.

Customer Reviews

Excellent value

The iTunes review is spot-on in describing this album's strengths and features. There are many Byrds compilations available but this one is a stand-out for quality of sound and value. One more reason to like the re-mastering is the clear difference audible in the sound of the lead and rhythm guitars in The Byrds- if you've ever listened to music and wondered what contribution the rhythm guitarist is making to the sound, their music clearly demonstrates the importance of the rhythm guitar. McGuinn's Rickenbacker sound may be more famous and instantly recognizable, but Crosby's Gretsch (and Gibson) sound is absolutely necessary to the quality of the entire sound.

Biography

Formed: 1964 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Although they only attained the huge success of the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the Beach Boys for a short time in the mid-'60s, time has judged the Byrds to be nearly as influential as those groups in the long run. They were not solely responsible for devising folk-rock, but they were certainly more responsible than any other single act (Dylan included) for melding the innovations and energy of the British Invasion with the best lyrical and musical elements of contemporary folk music. The jangling,...
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