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Album Review

The Byrds' 1965 recording of "Mr. Tambourine Man," which hit the top of the pop charts by the middle of that year, was many people's introduction to the singular and peculiar songwriting genius of Bob Dylan, as well as the debut of a classic American band. Covering Dylan material was to be a constant throughout the group's many stylistic and personnel changes, and this succinct set includes key versions of "My Back Pages," "Chimes of Freedom," and "Nothing Was Delivered," among others, that remain classics in the wide world of Dylan song covers.


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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