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Super Hits

The Byrds

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Album Review

Forget about a career retrospective — it's impossible to summarize the Byrds' hits in ten songs. Nevertheless, the budget-line collection Super Hits does a nice job of rounding up the group's hits — including "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Turn! Turn! Turn!," "Eight Miles High," and "So You Want to Be a Rock & Roll Star" — plus a handful of cult favorites ("Chestnut Mare," "He Was a Friend of Mine") on one affordable compilation. It's far from definitive or necessarily representative — several phases of the band's evolution are missing — but it may be of interest to casual fans on a strict budget.

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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