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The five original Byrds reunited for this 1973 album, at a time when Roger McGuinn had been leading a revamped lineup. And the reunited Byrds were up against an intimidating rival: their own legendary past. Critics caviled that Byrds didn't present the groundbreaking band as they'd been in the '60s, but that wasn't the plan; The Byrds clearly decided to show who they were at that moment. Instead of indulging in the overproduction rampant in the early '70s, The Byrds scaled things down, employing relatively spare, acoustic-based arrangements and using hardly any additional musicians. Gene Clark, the poet of the bunch, unsurprisingly contributed the most striking tunes, mixing folk and country influences in equal parts on the easy-rolling "Full Circle" and "Changing Heart." McGuinn teamed with Desire-era Bob Dylan collaborator Jacques Levy for the haunting, minor-key "Sweet Mary," and David Crosby's "Laughing" stands up admirably alongside his CSNY work. And speaking of "Y," it's tough to complain about any album that features Clark crooning Neil Young's moody masterpiece "See the Sky About to Rain."

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"There Is A Season; Turn; Turn Turn!"

.."Eight Miles High; And When You Touch Down!"..Nothing but a defunct "60's Rock Act"; Eh?-{We beg to differ!}-And; Thankfully; So did the Good Folks at Columbia Records Pop Division when they took on & Released this incredible 4-Disc "Nest Of Byrds" Box Set @ 1990!-I always thought of "The Byrds" (In their Prime) as just as Good; If not Better than some of the "British Invasion" Lads and Sharper than some of their own "Psychedelic Rock" West Coast Brothers!<We want to stop and thank Mr. Roger "Jim" McGuinn for helping to Start and Grandfather "The Byrds" well into the 2000's!>You can still See & Hear him out there on the road somewhere; Strumming his Signature 12-String Rickenbacker; Singing "Hey; There; Mister Tambourine Man!"-(And also Kudos to Bob Dylan & David Crosby for their Early & Worthy Contributions to "The Byrds" Sound!)-"I'll Probably Feel A Whole Lot Better!" Grimmbo.

great box set, but wrong review attached

This 1990 (originally 4 CD) box set was outstanding when first released and still holds up today mightily. However, the iTunes album review attached to this is referring to their 1973 "reunion” album.

C’mon Apple, take a few seconds from prepping the iPhone 6 and fix this.

Wrong Write Up

The official write-up here references a different album altogether: the 1972 original-lineup reunion album which features songs like "Sweet Mary" "Full Circle" and "Changing Heart"... along with covers like Joni Mitchell's "For Free" and Neil Young's "Cowngirl in the Sand."

The album actually presented here LOOKS to me like the 90's-era boxed set.


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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