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Setlist: The Very Best of The Byrds (Live)

The Byrds

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Album Review

This 14-track set of live recordings by the latter-day Roger McGuinn/Clarence White incarnation of the Byrds is culled from 1970's double-LP Untitled (the first LP was a live recording from a 1970 concert at Queens College while the second LP was a studio recording), 2000's Live at the Fillmore West (recorded in February of 1969), and 2008's Live at Royal Albert Hall (recorded in 1971). This version of the Byrds may not be the best known, but given the wonderful guitar interplay between McGuinn and White, it was certainly the best live unit the band ever toured. Given the different sources for this playlist, it actually hangs together with the arc of a single concert, ending with an epic 15-plus-minute version of "Eight Miles High."

Customer Reviews

DIFFERENT ERA; GREAT STUFF

There are moments on this collection where the band doesn't sound totally focused...but they are rare. This is some fine, vintage, late 60's/early 70's LIVE rock and roll.
Never thought The Byrds could jam like this, but "Eight Miles High" has to be heard to be believed. Now, if you're into Lady Gaga or corporate pop or gangsta rap/hip hop/whatever it's called these days, you might listen to some of this and scratch your head and say, "whaaa???" then pass it by.
Big mistake on your part, folks, if you do.
This is actual music being played by real people that are in synch and sounding like what a rock and roll band should sound like...and used to sound like.
Versatile, too, as "Take A Whiff" and "Black Mountain Rag" will attest to.

They don't make this kind of music anymore. And, even if they did, no one would buy it because they wouldn't understand it.

Terrific stuff.

Good Collection...

What this collection lacks in vocal quality (Roger often sounds 'out there' too much) is made up for by the excellent musicality of these four performers. Yes it has its flaws, but that might be attributed to the influence of PEDs (wink wink). This is real music that most of today's musicians can only wish they could play as good as.

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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