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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.

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Early works by one of the most influential groups in rock history

If you're not already a fan of The Byrds' music, the Greatest Hits album is good place to start. Some of the tracks—notably "Mr. Tambourine Man", "Turn! Turn! Turn!", "It Won't Be Wrong", and "Eight Miles High") are among their very best work, but all the tunes are an accessible blend of the familiar and the surprising. The last two tracks on the CD (Gene Clark's plaintive "Set You Free This Time" and Chris Hillman's "Have You Seen Her Face") are bonus tracks that weren't included on the original vinyl LP. Those tunes were flip sides of the original singles, arguably not "greatest hits", but still fine tracks in their own right that reveal a wider cross-section of The Byrds' innovative repertoire. "Innovative" is probably one of the best characterizations of their music. Indeed, if you haven't heard their music before, you'll nevertheless recognize many of the sounds and textures in their music, which continues to influence popular music some 40+ years after The Byrds pioneered those sounds. Take a listen to the early works of a band that influenced many of their contemporaries, are still influencing musicians today, and have influenced much of the music in between.

One of their best CDs

The Byrds have always been my favorite band. In this cd, I think their best songs are Eight Miles High, 5D (Fifth Dimension), and Have You Seen Her Face. Unfortunately I think their best album/cd was Fifth Dimension which i tunes currently doesnt have. Fifth Dimension was their third album and they created the most psychedelic rock in this album. I guarentee you will like the Byrds the best when they were in their rock era of Fifth Dimension album all the way back in 1966.

The Birds of one of the great bands of the 60s

Great album but missing two of their best hits the Ballad of Easy Rider for one of the greatest movies of all times think about the fact that Jack Nicholson with Peter Fonda where together in that movie. Also chestnut mare

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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