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A Great Byrds Album...and a glimpse of "Gene Tryp"

This is a terrific album by the Byrds. It just gets better with each passing year. It features some of the best singing and writing that Roger McGuinn has ever produced (in his case, that's saying something). It features some of the best recorded guitar picking and singing of Clarence White (and that's really saying something). It also has fine work by Gene Parsons as a drummer, singer, and writer, and good work from Skip Batten.

A truly overlooked gem on this album is "Hungry Planet," as prescient a song as any band ever came up with and one of the finest Byrd tracks around. And Gram Parsons makes his final appearance on a Byrds record with backing vocals on "All the Things." He is credited on both the original vinyl and on this CD.

But contained in this expanded addition are five songs from the abandoned "Gene Tryp" musical that Roger McGuinn was working on. A takeoff on "Peer Gynt" (Rock critic David Fricke has written in his fine commentary here that the name of the musical has dashing hipness.)

If you care to hear what the musical might sounded like, here are my thoughts on the intended song order:

Act I.
Chestnut Mare (sung by Tryp)
All the Things (Tryp)
Kathleen's Song (Kathleen) - this song is on this CD in pristine, clear elegance
Lover of the Bayou (Big Cat)

Act II
I Want to Grow Up to Be a Politician (Tryp) - available on the expanded Byrdmaniax available on iTunes and on all the various anthologies
Bag Full of Money (The Robber Gang) - available on the Further Along expanded album on iTunes (Also on out of print McGuinn solo debut)
Just a Season (Tryp and Kathleen)
NOTE: not sure I know what the final song was intended to be, if anyone knows tell me. For my part, I program in "Pale Blue," the acoustic, clean version on the Byrdmaniax expanded album.

I hope, even now, that someone steps up and finally produces what promises to be a fun night of theatre.

Less is More

No Crosby, No Grevious Angel, No Chris Hill - But this is still the finest Byrd's Album ever. Overlooked, hard to find in its time, the playing, singing and song writing all come together. Studio and Live you can see why they influenced todays Alt/Country arena more than any other. Just wonderful.


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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