18 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Inspired by the Beatles to pick up electric instruments, and fueled with the poetic visions of Bob Dylan, the Byrds were among the most inventive and influential groups of the 1960s, adding Los Angeles to the British Invasion and becoming the face of “folk-rock,” a term not always embraced by the people to which it applied. With three strong singers in Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Gene Clark, the group added gorgeous counterpart harmonies to the simple, elegant melodies that reflected ageless folk songs and Beatlesque pop. The Bob Dylan penned title track slimmed down to one verse and given its signature 12-string guitar riff convinced the world it was OK that Dylan also went electric, and the band’s continued exploration of his catalog (“Spanish Harlem Incident,” “Chimes of Freedom,” “All I Really Want to Do”) further blurred the lines between folk and rock until the two were inseparable. Gene Clark’s “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better,” “Here Without You” and “I Knew I’d Want You” established him as the band’s chief writer. The deluxe edition includes several alternate versions that while not superior to the released takes, offer intriguing variations on well-known themes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Inspired by the Beatles to pick up electric instruments, and fueled with the poetic visions of Bob Dylan, the Byrds were among the most inventive and influential groups of the 1960s, adding Los Angeles to the British Invasion and becoming the face of “folk-rock,” a term not always embraced by the people to which it applied. With three strong singers in Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Gene Clark, the group added gorgeous counterpart harmonies to the simple, elegant melodies that reflected ageless folk songs and Beatlesque pop. The Bob Dylan penned title track slimmed down to one verse and given its signature 12-string guitar riff convinced the world it was OK that Dylan also went electric, and the band’s continued exploration of his catalog (“Spanish Harlem Incident,” “Chimes of Freedom,” “All I Really Want to Do”) further blurred the lines between folk and rock until the two were inseparable. Gene Clark’s “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better,” “Here Without You” and “I Knew I’d Want You” established him as the band’s chief writer. The deluxe edition includes several alternate versions that while not superior to the released takes, offer intriguing variations on well-known themes.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Ryan_Chandler ,

Underrated

The byrds are one of the most underrated bands of the 60s and have made some amazing songs. If you are into the zombies or early beatles, i would strongly advise you to buy this album. ( at least get Mr. Tambourine Man, Dylan and the Byrds made that song a classic)

Guitarest ,

60s

This album was one of the greatest albums of the 60s.

hornteacher ,

First Byrd album I owned.

This was the first Byrd album or rather tape I owned. I wore the tape down until it barely plays until I finally downloaded this version. This is true early Byrds at their best: harmony, twelve strings, tamborine, twangy tone, and the rest. A must for fans of the 60's and true music rather than the commercial junk that came later.

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