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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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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)


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

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.


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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