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Where the Byrds prior albums flirted with twangy tones, it wasn’t until Gram Parsons joined the Byrds on 1968’s Sweetheart of the Rodeo that the band went full country-rock. But you won’t hear Parsons’ reedy voice on the original Sweetheart — he was still under contract with Lee Hazlewood for his prior project the International Submarine Band, so Roger McGuinn affected a Waycross, Georgia drawl and sang over Parsons’ penned tunes and the covers he brought to the table. Now with the Legacy Edition, you can hear how it was supposed to go down as GP’s vocals are mixed back into the fold. Starting with the Louvin Brothers’ unintentionally eerie “The Christian Life,” and the traditional “You Don’t Miss Your Water,” there’s a palpable ache in his voice that McGuinn couldn’t mimic — especially when you get to catchy “100 Years From Now” and the wistful “Hickory Wind” — one of Parsons’ best vocal takes ever. Out of a whopping 14 bonus tracks, other standouts include rare International Submarine Band gems like garage-rocker “Sum Up Broke” and the go-go grooving “One Day Week.”

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Sweethearts of the Rodeo

"Twenty thousand roads I went down, down, down/And they all led me straight back home to you." -- Gram Parsons

It's My Style of Gram Parsons

Worth it just for the master One Hundred Years from Now and the Nashville version of Hickory Wind if you are a Gram fan. Transplendent.

If This Is Your Style of Byrds...

This is absolutely, %100 country with maybe a little bit of rock...I personally dont like what Graham Parsons did to the Byrds sound, I much, much, much prefer their folk/psychedelic rock of the early years (and even on the album right after this Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde) but I dont really care for this album at all...but its all about personal opinion, The Byrds are still an incredible band


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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