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4.5 out of 5
90 Ratings

90 Ratings

The Native Alien ,

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.

Blackelsluck ,

An Excellent Collection Of Their Early Songs...

This collection covers the first four albums, which were their most successful releases. A combination of successful covers of Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger songs gave them their first three singles, but they soon expanded their own songwriting skills to produce "Eight Miles High" and "So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star". Both are classics from the late 1960's.

PorscheFan17 ,

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.

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