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Editors’ Notes

If Fifth Dimension is The Byrds' Revolver, then the follow-up, Younger Than Yesterday, is their Sgt. Pepper. While songs like "Eight Miles High" were the band's entry point into psychedelia, YTY is a full-blown head trip. C.T.A.-102 is a tune about alien life, replete with spacy electronic effects. Backward tapes add a disorienting feel to the dreamy "Thoughts and Words" and the Eastern-influenced "Mind Gardens," and trippy lyrics abound throughout the album. But tracks like the country-rocker "Time Between" and the harmony-heavy Dylan cover "My Back Pages" keep the band in touch with their rootsy side.

Customer Reviews

Underappreciated and as Good as Any Byrds Album

Except for the terribly pretentious and inane Mind Gardens (which I have read Crosby fought to put on the album against the objections of all of the other members), every other song on this album is extremely good. This is the album where Chris Hillman first flourished as a singer-songwriter. I believe the only reason this album wasn't more successful is because it was released a few months before Sargent Pepper and wasn't considered hip enough for 1967. The songs on this album range from pop, the early psychodelia, and country rock. This album is definitely the bridge between their early albums and The Notorious Byrd Brothers, which is just as good, more experimental, and suprisingly sold even worse.

Everybody has been burned b4

This is my favorite Byrds record, because it was among the best records of that amazing year, 1967. Hendrix, Airplane, Doors, Beatles, Stones, Love, etc ALL hit it ib '67, and this is equal to the competition.

Underrated 60's masterpiece

One of the Byrds best. Beautiful vocals and chiming, complicated guitar work with some good sonic experimentation and some well written songs (Despite Gene Clark's departure). Also features Lady Friend as a bonus cut, hand's down David Crosby's best song and one of the best songs of the 60's.


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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