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The Byrds scored several hits in their early days with their Bob Dylan–inspired folk-rock, but the group's devotees know The Byrds hit their stride as musicians during the post–Gram Parsons period. Sure, they didn’t top the charts with any more jingle-jangle hits like “Mr. Tambourine Man” or "Turn! Turn! Turn!" And as The Byrds evolved, Roger McGuinn’s 12-string guitar often took a back seat to the innovative B-bending Telecaster of six-string deity Clarence White. Here, this is immediately apparent with his pedal-steel approximations in the opening live version of “Love of the Bayou,” as White bends and slides all over McGuinn’s arpeggios as if he had six fingers on his left hand. Setlist: The Very Best of The Byrds curates the band’s most impressive live performances recorded between 1970 and 1971. In this nearly 16-minute version of “Eight Miles High,” McGuinn’s guitar playing returns to the forefront and we can really hear how John Coltrane’s modal notes on the saxophone inspired McGuinn's leads—more so than on the studio version.

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There are moments on this collection where the band doesn't sound totally focused...but they are rare. This is some fine, vintage, late 60's/early 70's LIVE rock and roll.
Never thought The Byrds could jam like this, but "Eight Miles High" has to be heard to be believed. Now, if you're into Lady Gaga or corporate pop or gangsta rap/hip hop/whatever it's called these days, you might listen to some of this and scratch your head and say, "whaaa???" then pass it by.
Big mistake on your part, folks, if you do.
This is actual music being played by real people that are in synch and sounding like what a rock and roll band should sound like...and used to sound like.
Versatile, too, as "Take A Whiff" and "Black Mountain Rag" will attest to.

They don't make this kind of music anymore. And, even if they did, no one would buy it because they wouldn't understand it.

Terrific stuff.

Good Collection...

What this collection lacks in vocal quality (Roger often sounds 'out there' too much) is made up for by the excellent musicality of these four performers. Yes it has its flaws, but that might be attributed to the influence of PEDs (wink wink). This is real music that most of today's musicians can only wish they could play as good as.


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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