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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 02:36 PM
favorite song? favorite album? opinions of the band.


my favorite album is SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO. the 2 cd version is a must own imo

 
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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 02:37 PM
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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 03:31 PM
Favorite song: Wasn't Born to Follow, from the Easy Rider soundtrack:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWhgLjim6Rc






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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 03:53 PM
I turn 'em up when they come on the radio , but that's about it . I really like McGuinn's " King Of The Hill " though !

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 03:54 PM
Major inspiration to acts like Tom Petty, REM and others. You don't like 'em? Send me your vinyl!

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 03:58 PM
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Major inspiration to acts like Tom Petty, REM and others. You don't like 'em? Send me your vinyl!



Petty is the reason I know who the Byrds are . Love them Rickenbachers too !

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 04:04 PM
Me I like the "Untitled" 2cd have the album too. But I pretty much like them from beginning to end.

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 04:35 PM
The later Byrds stuff--particularly "Live at the Fillmore"--is great for me because it showcases Clarence White's unique electric guitar playing--the B-Bender, his unique sense of timing and his adventurousness. If you haven't checked out the Byrds from 1969 to around 1972, it's worth a listen.

The earlier stuff is quite good, too. And a band that featured guys like David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark, Roger McGuinn, and Gram Parsons (not all together at the same time, of course) is bound to offer some good tunes.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 04:42 PM
I think the Byrds were a premier band & pioneers of their type of sound. Roger McGuinn is about 70 now, still tours, and puts on a great night of music. He's a legend. I believe Martin Guitars developed a 7 string model for him with a second "G" string. Here's an audio of a great Byrds tune - "Chestnut Mare"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUYkL8l6VLk&feature=related

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 04:45 PM
Much as I love Crosby and Gram Parsons, favourite album has to be Notorious Byrd Brothers.

Favourite single? Mr Tambourine Man is one of the most perfect pop singles ever.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 05:14 PM
As part of my big vinyl aquisition a year ago, I have the complete Byrds on vinyl along with Gram Parsons albums and Flying Burrito albums. I would love to see these go to a Byrds fan if anyone wants please PM, I will wheel and deal. They are in very very good condition.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 05:33 PM
Shavian, I believe Crosby does play on Notorious Byrd Brothers. He was out of the band soon afterward, but songs like Tribal Gathering are Crosby tunes.

I like that album a lot, and Younger Than Yesterday is probably my other favorite. Mind Gardens may have the best Crosby vocals he ever laid down. Shame he ruined his voice over the years, as a young man he had a remarkable instrument.

 
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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 05:41 PM
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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 06:50 PM
Love. The. Byrds. A lot of changes to this band but always quality music and those vocals ... beautiful. And like someone else here said ... their music can be heard in that of quite a few who followed. Listening to them always takes me back to my youth Some of my fave tunes have already been mentioned (Chestnut Mare - always loved that ... and for sure Wasn't Born to Follow) They created some great music and also put their own unique stamp on some great tunes written by others ... Seegers TurnTurnTurn, Goffin/Kings Wasn't Born to Follow and a couple of notables by a favorite songwriter of mine ... this being one of them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PFagiY_CQw&feature=related



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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 06:57 PM
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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 07:28 PM
i enjoy the 2 boxsets they released also although the 1990 one has basically become obsolete. the newer one THERE IS A SEASON paints a great picture of the band
 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 08:23 PM
not a hard core fan, but always liked them.

this was always a favorite
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WH6UnvSlahc

we'll see McGuinn's inspiration on HBO tomorrow

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 08:32 PM
I really liked them live with Clarence White.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 08:41 PM
i'd like to say in case anyone does have the 1990 boxset upgrade to THERE IS A SEASON for the following reasons:

- covers the byrds entire career including pre byrd tunes and the 1973 reunion album which 1990 was missing

- comes with a dvd of tv appearances

- includes a few live tracks not found anywhere else

- includes some soundtrack songs that are hard to get

- has most of the songs from the first 6 byrd albums and a lot of the bonus tracks

a few negatives though:
- the boxset is like a book so no hard cases for the cd's

- all of the brand new 1990 tunes are missing except "paths of victory"

- missing the live tunes they did with dylan from about 21 years ago

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 09:40 PM
I went hunting for some Earl Scruggs from Hardly Strictly (nada) and stumbled on this You Ain't Goin' Nowhere. Anybody that covers Dylan and sits in w/ Scruggs is alright w/ me!

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 10:05 PM
My Byrds collection is really lacking: All I own is Greatest Hits and Younger Than Yesterday. I can tell you, though, that Younger Than Yesterday is a tremendous record........I would have to guess it's one of their best. Lots of great tunes that most people have never heard, plus a couple of hits: So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star, My Back Pages. Great stuff here, I really recommend this record. Unfortunately I've never even heard Sweetheart Of The Rodeo.

 

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  posted on 10/4/2011 at 10:20 PM
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My Byrds collection is really lacking: All I own is Greatest Hits and Younger Than Yesterday. I can tell you, though, that Younger Than Yesterday is a tremendous record........I would have to guess it's one of their best. Lots of great tunes that most people have never heard, plus a couple of hits: So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star, My Back Pages. Great stuff here, I really recommend this record. Unfortunately I've never even heard Sweetheart Of The Rodeo.


yes younger than yesterday is probably the best byrds album with crosby. do you have the expanded version or the original?


get SWEETHEARTS OF THE RODEO next. thats basically the start of thier country sound. there were hints before that album but adding gram parsons they really took it to the next level in country sound. get the 2 disc version. it has alternate takes of almost every tune with parsons on most of the lead vocals plus some INTERNATIONAL SUBMARINE BAND tracks which was parsons pre byrds band. only thing i can't understand is they have 2 boxsets and a 2 cd version of SWEETHEARTS but they have not released any live material featuring parsons/ surely at least the appearance at the opry is recorded if nothing else

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 02:44 AM
Younger Than Yesterday and the Greatest Hits compilation for the early stuff.

The Notorious Byrd Brothers for a soaring, near-perfect psychedelic-flowing-into-cascading-country-waters LP.

Sweethearts of the Rodeo for being a milestone. And for having Gram Parsons.

Untitled and Live at the Fillmore for the very best of the Clarence White era.

What an incredible band. Get the expanded editions, as they contain key singles and alternative tracks.

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 07:57 AM
I love their 15 minute jam session that is "Eight Miles High" on the 'UNTITLED' LP. Great guitar interaction between McGuinn and White, and great bass and drums interaction between Skip Battin and Gene Parsons.

Other favorites: "Going Back" from 'NOTORIOUS BYRDS BROTHERS' the trippy vocals always puts me in another state of mind. "Wasn't Born To Follow" from the same record, which was featured TWICE in the Easy Rider movie!

Anyone a fan of their 1972 comeback album BYRDS (Asylum records)?? At the time it was considered a disappointment, but I dig it!

 

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  posted on 10/5/2011 at 09:55 AM
every byrds album is worthy of investigation. great tunes on all of them. there's no way i can pick a favorite lp or song. and for the folks who say they enjoy the live at the fillmore album you should check out live at royal albert hall 1971 - kicks the fillmore cd's ass imho. sad thing is supposedly mcguinn has more great stuff in his archives that will probably never see the light of day. sounds like another band we know...

 

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