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Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Sweetheart of the Rodeo

by The Byrds The Byrds
Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Sweetheart of the Rodeo

by The Byrds The Byrds

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Overview

The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo was not the first important country-rock album (Gram Parsons managed that feat with the International Submarine Band's debut Safe at Home), and the Byrds were hardly strangers to country music, dipping their toes in the twangy stuff as early as their second album. But no major band had gone so deep into the sound and feeling of classic country (without parody or condescension) as the Byrds did on Sweetheart; at a time when most rock fans viewed country as a musical "L'il Abner" routine, the Byrds dared to declare that C&W could be hip, cool, and heartfelt. Though Gram Parsons had joined the band as a pianist and lead guitarist, his deep love of C&W soon took hold, and Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman followed his lead; significantly, the only two original songs on the album were both written by Parsons (the achingly beautiful "Hickory Wind" and "One Hundred Years from Now"), while on the rest of the set classic tunes by Merle Haggard, the Louvin Brothers, and Woody Guthrie were sandwiched between a pair of twanged-up Bob Dylan compositions. While many cite this as more of a Gram Parsons album than a Byrds set, given the strong country influence of McGuinn's and Hillman's later work, it's obvious Parsons didn't impose a style upon this band so much as he tapped into a sound that was already there, waiting to be released. If the Byrds didn't do country-rock first, they did it brilliantly, and few albums in the style are as beautiful and emotionally affecting as this.


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Product Details

Release Date: 03/25/1997
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886978830227
catalogNumber: 788302
Rank: 2360

Tracks

  1. You Ain't Going Nowhere
  2. I Am a Pilgrim
  3. The Christian Life
  4. You Don't Miss Your Water
  5. You're Still on My Mind
  6. Pretty Boy Floyd
  7. Hickory Wind
  8. One Hundred Years From Now
  9. Blue Canadian Rockies
  10. Life in Prison
  11. Nothing Was Delivered
  12. You Got a Reputation
  13. Lazy Days
  14. Pretty Polly
  15. The Christian Life
  16. Life in Prison
  17. You're Still on My Mind
  18. One Hundred Years From Now
  19. All I Have Are Memories

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Performance Credits

Byrds   Primary Artist

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