Very Best of the Byrds [UK]

Very Best of the Byrds [UK]

by The ByrdsThe Byrds

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Overview

Although they are every bit as influential as fellow 1960s innovators the Beatles and the Beach Boys, compilations of classic material by the Byrds have been less frequent. When they have popped up, these albums have tended to focus on specific periods and rarely attempted a definitive retrospective. However, this welcome compilation from the British arm of Columbia Records remedies those problems by collecting a top-shelf array of material from the group's Columbia recordings on a single, comprehensive disc. From early folk-rock hits like "Mr. Tambourine Man" to the Indian-flavored psychedelia of "Eight Miles High" to the mellow country stylings of "Ballad of Easy Rider," all of the group's trendsetting hits are covered. These obvious choices are counterbalanced with the kind of album track favorites that the group's fans adored: notable picks include "Hickory Wind," a wistful slice of country-pop from the pen of Gram Parsons, and "Wasn't Born to Follow," the psychedelic country-rock classic that is best known for its appearance on the soundtrack of Easy Rider. The compilers of The Very Best of the Byrds also added a nice touch by including the original liner notes from the 1967 The Byrds Greatest Hits album. These notes lend an interesting perspective on how seriously the tastemakers of the day took the group, and also include some interesting biographical material about the group's days as Los Angeles club band. A few notable rarities are missing (it would have been nice to include the group's original version of "You Showed Me," which was successfully covered by the Turtles) but this is a minor quibble when the consistently stellar array of material on display is considered. All in all, The Very Best of the Byrds is a great starting place for novice listeners and a solid, convenient disc of high points for the group's fans.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/23/1997
Label: Columbia Europe
UPC: 5099748799524
catalogNumber: 487995
Rank: 19884

Tracks

  1. Mr. Tambourine Man
  2. All I Really Want to Do
  3. Chimes of Freedom
  4. I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better
  5. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)
  6. The Times They Are A-Changin'
  7. The World Turns All Around Her
  8. It Won't Be Wrong
  9. He Was a Friend of Mine
  10. Eight Miles High
  11. 5D (Fifth Dimension)
  12. Mr. Spaceman
  13. So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star
  14. My Back Pages
  15. Renaissance Fair
  16. Goin' Back
  17. Wasn't Born to Follow
  18. Dolphin's Smile
  19. You Ain't Going Nowhere
  20. One Hundred Years from Now
  21. You're Still on My Mind
  22. Hickory Wind
  23. Ballad of Easy Rider
  24. Jesus Is Just Alright
  25. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
  26. Lay Lady Lay
  27. Chestnut Mare

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Byrds   Primary Artist
Chris Hillman   Bass,Vocals
Gene Clark   Guitar,Vocals
Gram Parsons   Guitar,Vocals
David Crosby   Guitar,Vocals
Roger McGuinn   Guitar,Vocals
Michael Clark   Drums

Technical Credits

Chris Hillman   Composer
Pete Seeger   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Terry Melcher   Producer
Jacques Levy   Composer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Allen Stanton   Producer
Gary Usher   Producer
Patrick Humphries   Liner Notes
Book of Ecclesiastes   Composer
Harvey Gerst   Composer
Dave Swaney   Liner Notes

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