EXPERIENCE FOLK ROCK HISTORY!
THE BYRDS GREATEST HITS
Columbia CS 9516 – August 7, 1967
To hear Mr. Tambourine Man for the first time back in early 1965 was a exciting introduction to a new level: Electric Folk Rock. Here’s where the separation between Pop and Rock become a genre unto itself. With the phenomenal response and success of the single, Mr. Tambourine Man, #1 US and #1 UK, The Byrds created Pop Rock history.
Excepting Turn, Turn, Turn, side one is entirely from The Byrds debut album – these tracks were so ingrained from repeated listenings that at fourteen, 00individual and his teenage cohorts would exaggerate the Byrds’ lyrics and vocals, Jim McGuin’s mainly, in a sort of Lollipop Guild nasal tweak – a twist on previous exaggerations of current Bob Dylan vocal impersonations. In doing so, each song’s lyrics, timing, and accents were memorized – and sung – out loud – with enthusiasm and raucous fun.
Jim McGuinn – guitar, vocals (Solo, Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Revue”, McGuinn, Clark and Hillman)
Gene Clark – tambourine, vocals (Solo, Dillard & Clarke)
David Crosby – guitar, vocals (Crosby, Stills & Nash, C S N & Young, Solo, Crosby & Nash)
Chris Hillman – electric bass, vocals (Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, Souther-Hillman-Furay)
Michael Clarke – drums (Flying Burrito Brothers, Firefall)
THE BYRDS GREATEST HITS
“Mr. Tambourine Man” (Bob Dylan) – 2:29
“I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” (Gene Clark) – 2:32
“The Bells of Rhymney” (Idris Davies, Pete Seeger) – 3:30
“Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)” (Book of Ecclesiastes/Pete Seeger) – 3:49
“All I Really Want to Do” (Bob Dylan) – 2:04
“Chimes of Freedom” (Bob Dylan) – 3:51
“Eight Miles High” (Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn, David Crosby) – 3:34
“Mr. Spaceman” (Jim McGuinn) – 2:09
“5D (Fifth Dimension)” (Jim McGuinn) – 2:33
“So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” (Jim McGuinn, Chris Hillman) – 1:50
“My Back Pages” (Bob Dylan) – 3:08
Dylan was covered by everyone from Cher to Hendrix, but the Byrds took Dylan’s songs to a much wider audience and in doing so served as the pioneers and inspiration for Folk Rock’s rise in the ’70s, and its continued popularity as a solid music category.
As much as they wanted to make excuses for the basis of “Eight Miles High”, it was posssibly the first real Psychedelic Hit Single. Donovan’s “Sunshine Superman” is deemed by some to be the first, but it was released four months later in ’66. With the oncoming tide of psychedelia, there became a wide interpretation of what was psychedelic; while Sunshine Superman is trippy, within a Pop Rock level, Eight Miles High is cosmic, high energy, Psychedelic Rock.
and then there’s this:
“My guard stood hard when abstract threats too noble to neglect
Deceived me into thinking I had something to protect
Good and bad, I define these terms quite clear, no doubt, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then I’m younger than that now”
My Back Pages – Bob Dylan / The Byrds
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