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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00008WT57
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

33 tracks personally chosen by head Byrd Roger McGuinn! Includes Mr. Tambourine Man; I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better; Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season); Set You Free This Time; He Was a Friend of Mine; Eight Miles High; 5D (Fifth Dimension); Mr. Spaceman; So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star; Lady Friend; Goin' Back; Wasn't Born to Follow; Chestnut Mare , and more.

Customer Reviews

(8-9) = "Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde".
I bought Greatest Hits when I was a teenager (in the 70s) and it became one of my favorite albums.
The sound quality is exceptionally good and the liner notes interesting.
Wayne Klein

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Harper on June 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure if I recevied a different version of The Essential Byrds than others that have previously reviewed this CD, but I don't think so. There is only one version listed on Amazon, one issue listed on AllMusic.com (5122492000 - same as mine), and a google search turned up nothing as far as an issue of this CD with the tracks listed on Amazon. (35 only). I ordered a copy from one of the Amazon sellers, and the CD I received had 44 tracks! I noticed 2 reviews before mine that reflected the accuracy of the 35 track listing and clips that Amazon provides, so it's a mystery and someone may correct me but if, like I was, you are in the market for a Byrds compilation and trying to decide which of the many are the best way to go it might be helpful information. The tracks are:

Disc 1
1. Mr. Tambourine Man
2. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
3. All I Really Want To Do
4. The Bells Of Rhymney
5. Chimes Of Freedom
6. Turn! Turn! Turn! (mono)
7. She Don't Care About Time (single version)(mono)
8. It Won't Be Wrong
9. Lay Down Your Weary Time
10. Set You Free This Time
11. He Was A Friend Of Mine (mono)
12. The Times They Are A-Changin'
13. Eight Miles High
14. 5D (fifth dimension)
15. Wild Mountain Thyme
16. Mr. Spaceman
17. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star?
18. Have You Seen Her Face
19. Time Between
20. Renaissance Fair
21. My Back Pages
22. Dolphin's Smile

Disc 2

1. Artificial Energy
2. Old John Robertson (single version)
3. Goin' Back
4. Natural Harmony
5. Wasn't Born To Follow
6. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
7. Hickory Wind
8. Nothing Was Delivered
9. This Wheel's On Fire
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The first five Byrds albums plus "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" are essential listening. If you don't want to pick those up, this exceptional two disc collection gathers up the band's most important hits as well as some essential album tracks and single B-Sides. MIA are two essential tracks from the 1972 reunion (although "The Byrds" has finally been issued on CD by Wounded Bird Records and is available here at amazon.com).

The best disc is the first with its focus on the band's early years. Gene Clark's songs immediately took center stage as he was the most talented of the four songwriters in the original quintet. Crosby, Hillman and McGuinn eventually came along as songwriters developing the most when Clark split the band during the recording of the band's third album. "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better", "She Doesn't Care About Time" and "Eight Miles High"(primarily written by Clark)are among the highlights here. Also McGuinn's skills as an arranger are at the forefront on "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Mr. Tambourine Man".

The second disc focuses much more on the years after the departure of Crosby, Clark and Hillman with just McGuinn as the only original member. We get a sampling of Gram Parsons' tenure with the group (from "Sweetheart of the Rodeo")and McGuinn's single masterpiece as the only original member ("Untitled"). Some of these tracks are truly stunning featuring the incredible Clarence White on guitar. His guitar work on the later Byrds albums is truly stunning.

The sound quality is exceptionally good and the liner notes interesting. The Byrds imploded fairly rapidly; Gene Clark offically left after the second album (although material he wrote or co-wrote appeared on the band's third and fifth albums respectively). Crosby departed after the band's fifth album "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" and Hillman after "Sweetheart of the Rodeo". McGuinn would produce one final worthwhile album under the band's name "Untitled".
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mark on August 3, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've been a Byrds fan since 'Mr. Tambourine Man' the single was followed by that first great album in 1965. I have everything and wouldn't part with any, but of them all this is a very strong personal favorite.

It is for me where the rubber meets the road -- a career retrospective that samples in chronological order at least two cuts from each of the eleven original Columbia albums, each selected with such taste that despite inevitable omissions there's not a single misstep or annoying cut to spoil the experience.

All the surprises are good ones: every selection is the original released take, the sound quality is exceptional, and the remastering so crisp I've never heard these sound better.

Gripes? Sure, I wish "Spanish Harlem Incident" were here, and that the back cover was the front cover.

But for those times when you're in a Byrds sort of mood but can't put your finger on a specific period, why not take the Grand Tour?

DISK 1: Tracks (1-4) = "Mr. Tambourine Man" album. (5/6) = `Turn! Turn! Turn' single; (7-9) = "Turn! Turn! Turn!" album. (10-12) = "5D (Fifth Dimension)". (13-16) = "Younger Than Yesterday".

DISK 2: (1/2) = `Lady Friend' single. (3-5) = "Notorious Byrds Brothers". (6-7) = "Sweetheart of the Rodeo". (8-9) = "Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde". (10-11) = "Ballad of Easy Rider". (12-13) = "(Untitled)". (14-15) = "Byrdmaniax". (16-17) = "Farther Along".

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My thanks to the reviewer on 6/3/06 (above) who points out the existence of a 44 track U.K. version of this album.

The album I have is Columbia Legacy C2K 89110 (USA) released 2003. Side 1 = 16 tracks, side 2 = 17 tracks. Total is 33 tracks, not 35.
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