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Essential Byrds [Limited Edition, Original recording remastered]

The ByrdsAudio CD
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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,830 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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.

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
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
10.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of hits and also rans 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
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GRAND TOUR: August 3, 2004
By Mark
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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POSTSCRIPT (6/6/06) RE: A 44 TRACK VERSION OF THIS ALBUM

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great music missing from my collection
I was missing the Byrds from my music collection and after listening to it, the memories of the times came back. The music and harmonies were great then and still hold up today.
Published 6 months ago by Ernie Goodman
5.0 out of 5 stars For the casual Byrds fan, this is an excellent Best Of collection
Most of the truly Essential Byrds tracks are on this 2-CD set. Those who haven't purchased their original LP's or CD's will find this a good indicator how The Byrds became a huge... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bob12string
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for your Classic Rock collection
Most of their big hits and some I never heard before. Good quality CD and good collection to classic rock collection
Published 8 months ago by shinbet1
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Fly Past This Great Byrds Collection. It's A Winner!
"Hey Mr. McGuinn Man", play your 12-string for us". The Byrds were forerunners of many groups to come, and an influence on Country Rock when Gram Parsons was with them... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joe Oliver Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Music group
I bought this for my man--its the music he listened to in college....he never tires of listening to it...loves it!.
Published 10 months ago by P. Hatfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Great music and very good sound quality
I grew up listening to this band and saw them live at the Whiskey a Go Go on the Sunset Strip. Great music and the sound quality on CD is very very good. Read more
Published 10 months ago by MusicLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past
I got this as a gift for someone so I haven't heard it yet, but I can say that the recipient said it was great.
Published 15 months ago by HS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Byrds at the Best
This is every song that I can think of that put these Byrds on the Rock of ages map=How can You go wrong,Great sound & a great buy.
Published 15 months ago by Rod Singleton
5.0 out of 5 stars For the Byrds fans
Excellent. Just as I remembered. Has all their great hits & more. Such great harmony. Brings back many good memories.
Published 16 months ago by Lamby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection
Superb compliation that includes all the group's Billboard charted hits plus some slightly more obscure Regional chart hits such as My Back Pages. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gordon Walter
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