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Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971

The ByrdsAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • ASIN: B0016GLX4O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,991 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Fly back to 1971 to the Royal Albert Hall in England to be amongst the flock at the Byrds concert. Listen to the 19 tunes on this Live CD and travel to the past as if it never left. Adding ringing electric guitars to Bob Dylan songs, the Byrds helped invent folk-rock, as well as becoming early proponents of psychedelia and popularizing country-rock with the help of alt-country saint Gram Parsons. Led by Roger McGuinn and his distinctive Rickenbacker guitar sound, the mid-1960s lineup--also featuring David Crosby, Gene Clark, and Chris Hillman--achieved fame with their unique take on Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man." Personnel changes resulted in a core band of only McGuinn and Hillman. Ultimately, McGuinn assumed full control of the Byrds legacy, and their harmonies and jangly guitars have influenced countless younger bands.

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98 of 103 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now You Have The Evidence June 18, 2008
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For 37 years now the only official document of The Byrds live has been the 1970 recording: "Untitled", {recently expanded to: Untitled/Unissued}. As "Untitled" only hints at the might & majesty that surrounds this version of musicians called: The Byrds, many of us have emptied our wallets on high-priced bootlegs such as: "Live In Amsterdam 1970" and "Two Tea For Two" {"Boston Tea Party, Feb 1969"}. The reason that poor-quality recordings of this edition of The Byrds have been so popular for close to 40 years now, is simple...This band was known around the world as one of the greatest live bands of their time {1969-1972}. Now, because of nothing more than a: "Chance-in-a-Million" and 37 years on, we can Listen and judge for ourselves.

Sound quality is not stellar here, and some postings are on the attack over that issue. But, by the cold hard digital standards of 2008, this tape of variable quality improves as the show unfolds and the mix is corrected in the concert hall on the soundboard by the only way possible in 1971, with the soundman's own two hands. Sundazed Records, must really worked on this tape to get it to sound this good, {they are known as true Byrds fans there} and I thank them for their work on this recording.

What about the music? Well, this track listing looks like all the usual suspects are present: "Mr. Tambourine Man", "Eight Miles High" & "My Back Pages", but be prepared to be a little surprised with a fresh acoustic take on "Tambourine Man" and the longest and finest captured version of: "Eight Miles High", where it all sounds 'On' at long last! {sorry "Untitled" fans, this one has a better flow and soars above the Felt Forum version from 1970}.

Why is this considered the best live bunch of: "Byrdmen"?
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So you want to be rocked..... June 20, 2008
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A fine compare and contrast to the live sides on Untitled. There are song duplications between that set and this, but the arrangements are by no means static. A nice little acoustic set in the middle, tunes from MTM through Byrdmaniax, and another opportunity to hear the stellar Clarence White work out.
The Battin/Parsons rhythm section propel the two guitarists in a fine manner; Gene Parsons has long been an underrated drummer. For a recording that was originally meant just as a band reference tape, the sound is fine; many live recordings from this era sound no better than this. I saw the Byrds live around the time of Untitled, and the sound was no more or less clear inside the concert hall itself.
A great addition to this band's catalog; buy without reservations.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What species of ears hast thou? June 18, 2008
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I'm a bit confused by the comments of the two reviewers so far. Yes, Clarence White's guitar IS down in the mix of the first song, "Lover of the Bayou," but it's not inaudible, and this minor problem vanishes for the rest of the CD and Mr. White's liquid fingers remain in your face throughout.

Way back in the way, way back, I must have seen this particular incarnation of the Byrds (give or take a John York or Skip Battin) at least ten times, and I have to say that this performance, even with a ragged corner or two, captures the energy and pizzazz of the band as I remember it live better than any other released live versions. If anything, the occasional lack of audio polish reflects wonderfully the rough 'n' ready glory of the band.

Another fine feature is having live versions of "Lover of the Bayou," "Truck Stop Girl," and Chestnut Mare" with background vocals (which were inexplicably absent from previous studio or live versions). In fact, the Byrds are in fine vocal mettle throughout this concert, particularly in the the songs just mentioned as well as the lovely "I Trust" and a red-hot "Jesus is Just Alright."

When I first heard of this CD, I'd initially sighed, thinking, Yet another scraping from the lower levels of the barrel? even as I knew that I would of course have to order it. Well, I couldn't be more pleased (it's playing a second time as I write this) that finally a record of the autumnal Byrds at their live and lively best is finally available for all--this will add to their reputation.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars YOU AINT GOIN' NOWHERE WHILE LISTENING TO THIS June 23, 2008
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After a long wait of about 3 weeks from placing my order, my new live Byrds CD arrived. I hurried to unwrap it and put it on my CD player. WOW! I was really impressed with it. As soon as I saw the ad for the pre-orders on this, I knew I had to order it. And I am glad I did. The songs are great, quality is just fine given it is a live show from 37 years ago. In comparison to UNTITLED, very similar but a more indepth concert. Eight Miles High starts off with their jamming thru more than half way, then they break into the actual song. Sounds great! Anyone who was a Byrds fan from days-gone-by, will love this CD....I know I do!
Nice addition to my collection of Byrds music.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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This is one of those innocent pleasures that one can afford to consume in one's later years without any guilt whatsoever while ruing the years that the subject has been under wraps in Roger McGuinn's archives.

I will leave others to discuss individual tracks while I make the claim to how like the Grateful Dead the Byrds really were on this showing. The differences are clear, whilst the Dead gre from their blues based background the Byrds arose from the folk tradition but here, in this fines concert marred only by a minor sound glitch in the first track, the similarities are there for all to see and hear.

Marvel how America has produced two bands who outgrew their simple origins to become the greatest evangelists for the broad spectrum of music that has emerged from the United States in it's brief history. Marvel at their adaptions and restorations of folk and country and bluegrass while having the talent and capability to perform outside of the boundaries of the simple folk song.

Of course both bands look to Bob Dylan at various times in their careers to provide the vivid lyrics which capture so much and evoke much more but which they in turn reflect and refract back out to the broader audiences.

This album spans many decades in it's short span and presents them afresh. Whilst I mourn the space between the recording and it's eventual release it reminds me of much that has been lost in the intervening years and how we will probably never see the likes of the Byrds and the Dead again in their ability to transcend styles and forms and bring into the fold many from differing subclasses of the popular idiom together.

I commend this album to the pantheon of excellent albums.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I would have liked it a whole lot better if they had included "Wasn't Born To Follow".
Published 3 months ago by paul r shaar
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine Byrds live album
Roger McGuinn discovered this concert in his possession and it has aged quite well. It is as good as the live segment of "(Untitled)", if not better. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bob12string
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Soundboard Recording of Great Performance
I'll keep this short and sweet. If you like The Byrds Untitled album then you'll love this release; otherwise leave it alone. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars The Byrds
Saw the Byrds "live" at Massey Hall (sorry Neil) back in 1970 with my younger brother-was always enamoured with their sound -probably with Roger McGuinn's 12 string... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Dr David McLachlan
4.0 out of 5 stars all about Clarence
First, I'm a huge fan, and loved Untitled, as well as the boxed set that came out a few years ago, and own pretty much all their albums. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Dirty Dutch
5.0 out of 5 stars Byrds on the Attack!
Like all Byrd's fans I'm proud to be one. In fact, I've co-produced some of Clarence White's recordings through Sierra Records in an effort to keep the music and legacy of that... Read more
Published on October 19, 2012 by Dean Charles Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Live Jewel
This is a great live album. It's the country rock version of the Byrds, not the pop-Dylan incarnation. Roger McGuinn and co. Read more
Published on October 15, 2012 by Mark Twain Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for a Glimpse of Nirvana
While I would like to present this CD with 5 stars, I cannot. This in no way is to imply that this recording is deficient, or unworthy of highest praise. Read more
Published on June 28, 2012 by Axis, Bold As Love
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly non-Byrds tunes
There is quite a bit of music on this CD, the only problem is most of it wasn't written bythe Byrds. OK, I get it. Read more
Published on November 6, 2011 by William R. Fritz
5.0 out of 5 stars best Live Byrds 2 x Lp set there is.You can't go wrong.
This is an amazing double vinyl release that sounds great and beats all other live Clarence white era BYRDS stuff hands down. Read more
Published on September 3, 2011 by carl marks
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Clarence White
I completly agree with you. I wish there was recordings of when he used to sit in with the Gram era burritos, or from his semi-completed solo album. He was a wonderful musician whos spirit is still alive and strong today, and releases like this new Byrds cd will make that presence even stronger.
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