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Notorious Byrd Brothers [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

The ByrdsAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 25, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: 1968
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000002AHC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #241,645 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Artificial Energy
2. Goin' Back
3. Natural Harmony
4. Draft Morning
5. Wasn't Born To Follow
6. Get To You
7. Change Is Now
8. Old John Robertson
9. Tribal Gathering
10. Dolphin's Smile
11. Space Odyssey
12. Moog Raga (Intrumental)
13. Bound To Fall (Intrumental)
14. Triad
15. Goin' Back (Version One)
16. Draft Morning (Alternative Take)
17. Universal Mind Decoder (Intrumental)

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The Byrds ~ Notorious Byrd Brothers (Exp)

The Notorious Byrd Brothers captures the Byrds between the seminal folk-rock glories of their better-known mid-'60s triumphs and the equally influential country-rock that would soon follow, but the album is no holding action: with onetime Beach Boy associate Gary Usher producing and Roy Halee engineering, the band weaves its signature vocal harmonies and chiming guitars through a lusher, more impressionistic art-pop tapestry that stops just short of post-Sgt. Pepper cliché, employing phased vocals, sound effects, Moog synthesizer, and horns. Thematically, the project pits utopian innocence ("Tribal Gathering," "Dolphins Smile") against a new wariness ("Artificial Energy," a cautionary look at amphetamines, and the Vietnam vignette of "Draft Morning"). In a field of well-paced, inventive songs, the zenith is the silken, wistful "Goin' Back," Carole King's poignant meditation on childhood and innocence. --Sam Sutherland

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Full Power of the Byrds Potential...Realized February 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
What an astonishingly perfect album.

I first discovered "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" back in 1991. I was in my early 20's, and had no idea what I was buying back then. I knew I loved "Fifth Dimension" and "Younger Than Yesterday". I probably just bought it to fill out my Byrds collection while hoping that it had a good tune or two, like "The Ballad of Easy Rider" or "Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde" has. I got much more than I bargained for, because it is one of the greatest efforts I've heard in all of rock-n-roll. It has become more and more special and significant with time. This would be one of my "Desert Island Discs", even if I was only allowed 10 albums, this would make that list, simply because it sounds so timeless and it never gets old.

From a marketing standpoint, it is not that well positioned in the pantheon of Byrds albums and singles. There is no hit single, and the album's cover doesn't really hint at the treasures that lie within. Combined with the album's title, someone who doesn't know any better might think it would sound more like "Sweetheart of the Rodeo", or not know what to think at all. This book cannot be judged by its cover, my friends. The only faults with this album may only be the packaging. However, as a fan, I would not change a thing. I only wish David Crosby had been allowed to finish this record before he was fired by Chris and Roger. Dave makes great contributions to this record, and the last track on the new expanded CD has a shocking glimpse into their studio world, exposing much unrest and friction in the group. Michael Clarke sounds like a royal pain-in-the-butt, and only in the Byrds for the money, and he refuses to play properly like a spoiled brat.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album, and a huge step forward for MFSL June 6, 2006
Format:Audio CD
(Note: this is more of a review of this specific reissue than a review of the album "The Notorious Byrd Brothers." Needless to say, the album is fantastic...but those just looking to grab the record should look for the stock Legacy reissue. This Mobile Fidelity mono hybrid SACD is made for a specific crowd, as is this review)

I have to say that I haven't been spectacularly captivated by "new-phase" Mobile Fidelity. I did, however, make a pledge that if MoFi suddenly started releasing stuff that was interesting--stuff otherwise unavailable on CD, for example, which is how I saw them remaining relevant in the current music market--I would eagerly bite.

Well, with the mono Byrds discs, they have delivered something interesting, and as I'm a man of my informally-expressed internet word, I picked up this hybrid SACD of "Notorious." So how is this second entry in Mobile Fidelity's foray into the world of the Byrds?

Packaging: Okay. Not quite premium, which is disappointing given how expensive these things are. MoFi increased the size of their usual postage-stamp covers, but c' we still really need that design? The booklet seems to be a variation on the booklet included in the standard Sony package, only slightly blurrier, with little "mono" annotations and the mastering credits replaced.

The blurb on the shrink wrap is also interesting, as it implies that these mono mixes are from 1969 (aka a year after the album's release). Huh?

That said, MoFi's packaging has never been amazing, so perhaps this is an unfair area of criticism...

The sound: Excellent, for what it is: a great transfer of a somewhat muddy mix from a sort of shaky source, this nonetheless represents a really nice variation of this album on CD.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Pop Album, No Less October 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"The Notorious Byrd Brothers" is--aside perhaps from the mighty "Revolver"--the greatest pop album of all time. Inspired by The Beatles' recent achievements, embroiled in bandmember controversies (David Crosby was fired and Mike Clarke quit during the sessions), fuelled by drugs and yet reaching a creative peak that kept refining and expanding on the experimental direction of "Fifth Dimension" and "Younger Than Yesterday", the splintered Byrds somehow managed to come up
with a collection of songs which stand more like polished jewels than mere tunes. "Notorious" was to represent the final evolution of the group's sound before the backpedalling to country music that followed on "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo"; it fared well in the UK (peaking at #12) but stiffed in the US (#48) where the group were suddenly considered passe. It is a stunning work, a diverse collection of sounds and lyrical subject matter which is nonetheless unified by the group's
Taoist sense of ebb and flow; the sonic delights are smooth, tasteful and subtle, with not a single note or arrangement out of place and some of the most ingenious song fade-outs/fade-ins in the history of vinyl. The end result is a song cycle which takes one on a sonic trip that begins with an amphetamine rush and ends on the moon, with each sound--no matter how diverse, ranging from string quartets, raga-ish guitar solos, moog synthesizers, celeste, phasing, horns and those heavenly vocal harmonies--coalescing into one hypnotic rush, like a series of linked watercolors. This is pure art, a producer's wet dream, aiding some of the strongest lyrics and melodies ever written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Well played Mr Mcquinn
My favorite Byrds album, except for Untitled, from start to finish a complete album, you don't have to use the selector button on your cd player. Read more
Published 13 days ago by mitchell a.
5.0 out of 5 stars Psychedelic Outlaws
The Notorious Byrd Brothers neatly catches this iconic 60's band in transistion from psychedelia to country rock, resulting in one of their most satisfying albums.
Published 1 month ago by alan
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy Byrds
One of the greats in the Byrds collection. Just as good as what The Beatles and others were doing at the time, just focused through a different lense like a lot of the bands in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Crank
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top Byrds album from the late 1960's!
This is I think the Byrds 5th album and in some ways the best; even without Crosby. The great harmonies are still there, most mellow tunes; some with some freaky solos (like... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Hans Castorp
5.0 out of 5 stars Notoriously Brilliant
This record was a touchstone of 1968. Other "psychedelic" releases - even parts of Sgt Pepper - sound trite by comparison. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Byrds unique classic
I love this record.

I've downloaded it twice. I've got a mono sacd version , a vinyl mono version and this stereo cd version. Read more
Published 14 months ago by steve wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars The Byrds, Minus David Crosby, Turning to Country Psychedelic Rock and...
This is the first of the post-David Crosby Byrds, and is a refreshing change. Still the jangle of McGuinn's 12-string Rickenbacher, but taken to new corners of the rock and roll... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Ted J. Wagner
5.0 out of 5 stars My fave of all the Byrds lps.
Something about his album takes you places no other albums do. This is a lost on an island top 5 album...genius!
Published 19 months ago by Richie
5.0 out of 5 stars A 1960'a Staple
The last Byrds album with David Crosby. The sound is slightly less folky and more rock oriented on tracks, but all and all it has a wonderful feel to it. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Sophia
5.0 out of 5 stars original songs the best
thankfully the original vinyl songs are intact, in order, and that album flows wonderfully in the manner I have embraced since its first issuance over 40 years ago. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Robert A. Campagna
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cover photo of notorious byrds bros
I asked Roger McGuinn where the photo was taken, and his reply was "Somewhere in North Hollywood." I noticed that Linda Ronstadt also had the building on one of her album covers.
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