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  • Audio CD (February 1, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B0012GMV3U
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,247 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. All I Really Want to Do
2. Chimes of Freedom
3. It's All over Now, Baby Blue
4. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
5. Lay Lady Lay [Single Version]
6. Mr. Tambourine Man
7. My Back Pages
8. Nothing Was Delivered
9. Positively 4th Street [Live]
10. Spanish Harlem Incident
11. The Times They Are A-Changin'
12. This Wheel's on Fire
13. You Ain't Going Nowhere
14. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) [Live]
15. Just Like a Woman
16. Lay Lady Lay [Alternate Version]
17. The Times They Are A-Changin' [Early Version]
18. Mr. Tambourine Man [Live]
19. Chimes of Freedom [Live]
20. Paths of Victory

Editorial Reviews

Dylan classics meet the sounds of Roger McGuinn and company! 20 tracks, including Lay Lady Lay; Just Like a Woman; The Times They Are A-Changin', and Spanish Harlem Incident , as well as live versions of Mr. Tambourine Man and Chimes of Freedom .

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Bottom line: very good to excellent sound on both USA and AUS versions.
Mark
I grew up with Dylan in the 60s and I hardly ever listen to music from that period anymore.
rastaman
Good stuff; don't know that I have ever heard a better interpretation of Dylan music.
D. Groff

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Groupzero on October 3, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This collection comes as a godsend for owners of the original 70's Lp who cried bloody murder over the wretched 80's CD re-release (which -- no fooling -- appeared to have been mastered from an audio cassette!). Not only is the sound quality pf this new collection at the same high level of CBS/Legacy's previous Byrds CD releases, but this new CD contains 7 more tracks, some of of which were only available previously on the Byrds box set. That's the good news. Now for the bad, or at least odd, news...
Producer Bob Irwin apparently had the brilliant idea of programming the songs in ALPHABETICAL order! I am not kidding. Take a look at that track listing at the top of the page -- the collection begins with "All I Really Want to Do," and ends with "You Ain't Goin' Nowehere" (followed by 7 unreleased, live, and alternate versions). The result is a bizarre playlist where the great "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" is jarringly followed by "Lay Lady Lady" -- possibly the worst Dylan cover the Byrds ever did. This album would have been much, much better if the tracks had been arranged chronologically, as they were in the original release.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark on June 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Those thinking about buying this CD should be aware that there is an Australian version with alternate programming available from Amazon [ASIN BOOOO5K2U3]. Here is a quick comparison of the USA and Australian CDs:

I. CONTENTS:

Both use the same 20 tracks. These include the 1965 take of `It's All Over Now, Baby Blue' (in stereo), but not the dramatically different 1969 track on "Ballad of Easy Rider." This is a glaring omission, considering there are alternate versions of four other songs.

Still, here are sixteen songs from Bob Dylan's most creative period, with each of the various Byrds line-ups performing on at least one or two tracks. This makes for a rich listening experience, though the dramatically different styles of the various line-ups makes programming these tracks a challenge.

II. PROGRAMMING:

An earlier reviewer pointed out the strange programming choice for the USA CD. He's right - it appears to be simply alphabetical through track 13! When playing the USA CD, I usually set my player to "random" or "shuffle"; it's mostly random by alphabet anyway, and this often generates some interesting alternate programs.

The strongest point of the Australian CD is that it largely succeeds in an attempt to program these songs for enjoyable listening. (See Amazon's listing of the Australian CD for this alternate program.)

III. SOUND QUALITY

The remastering on the USA album is excellent, in that all tracks from a wide variety of sources play at about the same volume and EQ setting.

For this reason, some tracks may not have the same full bodied richness of the original album tracks, but when played loud the sound quality is excellent and will not disappoint.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on February 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Byrds Play Dylan" was put together by going through the Byrds records and pulling every song written by Dylan that they covered starting with "Mr. Tambourine Man" the hit that brought the group national recognition and helped popularize Dylan as well. The result is of interest to Dylan fans, who have learned to appreciate his musical genius in a new way by hearing it sung by artists who can really sing (this is not meant as a slight, because hearing Dylan sung by Peter, Paul & Mary was what proved that his music was as strong as his lyrics). "Chimes of Freedom" and "My Back Pages" are the ones that really stand out in this collection. This is as fine a collection of Dylan covers as you are going to find, but do not mistake it as an adequate introduction to the Byrds because it accounts for neither their original compositions nor their covers of other artists. The Bryds were one of the most influential groups of the Sixties, making folk-rock immensly popular by taking the lyricism of contemporary folk music with the energy of the British Invasion. Singing songs written by Bob Dylan was only part of their magic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album gives a great overview of the different eras of the Byrds career. Almost every Dylan cover on this album is just incredible. But, I have to agree with an earlier reviewer that it would have made better sense for the songs to listed chronologically.
Every Dylan cover on this album is just stellar, with one exception. I would have given this album 5 stars if the horrid single version of Lay Lady Lay had been excluded and left for possible inclusion on some parody comedy album. It is embarrassing to listen to a gospel choir singing about getting a lady into bed.
I think that the stripped down alternate version of Lay Lady Lay, also included here, is infinitely superior to the single version. I would hope that some producer, and not the Byrds themselves, made the misguided decision to ruin this song by overlaying the choir track.
Beyond this collection being polluted by that one egregious exception, I don't think that I can give a high enough recommendation of this album. The rest of the songs are great from start to finish. I don't think I have ever heard another group do such a great job of covering another artist's material.
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