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This 4 CD/DVD set, personally overseen by Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, includes 99 audio tracks including 5 unissued tracks. All the key singles and album tracks, as well as pre-Byrds recordings and material unearthed while reissuing the Byrds catalog

A newcomer to the musical progression and legacy of the Byrds could hardly expect to find a better crash course than this: four discs with 99 songs, a DVD of ten previously unissued television performances, extensive annotation. Yet longtime fans of the band might wonder what the point is. Any riches buried in the vaults have long ago been mined--first in 1990's definitive four-disc Byrds box, then on Columbia's series of extended editions of every Byrds album in the catalog, replete with previously unreleased bonus tracks. By this late date, all possible revelations have been revealed, with the five previously unissued performances here of interest mainly to completists. The familiar music is glorious, of course--the chiming guitars and soaring harmonies that brought Bob Dylan and folk-rock to the top of the charts and then soared into the stratosphere with "Eight Miles High" and all but invented country-rock with Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Yet except for the DVD, anyone who wants this much Byrds probably already has most of it. --Don McLeese

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Only Girl I Adore
  2. Please Let Me Love You
  3. Don't Be Long
  4. The Airport Song
  5. You Movin'
  6. You Showed Me
  7. Mr. Tambourine Man
  8. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
  9. You Won't Have To Cry
  10. Here Without You
  11. The Bells Of Rhymney
  12. All I Really Want To Do
  13. I Knew I'd Want You
  14. CHimes Of Freedom
  15. She Has A Way
  16. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
  17. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)
  18. It Won't Be Wrong
  19. SZet You Free This Time
  20. The World Turns All Around Her
  21. The Day Walk
  22. IF You're Gone
  23. The Times They Are A-Changin'
  24. She Don't Care About Time
  25. Stranger In A Strange Land

Disc: 2

  1. Eight Miles High
  2. Why
  3. 5D (Fifth Dimension)
  4. Wild Mountain Thyme
  5. Mr. Spaceman
  6. I See You
  7. What's Happening ?!?!
  8. I Know My Rider
  9. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
  10. Have You Seen Her Face
  11. Renaissance Fair
  12. Time Between
  13. Everybody's Been Burned
  14. My Back Pages
  15. It Happens Each Day
  16. He Was A Friend Of Mine
  17. Lady Friend
  18. Old John Roberston
  19. Goin' Back
  20. Draft Morning
  21. Wasn't Born To Follow
  22. Tribal Gathering
  23. Dolphin's Smile
  24. Triad
  25. Universal Mind Decoder

Disc: 3

  1. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
  2. I Am A Pilgrim
  3. The Christian Life
  4. You Don't Miss Your Water
  5. Hickory Wind
  6. One Hundred Years From Now
  7. Lazy Days
  8. Pretty Polly
  9. This Wheel's On Fire
  10. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
  11. Candy
  12. Child Of The Universe
  13. Pretty Boy Floyd
  14. Buckaroo
  15. King Apathy III
  16. Sing Me Back Home
  17. Lay Lady Lay
  18. Oil In My Lamp
  19. Tulsa County
  20. Jesus Is Just Alright
  21. Chestnut Mare
  22. Just A Season
  23. Kathleen's Song
  24. All The Things

Disc: 4

  1. Lover Of The Bayou
  2. Positively 4th Street
  3. Old Blue
  4. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)
  5. Ballad Of Easy Rider
  6. You All Look Alike
  7. Nashville West
  8. Willin'
  9. Black Mountain Rag
  10. Baby What You Want Me To Do
  11. I Trust
  12. Take A Whiff (On Me)
  13. Glory, Glory
  14. Byrdgrass
  15. Pale Blue
  16. I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Politician
  17. Nothin' To It
  18. Tiffany Queen
  19. Farther Along
  20. Bugler
  21. Mr. Tambourine Man
  22. Roll Over Beethoven
  23. Full Circle
  24. Changing Heart
  25. Paths Of Victory

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 16, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
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  • Label: Legacy
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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79 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 21, 2007
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During the Byrds' all too brief career (less than 10 years in all it's various incarnations through their 1973 reunion), they didn't enjoy the kind of commercial success of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, or even the Kinks or the Who for that matter. (Even Chad & Jeremy had as many Top 40 singles as the Byrds!) But history has rightly bestowed the status of legends on one of America's most influential bands. Does this justify a second box set? The answer is an unqualified, yes. While the 1990 BYRDS box set is an equally essential collection, THERE IS A SEASON includes 37 songs not on the first box set and an additional 15 songs presented in different versions (alternate takes, mono, or live). So nearly half the tracks here are new to this box set. And the bonus DVD (although brief at under 30 minutes) is a treasure trove of full song performances--all lip-synched--from a variety of TV sources.

Here's the complete rundown on what's new to the THERE IS A SEASON box set:

Disc One (64:51) - Where THE BYRDS box set began with "Mr. Tambourine Man," this set begins with six tracks from 1964. The first track is the folky "The Only Girl I know," written by McGuinn and Clark and recorded as The Jet Set. The next two tracks, "Please Let Me Love You" and "Don't Be Long," were recorded as The Beefeaters. The next three tracks, "The Airport Song," "You Movin'" and "You Showed Me," still showed the Byrds still looking for their own distinct voice, experimenting with blending folk, pop and rock. In addition, the compilers have put more emphasis on Gene Clark's songwriting this time. "You Won't Have to Cry" (co-written with McGuinn), "Here Without You," "I Knew I'd Want You," "She Has a Way," "Set You Free This Time," "The Day Walk" and "If You're Gone" are all Clark tunes.
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71 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Shawn D on December 12, 2006
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When the Byrds first box set was released in 1990, it boasted an unbelievable collection of material from the band's career from 1965 through 1971. Over the years, that box set has earned a reputation as the definitive career overview for arguably the most important American rock 'n' roll band in history.

Fast-forward to 2006, we have seen all of the Byrds' eleven studio albums re-released in expanded editions with bonus tracks, and the original box set is long out of print. Recognizing that a lot more material has surfaced in the vaults since 1990, Columbia Records decided to compile a new box set, There Is a Season, instead of simply doing another print run of the 1990 box.

Most die-hard fans - the people who are most likely to be interested in There Is a Season - probably have all eleven of the expanded edition re-issues and the 1990 box set and will be questioning why they should drop more money for material they already have. For starters, there are five new live tracks that are previously unreleased in any form. There are also many tracks that are making their debut on CD. For those who own the eleven album re-issues and the 1990 box set, there are ten key reasons why you need the new box set.

1. Both sides of the Elektra Records single put out by Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Gene Clark as The Beefeaters, "Please Let Me Love You" b/w "Don't Be Long", are making their official debuts on CD. You can finally throw away that crackly vinyl rip that you got from a friend of a friend.

2. The original mono single version of "Why?" is making its CD debut here. The single version of "Why?" first appeared on the 1990 box, but in a modern-day stereo remix. And before you say "The mono version appeared on Original Singles 1965-1967!
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Joseph A. Kengor on October 6, 2006
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Forget what the other reviewers say about the new additional tracks being throwaways - these tracks have the great Clarence White playing guitar! Anything Clarence played on is important. And most of these unissued tracks are live - the recording and playing is supurb! Makes the listener proud to be a Byrds fan(atic). NOTE TO SONY/LEGACY/COLUMBIA: If there are more live tapes of the Clarence White era of the Byrds, PLEASE releae them. On disc #4 there are 12 live tracks, 4 previously unissued: You All Look Alike, Nashville West, I Trust, and a full bore rockin' Baby What You Want Me To Do.

Everybody really knocked the Byrdmaniax and Farther Along albums, but live tunes from those records are a completely exceptional experience. There are also live versions of It's Alright Ma and Ballad of Easy Rider which will knock you socks off.

The Byrds, America's most talented band. In my humble opinion. And we are lucky to have such well recorded testaments to their greatness. Critics also knock the Clarence White era too, but those guys could play! The two eras of the Byrds are two sides of the same coin - the Crosby/Clark era were fantastic in the studio, ok live - the C.W. era were ok in the studio, but a really cookin' road band. I'd give anything to have been along with them for a couple of shows back in their day. McGuinn should write a book. Show should Hillman.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 29, 2006
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I bought "There Is A Season" even though I already owned all of the Byrds CDs and the 1990 box set. Why? Because the group has meant a lot to me, and this new box set was clearly inspired by a record label wanting to set the record straight on the Byrds -- probably without any expectations of making much money on the set.

Any box set is going to be a compromise between creating an ideal listening experience and commercial considerations. For a group with as complex a history as the Byrds and as many personnel changes, personal politics will likely enter in as well.

The 1990 box set did a great job of presenting the Byrds, rightly highlighting Roger McGuinn's central role, David Crosby's innovative contributions, and Gram Parsons' lost vocals. But, it downplayed the wonderful contributions of Gene Clark, gave too much weight to the McGuinn-led Byrds following the departure of Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons, ignored anything pre-Mr. Tambourine Man, ignored the 1973 reunion album, ignored the 1971-72 solo tracks that included all five original Byrds, and ignored the McGuinn-Clark-Hillman albums. In short, it took a narrow view of the Byrds -- in contrast to some other box sets, such as the ones on the Beach Boys and Eric Clapton, as examples, that took a more inclusive view.

The McGuinn-led Byrds produced some great songs after Parsons and Hillman departed, but were they really the Byrds any more than McGuinn-Clark-Hillman?

Any Byrds fan can nitpick with the selections on the new box set.
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Though I have the Byrds' version of "HEY JOE" on the 1990 Byrds Box - it's not even worth resubmitting it on the new box. Once was enough. Let's leave the arguably definitive version debate to the LEAVES/JIMI HENDRIX versions. One of the more interesting tracks included on the 2006 set... Read More
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