Byrds: '73 Reunion Album Import
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Audio CD, Import, June 30, 1998
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Unavailable in the U.S., the beloved American folk/ pop group's 1973 reunion album. The 11 track collection finds all five original members performing a nice selection of original s & covers, including Neil Young's 'See The Sky About To Rain' & 'Cowgirl In The Sand' and the David Crosby's 'Laughing'. 1990 release. Standard jewel case.
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But the real problem is the sound quality. There have been at least four reissues of this over the years and the latest one from Rhino sounds no better. They all seem to have been sourced from the same over-used tape. Why can't a proper remastering job be done? And no bonus tracks? I find that hard to believe, what with The Byrds' reputation for not including a lot of their best stuff (usually due to band politics).
Come on, guys - this is as great an album as any of the 60s ones and it deserves being brought back into the canon.
half is workmanlike (but still not that bad). I have no idea
why this one is almost uniformly trashed--for one, it stands
above any of the other post-"Notorious" albums for the simple
reason that it reunites the gorgeous harmony vocals of
Clarke, McGuinn and Crosby. Each songwriter manages to
come up with one classic song each--Clarke's "Full Circle" with
its mystical lyric and (naturally) circular chorus, McGuinn's
ethereal "Sweet Mary", the Byrdsian-jangly remake of Crosby's
magnificent "Laughing" and the catchy pop of Hillman's "Things
Will Be Better". There are also two outstanding covers ("For
Free" and "(See The Sky) About To Rain"). The rest of the
tracks sound a little bland and too country-rock for the reunion
of such a pioneering lineup, but are still listenable.
One must also remember that it had been seven years since they
had worked together and needed more time to gel--a second album
together might've been a masterpiece, and taken from that
perspective "Byrds" is a promising start. Sure, the production
could use some of the creative touches of the 66-67 era, and
the performances sometimes veer too close to disparate solo
efforts, but taken individually there are enough good--even
great--songs here to give the album a thumbs up. I also don't
understand where all the criticism of Crosby's "egomaniacal"
involvement comes from--he's only featured on three of the
eleven tracks, and two of those ("For Free" and "Laughing")
are classics (the third, "Long Live The King", sounds like a
CSN outtake--but is this any worse than McGuinn's virtual-solo
outing "Born To Rock'n'Roll"?). Anyways, just get this hard-to-find album and see for yourself.
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For me though this is the Byrds album which most often finds its way onto...Read more