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TURN! TURN! TURN! Limited Edition
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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, March 15, 2011
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With the turbulent sixties in full bloom, The Byrds (Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke) embarked on a second LP session with producer Terry Melcher and delivered the classic Turn! Turn! Turn!. With a whole new audience developing from their recent radio and retail exposure, this masterwork hit the upper rungs of the album charts and brought the band continued acclaim. The LP consisted of some of their most memorable songs including the blockbuster #1 single Pete Seeger s Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season). The hit album also treated the fans to some newer Byrds favorites like Gene Clark s brilliant Set You Free This Time and Roger McGuinn s classic It Won t Be Wrong as well as two more Bob Dylan interpretations The Times They Are A-Changin and Lay Down Your Weary Tune, plus more Byrds originals like the Crosby/McGuinn smash Wait and See.
Featuring the legendary twelve string guitar and vocals of Roger McGuinn, the soulful voice and guitar of David Crosby, the thundering bass and vocals of Chris Hillman, the sorely missed guitar and vocals of the late great Gene Clark and the powerful drumming of the late Michael Clarke, The Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn! was a global hit album. To this day it is consistently recognized as one of the finest efforts in their deep catalog of hit recordings.
In an effort to continually offer consummate music lovers with the greatest rock recordings of all time, Friday Music proudly presents for the first time ever on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, the Anniversary Edition of The Byrds classic Turn! Turn! Turn!.
Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso (The Byrds, Elvis Presley, Deep Purple) at Friday Music Studios and pressed at R.T.I. , Turn! Turn! Turn! also continues the third release in our extensive The Byrds/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series.
In addition to the brilliant rock and roll classics contained on this stunning release, to celebrate this limited edition album, we are also including a first time gatefold cover which features the original artwork from the 1969 release, the Derek Taylor liner notes, as well as some very stunning rare photos for the first time from The Byrds archives at Columbia Records taken by the legendary Don Hunstein.
The Byrds...Turn! Turn! Turn!...A Classic Rock Masterpiece...from the legendary voices and instruments of Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke....First time audiophile vinyl...Only from your friends at Friday Music...To Everything Turn! Turn! Turn!
Top Customer Reviews
I'm no audiophile, nor do I play one on TV, but as far as the audio quality of this disc goes, to my ears it sounds as good as the 1996 Sony Legacy remaster. As I pointed out in my earlier review of Sony Japan's release of The Notorious Byrd Brothers, an audiophile with a high-end sound system who knows what to listen for might be able to hear or observe in this new edition nuances that I am unable to detect, and I would respect that person's findings. I'm simply saying that if you have a dependable but "garden variety" sound system like mine, you may be hard-pressed to find the audio quality of this new disc superior to that of the 1996 remaster. They both sound great.
That said, there are important distinctions to be made between these two quality CD editions released 16 years apart.
1996 TTT: has just the stereo mix; I had only it to A/B with the 2012 edition's stereo mix; that's because the . . .Read more ›
The group's debut "Mr. Tambourine Man" had been largely carried by vocalist Gene Clark's creative originals, and four Bob Dylan covers among others. Clark's songs also carry "Turn! Turn! Turn!" when it comes to the creative output of the bandmembers, but Roger (Jim) McGuinn was establishing himself as the counterpart to Clark's work. The love songs he co-wrote, 'It Won't Be Wrong' and 'Wait and See' (co-authored by budding Byrd David Crosby) were not up to the standards of those set by Gene Clark, but his arranging of folk standards and 12-string Rickenbacker playing show his influence. McGuinn brilliantly turns an old folk song 'He Was A Friend Of Mine' into a beautiful lament for John F. Kennedy, the additional lyrics McGuinn added delicately describing the tragic assassination of a president. Also a nice move is the jangle of 'Oh Susannah,' which features great interplay between McGuinn's Rickenbacker and Michael Clarke's drum kit.Read more ›
The title track is as wonderful a Byrdesque folk-rock song as any, fully reprising the glory of 'Mr. Tambourine Man', not only commercially, but also artistically.
'It Won't Be Wrong' is another folk-rock classic, whose intro sounds anticipate the coming of psychedelia a few years later. Later the song changes pace & returns to the original speed again later. All in all as great a Byrd song as any on their debut album.
'Set You Free This Time' sets their strongest lyric so far (those covered from Dylan not included), to a tune that marks a slight step down from the previous two songs, but not enough to prevent this from being one of their most underrated gems.
'Lay Down Your Weary Tune' is one of the group's best Dylan-interpretations, and, like all of those, it is hard not to think of it as a Byrds-original. An already strong song loses nothing of its beauty, but is presented in the full grace of folk-rock.
The traditional 'He Was A Friend Of Mine' is buoyed by a great, twangling acoustic guitar, but otherwise the song becomes somewhat tedious in the long run, though it isn't at all bad, and doesn't seem out of place on the album.
'The World Turns All Around Her' is a pure Byrds-classic, complete with the title, a perfect blend of tortured romanticism & mind-altering psychedelia.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Let me first state that I enjoyed the album and own a cd copy. Second, I was surprised by so many four to five
star ratings. Why ? Read more
If you really want to know what the fuss is all about with The Byrds, This and their first CD Mr. Tambourine Man are must haves. This band went through two very distinctive phases. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Robert C