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Encyclopedia > Byrds (album)
Byrds
Byrds cover
Album by The Byrds
Released March 5, 1973
Recorded Autumn 1972
Genre Rock
Length 34:54
Label Asylum
Producer(s) David Crosby
Professional reviews
The Byrds chronology
The Best of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II
(1972)
Byrds
(1973)
The Byrds
(1990)

Byrds is a rock music album by American band The Byrds from 1973. In late 1972, for the first time since early 1966, the original Byrds quintet of Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke reunited to record an album. Featuring songs from the four songwriters in the band, Byrds also contains a Joni Mitchell cover and two songs by Neil Young. Image File history File links ByrdsCover. ... 33â…“ LP vinyl record for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album from the 1960s. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964) was an American rock group. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (65th in leap years). ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... A music genre is a category (or genre) of pieces of music that share a certain style or basic musical language (van der Merwe 1989, p. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... original logo current logo Asylum Records is a record label which was started in 1971 by David Geffen. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... David Crosby performing live David Crosby (born David Van Cortland Crosby on August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a metadata database about music, owned by All Media Guide. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964) was an American rock group. ... The Byrds is a boxed set released by American band The Byrds in 1990 on Columbia Records. ... Rock and roll (also spelled rock n roll, especially in its first decade), is a genre of music that emerged as a defined musical style in the Southern United States in the 1950s, and quickly spread to the rest of the country, and the world (rhythm sample). ... 33â…“ LP vinyl record for The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour album from the 1960s. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964) was an American rock group. ... James Roger McGuinn (born July 13, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter, who was born as James Joseph McGuinn III in Chicago, Illinois. ... Gene Clark Harold Eugene Clark (born Tipton, Missouri, November 17, 1944 - died May 24, 1991) was an American singer-songwriter, and one of the founding members of the folk rock group The Byrds. ... David Crosby performing live David Crosby (born David Van Cortland Crosby on August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... Chris Hillman on the cover of his album The Other Side (2005) Chris Hillman (born Christopher Hillman December 4, 1944, in Los Angeles, California), was one of the original members of The Byrds (1965) with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Michael Clarke. ... Michael Clarke may refer to: Michael Clarke (cricketer) Michael Clarke (musician) Michael Clarke Duncan, U.S. actor This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943, in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada), is a musician and painter. ... Neil Percival Kenneth Robert Ragland Young (born November 12, 1945) is a singer/songwriter, who grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, whose work is characterized by deeply personal lyrics, distinctive guitar work, and an almost instantly recognizable nasal tenor voice. ...


In 1972, Roger McGuinn, the only band member constant through every incarnation, had grown dissatisfied with the Byrds as they existed then, and had just dissolved that quartet. Coincidentally, all four of the other original Byrds were to an extent also at loose ends: Crosby had just finished a tour and album with Graham Nash but the pair had yet to engage that partnership full-time; Hillman's Manassas band with Stephen Stills had stalled creatively, although they were still a popular draw on the concert circuit; Clark's critically-lauded solo career had netted him very little financial remuneration because of his reticence to actively promote albums through touring; and Clarke had been searching for a gig since the demise of the Flying Burrito Brothers. Furthermore, all of those pursuits, except for those of Crosby and to a lesser extent those of Hillman, had not been as financially rewarding as their time in the Byrds. David Geffen, heading up Asylum Records, managed to pry the Byrds' contract away from Columbia with relative ease, as the band had never recaptured the commercial pull from its mid-1960s folk-rock glory years. At that same time, Geffen and business partner Elliot Roberts, manager of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, had been thwarted in their attempts to bring new and highly lucrative CSNY product to the market owing to that group's lack of cohesion. Given the timing of the album, the fact that it was credited to the individual names of the band members CSNY-style, that Crosby produced it, and the nature of the songs, make a case for this album as a CSNY reunion stand-in. The link below describes this conjecture in greater detail. James Roger McGuinn (born July 13, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter, who was born as James Joseph McGuinn III in Chicago, Illinois. ... Graham Nash/David Crosby is the first album by the partnership of the David Crosby and Graham Nash subset of the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young collective, unsurprisingly known as Crosby & Nash. ... Graham William Nash (born 2 February 1942) is an English singer-songwriter known primarily for his light tenor vocals and songwriting contributions in pop group The Hollies and folk-rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. ... Manassas were a seventies rock band formed by Stephen Stills in 1971. ... Stephen Stills album cover Stephen Arthur Stills is an American guitarist and singer/songwriter best known for his work with the Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. ... Cover of The Gilded Palace of Sin (1969) The Flying Burrito Brothers were an early country rock band, best known for their massively influential debut album, 1969s The Gilded Palace of Sin. ... David Lawrence Geffen (born February 21, 1943) is a record executive, film and theatrical producer, and philanthropist. ... original logo current logo Asylum Records is a record label which was started in 1971 by David Geffen. ... Folk-rock is a musical genre, combining elements of folk music and rock music. ... Crosby, Stills, & Nash (sometimes known as Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young) is a pioneering folk rock/rock supergroup that formed out of the remnants of three 1960s bands the Buffalo Springfield, the Byrds, and the Hollies. ...


In Crosby's defense, it is worthwhile to note that Hillman's Manassas was actively touring between sessions, while the latter-day Byrds had tour and contractual obligations lasting well into 1973. With attendance from two of the four creative parties sporadic at best, the brunt of assembling the album was left to the otherwise unengaged Crosby and Clark, which could account for the preponderance of Clark vocals and the CSNY-esque production.


Additionally, none of the parties were willing to sacrifice material for their solo projects; this has been confirmed by McGuinn and Hillman in various interviews. "Full Circle" had already been released in Europe on the unauthorized by Clark (though label approved) Roadmaster album; McGuinn's songs were leftovers from 1971; Hillman's songs were extremely short and in the opinion of many critics lacked the depth of his contemporaneous material; a rendition of Crosby's "Laughing" was avaliable on his 1971 solo debut, and three of the eleven songs were covers. If I Could Only Remember My Name is David Crosbys first solo album, and one of four high-profile albums released by each partner of Crosby Stills Nash & Young in the wake of their chart-topping Déjà Vu album of 1970. ...


Despite lackluster reviews, Byrds sold reasonably well, reaching #20 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, the group's highest charting album of new material since Turn! Turn! Turn!, and going to #31 in the United Kingdom. The album was reissued for compact disc on June 30, 1998 by WEA in Europe, and in the States on September 21, 2004, on Wounded Bird Records. Billboard can refer to: Billboard magazine Billboard (advertising) Billboard antenna In 3D computer graphics, to billboard is to rotate an object so that it faces the viewer. ... Turn! Turn! Turn! (album) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... The Wea were a Native American tribe of the Ohio Country, sometimes considered a subdivision of the Miami tribe. ... World map showing Europe Political map Europe is one of the seven continents of Earth which, in this case, is more a cultural and political distinction than a physiographic one, leading to various perspectives about Europes borders. ...

Contents


Personnel

  • Roger McGuinn, vocals, guitars, banjo, Moog synthesizer
  • Gene Clark, vocals, acoustic guitars, harmonica, tambourine
  • David Crosby, vocals, guitars
  • Chris Hillman, vocals, bass, mandolin, guitars
  • Michael Clarke, drums, percussion

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Track listing

  1. "Full Circle" (Clark) - 2:43
  2. "Sweet Mary" (McGuinn/Jacques Levy) - 2:55
  3. "Changing Heart" (Clark) - 2:42
  4. "For Free" (Joni Mitchell) - 3:50
  5. "Born to Rock'n'Roll" (McGuinn) - 3:12
  6. "Things Will Be Better" (Hillman/Dallas Taylor) - 2:13
  7. "Cowgirl in the Sand" (Neil Young) - 3:24
  8. "Long Live the King" (Crosby) - 2:17
  9. "Borrowing Time" (Hillman/Joe Lala) - 2:00
  10. "Laughing" (Crosby) - 5:38
  11. "(See the Sky) About to Rain" (Young) - 3:49

Jacques Levy was a songwriter and theatre director, born July 29, 1935; died September 30, 2004. ... Joni Mitchell, CC (born Roberta Joan Anderson on November 7, 1943, in Fort Macleod, Alberta, Canada), is a musician and painter. ... Neil Percival Kenneth Robert Ragland Young (born November 12, 1945) is a singer/songwriter, who grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, whose work is characterized by deeply personal lyrics, distinctive guitar work, and an almost instantly recognizable nasal tenor voice. ... Joe Lala is an actor and voice actor, notable for a his dubbing of Kun Lan of the computer-game Killer7. ...

Sources

  • AllMusicGuide.com
  • "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", Joel Whitburn, c.2002.

External link

  • Byrds as substitute for CSNY
The Byrds
Roger McGuinn | Chris Hillman | David Crosby | Gene Clark | Michael Clarke
Gram Parsons | Kevin Kelley | Clarence White | Gene Parsons | John York | Skip Battin
Discography
Studio albums: Mr. Tambourine Man | Turn! Turn! Turn! | Fifth Dimension | Younger Than Yesterday | The Notorious Byrd Brothers | Sweetheart of the Rodeo | Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde | Ballad of Easy Rider | (Untitled) | Byrdmaniax | Farther Along | Byrds
Live albums: Live at the Fillmore - February 1969
Compilations: The Byrds' Greatest Hits | The Best of The Byrds: Greatest Hits, Volume II | The Byrds Play Dylan | The Essential Byrds
Box Sets: The Byrds

  Results from FactBites:
 
The_Byrds (993 words)
Bridging the gap between the socially and spiritually conscious folk music of Bob Dylan and the complex pop of The Beatles, The Byrds are considered one of the most important and influential bands of the 1960s.
The Byrds were founded in Los Angeles, California in 1964 by singers and guitarists Jim McGuinn (he later changed his name to Roger McGuinn), Gene Clark, and David Crosby.
Their 1968 The Notorious Byrd Brothers, which featured compositions by the group as well as by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, is today regarded as their masterpiece.
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