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“Eight Miles High”
Single by The Byrds
B-side "Why" (Jim McGuinn, David Crosby)
Released March 14, 1966
Format 7"
Recorded 1966
Genre Psychedelic rock
Length 3 min 33 s
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn, David Crosby
The Byrds singles chronology
"Set You Free This Time"
(1966)
"Eight Miles High"
(1966)
"5D (Fifth Dimension)"
(1966)

"Eight Miles High" is a song by Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn, and David Crosby, first appearing as a single from 1966 by the rock band The Byrds. The single peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was included as well on their album Fifth Dimension, released on July 18, 1966. In tandem with its b-side, "Why," written by McGuinn and Crosby, the song was instrumental in ushering in a new strain of rock and roll in the mid-1960s, that of psychedelic rock. A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... “B-Sides” redirects here. ... James Roger McGuinn (known professionally as Roger McGuinn and born James Joseph McGuinn III on July 13, 1942) is a popular rock American singer-songwriter and guitarist of the 1960s and 1970s. ... David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... A gramophone record, (also phonograph record - often simply record) is an analog sound recording medium: a flat disc rotating at a constant angular velocity, with inscribed spiral grooves in which a stylus or needle rides. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Psychedelic rock is a style of rock music that attempts to replicate the mind-altering experiences of hallucinogenic drugs. ... A minute is a unit of time equal to 1/60th of an hour and to 60 seconds. ... This article is about the unit of time. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... For other uses, see Gene Clark (disambiguation). ... James Roger McGuinn (known professionally as Roger McGuinn and born James Joseph McGuinn III on July 13, 1942) is a popular rock American singer-songwriter and guitarist of the 1960s and 1970s. ... David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... Set You Free This Time is the third track on The Byrds 1965 album Turn! Turn! Turn!Turn! Turn! Turn! (album) The song is penned by Gene Clark, who also sings the lead vocal and plays the harmonica. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Fifth Dimension (disambiguation). ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the musical composition. ... For other uses, see Gene Clark (disambiguation). ... James Roger McGuinn (known professionally as Roger McGuinn and born James Joseph McGuinn III on July 13, 1942) is a popular rock American singer-songwriter and guitarist of the 1960s and 1970s. ... David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... A collection of various CD singles In music, a single is a short recording of one or more separate tracks. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the genre. ... A musical ensemble is a group of two or more musicians who perform instrumental or vocal music. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Fifth Dimension is the third album by The Byrds, released in the summer of 1966. ... In recorded music, the terms A-side and B-side refer to the two sides of 7 inch vinyl records on which singles have been released since the 1950s. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... Psychedelia in music (or also psychedelic music, less formally) is a term that refers to a broad set of popular music styles, genres and scenes, that may include psychedelic rock, psychedelic folk, psychedelic pop, psychedelic soul, psychedelic ambient, psychedelic trance, psychedelic techno, and others. ...

Contents

Content

The obscure lyrics, penned by Clark, are about the group's plane trip touring England in 1965. "Eight miles high, and when you touch down, you'll find that it's stranger than known." Airliners fly at an altitude of six to seven miles high; but it was felt that "eight miles high" sounded better. For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Altitude is the elevation of an object from a known level or datum. ...


According to Clark, the lyrics were primarily of his doing, with the only contribution coming from David Crosby's line "Rain grey town, known for its sound". Since Clark's death, however, McGuinn has contended that it was he who conceived the idea for the song being about a plane ride, and that he and Crosby both contributed lyrics to Clark's unfinished draft. John Einarson's book, Mr. Tambourine Man, questions this claim and wonders if McGuinn's story would be the same had Clark lived.


Almost immediately after "Eight Miles High," the Byrds suffered the loss of Clark, their main songwriter. His fear of flying was the official reason for his departure, although other pressures were at work. After Clark's departure, the Byrds would never visit the top 20 with a single again.


Music

McGuinn's twelve string guitar playing — especially the famed introductory solo — was heavily inspired by Coltrane's saxophone on "India" from his 1961 Village Vanguard concerts on the Impressions album of 1963. McGuinn is very guarded of the effort that went into his approximation of Coltrane's technique to guitar. Chris Hillman's bass line drives the song, while the rhythm guitar work by Crosby and fast drumming of Michael Clarke add dramatic turbulence. On a 1966 taped interview added to the 1996 re-issue of the album, Crosby said that the catastrophic ending made him "feel like a plane landing." The twelve string guitar is an acoustic or electric guitar with twelve strings, which produces a richer, more ringing tone than a standard six string guitar. ... Coltrane redirects here. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored musical instrument usually considered a member of the woodwind family. ... Impressions Impressions is a 1963 (see 1963 in music) album by jazz musician John Coltrane. ... For other uses, see 1963 (disambiguation). ... 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. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... Michael Clarke (born Michael James Dick) (June 3, 1933 – December 19, 1993), was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the 1960s rock music group The Byrds from 1964 to 1968. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ...


The B-side

The B-side, "Why", equally pushed the envelope, its incorporation of raga aspects from Indian classical music even more pronounced than on the A-side. The lyric, unusual for the developing rock and roll groupie haven of Los Angeles, argues a very feminist viewpoint considering that it was written by two men, or one man, Crosby often claiming sole authorship of the song.[1] This version differs from the one later released on Younger Than Yesterday, by the more pronounced bass lines and vocal punch of the radio mix given a single side in the mid-sixties. Raga (rāg /राग (Hindi), raga (anglicised from rāgaḥ/रागः (Sanskrit)) or rāgam /ராகம் (Tamil)) are the melodic modes used in Indian classical music. ... The origins of Indian classical music can be found from the oldest of scriptures, part of the Hindu tradition, the Vedas. ... 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. ... A groupie is a person who, while he/she may be a fan at some level, seeks intimacy (most often physical, sometimes emotional) with a famous person. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Feminism is a social theory and political movement primarily informed and motivated by the experience of women. ... Younger Than Yesterday is the fourth album from folk-rock group The Byrds. ...


Other Versions

An earlier version of the song, along with "Why," had been recorded in RCA Studios in Los Angeles in December of 1965; those tracks saw release on the 1996 expanded reissue of Fifth Dimension on Legacy Recordings. Legacy Recordings is Sony BMG Music Entertainments catalog division. ...


Covers

The song has been covered many times, notably by Golden Earring in 1970, who put a 19 minute version of the song on their Eight Miles High album. Golden Earring is a Dutch rock/pop group that was founded in 1961 in The Hague as the Golden Earrings (the s was later dropped). ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Eight Miles High is an album by Dutch hard rock band Golden Earring, released in 1970 (see 1970 in music). ...

“Eight Miles High”
“Eight Miles High” cover
Single by Hüsker Dü
Released March 1984
Recorded October 1983
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:56
Label SST
Producer Spot
Hüsker Dü singles chronology
"In a Free Land"
(1982)
"Eight Miles High"
(1984)
"Celebrated Summer"
(1985)

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Legacy

In 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine named "Eight Miles High" the 150th Greatest Song of All Time. In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Eight Miles High" at number 50 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. The Door's 1968 song "Spanish caravan", 27 seconds in, has a part which is similar to the opening chord progression of Eight Miles High, both being adaptations of the classical piece "Asturias" by Isaac Albéniz. This article is about the music magazine. ... Q is a music and entertainment magazinepublished monthly in the United Kingdom. ... Isaac Albéniz Isaac Manuel Francisco Albéniz (IPA: ) (May 29, 1860 – May 18, 1909) was a Spanish pianist and composer best known for his piano works based on Spanish folk music. ...


Don McLean's song "American Pie" makes reference to "Eight Miles High" with the line "Eight miles high and falling fast". For other people with similar names see Don MacLean. ... For other uses, see American Pie (disambiguation). ...


The indie rock band Okkervil River reference "Eight Miles High" in their song "Plus Ones" (from the 2007 album The Stage Names). The song, which mentions several classic numerical lyrics but alters their original intentions by adding one, includes the line, "You would probably die before you shot up nine miles high." This article is about the musical band. ...


External links

References

Notes

  1. ^ Zimmer and Diltz, p. 37
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:dxfqxqq5ldte All Music Guide description
The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... James Roger McGuinn (known professionally as Roger McGuinn and born James Joseph McGuinn III on July 13, 1942) is a popular rock American singer-songwriter and guitarist of the 1960s and 1970s. ... 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. ... David Van Cortlandt Crosby (born August 14, 1941) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... For other uses, see Gene Clark (disambiguation). ... Michael Clarke (born Michael James Dick) (June 3, 1933 – December 19, 1993), was an American musician, best known as the drummer for the 1960s rock music group The Byrds from 1964 to 1968. ... Gram Parsons (November 5, 1946 – September 19, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist. ... Clarence White (born Clarence LeBlanc) (June 7, 1944 – July 14, 1973) was a guitar player for Nashville West, The Byrds, Muleskinner, and the Kentucky Colonels. ... Gene Parsons is an american drummer, best known for his work with The Byrds from 1968 to 1972, although officially still a member until the groups dissolution in 1973, he had not performed with them after 1972, as Roger McGuinn was on a reunion tour with the other original members. ... Skip Clyde Skip Battin (Born 2/18/34 in Gallipolis, Ohio) was a successful singer-songwriter, musician, performer and recording artist. ... John Guerin (Born October 31, 1939 in Hawaii, U.S.A, Died January 5, 2004, West Hills, California, U.S.A) worked as a Drummer, Percussionist, and Recording Artist Worldwide. ... Joe Lala is an actor and voice actor, notable for a his dubbing of Kun Lan of the computer-game Killer7. ... 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Eight Miles High - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (260 words)
"Eight Miles High" is a single from The Byrds' 1966 album Fifth Dimension.
The Byrds suffered a major loss right after "Eight Miles High" with the departure of Clark, their main songwriter.
Unsurprisingly, the reason for his departure was his fear of flying on their tours, although other pressures were are work.
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The original title, Six Miles High (the cruising height of a transatlantic airliner), was changed after it was decided 'Eight' sounded more poetic.
Although the song may not have been directly inspired by drugs, it placed the Byrds firmly at the forefront of the emerging psychedelic movement and remains one of the finest singles of the mid 60s.
Roger McGuinn reveals how a flight to England in 1965 proved to be the inspiration behind their classic song - "technically it should have been six miles high but six miles high didn't sound as good poetically".
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