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Encyclopedia > Younger Than Yesterday
Younger Than Yesterday
Album cover
Album by The Byrds
Released February 6, 1967
Recorded November 28 - December 8, 1966, (except "Why": February 21, 1966)
Genre Rock
Length 29 min 11 sec
Label Columbia Records/Legacy
Producer Gary Usher
Professional reviews
The Byrds Chronology
Fifth Dimension (1966)
Younger than Yesterday
(1967)
The Byrds' Greatest Hits
(1967)

Younger Than Yesterday is the fourth album from folk-rock group The Byrds. Released in February 1967, the album reached #24 in the US and #37 in the UK. Although this was the same US chart position as the Byrds' previous album it was lower than the UK equivalent and was part of a continuing downward trend since the first album. The album stayed in the US chart for 24 weeks. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... The Byrds’ original line-up. ... February 6 is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... November 28 is the 332nd day (333rd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... 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. ... Minutes are the instant written record of a meeting or hearing. ... This article is about the unit of time. ... A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ... Columbia Records is the oldest continually used brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888. ... In the music industry, a record producer is responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for release. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a globally comprehensive metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. ... Image File history File links Description: Rating stars. ... The Byrds’ original line-up. ... Fifth Dimension is the third album by The Byrds and was released in the summer of 1966. ... 1966 was a common year starting on Saturday (link goes to calendar) // Events January January 1 - In a coup, Colonel Jean-Bédel Bokassa ousts president David Dacko and takes over the Central African Republic. ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Byrds Greatest Hits is the first compilation release by The Byrds. ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Byrds’ original line-up. ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The musical style of the tracks continued the pattern set by previous albums. Chris Hillman's early experiments in country-rock ("Time Between" and "The Girl With No Name") reflected the band's growing eclecticism while David Crosby expanded his explorations of folk-rock and psychedelia, penning the lyrically ambitious "Mind Gardens" and the jazz-influenced "Everybody's Been Burned." Chris Hillman (born December 4, 1944, 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 Cortland Crosby (born August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ...


In its CD liner notes, Rolling Stone writer David Fricke suggests that the album may have been "obscured by the windfall of epochal rock albums that spring and summer", citing landmark albums by The Beatles (Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band), Jefferson Airplane (Surrealistic Pillow) and The Doors (self-titled debut). Rolling Stone is a music and music industry magazine. ... David Fricke is senior editor for Rolling Stone magazine. ... The Beatles (L-R, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon), in 1964, performing on The Ed Sullivan Show promoting their first U.S. hit song, I Want To Hold Your Hand, and ushering in the British Invasion of American popular music. ... Jefferson Airplane was an American rock band from San Francisco, a pioneer of the LSD-influenced psychedelic rock movement. ... The Doors self-titled debut (1967) The Doors (formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, California) were a popular and influential American rock band. ...


Despite the album's mild chart performance, its critical stature has grown substantially over the years. In 2002, Younger Than Yesterday ranked 124 on the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2002, Rolling Stone published an article describing what it considered to be the top 500 music albums of all time. ...


Recording sessions for Younger Than Yesterday

The album marked the beginning of a successful relationship with Gary Usher, who would go on to produce The Byrds' next two albums. Clarence White, later to join the group, was also a session player on the album, adding his distinctive guitar-picking skills to Hillman's "Time Between" and "The Girl With No Name." The group also brought in Vern Gosdin to play acoustic guitar on "Time Between." Clarence White (June 7, 1944 - July 14, 1973) was a guitar player for The Byrds and the Kentucky Colonels. ...


The most notable session player was perhaps popular jazz musician Hugh Masekela; he contributed the distinctive trumpet solo on "So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star?," the album's lead single. Often cited as one of their best songs, "So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star?" was written by Roger McGuinn and Hillman as an acerbic but good-natured swipe at the success of manufactured rock bands like the Monkees. The subject manner was rather ironic due to certain pre-fabricated elements of the Byrds' own career, leading some fans to mistake it as autobiographical. Hillman's bass playing is on full display throughout the song as he constructs a series of variations on the main riff, and rounding out the production is the sound of screaming teenage girls, taped at a Byrds show in Bournemouth, England during the band's '65 tour. Joseph Roger McGuinn (July 13, 1942 - ) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois. ...


McGuinn argued for the inclusion of a Bob Dylan cover, over Crosby's objection, and at Jim Dickson's suggestion, the band recorded "My Back Pages," the song with which Dylan disavowed his protest-singer past (Dylan released it on his 1964 album, Another Side of Bob Dylan). Executed according to the same, successful Dylan-cover-formula of their first two albums, the Byrds simultaneously and paradoxically renounced and reaffirmed their past work. Often cited as one of their strongest Dylan interpretations, "My Back Pages" would be their last Top 40 single in the United States. Portrait photograph of Bob Dylan taken by Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941) is widely regarded as one of Americas greatest popular songwriters. ... Another Side of Bob Dylan, released August 8, 1964, is considered one of Bob Dylans most important albums. ...


The album closes with an alternate recording of "Why," cut during the sessions for the previous album, Fifth Dimension. The song had already been issued as a B-side to "Eight Miles High," but this less aggressive version was included on Younger Than Yesterday at David Crosby's insistence despite the availability of other new material. Fifth Dimension is the third album by The Byrds and was released in the summer of 1966. ...


The disagreements between Crosby and McGuinn over song selection reflected the group's instability. The growing separation was also seen in the number of songs written separately by McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman; previous albums had shown more collaboration.


Track listing

  1. "So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star" (Roger McGuinn/Chris Hillman) - 2:05
  2. "Have You Seen Her Face" (Chris Hillman) - 2:40
  3. "C.T.A. - 102" (Roger McGuinn) - 2:28
  4. "Renaissance Fair" (David Crosby) - 1:51
  5. "Time Between" (Chris Hillman) - 1:53
  6. "Everybody's Been Burned" (David Crosby) - 3:05
  7. "Thoughts and Words" (Chris Hillman) - 2:56
  8. "Mind Gardens" (David Crosby) - 3:46
  9. "My Back Pages" (Bob Dylan) - 3:08
  10. "The Girl With No Name" (Chris Hillman) - 1:50
  11. "Why" (Roger McGuinn/David Crosby) - 2:45

Younger Than Yesterday (Columbia 9442) reached #24 in the US during a chart stay of 24 weeks. It also reached #37 in the UK. Joseph Roger McGuinn (July 13, 1942 - ) is an American singer-songwriter, born in Chicago, Illinois. ... Chris Hillman (born December 4, 1944, Los Angeles, California)was one of the original members of The Byrds(1965) with Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Michael Clarke. ... A Renaissance Fair or Renaissance Festival is an outdoor weekend gathering ostensibly focused on recreating life as it was during the Renaissance. ... David Van Cortland Crosby (born August 14, 1941 in Los Angeles, California) is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter. ... My Back Pages is a Bob_Dylan song of 1964 from the album Another Side of Bob Dylan. ... Portrait photograph of Bob Dylan taken by Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman May 24, 1941) is widely regarded as one of Americas greatest popular songwriters. ...


The remastered CD reissue in 1996 has six bonus tracks, including the Crosby's single "Lady Friend", and alternate versions of "Mind Gardens" and "My Back Pages"


Sources

  • Connors, Tim. 'Byrds Discography', Byrd Watcher (February 15, 1998) Retrieved July 24 2005.
  • Fricke, David. CD booklet essay, Younger Than Yesterday (1996)
  • Unterberger, Richie. 'Younger Than Yesterday', All Music (2005) Retrieved July 24 2005.
  • Whitburn, Joel. "Top Pop Albums 1955-2001", (Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, 2002) ISBN 0898201470

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That is not to say that this album is devoid of some of their earlier influences--all you have to do is listen to hear the willingness of this band to experiment.
I'm just saying that with Younger Than Yesterday, The Byrds became a band with a clear idea of where they were headed, even though the band's lineup underwent many changes over the next few years.
Younger Than Yesterday is an important album in the catalogue of The Byrds.
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