Born to Rock and Roll

Born to Rock and Roll

by Roger McGuinn


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Although he will always be chiefly remembered as the electric 12-string guitarist and main lead singer of the Byrds, Roger McGuinn has also had a long, if somewhat intermittent and sporadic, solo recording career, and if he finally settled into the role of a venerated folk artist, a sort of Pete Seeger for the '60s generation in the opening decade of the 21st century, he seemed to flounder in that period after the last incarnation of the Byrds called it quits in 1973. In all, McGuinn recorded five solo albums for the Byrds' old label, Columbia Records, during the '70s, and while his iconic voice and 12-string sound were usually, and often, present, he seemed unsure of what exactly to do, and by the '80s he was without a major-label record contract. This single-disc set helps bring in a little perspective by cherry-picking the best tracks from those five solo affairs for Columbia, and if even as a best-of set it shines less brightly than any single Byrds album, that's to be expected. The Byrds were the Byrds, led by McGuinn more often than not, but still a band, and an often brilliant one at that. McGuinn's solo work for Columbia stands in the shadow of that legacy and is probably best heard and approached as a footnote to it.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2012
Label: Floating World
UPC: 0805772616929
catalogNumber: 7261692
Rank: 64171

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roger McGuinn   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Buddy Emmons   Steel Guitar
Chris Hillman   Background Vocals
Gene Clark   Background Vocals
Bob Dylan   Harmonica
Dan Fogelberg   Background Vocals
Charles Lloyd   Saxophone
Tom Scott   Saxophone,Soloist
Bruce Johnston   Background Vocals
Mick Ronson   Organ,Percussion,Piano,Accordion,Autoharp,Recorder,Vocals
Rob Stoner   Bass,Percussion,Vocals
Rick Vito   Dobro,Guitar,Vocals,Jaw Harp
Greg Attaway   Drums
Hal Blaine   Tambourine
Bruce Barlow   Bass Guitar
Richard Bowden   Guitar
Michael Clarke   Drums
David Crosby   Background Vocals
Donnie Dacus   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris Ethridge   Bass
Steve Foreman   Percussion
Marty Grebb   Keyboards
John Guerin   Drums
Paul Harris   Keyboards
Charlie Harrison   Bass Guitar,Vocals
Russ Kunkel   Percussion,Drums
Steve Love   Bass
David Lovelace   Keyboards
David Mansfield   Organ,Banjo,Mandolin,Percussion,Violin,Steel Guitar
Spooner Oldham   Organ,Piano
David Vaught   Bass
Howie Wyeth   Percussion,Drums
Kim Hitchcroft   Saxophone
Mike Wooferd   Keyboards
Leland Sklar   Bass
Greg Thomas   Percussion,Drums
Jimmy Joyce & His Children's Chorus   Background Vocals
Timmy Schmitt   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer
Mick Ronson   Producer
John Boylan   Producer
Don DeVito   Producer
Paul Grupp   Engineer
Bill Halverson   Producer
Roger McGuinn   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Spooner Oldham   Composer
Alan Robinson   Liner Notes
Alex Kazenegras   Engineer
Gary Landinsky   Engineer

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Born to Rock and Roll 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
The AMG review is pretty accurate. Roger McGuinn seemed to lose his bearings after shutting down the Byrds. Although he was their leader, he seemed to need someone else to inspire his creativity. On this tracks his signature 12 string electric guitar is noticeably missing. Finally in 1991he turned it looseon Back To Rio, a worthy follow-up to his Byrds work. None of these tacks come from that album. None of the 70s tracks collected here are bad, but that lack that crtain spark, even the couple Byrds remakes. Two of the best are covers of artists like Dylan or Joni Mitchell. I saw Roger about 15 years ago and he was still an engaging performer. .
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good collection. Just don't expect it to sound like the Byrds or Roger's later Back From Rio. He downplayed his 12 string sound during this peroid. I'm glad to have it, but I miss the old Byrds jangle. It seems to go in and out of print, so buy it right away if you want it. I saw McGuinn in concert a few years ago, and he can still sing well and does a nice show.