The Essential Byrds

The Essential Byrds

by The Byrds
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Both timeless and distinctly of its time, the music of the Byrds laid the groundwork for much that followed their hit-filled reign from the mid'-60s to the early '70s. You hear their influence in the jangle-rock of R.E.M. and Tom Petty, in the country-rock of the Eagles and Uncle Tupelo, in the roots rock of the Band, in the rootsy country of Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams. The Byrds' career path mirrored rock's own developing history: They debuted as plugged-in folkies with transcendent three-part harmonies ("Turn! Turn! Turn!"), then turned psychedelic-rock experimentalists ("Eight Miles High") and country revivalists ("Hickory Wind"). And the music of the band's members would resound for years to come: David Crosby with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman with the Flying Burrito Brothers, and Roger McGuinn on his own after the Byrds finally called it quits. This two-disc set offers fans a broad overview of the Byrds' fruitful flight, culling tracks from each of their 11 proper albums, plus a couple of singles, leaning most heavily on their first 4 albums from 1965 and '66. Those are chronicled on Essential's first disc, an embarrassment of riches highlighted by the group's inspired Dylan covers -- among them their inaugural single and hit, "Mr. Tambourine Man." Disc 2 condenses the band's influential Sweetheart of the Rodeo a little too succinctly, with only two songs (the definitive version of Dylan's "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" and Parsons's signature tune, "Hickory Wind"), but it does make space for Crosby's soaring single "Lady Friend," four gorgeous tunes from The Notorious Byrd Brothers (including a country-tinged take on the Goffin-King reflection "Goin' Back"), and late-period favorites such as "Ballad of Easy Rider" and "Chestnut Mare." As a distillation of a truly transcendent rock career, The Essential Byrds achieves lofty heights.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998911024
catalogNumber: 89110

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Byrds   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Clarence White   Composer,Contributor
Chris Hillman   Composer,Contributor
Pete Seeger   Composer
Byrds   Producer
Gene Clark   Composer,Contributor
Bob Dylan   Composer
Carole King   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer,Contributor
Skip Battin   Contributor
Rick Danko   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Terry Melcher   Producer
Bob Buchanan   Composer
Michael Clarke   Contributor
David Crosby   Composer,Contributor
Jim Dickson   Producer
Chris Hinshaw   Producer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Kevin Kelley   Contributor
Jacques Levy   Composer
Roger McGuinn   Composer,Contributor
Allen Stanton   Producer
Gary Usher   Producer
C.C. White   Arranger
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Pat Seeger   Adaptation
Book of Ecclesiastes   Composer
Harvey Gerst   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mark Unterberger   Packaging Manager
John York   Contributor
Arthur Reynolds   Composer

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