Younger Than Yesterday was somewhat overlooked at the time of its release during an intensely competitive era that found the Byrds on a commercial downslide. Time, however, has shown it to be the most durable of the Byrds' albums, with the exception of Mr. Tambourine Man. David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and especially Chris Hillman come into their own as songwriters on an eclectic but focused set blending folk-rock, psychedelia, and early country-rock. The sardonic "So You Want to Be a Rock & Roll Star" was a terrific single; "My Back Pages," also a small hit, was the last of their classic Dylan covers; "Thoughts and Words," the flower-power anthem "Renaissance Fair," "Have You Seen Her Face," and the bluegrass-tinged "Time Between" are all among their best songs. The jazzy "Everybody's Been Burned" may be Crosby's best composition, although his "Mind Gardens" is one of his most excessive.
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Performance CreditsByrds Primary Artist
Clarence White Guitar,Electric Guitar
Vern Gosdin Acoustic Guitar
Chris Hillman Bass,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Hugh Masekela Trumpet,Horn
Michael Clarke Drums
David Crosby Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Roger McGuinn Banjo,Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar
Technical CreditsChris Hillman Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
David Crosby Composer
Roger McGuinn Composer
Gary Usher Producer
Johnny Rogan Liner Notes
Bob Hippard Composer
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Younger Than Yesterday based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This is the final album by the original Byrds (The Notorious Byrd Brothers made extensive use of outside musicians). Younger Than Yesterday contains hints of the stresses that tore the group apart. David Crosby was headed off on his own musical trip that caused them to splinter during Brothers. His annoying self-indulgence stands out on the weird Mind Gardens. The band seemed to take a half step back from the full-blown psychedelics on Fifth Dimension, although songs like Roger McGuinn's CTA 102 and Renaissance Fair, a Crosby composition that worked, are still pretty spacey. Chris Hillman emerged as a third writer with a bent toward country (Time Between). So You Want To Be a Rock And Roll Star signaled a move away from the Top 40 and My Back Pages was another Bob Dylan cover. Some of the bonus tracks (Lady Friend, Old John Robertson) should have been on the original LP.
First, look for the CD that has the 6 bonus tracks (and not the overpriced Japan version) which dont seem to be included with this CD. But with or without the bonus tracks, this is the best album the Byrd's ever made, and almost all of their albums are 5 star classics.
Arguably the best rock album ever made, Younger Than Yesterday finds the Byrds at their peak of creativity. Rather than naming all of the good songs, it would be easier to name the only bad one, David Crosby's ''Mind Gardens,'' which he admitted was experimental, particularly in that he deliberately put no rhythym in the song. Every other song is sheer musical genius, well beyond any other band's at that time, including the Beatles. From the satiric ''So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star'' to the breathtaking ''Thoughts and Words'' and the dream-like ''Renaissance Fair,'' Younger Than Yesterday represents the rock era at is best and most competitive.