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If Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde found Roger McGuinn having to re-create the Byrds after massive personnel turnovers and not having an easy time of it, Ballad of Easy Rider was the album where the new lineup really hit its stride. Gracefully moving back and forth between serene folk-rock the title cut, still one of McGuinn's most beautiful melodies, sure-footed rock & roll "Jesus Is Just All Right", heartfelt country-rock "Oil In My Lamp" and "Tulsa County", and even a dash of R&B the unexpectedly funky "Fido," which even features a percussion solo, Ballad of Easy Rider sounds confident and committed where Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde often seemed tentative. The band sounds ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
If Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde found Roger McGuinn having to re-create the Byrds after massive personnel turnovers and not having an easy time of it, Ballad of Easy Rider was the album where the new lineup really hit its stride. Gracefully moving back and forth between serene folk-rock the title cut, still one of McGuinn's most beautiful melodies, sure-footed rock & roll "Jesus Is Just All Right", heartfelt country-rock "Oil In My Lamp" and "Tulsa County", and even a dash of R&B the unexpectedly funky "Fido," which even features a percussion solo, Ballad of Easy Rider sounds confident and committed where Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde often seemed tentative. The band sounds tight, self-assured, and fully in touch with the music's emotional palette, and Clarence White's guitar work is truly a pleasure to hear if Roger McGuinn's fabled 12-string work seems to take a back seat to White's superb string bends, it is doubtful that any but the most fanatical fans would think to object. While not generally regarded as one of the group's major works, in retrospect this release stands alongside Untitled as the finest work of the Byrds' final period.
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  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646511428
  • Catalog Number: 65114

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Performance Credits
The Byrds Primary Artist
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Woody Guthrie Composer
Jerry Hochman Engineer
Traditional Composer
Martin Hoffman Composer
John York Composer
Arthur Reynolds Composer
A. Reynolds Composer
J. Browne Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An "Easy" Letdown

    I am disappointed in Easy Rider. The title song and Jesus Is Just Alright were Byrd classics but most of the other songs are so-so. Roger McGuinn was the only first class singer left and he allowed the others to take the lead too often. Even Clarence White’s guitar sounded better elsewhere.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Easy Rider points the way to 70's country rock

    After Dr.Byrds and Mister Hyde,Roger Mcguinn brought back Terry Melcher and gave the other Byrds more say in the recordings.The Rickenbacker is much less prominent with Clarence White in the band.This album is realy the first L.A. country rock album.Sweetheart of the Rodeo and the Flying Burrito Bros.Gilded Palace of Sin are both country with updated lyrics and Poco featured the pedal steel as its main lead instrument.The Ballad of Easy Rider starts things off on a lite note with strings and accoustic guitars.Fido and Oil in my lamp use heavy guitars and strong drumming.The Byrds go back to the Sweetheart with Oil and Jesus is just alright.Tulsa County the Dylan cover Its all over now Baby Blue Gunga Din and Mae Jean goes to Hollywood anticipate the Eagles.Deportee and Armstrong Aldrin and Collins are done as folksongs.Fidler aDram and Jack Parr the sailor are folk songs done with the Moog.Another case of an average Byrd that becomes aclassic with bonus tracks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Byrds Masterpiece

    Music that can be listened to over and over for years to come

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