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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 ...
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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2012
  • Label: Floating World
  • UPC: 805772616929
  • Catalog Number: 7261692

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm So Restless (3:09)
  2. 2 My New Woman (2:37)
  3. 3 Draggin' (3:39)
  4. 4 The Water is Wide (3:09)
  5. 5 Same Old Sound (3:31)
  6. 6 Bag Full of Money (2:38)
  7. 7 Gate of Horn (2:49)
  8. 8 Peace On You (4:05)
  9. 9 Lover of the Bayou (3:24)
  10. 10 Stone (The Lord Loves a Rolling Stone) (3:04)
  11. 11 Lisa (2:01)
  12. 12 Take Me Away (3:03)
  13. 13 Jolly Roger (4:59)
  14. 14 Friend (2:09)
  15. 15 Dreamland (5:21)
  16. 16 Dixie Highway (3:29)
  17. 17 American Girl (4:29)
  18. 18 Up To Me (5:39)
  19. 19 Russian Hill (5:07)
  20. 20 Born To Rock and Roll (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roger McGuinn Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, 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
Lee Sklar Bass
David Vaught Bass
Howie Wyeth Percussion, Drums
Kim Hitchcroft Saxophone
Mike Wooferd Keyboards
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 Composer, Producer
Spooner Oldham Composer
Alan Robinson Liner Notes
McGuinn Arranger
Alex Kazenegras Engineer
Gary Landinsky Engineer
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  • Posted March 30, 2015

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    The AMG review is pretty accurate. Roger McGuinn seemed to lose

    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. .

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