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Byrd Parts, Vol. 2
     

Byrd Parts, Vol. 2

by Bob Dylan
 
Like its predecessor Byrd Parts, this is a cup-runneth-over grab bag of "oddities, curios, rarities & essentials by members of the Byrds, alone and together," this one spanning the early 1960s through the mid-1980s. The very nature of such a project means that it's not too great or consistent as an end-to-end listening product, and not nearly as good as the

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Like its predecessor Byrd Parts, this is a cup-runneth-over grab bag of "oddities, curios, rarities & essentials by members of the Byrds, alone and together," this one spanning the early 1960s through the mid-1980s. The very nature of such a project means that it's not too great or consistent as an end-to-end listening product, and not nearly as good as the average tracks actually released under the Byrds' banner. But the compilers, and just about everyone buying this, knows that -- they're after some Byrds-related rarities that are, for the most part, really difficult to find (and often unavailable elsewhere on CD), especially in one place. On those grounds, Byrd Parts, Vol. 2 is a roaring success, with no less than 28 tracks gathered from all corners of their discographies. Naturally, it's the earlier 1960s material that holds the most interest, including a track from Hoyt Axton's debut 1962 LP with Roger McGuinn on harmony vocals; David Crosby as part of Les Baxter's Balladeers in the early 1960s on "Baiion"; two tracks by the City Surfers, a circa 1963 studio-only Beach Boys rip-off group with McGuinn involvement; Judy Collins' late-1963 recording of "Turn! Turn! Turn!," on which McGuinn played; and two studio pre-1965 Crosby electric outings (which previously appeared on Sundazed's The Preflyte Sessions). The big coup, however, is the appearance of three genuinely, previously unreleased mid-1960s tracks, including a nice, haunting Crosby solo acoustic pre-'65 demo of his original "Brotherhood of the Blues"; a 1964 solo acoustic demo by Gene Clark of his composition "Why Can't I Have Her Back Again?," which is like other of his early Byrds songs in its overt British Invasion influence, though blander than the ones that surfaced on Preflyte; and a 1967 Clark demo of his "If I Hang Around," which Chip Douglas added bass and harmony vocals to in the mid-1990s. The romp continues, with two otherwise unrecorded Gene Clark songs from the sole album by the Rose Garden, from 1967; the rare Peter Fonda 1967 single "November Nights," written by Gram Parsons; and Clarence White's 1967 single "Tuff and Stringy." As the disc reaches the end of the 1960s at around the halfway mark, the material gets less and less interesting, but does include various rarities by the Flying Burrito Brothers, Delaney and Bonnie, country singer Johnny Darrell, Earl Scruggs, and the Everly Brothers (on which some Byrd(s) or another helped out). Wrapping things up are rarities from the late 1970s and 1980s involving McGuinn, Clark, and Chris Hillman as featured artists, though with the exception of McGuinn's 1977 film theme, "Shoot 'Em," those are pretty dull. The annotation could have been better for things like recording and original release dates, but it's well worth purchasing for the Byrds fanatic, despite its wildly varying styles, from early-'60s folk-pop and classic-styled '60s folk-rock, to country-rock and more.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2003
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657016527
catalogNumber:
165

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Byrds   Primary Artist
City Surfers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Clarence White   Composer
Hoyt Axton   Arranger
Doc Watson   Arranger
Pete Seeger   Composer,Adaptation
Baxter   Arranger,Adaptation
Jackson Browne   Composer
Gene Clark   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Gram Parsons   Composer
Delaney Bramlett   Arranger
Lowell George   Composer
Dino Valente   Composer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Pat Robinson   Composer
Frank Gari   Composer
Glenn A. Baker   Concept
Alan Duffy   Artwork
Greg Klein   Artwork
Venetia Stevens   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Dick Holler   Composer
Jim McGuinn   Composer

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