Byrd Parts, Vol. 2

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 Byrds 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/29/2003
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657016527
  • Catalog Number: 165

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Movin' - The Jet Set
  2. 2 Brisbane Ladies - Jim McGuinn
  3. 3 Baiion - Les Baxter
  4. 4 Jack of Diamonds - David Crosby
  5. 5 Get Together - David Crosby
  6. 6 Brotherhood of the Blues - David Crosby
  7. 7 Beach Ball - City Surfers
  8. 8 Sun Tan Baby - City Surfers
  9. 9 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) - Judy Collins
  10. 10 Why Can't I Have Her Back Again? - Gene Clark
  11. 11 If I Hang Around - Chip Douglas
  12. 12 Till Today - Rose Garden
  13. 13 Long Time - Rose Garden
  14. 14 November Nights - Peter Fonda
  15. 15 Apple Tree - Johnny Rivers
  16. 16 Tuff and Stringy - Clarence White
  17. 17 I'm on My Way Home Again - The Everly Brothers
  18. 18 Mae Jean Goes to Hollywood - Johnny Darrell
  19. 19 Willin' - Johnny Darrell
  20. 20 You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
  21. 21 Nothin' to It
  22. 22 Rock of Ages - Delaney & Bonnie
  23. 23 Tried So Hard - The Flying Burrito Brothers
  24. 24 Knockin' on Heaven's Door - Roger McGuinn
  25. 25 Shoot 'Em - Roger McGuinn
  26. 26 Making Movies - McGuinn & Hillman
  27. 27 Jokers Are Wild - The Textones
  28. 28 Lover's Turnaround - Carla Olson
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Byrds Primary Artist
City Surfers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Hoyt Axton Arranger
Doc Watson Arranger
Pete Seeger Adaptation
Les Baxter Arranger, Adaptation
Gene Clark Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Delaney Bramlett Arranger
Roger McGuinn Composer
Glenn A. Baker Concept
Warren Barnett Mastering
Alan Duffy Artwork
Greg Klein Artwork
Traditional Composer
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