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Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde

Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde

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Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, and Kevin Kelley all left the Byrds in wake of the release of Sweetheart of the Rodeo, leaving Roger McGuinn to assemble a new band from scratch. Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde, the first album with McGuinn as unquestioned leader (and sole founding

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Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, and Kevin Kelley all left the Byrds in wake of the release of Sweetheart of the Rodeo, leaving Roger McGuinn to assemble a new band from scratch. Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde, the first album with McGuinn as unquestioned leader (and sole founding member), was an interesting but uneven set that saw him attempting to bring together the psych-tinged rock of the group's early period with the pure country that Parsons had brought to Sweetheart. The new lineup on this album was as strong as any the band would ever have, with guitarist Clarence White sounding revelatory whenever he opens up, and Gene Parsons and John York comprising a strong and sympathetic rhythm section. But while everyone on board was a great musician, they don't always sound like a band just yet, and the strain to come up with new material seems to have let them down; McGuinn contributes a few strong originals (especially "King Apathy III" and "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man," the latter written with Parsons before his departure from the group), but the two songs he penned for the movie Candy are just short of disastrous, and the closing medley of "My Back Pages" and "Baby What You Want Me to Do" sounds like padding. Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde proved there was still life left in the Byrds, but also suggested that they hadn't gotten back to full speed yet.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972464824
catalogNumber:
724648
Rank:
29563

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Byrds   Primary Artist
Clarence White   Guitar,Vocals
Gene Parsons   Drums
Roger McGuinn   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
John York   Bass

Technical Credits

Jimmy Reed   Composer
Clarence White   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Gene Parsons   Composer
Tom May   Engineer
David Diller   Engineer
Bob Johnston   Producer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Neil Wilburn   Engineer
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Producer
Jessica Sowin   Contributor,Associate Project Director
Traditional   Composer
J. Richards   Composer

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Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
This CD is one of the more neglected Clarence White era Byrds albums. I actually think it is a better listen than Sweetheart of the Rodeo. That project with Gram Parsons was a a pure country effort, whereas this set has a real rock feel to it, somewhat in the vein of the first Burrito albums with Parsons and Chris Hillman. The White - McGuinn guitar interplay is excellent and This Wheel on Fire is a great Dylan cover. Later albums suffered when band members other than McGuinn sang lead but here he is the sole frontman. At this price you can't lose if you take a chance on Dr. Byrds and Mr Hyde.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago