Live at the Fillmore West February 1969

Live at the Fillmore West February 1969

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by The Byrds
     
 

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This previously unreleased, stand-alone live recording of the Byrds at the Fillmore West in 1969 is a testament to the band at the height of its musical prowess. The amalgam of Roger McGuinn, John York, Gene Parsons, and Clarence White -- with only McGuinn remaining from the original fivesome that launched the group in 1965 -- is soSee more details below

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This previously unreleased, stand-alone live recording of the Byrds at the Fillmore West in 1969 is a testament to the band at the height of its musical prowess. The amalgam of Roger McGuinn, John York, Gene Parsons, and Clarence White -- with only McGuinn remaining from the original fivesome that launched the group in 1965 -- is so imbued with the dusty twang of Nashville that it isn't until McGuinn's Rickenbacker 12-string kicks in on the energetic power medley of "Turn! Turn! Turn!"/"Mr. Tambourine Man"/"Eight Miles High" that we realize, ah, hippies! Guitarist White's luminous and enterprising riffing infuse the band's flower-power California sound with bluegrass virtuosity on McGuinn's "King Apathy III," a Who-infused rocker that cuts to a country break, as well as on "So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star" and the Bob Dylan/Rick Danko composition "Wheels On Fire." The concert closes on a political note with a jangly version of Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom" and McGuinn's pognant "He Was a Friend of Mine," which appropriately captures that self-reflective American moment that followed the '68 assassinations of John Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Recorded by Columbia engineers in February 1969, this is an early show by the first Byrds lineup to feature only one original member: founding member Roger McGuinn and Clarence White on guitars, John York on bass, and Gene Parsons on drums. Despite the recent departures of Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons for the Flying Burrito Brothers, the sound and repertoire are still very much in the Byrds' country-rock phase, many of the 16 tracks coming from the Sweetheart of the Rodeo and Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde albums. The big mid-'60s hits are revisited in a medley, and a few other songs first recorded in the pre-White days -- "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" and "Chimes of Freedom" among them -- also show up. There are also covers of Merle Haggard and Buck Owens tunes that would not show up on Byrds albums. It's a pleasant but not outstanding set, probably of most interest to those who enjoy White's guitar playing. He and McGuinn work pretty well together here, but the timing of the band as a whole is sometimes tenuous, and the vocal harmonies are not as full as those of other Byrds configurations.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972484525
catalogNumber:
724845
Rank:
28375

Tracks

  1. Nashville West  -  Byrds
  2. You're Still on My Mind  -  Byrds
  3. Pretty Boy Floyd  -  Byrds
  4. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man  -  Byrds
  5. Medley: Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)/Mr ...  -  Byrds
  6. Close up the Honkey Tonks  -  Byrds
  7. Buckaroo  -  Byrds
  8. The Christian Life  -  Byrds
  9. Time Between  -  Byrds
  10. King Apathy III  -  Byrds
  11. Bad Night at the Whiskey  -  Byrds
  12. This Wheel's on Fire  -  Byrds
  13. Sing Me Back Home  -  Byrds
  14. So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star  -  Byrds
  15. He Was a Friend of Mine  -  Byrds
  16. Chimes of Freedom  -  Byrds

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