Mr. Tambourine Man

Mr. Tambourine Man

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by The Byrds
     
 

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Rockers who invent an entire sound are scarce in any era -- think Chuck Berry's guitar intros or the Ramones' monomaniacal three-chord attack -- but the Byrds can be counted among those few. Their 1965 debut album, MR. TAMBOURINE MAN, is the one that launched a million 12-string guitarists, in the process influencing bands from the Beatles to R.E.MSee more details below

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Rockers who invent an entire sound are scarce in any era -- think Chuck Berry's guitar intros or the Ramones' monomaniacal three-chord attack -- but the Byrds can be counted among those few. Their 1965 debut album, MR. TAMBOURINE MAN, is the one that launched a million 12-string guitarists, in the process influencing bands from the Beatles to R.E.M. The title track and debut single featured a studio rhythm section (at the insistence of nervous producer Terry Melcher), but once the song became a worldwide smash and engendered a folk-rock boom, the group insisted on playing and singing every note from then on. The resulting album is one of rock's most accomplished debuts, a fully realized collection of songs held together by Jim (who later renamed himself Roger) McGuinn's majestic Rickenbacker and the group's stunning choir-boy harmonies. High points: singer Gene Clark's proto-power-pop classic "Feel a Whole Lot Better," "Chimes of Freedom," perhaps their best ever Dylan cover, and "The Bells of Rhymney," a mesmeric adaptation of a traditional folk song about a Welsh mining disaster. More than just an album, this was a watershed event.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2006
Label:
Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC:
0090771519719
catalogNumber:
5197
Rank:
61718

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Byrds   Primary Artist
Chris Hillman   Bass,Mandolin,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Gene Clark   Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
Crosby & Nash   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Michael Clarke   Drums
David Crosby   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Roger McGuinn   Banjo,Guitar,Leader,Vocals,12-string Guitar

Technical Credits

Gene Clark   Composer
Terry Melcher   Producer
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
Roger McGuinn   Composer
Johnny Rogan   Contributor,Liner Notes,Song Notes
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Producer,Memorabilia
Hope Chasin   Packaging Manager
Barry Feinstein   Original Cover Photography
Billy James   Liner Notes
Ross Parker   Composer

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