Sweetheart of the Rodeo

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo was not the first important country-rock album Gram Parsons managed that feat with the International Submarine Band's debut Safe at Home, and the Byrds were hardly strangers to country music, dipping their toes in the twangy stuff as early as their second album. But no major band had gone so deep into the sound and feeling of classic country without parody or condescension as the Byrds did on Sweetheart; at a time when most rock fans viewed country as a musical "L'il Abner" routine, the Byrds dared to declare that C&W could be hip, cool, and heartfelt. Though Gram Parsons had joined the band as a pianist and lead guitarist, his deep ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo was not the first important country-rock album Gram Parsons managed that feat with the International Submarine Band's debut Safe at Home, and the Byrds were hardly strangers to country music, dipping their toes in the twangy stuff as early as their second album. But no major band had gone so deep into the sound and feeling of classic country without parody or condescension as the Byrds did on Sweetheart; at a time when most rock fans viewed country as a musical "L'il Abner" routine, the Byrds dared to declare that C&W could be hip, cool, and heartfelt. Though Gram Parsons had joined the band as a pianist and lead guitarist, his deep love of C&W soon took hold, and Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman followed his lead; significantly, the only two original songs on the album were both written by Parsons the achingly beautiful "Hickory Wind" and "One Hundred Years from Now", while on the rest of the set classic tunes by Merle Haggard, the Louvin Brothers, and Woody Guthrie were sandwiched between a pair of twanged-up Bob Dylan compositions. While many cite this as more of a Gram Parsons album than a Byrds set, given the strong country influence of McGuinn's and Hillman's later work, it's obvious Parsons didn't impose a style upon this band so much as he tapped into a sound that was already there, waiting to be released. If the Byrds didn't do country-rock first, they did it brilliantly, and few albums in the style are as beautiful and emotionally affecting as this. [Columbia's 1997 CD reissue of the album improves on the masterpiece by adding eight strong bonus tracks, including four cuts with Gram Parsons singing lead trimmed from the original release for legal reasons.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/1997
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646515020
  • Catalog Number: 65150

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Byrds Primary Artist
Clarence White Guitar, Vocals
John Hartford Banjo, Guitar
Chris Hillman Bass, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Gram Parsons Guitar, Vocals
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Earl Ball Piano
Earl Poole Ball Piano
Jon Corneal Drums
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Kevin Kelley Drums
Jay Dee Maness Steel Guitar
JayDee Mannes Steel Guitar
Roger McGuinn Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Tim Hardin Composer
Gram Parsons Composer
Charlie Bragg Engineer
Bob Buchanan Composer
Roy Halee Engineer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Gary Usher Producer
David Fricke Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Producer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Jessica Sowin Associate Project Director
Rosemary Mulligan Packaging Manager
Traditional Composer
J. Saunders Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Country Rock done right

    This isn't just a Rock group trying their hand at Country music; this is a great Country album, in fact, one of the best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very very wonderful disc

    they byrds like you have never heard them before!
    I really love this disc!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Had it in vinyl, its great as a CD too!

    if you are new to this material, it is an eccentric bit by the Byrds before they broke up. nice authentic country/gospel sound. worth a listen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AS GOOD AS IT GETS

    although this album wasn't a mega hit it has inspired many groups and artists hillman and parsons are super we can only imagine what might have been if gram had lived

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Turning Point

    The Sweetheart Of The Rodeo album is often cited as the beginning of country-rock (I think that Johnny Cash should be credited with inventing country-rock at Sun Records). It is much more country than rock. Gram Parsons was the moving spirit of this project but he had plans for another band and soon left. It is too bad the first three out-takes were not on the original LP. They would have added extra energy to it. The present CD gives a good picture of the sessions. There is a double CD that contains many more out-takes but I haven’t heard it.

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