Sweetheart of the Rodeo [Legacy Edition]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A lot of extras from the sessions for Sweetheart of the Rodeo surfaced before the 2003 release of this two-CD set, on both the 1990 Byrds box set and the 1997 single-CD expanded edition of the album. This deluxe edition, however, stretches out the body of material yet further, including everything from the official LP itself, the six outtakes and alternates from the box set, the instrumental outtake "All I Have Is Memories" which first appeared on the 1997 expanded edition, and even a 1968 radio commercial for the album. And that's just disc one. For fans and collectors, the real bonuses are on disc two, which has no less than 14 previously unissued tracks, including...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A lot of extras from the sessions for Sweetheart of the Rodeo surfaced before the 2003 release of this two-CD set, on both the 1990 Byrds box set and the 1997 single-CD expanded edition of the album. This deluxe edition, however, stretches out the body of material yet further, including everything from the official LP itself, the six outtakes and alternates from the box set, the instrumental outtake "All I Have Is Memories" which first appeared on the 1997 expanded edition, and even a 1968 radio commercial for the album. And that's just disc one. For fans and collectors, the real bonuses are on disc two, which has no less than 14 previously unissued tracks, including alternates of "Lazy Days," "Pretty Polly," and "Hickory Wind"; two rehearsal versions apiece of "The Christian Life," "Life in Prison," "One Hundred Years from Now," and "You're Still on My Mind"; two alternate takes of "All I Have Is Memories"; and a rehearsal version of "Blue Canadian Rockies." That's not all, either, as disc two leads off with three of the four songs from the 1966 non-LP singles by Gram Parsons' pre-Byrds group, the International Submarine Band, along with three songs from the International Submarine Band's sole album, Safe at Home. For all that, a couple alternate versions that were on the 1997 expanded edition don't seem to have made it onto the deluxe edition, though you need a scorecard to figure that out with all the juggling that's gone on for the record's various configurations. So how is that added material, particularly the previously unreleased tracks on disc two? It's OK, and historically interesting in that several of the previously unreleased versions have Gram Parsons on vocals. Really, however, these songs don't differ all that much from the takes that made the final cut, and the variations are more valuable for the analysis of Byrdsmaniacs than they are for revealing different angles on the songs that were discarded. One gets the feeling that the material was picked very much with an eye toward Parsons cultists, particularly given the preponderance of Parsons-dominated selections on disc two, half a dozen of which the International Submarine Band numbers have no Byrds on board except Gram. Still, those three International Submarine Band non-LP cuts make a welcome appearance as they've been rare for decades, with that group's "Truck Drivin' Man" a clear indication of Parsons' country-rock direction, even if another of the non-LP single tracks, "One Day Week," sounds rather like the Dave Clark Five. Overall, this is a worthwhile and thorough excavation of the sessions that led to this early country-rock benchmark, though there's too much repetition in the form of the alternate versions to make this a great listen for the more general fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998718920
  • Catalog Number: 87189
  • Sales rank: 1,976

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Ain't Going Nowhere
  2. 2 I Am a Pilgrim
  3. 3 The Christian Life
  4. 4 You Don't Miss Your Water
  5. 5 You're Still on My Mind
  6. 6 Pretty Boy Floyd
  7. 7 Hickory Wind
  8. 8 One Hundred Years from Now
  9. 9 Blue Canadian Rockies
  10. 10 Life in Prison
  11. 11 Nothing Was Delivered
  12. 12 All I Have Are Memories [Master Take - Kevin Kelley Vocal]
  13. 13 Reputation
  14. 14 Pretty Polly
  15. 15 Lazy Days
  16. 16 The Christian Life
  17. 17 You Don't Miss Your Water [Master Take - Gram Parsons Vocal]
  18. 18 One Hundred Years from Now [Master Take - Gram Parsons Vocal]
  19. 19 Radio Spot: "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" Album
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sum Up Broke @@The International Submarine Band
  2. 2 One Day Week @@The International Submarine Band
  3. 3 Truck Drivin' Man @@The International Submarine Band
  4. 4 Blue Eyes
  5. 5 Luxury Liner
  6. 6 Strong Boy
  7. 7 Lazy Days [Alternate Version]
  8. 8 Pretty Polly [Alternate Version]
  9. 9 Hickory Wind [Alternate "Nashville" Version - Take 8]
  10. 10 The Christian Life [Rehearsal Version - Take 8 - Gram Parson Vocal]
  11. 11 The Christian Life [Rehearsal Version - Take 8 - Gram Parsons Vocal]
  12. 12 Life in Prison [Rehearsal Version - Takes  1 & 2 - Gram Parsons Vocal]
  13. 13 Life in Prison [Rehearsal Version - Takes 3 & 4 - Gram Parsons Vocal]
  14. 14 One Hundred Years from Now [Rehearsal Version - Takes 12 & 13 - Gram Parsons Vocal]
  15. 15 One Hundred Years from Now [Rehearsal Version - Takes 14 & 15 - Gram Parsons Vocal]
  16. 16 You're Still on My Mind [Rehearsal Version - Take 13 - Gram Parsons Vocal]
  17. 17 You're Still on My Mind [Rehearsal Version - Take 48 - Gram Parsons Vocal]
  18. 18 All I Have Are Memories [Alternate Instrumental Take 17]
  19. 19 All I Have Are Memories [Alternate Instrumental Take 21]
  20. 20 Blue Canadian Rockies [Rehearsal Version - Take 14]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Byrds Primary Artist
Clarence White Guitar
John Hartford Banjo, Guitar
Chris Hillman Mandolin, Bass Guitar
Gram Parsons Guitar, Vocals
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Earl Poole Ball Piano
Jon Corneal Drums
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Kevin Kelley Drums, Vocals
JayDee Mannes Steel Guitar
Roger McGuinn Banjo, Guitar
Technical Credits
Steve Young Composer
Charlie Bragg Engineer
Roy Halee Engineer
Monte Kay Producer
Gary Usher Producer
David Fricke Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Producer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Traditional Composer
Jordi Mora Cover Illustration
Mark Unterberger Packaging Manager
Joaquin Mora Cover Illustration
Suzi Jane Hokum Producer
J. Saunders Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Complete Sweetheart

    Columbia Legacy's edition of the Byrds classic improves on the remastered edition by adding a bonus cd of outtakes and International Submarine band recordings from 1966-67. The sound is awesome throughout both discs.All I have is Memories previously an instrumental is the surprise with a lead vocal by drummer Kevin Kelly sounding like a Buck Owens tune it was a shame it wasn't released at the time. The International Submarine tracks start out like a Beatles sounding band before releasing the album Safe at Home which is the forerunner of Sweetheart.The outtakes and rehearsals that comprise the rest of disc two are real eyeopeners.

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