The Byrds' Greatest Hits

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Without question, the Byrds were one of the great bands of the '60s and one of the few American bands of their time to continually turn out inventive, compelling albums. As they were recording a series of fine records, they turned out a number of classic singles that unquestionably defined their era. The Byrds' Greatest Hits does an excellent job of chronicling the peak years of their popularity before they went country-rock on 1968's Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Apart from the minor hits "It Won't Be Wrong," "Set You Free This Time," and "Have You Seen Her Face," all of the group's hit singles -- from 1965's "Mr. Tambourine Man" to 1967's "My Back Pages" -- are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Without question, the Byrds were one of the great bands of the '60s and one of the few American bands of their time to continually turn out inventive, compelling albums. As they were recording a series of fine records, they turned out a number of classic singles that unquestionably defined their era. The Byrds' Greatest Hits does an excellent job of chronicling the peak years of their popularity before they went country-rock on 1968's Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Apart from the minor hits "It Won't Be Wrong," "Set You Free This Time," and "Have You Seen Her Face," all of the group's hit singles -- from 1965's "Mr. Tambourine Man" to 1967's "My Back Pages" -- are included: "All I Really Want to Do," "Turn! Turn! Turn! To Everything There Is a Season," "Eight Miles High," "5D Fifth Dimension," "Mr. Spaceman," and "So You Want to Be a Rock N' Roll Star." Yes, some great songs were left behind on the albums, but important cuts like "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better," "The Bells of Rhymney," and "Chimes of Freedom" are added, making this pretty close to a definitive single-disc summary of the Byrds' prime.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/1999
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646623022
  • Catalog Number: 66230
  • Sales rank: 2,972

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Byrds Primary Artist
Chris Hillman Electric Bass, Vocals
Gene Clark Guitar, Vocals
Michael Clark Drums
David Crosby Guitar, Vocals
Roger McGuinn Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Electric)
Technical Credits
Pete Seeger Composer
Terry Melcher Producer
Allen Stanton Producer
Gary Usher Producer
Johnny Rogan Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Producer
Vic Anesini Engineer, Mastering
Sandy Speiser Cover Photo
Pat Seeger Adaptation
Traditional Composer
Dave Swaney Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Byrd's Greatest Hits

    Really good CD..."Eight Miles High" has to be one of the greatest songs ever...I listen to this CD again & again & I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Byrds Greatest Hits--A Classic Album From A Classic Band

    Where do you start when talking about the Byrds? Many consider the group to be America's best band during a period of the mid-1960's, (it has been documented many times that the Byrds were the favorite American band of the Beatles) and this album, which reached #6 on the charts in the fall of 1967, captures that period to the fullest. The vocal harmony of David Crosby/Roger McGuinn/Chris Hillman/Gene Clark and the trademark sound of McGuinn's 12-string Rickenbacker guitar have planted the Byrds firmly in the terra that was 1960's American music. Turn Turn Turn, Mr. Tambourine Man, My Back Pages and So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star are all here. So is Eight Miles High, with the legendary McGuinn guitar opening...one of the era's most glorious sounds. It's incredible to believe 40 years have passed since these wonderful pieces of Americana were first introduced to the world. The Byrds are as relevant today as they were then.

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