Byrds' Greatest Hits

The Byrds' Greatest Hits

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by The Byrds
     
 

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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.

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/30/1999
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646623022
catalogNumber:
66230
Rank:
21128

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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
Sandy Speiser   Cover Photo
Pat Seeger   Adaptation
Traditional   Composer
Dave Swaney   Liner Notes

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The Byrds' Greatest Hits [Expanded] 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.