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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
When the four-CD Byrds set was first released in 1990, it was something of a landmark in Columbia Records' history on several counts. For starters, it was the first box set ever released by Columbia Records' pop division as opposed to its jazz division devoted to a noncurrent act that is, they'd already issued boxes on Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, but both of them were active artists, and there had been boxes of sorts on Miles Davis and some other jazz figures, but their place in music history was already a given, whereas the Byrds, to Columbia Records' management and a lot of mainstream critics and even most listeners not attuned to their history, were "nothing" but a ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
When the four-CD Byrds set was first released in 1990, it was something of a landmark in Columbia Records' history on several counts. For starters, it was the first box set ever released by Columbia Records' pop division as opposed to its jazz division devoted to a noncurrent act that is, they'd already issued boxes on Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, but both of them were active artists, and there had been boxes of sorts on Miles Davis and some other jazz figures, but their place in music history was already a given, whereas the Byrds, to Columbia Records' management and a lot of mainstream critics and even most listeners not attuned to their history, were "nothing" but a defunct rock act. In a sense, this set was a long-overdue declaration of their importance, in addition to being the first good-sounding CD incarnation of their work ever to come from Columbia. For five years or more prior to that, listeners had been forced to endure poorly mastered, inadequate CDs of their work. It took this project, plus the work of a lot of people behind the scenes and an unending stream of complaints from consumers, to get the label to find the right source tapes and then treat them right in digitizing them. In the decade and a half since its release, the Byrds box has receded in obvious importance as the group's entire catalog was subsequently upgraded and many of the rarities and outtakes in this set appended as bonus tracks on those separate CDs of their albums. But it remains the best overview of their history ever assembled, despite a few minor flaws in its content. One suspects, for instance, that had Bob Irwin, who oversaw the later upgrading of the group's albums, been producing this box, there might be a few tracks predating the hit of "Mr. Tambourine Man," from the group's Elektra recordings as "the Beefeaters", or their demos as the Jet Set; and maybe the audio portion of their live set from The Big TNT Show or perhaps a track or two from the Monterey Pop Festival; and, conversely, two or three fewer tracks representing the Skip Battin/Gene Parsons lineup of the band. But strangely enough, along with British CBS' double-LP History of the Byrds and the more recent Essential Byrds, this four-disc set is one of only three attempts at doing a comprehensive history of the group, and it's still got all of the competition beat right out of the starting gate, and well worth owning.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/1990
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074644677324
  • Catalog Number: 46773

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mr. Tambourine Man (2:16)
  2. 2 I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better (2:31)
  3. 3 Chimes of Freedom (3:50)
  4. 4 She Has a Way (2:30)
  5. 5 All I Really Want to Do (2:03)
  6. 6 Spanish Harlem Incident (1:57)
  7. 7 The Bells of Rhymney (3:31)
  8. 8 It's All over Now, Baby Blue (2:56)
  9. 9 She Don't Care About Time (2:31)
  10. 10 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) (3:54)
  11. 11 It Won't Be Wrong (1:57)
  12. 12 Lay Down Your Weary Tune (3:30)
  13. 13 He Was a Friend of Mine (2:10)
  14. 14 The World Turns All Around Her (2:14)
  15. 15 The Day Walk (Never Before) (3:00)
  16. 16 The Times They Are A-Changin' (2:18)
  17. 17 5d (Fifth Dimension) (2:34)
  18. 18 I Know My Rider (I Know You Rider) (2:44)
  19. 19 Eight Miles High (3:34)
  20. 20 Why (2:58)
  21. 21 Psychodrama City (3:24)
  22. 22 I See You (2:37)
  23. 23 Hey Joe (Where You Gonna Go) (2:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mr. Spaceman (2:10)
  2. 2 John Riley (2:59)
  3. 3 Roll over Beethoven (2:11)
  4. 4 So You Want to Be a Rock & Roll Star (2:05)
  5. 5 Have You Seen Her Face (2:43)
  6. 6 My Back Pages (1:54)
  7. 7 Time Between
  8. 8 It Happens Each Day (2:44)
  9. 9 Renaissance Fair (1:51)
  10. 10 Everybody's Been Burned (3:06)
  11. 11 The Girl with No Name (1:49)
  12. 12 Triad (3:29)
  13. 13 Lady Friend (2:35)
  14. 14 Old John Robertson (1:49)
  15. 15 Goin' Back (3:27)
  16. 16 Draft Morning (2:38)
  17. 17 Wasn't Born to Follow (2:02)
  18. 18 Dolphin's Smile (1:59)
  19. 19 Reputation (3:08)
  20. 20 You Ain't Going Nowhere (2:33)
  21. 21 The Christian Life (2:28)
  22. 22 I Am a Pilgrim (3:37)
  23. 23 Pretty Boy Floyd (2:34)
  24. 24 You Don't Miss Your Water (3:49)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hickory Wind (3:29)
  2. 2 Nothing Was Delivered (3:22)
  3. 3 One Hundred Years from Now (2:56)
  4. 4 Pretty Polly (2:53)
  5. 5 Lazy Days (3:27)
  6. 6 This Wheel's on Fire (4:40)
  7. 7 Nashville West (2:28)
  8. 8 Old Blue (3:21)
  9. 9 Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man (3:53)
  10. 10 Bad Night at the Whiskey (3:20)
  11. 11 Lay Lady Lay (3:16)
  12. 12 Mae Jean Goes to Hollywood (2:43)
  13. 13 The Ballad of Easy Rider (2:02)
  14. 14 Oil in My Lamp (2:02)
  15. 15 Jesus Is Just Alright (2:08)
  16. 16 Way Beyond the Sun (2:56)
  17. 17 Tulsa County (2:46)
  18. 18 Deportee (Plane Wreck at los Gatos) (3:50)
  19. 19 Lover of the Bayou (4:24)
  20. 20 Willin' (3:13)
  21. 21 Black Mountain Rag (1:12)
  22. 22 Positively 4th Street (3:04)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Chestnut Mare (5:07)
  2. 2 Just a Season (3:49)
  3. 3 Kathleen's Song (2:35)
  4. 4 Truck Stop Girl (3:20)
  5. 5 Just Like a Woman (3:58)
  6. 6 Stanley's Song (3:11)
  7. 7 Glory, Glory (4:00)
  8. 8 I Trust (3:17)
  9. 9 I Wanna Grow up to Be a Politician (2:01)
  10. 10 Green Apple Quick Step (1:47)
  11. 11 Tiffany Queen (2:41)
  12. 12 Bugler (3:05)
  13. 13 Lazy Waters (3:32)
  14. 14 Farther Along (2:57)
  15. 15 White's Lightning (2:36)
  16. 16 Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season) (3:51)
  17. 17 Mr. Tambourine Man (5:26)
  18. 18 He Was a Friend of Mine (2:26)
  19. 19 Paths of Victory (3:09)
  20. 20 From a Distance (3:14)
  21. 21 Love That Never Dies (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Byrds Primary Artist
Clarence White Guitar, Vocals
John Hartford Banjo, Guitar
Chris Hillman Bass, Mandolin, Vocals
Jackson Browne Piano
Gene Clark Guitar, Tambourine, Vocals
Bob Dylan Guitar, Vocals
Al Kooper Keyboards
Gram Parsons Guitar, Vocals
John Jorgenson Guitar, Mandolin
Gene Parsons Banjo, Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Skip Battin Bass, Vocals
Lloyd Green Steel Guitar
Terry Melcher Piano
Sneaky Pete Kleinow Pedal Steel Guitar
Earl Ball Piano
Earl Poole Ball Piano
Byron Berline Fiddle
Michael Clarke Drums
Jon Corneal Drums
David Crosby Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Steve Duncan Drums
Roy M. "Junior" Husky Bass
Kevin Kelley Drums
Larry Knechtel Keyboards
Stan Lynch Drums
Jay Dee Maness Steel Guitar
Roger McGuinn Banjo, Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Paul Polena Strings, Horn
John York Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Clarence White Composer
Chris Hillman Composer
Joan Baez Composer
Bob Gibson Composer
Woody Guthrie Composer
Pete Seeger Composer
Gene Clark Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Leon Russell Contributor
Gene Parsons Composer
Hal Blaine Contributor
David Crosby Composer, Producer
Larry Knechtel Contributor
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Roger McGuinn Composer
Paul Polena Arranger
Chester Powers Composer
Doc Storch Engineer
Traditional Composer
Billy Roberts Composer
Martin Hoffman Composer
L. Richards Composer
J. Richards Composer
Arthur Reynolds Composer
A. Reynolds Composer
J. Browne Composer
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