This expanded edition of the Byrds' UNTITLED/UNISSUED -- a mature and rootsy double album with sparkling live performances, studio tracks, and a batch of previously unreleased material -- is the most noteworthy release in Columbia's latest batch of restored Byrd-song. (See also BYRDMANIAX, FURTHER ALONG
, and the previously unreleased LIVE AT THE FILLMORE WEST, FEBRUARY 1969
.) The CD set opens with live performances from two New York venues in 1970, which depict the last incarnation of the Byrds in top flight. Swooping from the troubadour grittiness of Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street" to a spinning psychedelic jam on "Eight Miles High," guitarist Clarence White's buttery country licks mingle with Roger McGuinn's tingling Rickenbacker and the tightly tuned rhythm section of Skip Battin and Gene Parsons. Highlights of the studio sessions include several songs co-written by McGuinn for "Gene Tryp," a country-rock musical that never made it to Broadway, especially "Chestnut Mare" and "All the Things," which deliver a perfect blend of melody and melancholy.