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Released - 1967, on Columbia Records. Produced by Terry Melcher (tracks 1-6), Allen Stanton (tracks 7-9) and Gary Usher (tracks 10 & 11)
Roger (Jim) McGuinn - Lead Vocals &
Vocal Harmony; Lead 12 String Guitar; some 6 String Guitar
On "So You Want To Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star":
This Greatest Hits LP covers the hits that the original Byrds had up
to 1967, before they went Country-Rock. Perhaps no other band sounded as much like the
Beatles when it came to singing harmony vocals as the Byrds did, with the voices of Roger
McGuinn (actually known back then as Jim McGuinn), David Crosby and Gene Clark a prefect
blend. Add to that McGuinns excellent 12 string Rickenbacker, which was the
trademark sound of the band, and this all added up to the Byrds being the most popular
American rock group of that time frame.
One thing the Bryds were great at was covering Bob Dylan, with four
Dylan covers on this album alone. For me anyway, the greatest ever Dylan cover by anyone
opens up the LP, "Mr. Tambourine Man". Dylan fans will argue that this is not a
complete song, with an entire verse of lyrics missing, and thats true. But Dylan dug
it so much that he allowed the Byrds to have their version of his song released before his
original take came out. The song starts off with the harmonies of McGuinn, Crosby and
Clark, and just builds from there. One beautiful song, indeed, and their best song ever!
Another Dylan cover is perhaps the second best song found in this
collection, that being All I Really Want to Do, and again, like most of their
best songs, it is both that wonderful blend of vocals and the Rickenbacker Guitar that
does the trick.
Turn! Turn! Turn!, is another nice sounding song, with the words adapted by Pete Seeger from the Bible of all places, that being chapter three of the Book of Ecclesiastes, the only book from the Bible that reflects a human, rather than a divine point of view.
The last four songs on here the Bryds recorded as a quartet, with
Chris Hillman taking
I should also note that the CD today comes with three bonus tracks: "Set You Free This Time", "It Won't Be Wrong", and "Have You Seen Her Face".
- Keno 2006
- Keno 2006
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