The Byrds The Essential Byrds (2-CD)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  CBS 89110

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  • Number of Discs: 2
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  • Originally Released: 2003
  • Label: Sony

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5 stars out of 5 - "[T]he 44 tracks cover just about every important nook and cranny of The Byrds' illustrious career..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $1.291.Mr. Tambourine Man
  • Buy for $0.992.I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
  • Buy for $0.993.All I Really Want To Do
  • Buy for $0.994.Chimes of Freedom
  • Buy for $1.295.Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)
  • Buy for $0.996.She Don't Care About Time (Single Version)
  • Buy for $0.997.It Won't Be Wrong
  • Buy for $0.998.Set You Free This Time
  • Buy for $0.999.He Was A Friend of Mine
  • Buy for $1.2910.Eight Miles High
  • Buy for $0.9911.5D (Fifth Dimension)
  • Buy for $0.9912.Mr. Spaceman
  • Buy for $0.9913.So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
  • Buy for $0.9914.Have You Seen Her Face
  • Buy for $0.9915.Renaissance Fair
  • Buy for $0.9916.My Back Pages

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.Lady Friend
  • Buy for $0.992.Old John Robertson (Single Version)
  • Buy for $0.993.Goin' Back
  • Buy for $0.994.Natural Harmony
  • Buy for $0.995.Wasn't Born To Follow
  • Buy for $0.996.You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
  • Buy for $0.997.Hickory Wind
  • Buy for $0.998.This Wheel's On Fire
  • Buy for $0.999.Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
  • Buy for $0.9910.Ballad of Easy Rider
  • Buy for $0.9911.Jesus Is Just Alright
  • Buy for $0.9912.Lover of The Bayou (Live)
  • Buy for $0.9913.Chestnut Mare
  • Buy for $0.9914.Glory, Glory
  • Buy for $0.9915.I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Politician
  • Buy for $0.9916.Tiffany Queen
  • Buy for $0.9917.Farther Along

Product Description:

The Byrds include: Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Gram Parsons, Clarence White (vocals, guitar); Chris Hillman (vocals, bass); Gene Clark (vocals); Michael Clarke, Gene Parsons (drums).
Producers include: Terry Melcher, Allen Stanton, Gary Usher, Bob Johnston, Jim Dickson.
Compilation producer: Bob Irwin.
Recorded between 1965 & 1971. Includes liner notes by Alan Bisbort.
Adapter: Pat Seeger.
Recording information: 01/20/1965-07/25/1971.
Photographers: Guy Webster; Don Hunstein.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Chris Hillman; Clarence White; Kevin Kelley ; David Crosby; Gene Clark; Gram Parsons; John York; Michael Clarke ; Roger McGuinn; Skip Battin.
Arranger: C.C. White.
While the all-killer no-filler single-disc The Byrds' Greatest Hits remains the best distillation of their classic songs, The Essential Byrds is a smartly assembled double dose, including all 14 of the 1965-1967 tracks on Greatest Hits, but expanding its reach into their entire Columbia output, going as far as the early '70s. Inevitably, that means that disc two -- which goes, roughly, from mid-1967 to 1971 -- isn't as good as the first half, and that the last four tracks in particular are by far the least impressive, tagged on mostly so that the release spans the Byrds' entire Columbia catalog. That's a small reservation considering that the two-fer adds many first-rate songs not on Greatest Hits, from non-hit singles like "Lady Friend" and "Goin' Back" to standout album cuts like "Renaissance Fair," "Natural Harmony," "Jesus Is Just Alright," and "Chestnut Mare." There are no surprises here; even the songs that eluded inclusion on albums for many years, like the early B-side "She Don't Care About Time" and "Lady Friend," have been commonly available in the CD era. And it's true that this misses some other fine album tracks that could have stood with pride alongside those selected, like "I Knew I'd Want You," "John Riley," and "Dolphin's Smile." Within the confines of the two-CD format, though, it's a very well-chosen career overview. [The 2011 3.0 edition adds a third disc with six additional tracks: "Spanish Harlem Incident," "I Knew I'd Want You," "The World Turns All Around Her," "I See You," "Change Is Now," and "One Hundred Years from Now."] ~ Richie Unterberger
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  • Sales Rank: 29,044
  • UPC: 696998911024
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