The Byrds The Preflyte Sessions (2-CD)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  SC 11116

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  • Number of Discs: 2
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  • Originally Released: 2001
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.

Entertainment Reviews:

Q - 4/02, p.131
4 out of 5 stars - "...Archive heaven for anyone interested in the formation of one of rock's most influential sounds..."
Uncut - 11/01, p.114
4 stars out of 5 - "...One of the gems in the latest batch of Poptones reissues..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 3/02, p.126
"...The epitome of West Coast Beatles-meets-Dylan cool....Most breathtaking for newcomers is the depth of the early Gene Clark material..."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.Reason Why, The - (version II)
  • Buy for $0.992.You Won't Have to Cry - (electric version)
  • Buy for $0.993.She Has a Way - (previously unreleased, version IV)
  • Buy for $0.994.You Showed Me - (electric version)
  • Buy for $0.995.Here Without You - (version III)
  • Buy for $0.996.Don't Be Long
  • Buy for $0.997.I Knew I'd Want You - (electric version II)
  • Buy for $0.998.Boston - (previously unreleased, version II)
  • Buy for $0.999.Tomorrow Is a Long Ways Away - (electric version)
  • Buy for $0.9910.For Me Again - (previously unreleased, version II)
  • Buy for $0.9911.It's No Use - (previously unreleased, version II)
  • Buy for $0.9912.You Movin' - (previously unreleased, version IV)
  • Buy for $0.9913.Please Let Me Love You
  • Buy for $0.9914.The Airport Song
  • Buy for $0.9915.Mr. Tambourine Man - (electric version)
  • Buy for $0.9916.She Has a Way - (previously unreleased, version III)
  • Buy for $0.9917.I Knew I'd Want You - (previously unreleased, electric version I)
  • Buy for $0.9918.Boston - (previously unreleased, instrumental track instrumental)
  • Buy for $0.9919.You Showed Me - (previously unreleased, instrumental track instrumental)
  • Buy for $0.9920.Times They Are A-Changin', The - (previously unreleased, instrumental track instrumental)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.The Only Girl I Adore
  • Buy for $0.992.Tomorrow Is a Long Ways Away - (acoustic version)
  • Buy for $0.993.You Showed Me - (acoustic version)
  • Buy for $0.994.I Knew I'd Want You - (acoustic version)
  • Buy for $0.995.You Won't Have to Cry - (acoustic version)
  • Buy for $0.996.Mr. Tambourine Man - (acoustic version)
  • Buy for $0.997.Willie Jean
  • Buy for $0.998.Come Back Baby
  • Buy for $0.999.Jack of Diamonds - (previously unreleased)
  • Buy for $0.9910.Get Together - (previously unreleased)
  • Buy for $0.9911.She Has a Way - (previously unreleased, version I)
  • Buy for $0.9912.Here Without You - (version I)
  • Buy for $0.9913.For Me Again - (version I)
  • Buy for $0.9914.It's No Use - (version I)
  • Buy for $0.9915.You Movin' - (version I)
  • Buy for $0.9916.Boston - (version I)
  • Buy for $0.9917.She Has a Way - (version II)
  • Buy for $0.9918.You Movin' - (previously unreleased, version II)
  • Buy for $0.9919.Reason Why, The - (previously unreleased, version I)
  • Buy for $0.9920.It's No Use - (previously unreleased, version II)

Product Description:

The Byrds: David Crosby, Roger McGuinn (vocals, guitar); Gene Clark (vocals, tambourine); Chris Hillman (bass guitar); Michael Clarke (drums).
Audio Mixer: Bob Irwin.
Liner Note Authors: Barry Feinstein; Harvey Gerst; Domenic Priore; Jackie DeShannon; Carl Franzoni; Jim Dickson; David Fricke.
Photographer: Barry Feinstein.
This two-disc session is bound to be the final word in the recordings made by The Byrds prior to their signing (and even before adopting that moniker). Earlier collections, PREFLYTE and IN THE BEGINNING, are encompassed here and expanded with still more newly unearthed recordings (16 are previously unissued). The band's folk roots are very much in evidence, as their sound slowly evolves into its familiar form.
Gene Clark's songwriting powers almost the whole set, including a few co-writes. Only six of the 40 songs are by writers outside the band, three not surprisingly by Bob Dylan. The set mixes finished recordings with what are clearly demos. However, whatever some of those recordings are missing in terms of production values, is more than made up for by the opportunity to hear this quintet full of creative gusto smack dab in the middle of the 1960s. A prime example is "You Movin'," in which they sound like they're definitely on the verge of something big, tripping over themselves on their path down the runway.
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