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 The Byrds - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Bridging the gap between the socially and spiritually conscious folk music of Bob Dylan and the complex pop of The Beatles, The Byrds are considered one of the most important and influential bands of the 1960s.
The Byrds were founded in Los Angeles, California in 1964 by singers and guitarists Jim McGuinn (he later changed his name to Roger McGuinn), Gene Clark, and David Crosby.
Their 1968 The Notorious Byrd Brothers, which featured compositions by the group as well as by Gerry Goffin and Carole King, is today regarded as their masterpiece.
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 The Byrds
The Byrds adhered so closely to the country/bluegrass format that they are virtually just another country/bluegrass band, albeit one with good taste and heavy drums.
There is little point to pushing the Byrds as progenitors of a music that already existed, no matter how well they emulated it (reference points being the Dillards, Merle Haggard, early rockabilly, and the country elements found in many standard 60’s folk albums).
Byrds, Ballad of Easy Rider, Byrdmaniax, Farther Along - are loaded too heavily with proficiently played cover tunes without much of an interpretive slant, even as the band attempted to slip back into a harder approach to folk rock and roll.
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 The History of Rock Music. Byrds: biography, discography, reviews, links
The brilliant idea of the Byrds was to arrange Dylan's songs as if they were catchy Merseybeat or surf hits, that is employing multi-part vocal harmonies, in the style of the Beach Boys, playing electric guitars as they did in Great Britain, and accelerating the tempo to render it allegro.
Agli inizi, comunque, i Byrds si proposero piu` modestamente di rendere omaggio alla grande tradizione dei folksinger, e in particolare a quello che stava diventando il mito nazionale: Bob Dylan.
I Byrds causarono una piccola sommossa musicale, non solo per la musica, ma anche per le pose da drogati, e anticiparono tutto cio` che di li` a pochi mesi sarebbe stato il fenomeno hippie di San Francisco, con la loro concezione taumaturgica degli stupefacenti e il loro richiamo a sentimenti nobili e puri.
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Fans of the Byrds' psychedelic brand of folk-rock were left baffled by the band's sudden about face in the direction of country music on Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
The catalyst in the birth of the new Byrds sound was the addition of Southern-born singer-songwriter Gram Parsons, who replaced David Crosby on vocals and guitar.
It's funny, but hearing the Byrds sing such straight-faced versions of "I Like The Christian Life" is akin to watching the honky-tonk bar scene from "The Blues Brothers," where Belushi and Akroid take a pretty damn good stab at country music with their inspired cover of Rawhide.
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 The Byrds
The Byrds with their six string electric guitar sound really paved the way for future jangly guitar bands and folk rock bands with its distinctive American sound.
There is no doubt in my mind that this is his single finest performance on a Byrds record (not that there were many sole contributions from the man), as the vocal performance he gives is breathtakingly beautiful and gentle on this conga-shaking and subtly dark minor key melody.
Despite such troubles, the Byrds were still at a peak in their songwriting collaborations, moving deeper into psychedelia and the stuff they wholeheartedly explored on Younger Than Yesterday.
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 The Byrds: Reviews, Discography, Audio Clips, and more ||| Music.com
The Beefeaters, soon renamed the Byrds [+], were fleshed out to a quintet with the addition of drummer Michael Clarke [+] and bluegrass mandolinist Chris Hillman [+], who was enlisted to play electric bass, although he had never played the instrument before.
The Byrds [+]' legend was tarnished by squabbles over which members of the original lineup had the rights to use the Byrds [+] name; for quite a while, drummer Michael Clarke [+] even toured with a "Byrds [+]" that featured no other original members.
The Byrds [+] were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991; Gene Clark [+] died several months later, and Michael Clarke [+] died in 1993, permanently scotching prospects of a reunion involving the original quintet.
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 The Byrds MP3 Downloads - The Byrds Music Downloads - The Byrds Music Videos
The Beefeaters, soon renamed the Byrds, were fleshed out to a quintet with the addition of drummer Michael Clarke and bluegrass mandolinist Chris Hillman, who was enlisted to play electric bass, although he had never played the instrument before.
The Byrds' legend was tarnished by squabbles over which members of the original lineup had the rights to use the Byrds name; for quite a while, drummer Michael Clarke even toured with a "Byrds" that featured no other original members.
The Byrds were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1991; Gene Clark died several months later, and Michael Clarke died in 1993, permanently scotching prospects of a reunion involving the original quintet.
www.mp3.com /the-byrds/artists/3216/biography.html   (1878 words)

 The Byrds
The Byrds newsgroup (alt.music.byrds) has an excellent FAQ maintained by none other than netmaster Roger McGuinn, which you can obtain at their nascent web site.
By the time this was released, the "Byrds" consisted of Hillman and McGuinn, who had had the poor taste to reject two of Crosby's best songs for inclusion on this album: the brassy A-side "Lady Friend," and the brilliantly perverse "Triad," re-recorded the same year by the Jefferson Airplane.
Although McGuinn avoids the depths he plunged with the late-era "Byrds," the record is still a bloated, overproduced mess of interest mostly as a bizarre 70s relic.
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 Salon | Sharps and Flats
Though I knew the Byrds from the radio, I was not a fan and I remember feeling that the party was over and I had missed it.
By the time the Byrds began recording their fifth album, "The Notorious Byrd Brothers," the band was already "in transition" -- that is to say, falling apart.
In that sense the Byrds was the most democratic of bands: proto-hippie David Crosby left his mark all over "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" (and left the band when his ménage à trois number, "Triad," didn't make the final cut), and Gram Parsons found in them the perfect vehicle for his country revisionism.
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 Byrds FAQ
This, then unknown folk flavored song, was recorded by the Byrds in January of 1965, (see contract) and had reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts before Dylan shocked the folk community later that year by plugging in at the Newport Folk festival.
This article is in the Byrds FAQ to correct the ubiquitous misconception that the Byrds followed Dylan's lead in mixing elements of Folk and Rock.
The sound the Byrds created with "Jingle Jangle" guitars and vocal harmonies continues to be heard in new bands all over the world, coming out of garages and onto the pop charts.
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 The Byrds -Greatest Hits SACD - Columbia/Legacy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
I was taken by the irony of the reunited Byrds singing the same words at their induction into the RandR Hall of Fame as the bombs began to rain down on Baghdad during the Persian Gulf War.
It turns out that this was to be the single, but the Byrds recorded it at RCA studios and Columbia would not allow this due to union rules.
This song began to show the maturing Byrds as the individual personalities were submerged into a group identity for the 1st time.
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 The Byrds (boxed set) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Byrds is a boxed set released by American band The Byrds in 1990 on Columbia Records.
This release is notable for its inclusion of rare and unreleased songs (many of which turned up as bonus tracks on the remastered CDs of the individual albums).
The Byrds reached 151 in the U.S. during a chart stay of four weeks.
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Among the various giants of 60's rock, the Byrds are one of those that have dated (in some ways) more than many others, both in respect to their early "jangle rock" days and their "psychedelic" days.
The biggest news for Byrds fans is, of course, that the Gene Clark songs are totally on par with the tracks he contributed in his first stint with the band, both filled with perfect guitar-pop melodies (though mostly based around acoustic guitars instead of electric, which I guess angered a bunch of fans, whatever).
I really liked the Byrds re-union album...The Circle and Cowgirl in The Sand are real throwbacks to the early Byrds glory days...such a huge influence on me. I didnt think it a sellout in the least.
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 Rolling Stone : 45) The Byrds
George Harrison admitted that "If I Needed Someone" was his take on the Byrds' "The Bells of Rhymney." The Byrds were the only American group that the Beatles were friendly with and had a dialogue with.
Those original Byrds really changed the world in that short time they were together.
The Byrds represented Los Angeles as much as the Beach Boys, except that the Byrds were the other side of the coin -- they were L.A.'s whacked-out beatnik rock group.
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 Turn! Turn! Turn! (There Is a Season) by The Byrds Songfacts
He recorded it before The Byrds covered it as a follow-up to their hit "Mr.
This was the second #1 hit for the Byrds (after "Mr.
Byrds leader Jim (later Roger) McGuinn played lead guitar on Judy Collins' 1964 version (on NO. 3 LP).
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 The Byrds
Funny, those Byrds, because the original lineup wasn't known for being a good live band, yet most of their studio work didn't have a lot of overdubs or production--just those harmonies, jangly guitars, bass and drums.
Unless of course, you're hoping for a slack, ugly Byrds live album, in which case this is a much, much cleaner and tighter live album than you'd expect from the Dead Kennedys.
One of many sad things about the Byrds is how, when they had all the great three-part vocals, they were pretty shaky as a live act; later, in the Clarence White era, they were a solid live band, but gorgeous harmonies -- forget it.
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 Adrian's Album Reviews : The Byrds
The Byrds were of course heavily influenced by The Beatles at this stage in their career.
The Byrds mix their own original songs with well chosen covers, several of which belonged to the pen of that Dylan fellow.
The Byrds track 'So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star?' is not the best song the Byrds ever did, but the combination of the jazzy horns and the wry lyrics (plus the crowd sound effects) make it my favourite.
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 The Byrds
During their best years the Byrds couldn't be categorised or pigeonholed; the only label you could slap on them was that they represented "Americana", in stark contrast to the Beatles or those bands, both British and American, that kept staring into the Beatles' mouths for too long.
But the Byrds were slow on the move, and a two-album per year schedule was a little too much for them to stomach.
And finally, now that the Byrds arguably had their most professional and tight lineup in history, it was finally time to release a live album.
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 Amazon.com: Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde: Music: The Byrds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
After the disintegration of the original Byrds line-up, and a transitional country-rock album that was hated at least by the hardcore country-western music population, Roger McGuinn could hardly be blamed if he was found in a bad mood.
This was the very first Byrds album I purchased in the year that it came out so I guess this sort of set the tone for me in judging other Byrds releases.
If one has any interest in the Byrds after they lost David Crosby, this CD must be experienced, especially since it has been remastered and has extra songs on it that were not on the original release.
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 The Byrds - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
McGuinn's guitar work, heard to great advantage on these two singles, became the group's signature.
Their 1968 The Notorious Byrd Brothers, which featured compositions by the group as well as by, is today regarded as their masterpiece.
The Notorious Byrd Brothers [5] (http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amgandtoken=andsql=10:smazefqkhgf4) (Columbia, January 1968)
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 The Byrds - Rickenbacker 12-String Guitar Site
(To Everything There Is a Season) recorded by the Byrds, ground controllers have now positioned the rover "right on the spot" to wheel a short distance, some 10 feet (3 meters) to reach Mars' surface.
Three more Byrds (Kelley, Battin, Guerin) have now died in less than two years.  Understandably, some of the remaining Byrds have recently been pondering their own imminent demise.  Click here to read how old Rog would like to croak.
Velvet Underground, the Byrds, AC/DC, the Clash, Prince...
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 The Byrds : Sweetheart of the Rodeo ---Ink Blot Magazine
Blending Dylan's folk with The Beatles' energetic rock, The Byrds (essentially Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Gene Clark, and Chris Hillman)influenced scores of bands to follow.
The Byrds went on to help pioneer other styles including psychedelic rock (1966) and country rock (1968), despite numerous lineup changes.
Also included are covers of Woody Guthrie's "Pretty Boy Floyd" and Merle Haggard's "Life in Prison." Buttressed by a cadre of Nashville studio aces and inspired by Parsons' vision, The Byrds turned out a landmark album that's had a lasting influence on any musician who likes a dose of twang in their rock.
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 Welcome to ByrdWatcher!
The Byrds brought many new musical influences into rock, and in turn exerted a powerful influence on many of their contemporaries and younger musicians.
Because of their connections to so much other fascinating music, the Byrds are peculiarly well-suited to the hypertext format of the Web.
The Crosby profile and the Byrds History Section will be rolled out after that.
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 Amazon.com: The Byrds - Greatest Hits: Music: The Byrds   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
This "Super Bit Mapping" recording is superior to other recordings I have heard of the Byrds and manages to bring out subtleties in the early recording process that were the subject of many rumors.
In some ways, the Byrds are one of those groups which are more significant for the artists and groups they spawned than for their original work.
If you have no Byrds CD's, look for one of the other larger collections which cover their whole career and not just their most famous first four years.
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 Byrd on a Wire: Byrds Internet Resources
Even though there were already links to all the front pages of these sites, I have added references to these pages with an additional link to the front page of the site.
It is probably the best source of news about the Byrds on the Net.
Richard also runs the very cool Byrds' Nest website, where you can find out more about the Byrdmaniax mailing list.
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 "The Byrds of Paradise" (1994)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Plot Summary: Sam Byrd, a teacher and his family take up residence in Hawaii after his wife dies.
I have seen this movie and would like to comment on it
Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "The Byrds of Paradise" (1994)
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 The Byrds - Psychology Central   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Image:Byrds.jpg The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964) was an American rock group.
The Notorious Byrd Brothers (January 1968) US #47; UK #12
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