FAVORITE BYRDS ALBUM?

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  1. beyer160

    beyer160 Friend of Leo's

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    For me it's a dead heat between the first album and Fifth Dimension.

    Although really I like the bootleg of the Boston Tea Party show from 2/2/69 the best.
     
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    Probably my favorite Gene Clark penned Byrds song...

     
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    Talented guy. I love I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better. Listen to it a lot.
     
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    5D for sure.
     
  5. BeatlesAreMyJam

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    Feel A Whole Lot Better is so great. Play it in my band. I made a thread some years ago polling Byrds vs the Tom Petty versions. It was close!
     
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    Hard call between Fifth Dimension and The Notorious Byrd Brothers.
     
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    I really like the Live at the Fillmore album too. Some great songs and Clarence is bending those strings like a madman on his Tele, especially on You’re Still on My Mind and this one.

     
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    "Untitled." Girls that I've known...it's like "Chestnut Mare" is The All-Time Girl Song, almost a barometer for emotional gravitas. I cannot think of a single American Girl, city dweller or country girl who upon hearing "Chestnut Mare" didn't rush out and secure a copy of "Untitled" within hours of a record store opening and that of itself is a pretty strong sentiment. It's a Horse Thing for sure. It outsells everything The Byrds ever did... this one song itself laid a poured foundation for Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers among Women.

    Men are pretty deep thinkers too...the opening notes from "Louie Louie" on a Vox Continental put The Male Consciousness on full display.:D:D

    You can see and feel the connection between The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" and The MC5's "Ramblin'Rose" and The Kinks "You Really Got Me." Deep.
    I digress. Sorry Ladies.
     
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    Just picked up their complete album collection at the weekend so a cool thread for me to validate the purchase - seems a toss up between half of the albums.

    I've been listening to Sweetheart of the Rodeo a lot, largely because You Ain't Going Nowhere is such a nice song
     
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    Sweetheart Of The Rodeo.
     
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    Sweetheart of the Rodeo for me.
     
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    That's a tough one for me. Sweetheart of The Rodeo has two of my all time favorite songs--"You Ain't Going Nowhere" and "Nothing was Delivered.". But "Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde" and "Untitled" are the two records I listen to the most these days.

    For me, Dr. Byrds is a near perfect mix of psychedelic and country rock.
     
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    I also love this song. Used to play it in my high school rock band back in the day. Recently, I was playing "Ticket to Ride," and I started thinking and I did some research. The Byrds album, Mr. Tambourine Man, was released in June 1965, and featured "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better." The Beatles released "Ticket to Ride" as a single in August, 1965. They have essentially the same chords, differently arranged, and both feature a signature riff based on the first position A chord. One is about letting a lover go, the other is about being upset that a lover is going. The Beatles were known for listening to American rock and roll, both Byrds and Beach Boys, (and even Buck Owens!) and asking, "How can we do that but differently?"

    So I am wondering, did "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" inspire "Ticket to Ride"? There is not much time between them, but at that time the Beatles worked fast.
     
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    Sweetheart, and Untitled are tied, then again I like the Clarence era. Tons of favorite songs, but currently I really dig Mr. Spaceman.
     
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    I don't have a favorite album. Love all their music. But it was their cover of Mr. Tambourine Man that made me want to sing and play.
     
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    Sweetheart. It was a game changer for me. Love most all Byrds music.
     
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    I know it's a bit naff to say so, but for me it all started with the 1980s Byrd's Collection double LP

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    I went on to get a good few of the originals after, but this was a brilliant introduction.

    I literally get goosebumps just thinking about the 12-string solos on My Back Pages and Chimes of Freedom.

    Speaking of Gene Clark, what about No Other? Lady of the North, Silver Phial, Strength of Strings. He could really write a song.

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    I'm not sure, to be honest, but I've always wondered if the acoustic is the legendary Clarence White Martin guitar. I dunno :).
     
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    Tie....

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    The only thing that would make this album better would have been if "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" had been written and recorded for this album. Gram Parsons and "Hickory Wind"...doesn't get much better.

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    As a live act, this era of The Byrds was second to none.
    God bless Clarence White...what a great player.
     
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  20. Jim W

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    Notorious Byrd Brothers is my favorite, but I love them all. With respect to Gene Clark's No Other which is a great album; later this year there is going to be a reissue with many additional tracks. I am looking forward to this.
     
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