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Mr. Tambourine Man

The Byrds

1965

Mr. Tambourine Man

Album Summary

Mr. Tambourine Man is the debut studio album by the American rock band the Byrds and was released on June 21, 1965, by Columbia Records. The album is characterized by the Byrds' signature sound of Jim McGuinn's 12-string Rickenbacker guitar and the band's complex harmony singing. The material on the album mostly consists of cover versions of folk songs, primarily composed by Bob Dylan, and originals written or co-written by singer Gene Clark. Along with the Dylan-penned single of the same name, Mr. Tambourine Man established the band as an internationally successful act and is widely regarded by critics as representing the first effective American challenge to the chart dominance of the Beatles and other British Invasion bands during the mid-1960s.The album was also influential in popularizing the musical subgenre known as folk rock, by melding intelligent lyrical content with electric guitars and a rock backbeat. The term "folk rock" was first coined by the American music press to describe the Byrds' sound in mid-1965, around the same time that the Mr. Tambourine Man album was released. The band's hybrid of a British Invasion beat, jangly guitar playing, and poetic or socially conscious lyrics influenced a number of acts in the mid-1960s and has also been influential on successive generations of musicians.The album peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and reached number 7 in the United Kingdom. It is the band's most successful album on either chart. The "Mr. Tambourine Man" single was released ahead of the album in April 1965 and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. A second single, "All I Really Want to Do", also a Dylan cover, was moderately successful in the U.S., but fared better in the UK, where it reached the top ten.

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Rating

3.23

Votes

4198

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Day 24 of Albums You Must Hear… The Byrds, an American band, were a short lived, yet extremely popular collective in the mid 60’s. Their album Mr. Tambourine Man was able to shine amongst the British acts that invaded American air waves during this era. I won’t go deep into the history of this band, but they are worthy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which they were inducted in 1991. The lyrics are clear and simple, the harmonies are spot on and the satisfying 12 string Rickenbacker guitar exemplifies the sound of the flower child years. Mr. Tambourine man has a lot of Bob Dylan covers, which is a little odd, but perhaps thats why this band was coined as Folk Rock. I love 60’s music, much of which I’m familiar with because of my favorite television show from the 80’s, The Wonder Years. I first heard songs from The Byrds watching that show as a kid. Much of Mr. Tambourine Man’s non-Dylan songs are about adolescent romance, not unlike early music from The Beach Boys and The Beatles. My Favorite song is I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better (When You’re Gone), I mean, who can’t relate at some point to that feeling in their past. The harmony of the vocals is very catchy and very 60’s. The song I least like is All I Really Want To Do, a Dylan cover. It’s about only wanting to be friends with a girl. It’s so damn stupid to me, like, is this a former lover or a girl that has a crush on you? Either way, why write a song and record it for the whole world to hear? Poor girl, dumb song. The title track, Mr. Tambourine has been recorded to death by many artists over the years, but I might like this version the most, while Stevie Wonder’s cover is cool as shit. I am probably safe in assuming this song is about the neighborhood dope man. She Has a Way is a sweet song, again, about adolescent love and wanting to settle down. The majority of kids these days will probably shit on this music for the lack of WAP and electronic drums, but it’s a good album and I enjoyed the majority of it. I appreciate the music of years past and I had fun with Mr. Tambourine Man! Please share your thoughts, memories and opinions!

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The debut album from The Byrds and it's possibly their best album, but with their solid run from this album to Sweetheart, any of those albums could've taken top honours (not Turn! Turn! Turn! though, that one wasn't so good). It does rely on covers more than most of their other albums but that shouldn't be a detraction to the quality of the songs here.

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What a great debut album with an electrifying distinctive original sound mainly due to Roger McGuin's chiming 12 string Rickenbacker. The songwriting is obviously bolstered by four Dylan covers, but they sit nicely alongside the originals and the other covers. It's a mature album with themes like Welsh mining disasters (the majestic 'Bells of Rhymney') and oppression (Dylan's 'Chimes of Freedom'). There's plenty of lovely west coast vocal harmonies but they never sound sappy. Other highlights include the title track, 'All I Really Want To Do' (even better on the mono 45 mix), 'I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better' and the Bo Didley beat on 'Don't Doubt Yourself Babe'. They even make the standard 'We'll Meet Again' fit their jangly sound. The songs all benefit from Terry Melcher's crystalline production. And how cool is the fisheye lense cover art.

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Ah, 1965. Everyone wanted to sound like the Beatles and Bob Dylan, and the first song on this album manages to do both. A pleasant album.

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Boring but not unpleasant. Was kinda disappointed by the We’ll Meet Again cover but alas. 6

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Always been a bit confused by The Byrds..... do they really deserve reverence for being a band that took Dylan songs and made them janglier?

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I was never a fan of the jingle jangle guitar of the title track. I was trying to ignore the beta-cuck energy of be friends with you to give a safe 3 stars. But finishing with we’ll meet again push me from passive annoyance to activate disdain.

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There's a bit in the doors film where manzerik says 'bit like the byrds man' and it's not a complement. Jingle jangle boring. 2

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5

WOW, what a fantastic album. Classic 60s sound with song like their cover of Mr. Tambourine Man and All I Really Want to Do, to a heavy song with It's No Use and the downtrodden I knew I'd Want You. This is front to back great.

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5

Really enjoyed this album! They sound very similar to The Beatles.

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5

Now we're talking! Love the Byrds. Love Dylan. This is THE 60s. Eight miles high is a classic too.

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5

Suuuper easy listening. Great to pop on and get stuff done

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I've heard this one a zillion times, and it's a favorite. Chimes Of Freedom is outstanding! The best Dylan cover ever, tho Hendrix's All Along The Watchtower comes close!

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INCREDIBLE

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Super

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5

Love that 12 string sound, and the songs are so earnest and soulful. Iconic.

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5

spookily like the one that precedes it

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5

Another album I already own on vinyl. I'll never tire of the Byrds.

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5

Really great. Love the 60's.

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5

This is what to me is the classic Byrds album Belongs in every music lovers collection. Ringing guitars, beautiful harmonies, rich production overall and the songs....wow. The Dylan covers like the title track, Chimes of Freedom and All I Really Want To Do are beautifully rendered and the originals; I'll Feel a Whole Lit Better and Here Without You show a maturity ro their writing that would develop even more on later albums.. favourite track; The Bells of Rhymney. 5 🌟 (note my copy is a Sundazed Vinyl pressing that includes two very good bonus tracks so that's what I'm commenting on and rating.)

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This is what to me is the classic Byrds album Belongs in every music lovers collection. Ringing guitars, beautiful harmonies, rich production overall and the songs....wow. The Dylan covers like the title track, Chimes of Freedom and All I Really Want To Do are beautifully rendered and the originals; I'll Feel a Whole Lit Better and Here Without You show a maturity ro their writing that would develop even more on later albums.. favourite track; The Bells of Rhymney. 5 🌟 (note my copy is a Sundazed Vinyl pressing that includes two very good bonus tracks so that's what I'm commenting on and rating.)

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10/10

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5

This album was great, although sometimes I wished the mixes were a little different (some voices stuck out more than I wanted them to- maybe I'm spoiled by Crosby's perfect harmonies with CSNY?) but that is a very small quibble. It was simultaneously upbeat and mellow, offered plenty of Dylan covers, and was exactly the vibe I wanted last night.

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5

It's been a long time since I listened to this album. It's very enjoyable and holds up well after all this time. I completely forgot about "We'll Meet Again." It's a great cover of a song I always liked.

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5

Parecido com The Beatles

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5

Love this album and happy that i had further recommendations of 60’s music that had that feel good factor 👍🏻

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5

Too many favourite things here

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5

приятное ретро, которое как будто уже где-то слышал

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1/14 Liked this one more than their third album.

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7.5/10 FT: I'll feel a whole lot better

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Smooth listening

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4

Can’t help but think MURICA as a reaction to the Beatles

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4

Sold 60s rock.

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This was a great album. Has many of the byrds greatest hits.

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I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better is probably my favorite track on the album. The Byrds might’ve brought more attention to Bob Dylan but I always felt they were piggybacking off him at points. Still a great album

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Realz

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Excellent. Debut album from the Byrds, with that classic Byrds sound.

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The Byrds are like Crosby, Stills, and Nash before CSN. Their harmonies are great. The sound is so 60s, in a good way. I'm probably partial because this album is right up my alley, so it gets 4 stars. I could understand it receiving 3 stars from others because there are just so many other great albums from this era that sound similar and are a bit more inspired.

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4

Nice 1960s sound, feel good music with a nice singer

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I've listened to this album several times over the years, and it is an impressive album, and an even more important one for the folk rock genre. The songs are all good, just kind of have a feel of other bands doing them better....if that makes any sense. still a great album

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4

Very solid folk rock. Normally I'm eager to turn off anything folky as quickly as possible, but I made it all the way through this one without trouble, including the deluxe edition bonus tracks.

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Inicios del folk rock, con canciones muy buenas, y otras no tanto

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4

It was good. I enjoyed it.

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Highlight - It's No Use This is the music you hear when someone is nostalgic for the 60's. It's The Wonder Years. The sweeping, melodic guitars, the chorus of vocals, the Tamborine...All of it points to the summer of 1965. This time is gone. We aren't getting it back.

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7.

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I enjoyed it, lyrics were a bit silly. Their cover of Mr Tambourine Man was great, points for being that bold I guess. 7 for me

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60s rock. Movie scene music. road music

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Good listen, there were a few tracks in addition to the title one that stuck out like "Here Without You". Strange for an album of mostly covers to be on this list, but it did have a lot to do with popularizing folk music and its own unique sound.

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Enjoyable

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Excellent. This reminds me of mom.

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К релизам более чем полувековой давности стоит, конечно, относиться с осторожностью и давать поблажку, опираясь на меняющиеся тенденции и развитие сферы звукозаписи. но мне, если честно, зашло даже по современным меркам. конечно, звучит как всё в 60-х, прослеживается сильное влияние Beach Boys, где-то и битлов, где-то даже психодела вроде Love. Но в целом, если выдернуть этот альбом из контекста — звучит вполне живо. Я, кстати, послушал и моно- и стереоверсию. Вторая выпущена позже, и имеет свои недостатки (например когда гитара и бас разводятся в разные каналы, это вообще ужас на самом деле, не хватает только барабаны исключительно в одно ухо вывести), но в целом слушается пободрее и поразнообразнее. песни простенькие, но душевные, можно под них дунуть плюху или, например, присунуть сисястой бабе, экспириенс не испортится. Минусом, конечно, является безобразно большое количество каверов (пол альбома), а личные песни бэнда Бурдс звучат послабже перепевок, но на саму группу мне похуй, поэтому пусть будет. 4/5 всем rock-n-roll, love и piss 🤘

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4

A veritable classic. Even without the Shatner.

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pretty good house music - jazzy

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Love that rich sound

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4

Solid Album

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better than inadadavidadadaabda

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4

Canciones muy parecidas, pero si una es buena, casi todas son buenasas

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4

Good listen, bunch of songs I recognised, Is we'll meet again Sinatra? Sounds like a positive funeral song

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4

Rítmicos y melódicos. Buenas voces. Acompasados.

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Vraiment bon album de folk rock . 4.5 a reecoter, plusieurs chabsons de dylab revisites.

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Un dels grans álbums de pop lluminós dels primers temps del pop. Les excel.lents versions de Dylan, les composicions de McGuinn i Gene Clark, el treball vocal de David Crosby... Una de les bandes més interessant dels 60, i una de les millors estrenes discogràfiques de la década

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4

Great album. Captures the folk to rock sound that the Byrds and the 60’s are known for. It lets you appreciate the leveling and complexity of what they were trying to do and did so successfully.

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This is definitely on the better end of 1969s pop-rock-folk. I enjoyed the whole thing except the truly bizarre Vera Lynn cover in a mock English accent. Half the album is Dylan covers, and tbh you'd be hard pushed to find a better version of 'All I Really Want to Do'. Nice dreamy but clean and catchy vibe to most of this. I'll push the boat out with 4*

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Who knew Mr Tambourine Man was a cover. Decent tunes, not quite as good edgy and interesting as Illinois, but it’s up there.

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Fabulous album so far, I've enjoyed every song. The harmonies are lovely and the 60s jangly guitar always sounds special.

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Im pretty sure i did this one but forgot to leave feedback. 3-4 range IIRC.

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What a massive album in terms of what it did not only for The Byrds, but Bob Dylan himself and folk rock in general. Of course, if you made a list of the top 5 songs on this album, the four Dylan tracks would all appear. I think we give Gene Clark a bit too much credit as a songwriter. Jingle jangle. Best track: Mr. Tambourine Man

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I knew a lot more songs on this than i thought i would!

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3.5/5. I liked this. It reminded me a little of the early Beatles, but a little folky.

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Jingle Jangle. I prefer their version of Mr. Tambourine Man over Dylan's, but I've always been a sucker for harmonies. This album influenced seemingly thousands of bands and artists, ironically none more so than Dylan himself. Dylan went electric soon after, and I have to think hearing the Byrds take of his song (the first Dylan penned song to reach Number 1) had a lot to do with that.

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The genesis of jangle guitars that has influenced, directly or otherwise, basically every single indie band I love.

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-Parts of "All I Really Want To Do" sounds like "Mary Anne With The Shaky Hands" -Cool bass in my left ear on "It's No Use" -Woukd probably be cooler if I knew more Bob Dylan -Generally nice folk rock, but nothing really amazing -The Byrd's aren't real

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I dig it

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oldies

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Good enough

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If it was 1965 this album would be a banger

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4

Great easy listening music, hard to find any faults

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4

What’s there not to like? Simple progressions and melodies, short run time, easy tempos. Easy to love and enjoy!

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4

If I close my eyes while listening to this, it sort of transports me to feeling like I'm in a period piece movie about the mid 60s. Seems to perfectly capture the spirit of its time in America.

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4

Prachtig rustig album van een top groep

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8/10

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Liked this more than I thought I would

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8/10

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We got this and Fifth Dimension within the same week and it’s interesting to see how their sound shifted in Just a year (Not uncommon with the Beatles). I might give the edge to fifth dimension even though this has more singles because of the originality.. Lots of Beatles esque or Dylan esque vibes here. (Especially Dylan seeing as how half the album are covers) Never a bad thing. Fave tracks: “mr tambourine man” “the bells of Rhymney” “We’ll Meet Again” “Spanish Harlem Incident”

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Mmm, not my jam. 8/10.

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Probably the best songwriters around in the mid 60's, with a natural highlight being their harmonized vocals. Their instrumentation is compelling too, with varied and complex playstyles across all instruments. Even if I wasn't 100% in love with the full album, I can't not respect how good these guys are.

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4

As far as 60s pop goes, I like it

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4

Very fun and enjoyable album. Beautiful jangly guitar. Closer to a 3.5, as it wanes a bit in the back half.

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Listen, it's tight, it has real beauty. My cynicali middle-aged self can't help but ponder it in context of the relentless commodification of folk and punk in this era. In and of itself it's a great album. One point off for being a full third Dylan cover album.

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man. i'd give my life for jangly guitars

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~groovy~

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Just plain great folk rock. 8/10 1. I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better 2. Chimes of Freedom 3. Mr. Tambourine Man

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love them

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More modern than I was expecting. 12 string reasonably well-paced, don’t get sick of it. * All I Want to Do * It’s No Use - sounds like the Guess Who, the solo is insane.

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Heilt ok

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Those jangling chiming guitars, the chugging rhythm, the breezy dreamy vocals I love that sound ! I knew they’d influenced indie but I can hear Velvet Underground in this which came after. Upbeat, the sound of a more innocent optimistic time, decent easy listening music. Most of the album are covers but Tambourine Man is an amazing cover & the Byrds Gene Clark compositions are great. Is it all a bit samey ? Probably but does it matter when the sound is this good ?

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4

Very much Beatles vibes in this one, but I really enjoy it! Super funky, the guitar hits just right, basically give me more of them!

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4

solid. good songs. Will continue listening to this album.

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Pleasant

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Frábær fílingur

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Another solidly good album from the Byrds. Their consistency across the 60s is really something.

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Genre: Folk Rock 4/5 This was an absolute sweetheart. The Byrds, to me, prior to listening to this, were the guys that made Mr. Tambourine Man a big time hit. A sweet little song they stole from Bob Dylan and made way better. Catchy, sweet, and pretty all the way ‘round. But the fun really didn’t stop there. All over this thing there are great harmonies, sweet melodies, and a lovely mood throughout. I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better and Chimes of Freedom are at either end of a really great tracklist. It’s essentially proto-Crosby, Stills, & Nash: pretty folk pop, with soft rock hints, and it all makes for a very enjoyable listening experience.

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8,5

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Unfortunate that they are forgotten as compared to the Beatles. Great stuff.

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The album starts great with the title song and then some very good pop songs but then peaks with the back to back songs of It’s No Use great song Don’t Doubt Yourself Babe Chimes of Freedom Before finishing gently with We’ll meet again and She Has A Way

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4

Top album from the sixties, superb vocal harmonies and jangling guitars

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4

pretty good album, I don’t know how many of those songs are actually original but I know a lot of them were covers still the execution and style was great, I’ll give it an 8/10

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4

This sound wasn’t for me.

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Really enjoyed it.

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Oh damn, David Crosby is in this one too. And Bob Dylan too is just everywhere in western music. Obvious Beatles influences too. The rock feel of the Beatles, the harmonies of the Beach Boys and the Lyrics of Bob Dylan. What's not to like? 4.4

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I knew this album, or at least most of the songs already. But I learned some things from listening to it and reading the Wikipedia entry. This was kind of a repurposing of Dylan, and other songs into a “pop” sound, almost Bearlesesque. I have mixed feeling about the title track as the original has so much more in it than this cover. But Dylan himself has often reinvented and changes his own songs, at least live so I reckon else would approve. The Dylan songs are by far the best ones on the album .

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4

Very nice. Folk is like comfort food. It’s always enjoyable and safe but when it’s done well it can be elevated it’s comparable to genres where we expect high quality.

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dobar đir!

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Listening to this record is both soothing and energizing, it's a positive experience. The Byrds' sound is unique, the perfect symbiosis between well-written folk and pop/rock.

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Pioneer of the genre. Classic folk rock - Amen !

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4

Very nice feelgood album. I would have enjoyed it more on a sunny day, but this winter crap will have to do

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4

Not my favorite from them, but it's a great feel-good album. Lots of Dylan covers as usual, so that doesn't hurt. Nothing groundbreaking, just great rock music.

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4.75

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Four stars An all-time classic, and an album which still holds its own many years after it was released. As is usually the case with those classic albums, I won't write a full-blown review here given that others have already written wonderful stuff about them and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. Mr. Tambourine Man is just a timeless gem for anyone who has even a remote interest in The Byrds. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to:  more than 900, I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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4

Enjoyable. Bob Dylan songs sung by prettier voices. Harmonies are great, backed by bright guitar chords and some standard time-keeping from percussion. Bonus points for being the trend-setting folk rock album, bringing a light electric sound to the existing genre. This is the influence for a ton of my favourite music. The album itself is not necessarily a standout in the genre, but I give it a little bump because they were the first people to make this folk rock thing take off. Fave tracks: Mr. Tambourine Man, Spanish Harlem Incident, It's No Use

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4

My second Byrds album, and I'm already enjoying it a lot more than 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo.' Interesting that they pulled the titular track from Bob Dylan, along with several others. Would have liked to hear more of what they had to say, but Dylan's stuff was great of course. I didn't realize that this album was instrumental in popularizing folk rock, but I can see why. It's really solid.

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4

Classic 60s!

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4

Some pretty soulful vocals on this one...and they were REALLY going through a Dylan phase weren't they?

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4

This takes me to another time where things were more simple.

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4

Jangly, summer vibes, few too many covers for my liking, but done well, and that was the way at the time.

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4

Really good album, but not all the tracks are classics unfortunately.

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4

Gutes Album.

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3.5

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Jingle jangle, jingle jangle.

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4

More Byrds. This gets an extra star just for being the source of "Feel a Whole Lot Better." Good 60s tunes.

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4

very beatles-esque

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4

pretty chill album, will listen to more of the Byrds to get a hang of them. but overall a good listen. I will say nothing stood out to me but i also was listening to it in the background.

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if not for his distinct voice missing from these tracks, you could've convinced me this was Tom Petty. Apparently the byrds influenced the Beatles, and the 'Laurel Canyon sound' which is sick. Gives me more respect for the music as a whole knowing what came from it.

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The best Dylan songs are the ones that someone else sang. This album is a great example of that. There's a whole lot of Dylan on this album for an album that Dylan didn't appear on but I'm not mad about it. "Mr. Tambourine Man" is a great time capsule of music in '65. It's light-hearted, and poppy, but with that jingle-jangle of early rock. The main reason this doesn't get full marks is that it feels like cheating to load up your album with a bunch of covers and then claim it as your own.

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this gets knocked down a point because it’s all covers, but the harmonies were really good

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Tambourine Man is awesome.

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It's all controlled imperfection. The 12 string guitar jangles like it does because its not perfectly in tune with itself. The harmonies aren't exactly perfect. The rhythm is laid back, the bass doesn't always hit the snare right on the money. It's not detrimental to the experience though. Your old shoes are a bit scuffed up and maybe there's a hole that you're trying to ignore because they're just so damn comfortable to put on. They feel right for you and often it's a relief to return to them.

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didnt love the whole thing but mr tambourine man was good

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Ok

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I’ll have to give this another listen. Sounds pretty good for 1965, but kinda tame by today’s standards.

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Kirk sang it better haha. But ya, album was fine.

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Disregarding the bonus tracks (overdubs/alt versions/etc). Doesn't quite have the same magic as contemporary Beatles

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i liked it actually. would potentially relisten

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Interesting mix of a little country twang + Beatles-like vocal harmonies and compositions. Not wholly memorable or distinct from other 60s output in the same category but still a good listen

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alright

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started strong ended weak

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Mr. Tambourine Man is the debut studio album by the American rock band the Byrds and was released on June 21, 1965 by Columbia Records.[1] The album, which is characterized by the Byrds' signature sound of Jim McGuinn's[nb 2] 12-string Rickenbacker guitar and their complex harmony singing, consists mostly of covers of folk songs, mainly composed by Bob Dylan, and originals written or co-written by singer Gene Clark.[2][3] Along with the Dylan-penned single of the same name, Mr. Tambourine Man established the band as an internationally successful act[4] and is widely regarded by critics as representing the first effective American challenge to the chart dominance of the Beatles and other British Invasion bands during the mid-1960s two most distinctive features of the Byrds' rendition of "Mr. Tambourine Man" are the vocal harmonies of Clark, McGuinn, and Crosby, and McGuinn's jangling twelve-string Rickenbacker guitar playing (which complemented the phrase "jingle jangle morning" found in the song's lyric).[4] This combination of 12-string guitar work and complex harmony singing became the band's signature sound during their early period

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Not my favorite Byrds album, but I still like it. "Chimes of Freedom" has always been one of my favorite tracks of theirs.

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Dripping in 60s everything. I saw a write up that said they were inspire by The Beatles and Bob Dylan. I also didn't remember David Crosby as a part of this band. I liked the album.

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5.5

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As expected. Jaunty 60s pop rock and a decent listen

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i can appreciate that this was probably influential but it's not that great of an album imo. i like their version of Tambourine Man though

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Soft rock with a very 60's/70's feel. 2RS

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Not bad, fun 60s pop rock album

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Classic 60s album

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Production: 9/20 Songwriting: 11/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 10/20 Emotional response: 14/20 =55 Yes - pleasant. I also was surprised I'd never heard their cover of We'll meet again before. Nice.

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Jangling Dylan wannabe pop/rock. Best Tracks: I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better, All I Really Want to Do, Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe

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Good

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What I imagine The Beatles would have sounded like if they were less talented. Listenable but why not just listen to The Beatles?

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Decent and easy listening but again, nothing too special. Mr Tambourine Man is obviously the best song on there. You can tell Bob Dylan got a lot of inspiration from this.

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Der Titelsong ist ein Hit und der Ohrwurm ziemlich hartnäckig. Der Rest eher Hintergrundgedudel aber 3 Sterne geb ich da gerne ;)

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Bis auf das erste Lied eher so Hintergrundmusik, Gitarre und Melodie gefallen, der Gesang ist halt eher solala.

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Um álbum relativamente interessante, parece ser mais um álbum de rock, mas é relativamente bem feito e interessante. Fiquei espantado com o inesperado cover do we'll meet again da Vera Lyn Nota:6/10

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Not really my cup of tea but obvious that they paved the way for a lot of American bands in the folk/country rock genre

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Ну хуй знает. Самое скучное из того, что мы пока слушали. Будто выкинутые вторичные треки Битлов, записанные нонеймами. Но в целом атмосферу хиппарскую создаёт. Была бы десятибаллка- ёбнул бы 5. Округлять вверх надо, так что тройку всё же.

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hmmm hippy? Favorites: All I Really Wanna Do It has some bops.... may return in the future to get into it

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Very relaxing

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Really strong opening here yay Nice second track too Still going strong with track 3 FINAL THOUGHTS: 3/5, good but wannabe Beatles

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3.5 At the beginning I wasn't that interested in the album after the opening track, but the album gets better after the next few tracks.

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Title track is good, rest of the album sounds the same.

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Sounds like a clone of the Beatles

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nice album, most songs sound very similar, Beatles vibes

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Basically just better vocal versions of Bob Dylan songs… decent

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Yeah

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Its fine, and fun. the feel of the album is super consistent, but nothing special. Straightforward and cliche lyrics (on the love songs), repetitive instrumentals throughout. I liked: Its No Use,Mr Tamborine man, dont doubt yourself babe, Chimes of freedom.

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Every song on this album sounds basically the same. There's muddy words, a 60's sounding guitar, and a tambourine. Although the sound is fine, it doesn't really change that much over the course of the album. Favorite track: It's No Use

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I mean, those first two songs are just so strong. Nothing else on this album really takes me to that same place. But those two songs are so good.

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Pleasant inoffensive 60s rock. Like listening to knock off Beatles.

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I liked the cover songs more than the original ones. The covers were a great way to bring denser lyrics to a larger audience.

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No sé. Quizá me hizo falta volumen. Tiene pinceladas buenísimas

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Good, but not great. Honestly little memorable, because most part sound like a generic 60´s rock album. Anyway, there are some tracks that I actually liked a lot, starting with the eponymous song, "Mr. Tambourine" and the other one is "I feel a lot better now". However, its not a bad album, but I dont really believe I would revisit this, who knows, maybe one day. 6.5/10

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Decent

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Heel mooie nummer maar het omslagpunt naar gezapig is soms wel erg dichtbij.

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Leuk om die plaat eens in zijn geheel gehoord te hebben.

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Altijd wel een leuke band gevonden, die vogels, maar het wordt op een gegeven moment wel wat slapjes.

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Inoffensive but nothing spectacular. Just 60s pop. Honest, boring, safe.

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enjoyed the majority of it, not as good as notorious byrds though

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Like The Beatles but worse

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3/5

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Very 60s

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Not bad... typical 60s sound...

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(3.5) I'll Feel A Lot Better is one of my favourite songs ever so I went into this album with high hopes. It's a perfect sunny day album, classic 60s jangly guitar pop. Not every track is super memorable, but the summer vibes carry all the way through making it a really sweet listen. Here Without You is sexy as heck!! The cover of We'll Meet Again is bizarre.

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Fun, jangly pop with good harmonies

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Perfectly fine, if a bit generic sounding to me. Nice harmonies and some good toe tappers, many I’ve heard before.

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The title track is better than Dylan’s version. This is the sound of an era.

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Classic jangle pop. Interesting to hear the whole album. But not sure I'll be returning to it.

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Love the jingle jangle but the sound is a bit thin and not all the songs are top drawer.

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The Byrds seemed like they may have put up a good fight against the tsunami that was The Beatles, however at the time there was no real way to stop them. Mr. Tambourine Man is a solid pop-folk album that would have been enjoyed by audiences all over. Best: Mr. Tambourine Man Worst: The Bells of Rhymney Note: Spotify has the 1996 reissue with additional tracks. I only listened to the original 12 tracks on the album.

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Nice one

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Jangling guitars and cool 60s vibes.

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Buen disco.

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Classic. I'm into their signature guitar sound.

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classic folk rock, chill vibes

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Better than expected for a 60s album FT: Mr Tambourine Man

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Ruhig, melodisch. Manchmal ein bisschen monoton, aber angenehm und wohlig zu hören. Beatles-Style.

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Interesting, like old Beatles

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Not really my thing honestly. Not very interesting either IMO

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I like the first cover song, the interpretation of Mr. Tambourine Man works well with the Byrds style. In general I liked this more than I expected, but still not enough to grab me to listen on my own. 3.5 to 3.

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Pretty solid british pop. I like the folky/rock sound of the kinks a bit better, this is a bit safer and sweeter. Nice, not as much catches me for repeat listens.

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3/5. Old style but still enjoyable.

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It was okay.

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It's not that this is bad. The musicality and whatnot are all on point. I guess for me this has more to do with Bob Dylan. My love of Dylan is directly proportional to my dislike for The Byrds. You don't need to dress up Dylan's songs this way--or any way.

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I remember listening to this cassette in my '78 Monte Carlo. I recall being more fond of it back then-- the melodies were catchy, and I was more into a non-critical hippyish view of the world. While some of the tracks resonate, most of the album doesn't age as well and comes off as a two dimensional, sophomoric and whitewashed ignorance of social oppression, opting instead to simply "love harder" and be involved in slightly alt- scenes. Ah, it was a simpler time then; one much easier to ignore when one was white, male, and middle class.

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Amazing how gentle it sounds now. Still lovely though!

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The best album if you're looking for the era of classic jangle pop that started it all. Sure, people rave about how this album popularized folk-rock to the mainstream audience, but I just love their consistent jangly sound in this debut. It's optimistic, lofi, and harmonic that reminds me what I love about CSNY and so many other pop rock artists. This is one of the better pop albums of its time, of course highly influential on the sound that sunshine pop and psychedelia would develop shortly after. Of course, I'm highly biased due to loving their sound. Most of the songs themselves are nothing spectacular, it's just the vocals and jangle that I have a guilty pleasure for, and I just like the Byrds best. That being said, I think the titular track is a wonderful adaption and one of the most significant jangle songs of the decade. Favorites: Mr. Tambourine Man, Here Without You, The Bells Of Rhymney, I Knew I'd Want You, We'll Meet Again

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Pretty solid. Very distinct sound.

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This album is reminiscent of listening to the oldies AM radio station in my parents' kitchen growing up. Hard to listen by myself and not miss them.

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I liked this one, torn between a 3 and a 4. Same era as the Beatles and you can kind of hear that. I enjoyed their take on Mr Tambourine Man. Favourite songs: You Won't Have to Cry, It's No Use

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It was decent, liked most of the tracks but besides the big ones they were too memorable. Solid 3

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An inoffensively pleasant listen, but I get flashbacks of a long drive to Scotland with just a Byrds greatest hits CD playing on loop every time I hear their tunes.

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Average music from the 60s. Nothing really standing out

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Very easy listening. Stand out track is the title track.

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Very 60's!

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The Byrds are cool. I don't mind listening to them, but it's funny I actually prefer other versions of two of their biggest hits from this album. I prefer the Dylan version of Mr. Tambourine Man and the Tom Petty cover of I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better. I'm not in a very 60's mood today though so that may be affecting my rating.

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Not bad, just had on as some background music. Nice upbeat quick hits.

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Maximum 60's. Pleasant enough as background music. 3.5. I could round up for how influential the album was, but instead I'm rounding down for all the covers, including the title track which is kind of cheeky don't you think? Also it would be easy to mistake the cover art as a shoe ad.

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I enjoyed this as a piece of recording history. I think they were very influential for bands in Australia.

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Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Don’t doubt yourself,babe

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It was just OK. Probably a low three. Tambourine Man is a classic but that standard was not maintained.

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A nostalgic 60s album. I would have heard the singles as an eight year old and loved them at the time. A worthy 3*

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Have just finished Jon Savage's weight tome '1966' (not as good as 'England's Dreaming') , in which there are words about The Byrds, 'Eight Miles High', the influence of drugs in the music of 1966 and the start of psychedelia. Strange how their career was largely based on Dylan covers. Disappointing how the songs sound strangely thin. Despite all the covers, Gene Clarke's songs stand up pretty well, especially 'I Feel A Whole Lot Better'. Where would indie jangle be without them?

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When your band employs a tambourine man, every song looks like it needs a tambourine.

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That 12-string Rickenbacker that leads of the title track and flows throughout the album of original songs combined with Bob Dylan covers has etched its way into becoming one of the iconic sounds of the 60s. The Byrds are one of those groups who's music gives just about as much Entertainment as the internal intrigue. 3.5/5

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I liked it, but I kind of annoyed with all these Beatles-like songs. Maybe it's a matter of the day because some days I'm really into it, but not this time. Good album.

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Can see how influential this was.

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Creía que me iba a dar mucha flojera con el estilito coral todo bonito de The Byrds y luego siendo puros covers, pero de hecho, me alcanzaron a agradar algunas de las rolas y creo que si me invita a conocerlos más.

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The album was alright.i was expecting it be really folksy and it was not. It sounded like early Beatles music. It was tolerable. Nothing great. It was short and I didn't feel the need to skip any songs.

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Lots of childhood memories wrapped in this almost nursery rhyme album.

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Kesäinen ja tälleen aurinkoisena päivänä toimi

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Ei kyllä ihmeitä tarjonnut, mutta taustamusana meni sujuvasti läpi. Kolmonen yläkanttiin.

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Solid folk rock sound with a slight Beatles edge coming out of this one. Apparently this is the album that pioneered this vibe, which is near and dear to me, so points for that. Beyond that, over half the songs on this record are covers (which I guess wasn't too unusual for the era), and the ones that are originals aren't anything to write home about imo. Still enjoyed the listen, but doesn't particularly stand out to me. Fav Tracks: Mr Tambourine Man, I Knew I'd Want You, It's No Use

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Sonido Beatles, beach boys... Pero más normal

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3.5. It's like a mix of The Beatles & some other Brit-pop types. Not my usual, but fine

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Jangly

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I understand that this album is important but Bob Dylan wrote the best songs on it and sung them better. Although the development of this sound is really important to music history it didn't really grab me as an album and I prefer the artists that were influenced by them. However there are some moments of greatness on the album and it is really interesting to here sounds emerging that would become REM, The Smiths etc. Some of the guitar parts sound almost like they were written by a prototype Jonny Marr. Really glad I have listened to it but I won't be listening again.

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some early Beatles vibes. I like the vocal harmonies. not bad but not much sticks out.

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les beatles du début en pas ouf ça bouge pas

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De beaux moment mais le son est de piètre qualité

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The blueprint for this band's sound is the early Beatles' albums, with some sprinkles of the usual American west coast flower power sound. The songs are alright; the obvious standout is Mr. Tambourine Man, but generally this is the Beatles' playbook 101, and I can't find anything here that the Beatles haven't done better before. 2.5/5

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Evo još jedan album pun covera nakon Otisovog. Općenito, sve to men okej, dobroj, sam et, nije mi dalje od trojke.

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A okej je al nista specijalno. Nijedna pjesma mi se ne ističe

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Definitely brings the 60s sound. Weird hybrid of early Beatles and Dylan? I thought I would like it more but I found it overall just ok. Feels like peak flower child.

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I love the Byrds harmonies and guitar sound.....just not for more than 2 songs at a time. After 2 songs they just all sound exactly the same.

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Brings back memories of parents record collection.

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Exactly what it sounds like.

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Anyone that ol Tommy P covered so many times is alright by me 3

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It's like the dead handshake of a used car salesman. He's at your BBQ because he's your wife's friend's husband. The small talk is forced and he doesn't even like football, but it's pleasant enough.

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I recently had an issue with one of my teeth. I was coming back from a weekend break with my awful family at Center Parcs, and I was eating a cereal bar when it took part of a back tooth with it. I was struck by two things – first, I would have to go to the dreaded dentist as soon as possible, and second, breaking your tooth on a cereal bar on the way home from Center Parcs sounds like the lead single from an album called I’m So Middle Class You Wouldn’t Believe It. None of this is related to this sexy little record by The Byrds, as it's not particularly middle class or dull, but I thought I'd share a snippet from my miserable existence instead of giving a proper review to show you what I'm up against whilst I knock out these daily reviews. The tooth still hurts, because I'm yet to go to the dentist, because I'm a complete pussy.

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Very average kinda countryish ig

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Better than I expected and certainly better than most pop/rock available back when this was released. (Liked some of the alternate versions much better than originals - but not taking that into rating)

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It's fine, another 60s album that doesn't sound as good as The Beatles

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You just have to appreciate this album, and its place in music history.

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It’s pretty good. The songs are a bit samey but the overall vibe is fun

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Today's one is good, as it should be, covers of some top Dylan songs and some damn good songwriting in their own right. I've always been a fan of the 12-string guitar sound too.

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Pleasant music, nice harmonies, but there was nothing that really stood out.

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Definitely sounds like 60 pop. Very Beatles-y. So I like it. Every song sounds kinda similar though.

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Boring

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Not my bag, baby

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I like how this sounds, I just don't need it to sound like that for an entire album. It is very samey throughout, which results in you disliking everything you liked on hearing the first tunes. If I were rating just one songfrom this album, it would likely score 3, but the overwhelming repetition drives that down a notch to 2. Less of this would have been a nicer 60s pop experience.

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3/10, it was ok

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Ok - not really my thing

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Twangy hippie nonsense, but also Jesus. Of course classics on this too. No standout tracks I hadn't previously heard.

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Apparently this was supposed to challenge the "British Invasion" and compete with The Beatles... No.

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yeah I don’t really know why this album was here, not really a huge fan of 60s music and it just felt very samey - I did quite like ‘It’s No Use’ though :) still only 2.5 max

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The title track is a classic that I’d heard a million times. Not much else familiar on the album and if I’m honest I can see why. It’s just not engaging. Really samey soft lyrics over very safe music.

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It was ok, old though

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Meh, too old for me.

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too hippy

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Jangly. A whole one third are Dylan Covers though!

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Started well, but the wetness was a bit overwhelming by the end. Very low energy, in a way that sounds more like they couldn't be bothered rather than being nice and chilled. Think it might be the whiney vocals.

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Dated melodies of Bob Dylan songs that made me appreciate the Dylan version more.

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Yawn

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Early sixties rock. Good beats, no bass. Beatleseque.

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Not bad but kinda boring. Like a poor man's Beatles

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Enttäuschung ab dem 2. Lied

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Any music from the 60s with this kind of style seems to make my brain automatically want to compare it to the Beatles and just chalk it up as a 'close copy' of their sound. It all ends up sounding very samey to me. Didn't really do it for me unfortunately

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More like Mr. Boring man. Again, it hasn't aged well. It sounds like B grade The Who. I don't like it and won't be listening again. I give it a star due to being influential and due to the members of the band being very talented, but stifled due to the times.

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ну нет уж сука не возьмете, буду слушать весь блять рок какой есть назло, думали я сдамся а хуй там говно из 10

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Ну вот такое я хоть как то ещё понимаю. В целом могу понять почему рокерам это нравится. Я так понял эти челы решили в своё время хайпануть на фоне битлов. Музыка - мелодичная, ни к чему не обязывающие тексты. Вполне сойдёт за саундтрек к мультику. Так как я такое не слушаю, не могу оценивать по каким то техническим критериям, но в целом норм, особенно, на фоне предыдущего говна. 5/10

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Record Mirror in the UK awarded the album two stars out of five, deriding it as, "The same nothingy vocals, the same jangly guitar, the same plodding beat on almost every track. The Byrds really must try to get some different sounds." I agree with this statements.

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Eh, it was alright. Nothing special imo.

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Not bad. Favorite song is Here without you

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Well. It's an album from the 60's which means it's likely to peak on the first song. It does. The album is fine, but it's nothing special. Highlight: 1.

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This is very of its time. Jingly jangly 60s acoustic/clean electric rock with typical 60s weird lyrics.

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Man, they really took that whole twinkly little guitar intro motif and ran it into the damn ground, didn’t they? Even beyond that many of these songs just sounded the same to me. Speed up the tempo and go more for the straight up Beatles rips (like on “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better”) and I would have been much happier, ya damn hippies.

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I know it's a classic album, but sounds like they're trying too hard to be The Beatles and the same jangly guitar sound on every track is repetitive. I think you had to be there in the 60s to fully appreciate this.

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Not a huge fan, can definitely tell they are trying to compete with the Beatles, who I do not like, so the style of music is not tripping my trigger.

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Tal vez no era el día para escuchar éste Disco. Me dormí.

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3 Alben von den Byrds sind zu viel, Younger Than Yesterday hätte gereicht und hätte der Band geschmeichelt, dieses Album fand ich bis auf den Titelsong echt öd.

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Nudy

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Ik dacht in ieder nummer wel een Tambourine Man te horen.

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This album is alright - very 60s type music and mostly not my thing. 5/10.

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yawn

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Like a cheap Beatles/Dylan copy.

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Ugh. I hate this era of folk music. Now, I know who to blame. I can't unhear "We'll meet again"

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while musically good, with decent lyrics and good harmonies i find the album lacking any sort of 'soul' or feeling

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Saccharine versions of Bob. Not for me Clive.

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How many fucking albums by the Byrds must I get?

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Pretty much every song sounds the same. Same instruments, same key, same tempo, same tambourine jangling away at the same rhythm. I guess if you like the Byrds, you'd really like this a lot.

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Also unexpectedly fun 👍 Few too many tracks, though! Fav new track: Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe

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Initial thoughts * Mr Tambourine Man - More familiar with the Dylan version and I think I prefer it. * Spanish Harlem Incident - This is not great. I thought the Byrds were known for making Dylan's stuff more accessible but seems like the singer seems like he's really aping Dylan and not in a good way. After that I didn't pay super close attention. Jangly vaguely folky soft rock. Can hear some 12-string sometimes. Some good songs but I'm not in love with their particular style or performances. Some factoids I came across * Apparently two songs (title track and "I Knew I'd Wanted You") were actually recorded by the Wreaking Crew (great doc if you haven't seen it) before the Byrds insisted that they actually play on the record. And you can really hear the difference on those two tracks. * Also an interesting tidbit, a book I'm reading about the history of the electric guitar (Play It Loud) claims the Byrd were an influence on Dylan going electric. Bottom line: Just sort of meh. I'd rather just listen to Dylan himself - though I really like Dylan's electric period so thankful if this played some small part in that. Those are great records. Definitely and influential record, can see why it's on the list from that perspective.

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Absolutely get how much of an influence they had on their contemporaries and many bands to follow, and many of the tunes are quite catchy, but overall I think I must have heard these songs too often growing up. I also find them a bit tinny, kind of thin in their sound, and honestly just wasn't very interested as it played.

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I can't imagine a scenario where I'd choose any of these covers over the Dylan originals? But, the rest of the album is fine enough, apart from the cover of "we'll meet again" which is terrrrrrrrible.

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I think I've heard this album before. Not the biggest larry BYRDS fan

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Not my kinda tune

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Meh, old generic

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An old-style that is hard to listen to for the first time in 2021. It's fine, and I'm sure it was great back in '65. 2/5

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60s melodies have their place. I wouldn't be able to listen to this album all in one sitting.

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While I liked this album slightly more than the first one thrown up by The Byrds, I still find it mostly uninspiring with no tracks that really hook me. I toyed with giving it a 3, but that's only relative to their other music. I just don't enjoy this as much as the majority of the other albums.

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Canciones sin carácter, destacan mínimamente “I knew I’d want you” e “It’s no use”.

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Meh

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So they knew - they released the album knowing their only covered song would be their huge hit. Not one of the folk-pop tracks they wrote themselves that fills the rest of the album that blurs into 1. They knew. Dull

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Muy hippie.

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Not bad

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Cute. Surprisingly melancholy. Couldn't really tell the difference between the songs after Mr Tambourine Man.

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Boring

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An OK cover band I guess.

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Meh... 60s folk rock. No thanks.

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"Hey, want to listen to a Beatles album but like one of the early, early ones that's all covers and also you won't know any of the songs?"

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It's OK. They are very good at playing Bob Dylan songs. But where would they be without them??

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I was really disappointed with this one. I knew the big hits and liked them but the other tracks seem to show they were a one-trick-pony. It's a very impressive trick but a bit dull listening to a whole album of it.

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Ovo nisu Marty i obitelj 😡

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Not my thing

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Best Song: Mr. Tambourine Man. It has the one trait that really helps these old classic rock songs succeed: familiarity. Worst Song: All I Really Want To Do. The lyrics just seem like that kind of predatory whining of a "Nice Guy". Overall: Very many very short songs which do little do differentiate themselves. I'm sure it was influential, but today it's just a bit boring.

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Not my jam.

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This is fine, perfectly pleasant to listen to but not a whole lot more than that. Jingly jangly and a bit dull, takes a lot of the energy out of their covers and don't add much else. 2/5 for me.

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Besides the titular track, I didn’t find much on this album that engaged me at all (and only that one track because it’s engrained in my consciousness.)

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Prettifying everything in sight, these sensitive souls never met a song they couldn't wrap their harmonies round but plenty they couldn't wrap their brains round.

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Didn't do much for me, very folksy and the 12 string is nice, but it's lacking something extra like clever lyrics or some good instrumental solos. Honestly listening back to a few songs again and most of them sound the same. That might change after a lot more listens, but that ain't happening.

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didnt like

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Какой нахуй 1965? вы ебанутые? Уже даже смысла нет такое старье слушать. 0/10

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So boring. How many Ooh Aahs sissy choir beach ball vanilla 60s boy bands are there? Jesus, gtfo.

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I'm feeling a little vindictive, but definitely needed my janglemeter calibrated. These aren't bad covers, exactly, just worse than the originals: Slowing everything down is not, in fact, a good idea.

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Nope

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Was doing laundry while listen and it wasn’t hitting. No highlights

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this is the 3rd Byrds album i've had to endure on this list. one is enough, all their songs sound the same so i don't understand how two identical albums are essential listening. its the same issue with neil fucking young.

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Not for me

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