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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

5265

Genres

  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

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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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

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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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

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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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

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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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

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

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Thu May 27 2021
3

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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Sat Jun 05 2021
3

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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Mon Aug 30 2021
2

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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Tue Jan 18 2022
2

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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Wed Feb 03 2021
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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Thu Feb 04 2021
5

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

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Mon Feb 08 2021
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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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

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

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Fri May 07 2021
5

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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Wed Aug 11 2021
5

INCREDIBLE

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Mon Nov 01 2021
5

Super

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Sat Nov 20 2021
5

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

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Tue Nov 23 2021
5

spookily like the one that precedes it

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Thu Dec 23 2021
5

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

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Really great. Love the 60's.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
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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Wed Feb 09 2022
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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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

10/10

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Mon Feb 14 2022
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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Sat Mar 12 2022
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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Sat May 21 2022
5

Parecido com The Beatles

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Thu Jun 02 2022
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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Tue Jun 21 2022
5

Too many favourite things here

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

приятное ретро, которое как будто уже где-то слышал

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Sun Sep 11 2022
5

A classic

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Wonderful album!

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Tue Sep 27 2022
5

Adoro i Byrds. Jingle jangle, jingle jangle.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

I loved this album (finally got a good one) and I have wonder how much that dates me.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Fun old classic rock.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
5

What a influential album not only at the time but for years afterwards. Jim (Roger) McGuinn's 12 string jangly Rickenbacker sound is iconic and is still being echo today. Though what really stands out for me are 2 of the Gene Clark songs, Here with out you is just so dark and complex. The gem of the album for me I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better, it's pop perfection, I just love this song and unlike most of the album which has that 60's era sound (they did invent it) this song sounds almost timeless. Tom Petty also does a great version too, not surprising given how this band influenced him.

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Fri Jan 15 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

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

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Fri Jan 01 2021
4

Smooth listening

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Sun Mar 14 2021
4

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

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Sold 60s rock.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
4

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

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

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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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Realz

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

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

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

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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Sun Jan 31 2021
4

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

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Wed Apr 07 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 30 2021
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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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

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

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Mon Feb 08 2021
4

It was good. I enjoyed it.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

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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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

7.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
4

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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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

60s rock. Movie scene music. road music

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Tue May 18 2021
4

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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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Enjoyable

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Excellent. This reminds me of mom.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

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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Mon Jun 28 2021
4

A veritable classic. Even without the Shatner.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
4

pretty good house music - jazzy

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Love that rich sound

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Solid Album

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Thu May 06 2021
4

better than inadadavidadadaabda

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Mon May 10 2021
4

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

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Fri May 07 2021
4

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

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Rítmicos y melódicos. Buenas voces. Acompasados.

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

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

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Sat Aug 14 2021
4

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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Wed Aug 25 2021
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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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

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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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

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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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

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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Thu Sep 09 2021
4

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

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Fri Sep 17 2021
4

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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Thu Sep 23 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 22 2021
4

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

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Sat Nov 06 2021
4

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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Tue Nov 09 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

-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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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

I dig it

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Fri Nov 12 2021
4

oldies

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Mon Nov 15 2021
4

Good enough

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Tue Nov 16 2021
4

If it was 1965 this album would be a banger

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Great easy listening music, hard to find any faults

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Wed Nov 17 2021
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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Sat Nov 20 2021
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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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Prachtig rustig album van een top groep

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

8/10

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Tue Nov 23 2021
4

Liked this more than I thought I would

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

8/10

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Mmm, not my jam. 8/10.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

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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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

As far as 60s pop goes, I like it

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Sat Dec 11 2021
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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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

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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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

man. i'd give my life for jangly guitars

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

~groovy~

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

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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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

love them

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

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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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Heilt ok

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

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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Wed Jan 26 2022
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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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

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

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Pleasant

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Frábær fílingur

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

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

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

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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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

8,5

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Mon Feb 28 2022
4

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

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

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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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

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

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Tue Mar 08 2022
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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Sat Mar 12 2022
4

This sound wasn’t for me.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

Really enjoyed it.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

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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Mon Apr 04 2022
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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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

dobar đir!

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

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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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

Pioneer of the genre. Classic folk rock - Amen !

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Fri Apr 08 2022
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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Fri Apr 08 2022
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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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

4.75

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

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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Fri May 06 2022
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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Sat May 07 2022
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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Thu May 12 2022
4

Classic 60s!

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Wed May 18 2022
4

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

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Wed May 18 2022
4

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

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Sat Jun 04 2022
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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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

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

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Mon Jun 13 2022
4

Gutes Album.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
4

3.5

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

Jingle jangle, jingle jangle.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
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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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

very beatles-esque

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Thu Jul 14 2022
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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Tue Jul 19 2022
4

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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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

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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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

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

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

Tambourine Man is awesome.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
4

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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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Really up my alley! Love it! Either 4/5 or even 5/5! Absolute fave track: We'll meet again Honorable mentions: You and me (instrumental) and You Wont Have to Cry

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Added to my roadtrip playlist.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Cover-levyksi varsin hyvä. Vielä odotellaan aikaa, kun Dylan tosissaan aktivoituu biisintekijänä. 4/5 nautin

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

Very 60's, what else can I say?

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Yeah, it's a great sound no matter what. The Byrds always transport me to the bit in Forrest Gump when he comes back from Vietnam and goes to Washington and there's all the protests.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Favorites were Mr. Tambourine Man and I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better. Very pleasant album to listen to that felt very 50’s/60’s

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

I'll give it a 4 because of the iconic sound, I thought much of it sounded the same but still pretty good.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

4.25

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

Great Band and era in music.

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Clearly influential

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

Folk rock. Un 4.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

The mid-60s belonged to The Byrds. Pleasant listening with a couple of great tracks.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

Jingly AND jangly.

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Tue Oct 04 2022
4

4/2 hippie byrds

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Var viss um að þetta yrði þriggja stjörnu dómur fyrirfram. Titillagið þekkt og restin filler. En, æi, þetta er sjarmerandi sjöundi tugur. Fann að mig langaði að renna henni aftur og það er góðs viti.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Enjoyed listening to this one. Favorite track: It's No Use

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

It’s hard to go wrong with an album full of songs driven by the bright sound of a 12-string Rickenbacker. It’s their signature sound and even when I hear it in songs of other bands, I still think of the Byrds when I hear it. I love the reminiscent, almost romantic feeling their songs evoke - the hopefulness and agency of the hippie movement. Despite the growing pains of the times, the Byrds were apparently like every other 20-something of every generation—waiting for love, being burned and betrayed by love. They’re less angry about it than Alanis or Olivia Rodrigo, but still heartbroken just the same. And while SNL said the only prescription for a fever is more cowbell, I submit that the cowbell’s more agile, spritely, and chipper cousin, the tambourine, is the real cure to what ails us.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

I suggest you to listen Me siento Mucho Mejor by Charly Garcia, a really nice cover of I Feel a Whole Lot Better translated to spanish.

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

This has been my favorite of the Byrds albums so far that we've gotten going through the list. Good stuff, very similar to early Beatles. I liked it,

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

I can never get enough of McGuin’s 12-string Rickenbacker. Not every song is great, but overall this is a strong record.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Classic 60's folk/bubblegum pop. I enjoy the tight harmonies. My parents are huge folk fans, so this type of music takes me back to my childhood.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

My favorite so far. Catchy, soothing, very easy to listen to over and over.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
4

Folk rock. Un 4.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

Play a song for me

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Tue Nov 22 2022
4

Some lovely songs performed extremely well. A little dull though and tbh I think you could mix this up with the soundtrack to Mighty Wind and most people wouldn't notice.

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Sat Nov 26 2022
4

Thinking about it, I’m not sure I’ve heard anything by The Byrds. I’ve certainly heard of them, but I’m not sure if I’ve actually heard them. Excited to hear them for possibly the first time today! Songs I already knew: We’ll Meet Again (although not this version) Favourites: All I Really Want To Do, Mr Tamborine Man As soon as this album started playing, I knew I was wrong about not hearing The Byrds before. Their whole sound, and mainly the way they sing and harmonise, was very familiar, and it turns out I do know at least one song (Turn, Turn, Turn) which isn’t on this album. I found that in itself very impressive - I instantly recognised them based solely on their sound. In regards to this specific album, it is mostly covers although the only song I recognised was We’ll Meet Again so they were mostly new to my ears, at least. A very nicely composed and sang album, which was fun to listen to throughout.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
4

Sixties classic. This album is strong, concise, and consistent. Teenaged, classic-rock-loving me would have gone apeshit for this album. Definitely deserves to be on the list.

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Thu Sep 17 2020
3

didnt love the whole thing but mr tambourine man was good

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Wed Dec 16 2020
3

Ok

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Thu Dec 17 2020
3

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

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Tue Mar 02 2021
3

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

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

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

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

i liked it actually. would potentially relisten

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Sun Jan 24 2021
3

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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Tue May 25 2021
3

alright

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

started strong ended weak

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Tue May 25 2021
3

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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Tue Mar 09 2021
3

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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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

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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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

5.5

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

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

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

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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Fri May 28 2021
3

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

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Tue Mar 16 2021
3

Not bad, fun 60s pop rock album

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Thu Mar 04 2021
3

Classic 60s album

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Sat Mar 20 2021
3

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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Sat Mar 27 2021
3

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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Sun Feb 07 2021
3

Good

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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

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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Tue Mar 23 2021
3

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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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

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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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

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

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

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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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

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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Mon Mar 15 2021
3

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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Fri Mar 26 2021
3

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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