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Fifth Dimension

The Byrds

1966

Fifth Dimension

Album Summary

Fifth Dimension is the third album by the American rock band the Byrds and was released in July 1966 on Columbia Records. Most of the album was recorded following the February 1966 departure of the band's principal songwriter Gene Clark. In an attempt to compensate for Clark's absence, guitarists Jim McGuinn and David Crosby stepped into the breach and increased their songwriting output. In spite of this, the loss of Clark resulted in an album with a total of four cover versions and an instrumental, which critics have described as "wildly uneven" and "awkward and scattered". However, the album is notable for being the first by the Byrds not to include any songs written by Bob Dylan, whose material had previously been a mainstay of the band's repertoire.The album peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and reached number 27 on the UK Albums Chart. Two preceding singles, "Eight Miles High" and "5D (Fifth Dimension)", were included on the album, with the former just missing the Top 10 of the Billboard singles chart. Additionally, a third single taken from the album, "Mr. Spaceman", managed to reach the U.S. Top 40. Upon release, Fifth Dimension was widely regarded as the band's most experimental album to date and is today considered by critics to be influential in originating the musical genre of psychedelic rock.

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Rating

3.05

Votes

4757

Genres

  • Rock
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

Je croyais pourtant avoir été clair dans ma critique de la semaine dernière au sujet des Byrds et de leur incapable leader Gene Clark... Je vais donc devoir me répéter. Gene Clark et sa bande de joyeux singes n'apportent aucune plus-value à la musique. Ils reprennent un coup l'air de La Marseillaise (cf Eight Miles High), plagient ensuite le bon vieux Jimi (cf Hey Joe) même si ce dernier n'a sorti son tube que l'année suivante, et se permettent de clore leur album avec deux morceaux indisponibles dans votre zone géographique. En résumé, un immense foutage de gueule.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
1

An OK psych folk album, but there is just no reason to have 5 (!) The Byrds albums on this lyst, considering the criminal number of omissions.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

Exit pop stars The Byrds, enter psychedelic folk rock pioneers The Byrds. Very very good.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

That was a fun slice of time. Way more varied and sonically interesting than I would have expected. Hey Joe was a pretty wild cover.

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Tue Sep 15 2020
5

Awesome - hadn't heard Mr Spaceman in ages! Love that guitar tone.

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Fri Sep 25 2020
5

only tambourine man but this is betta

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Wed Feb 24 2021
5

Ho lala this week album selection is refined to my psychedelic tastes. LSD and carpet ride is all I have been aspiring to my whole life. Loved this album very much. So very mystically 70s!

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Du bon vieux rock qui s'écoute tout seul

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Mon May 03 2021
5

great

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Sun Jul 25 2021
5

Really good 4.7 stars

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

A fantastic album, just an absolute joy to listen to

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

FIVE STARS An all-time classic and a personal favorite of mine. Up to 1966, The Byrds had enough assets in their game to consider they had already established the perfect formula in their very first LP, *Hey Mr Tambourine Man*, and that there was no reason for them to veer off-course three albums in after the success they had. That formula is that cliché most listeners still associate The Byrds with today: use Dylan's shortest, catchiest tunes, cover them by adding melifluous vocal harmonies that are complete u-turns from Bob's rough, nasal timbre and inflexions, wait for those covers to hit the charts, and then cash in. Of course, you could still replace Dylan with Pete Seeger and The Bible (see "Turn, Turn, Turn"), traditional tunes or everything in between. But in its core, the formula didn't change a bit. Not that individual members of the band were frauds and impostors as they performed those skilled transformations. Coming themselves from the US folk scene, they had learned how to translate those folk staples into a more pop-oriented language, but thanks to their original background, they could also instill those rendition with a much-needed sense of authenticity. Both serious and commercial, folk and rock, The Byrds were at the crossroads of everything the sixties were all about. With Gene Clark, The Byrds also had a main songwriter in their ranks, admittedly, and the covers were interspersed with originals, too. But even if Clark seemed like a competent songwriter in his own right, this didn't fool audiences. As influential as The Byrds were on the overall sound of the mid-sixties, they were first and foremost seen as performers. And it was never a problem. The sixties going as fast as they did, it soon became one, however. Especially when Gene Clark left the boat at the exact moment when true authorship started to become a huge plus for pop audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. After Clark's departure, Jim McGuinn and David Crosby had no choice but to step in and increase their songwriting output. That some reviewers have considered that the two guitarists were still in the process of learning the ropes of that trade in 1966 is a little baffling given how the originals on this album could easily be deemed superior to most of Clark's endeavors. The original songs shine throughout the whole LP, leaving many earworms in their trail, from enticing opener "5D" to the John Coltrane and Ravi Shankar-inspired "Eight Miles High", a cryptic track (partly written by Clark before he left) about soft drugs--a tune logically banned on the radio--often quoted as the the first psychedelic rock song ever penned. *Psychedelic*. The word is like that magic carpet on which most of the band members sit Ali-Baba style on the album's front visual. It is a promise to fly to outer worlds of the mind, a promise that's also in keeping with the Sci-Fi themes in some of the songs. "Mr Spaceman" is for instance a tongue-in-cheek country-rock pastiche of sorts referring alien abductions. And the fifth dimension of "5D" is one inspired by Einstein's foray into theoretical physics, not lysergic drugs, contrary to audience's expectations at the time. But such misunderstanding is not necessarily a betrayal of what the song--and the album to which it inspired the name--is all about. Open your mind. Feel that awe (and possible terror, too) when the gates of perceptions are blown far wide. As hackneyed and cliché that philosophy may read today, what's impressive about the album is how fresh, effortless and spontaneous the results of that preliminary foray into a new world appear today. That pop freshness is partly explained by the fact that the Byrds were instigators of that psychedelic trend, and not mere followers of it (the rougher and more garage-oriented version of that trend exemplified by The 13th Floor Elevators came out in the exact same year, for instance). And like many other instigators they were not necessarily understood as they should have been. Short yet insistent bridges and breaks with reverse-tape-recorded guitars, raga-like flourishes and other sitar-inspired riffs abound during the record. The move was challenging for general audiences, yet The Byrds took their chances, catching some fans and even music critics off-guard. The covers were also more interesting and riskier than anything that the band had ever attempted (no Dylan anthem to be heard there). It's a risk that paid off, generally speaking, and nowhere did it pay off more brightly than on that mysterious musical rendition of a poem by Turkish poet Nâzim Hikmet, a quite obscure reference for western audiences. "I Come And Stand At Every Door" is indeed as hypnotic as it is slowly powerful, yet never does it come off as a pretention dirge, so beautiful its intricate harmonies are. At its core, it is a miniature lesson in patience and meditation, one that Crosby would use to great effects again in his own song "Everybody's Been Burned" on the next album. But it's mostly one of many tracks on the album that manages to transcend tts sixties psychedelic context to become something a little more timeless than that, and one can only regret Crosby didn't *really* explore this trend further later on. Obviously, opening your mind also encourages a spaghetti-at-the-wall approach. Even as recently as the last ten years or so, some critics have indeed complained of the topsy-turvy nature of this record marking the Byrds' transition from folk-pop translators of Dylan's repertoire into psychedelic adventurers. But complaining about any lack of cohesiveness here might be missing the point, since the twists and turns in the tracklisitng are part of the appeal here devised for receptive souls tired by standardized listening (and thinking). It's the sort of standard The Byrds had actually set upon themselves during the earliest part of their career, and one can guess they were tired, too. Fortunately, it didn't take them long to find a way out. After *Fifth Dimension*, The Byrds would even use what they had learned from the recording of this preliminary masterpiece to great effects on their two next records, often heralded as their very best. I sometimes wonder why those records, which are a bit of a mess themselves, are never judged as harshly as *Fifth Dimension*. Maybe it's because it takes *more* time for certain minds to open, and that contemporary critical reaction only caught up with The Byrds once Crosby was out of the picture, namely with *The Notorious Byrd Brothers*, leaving the two previous LPs with a more "difficult" critical reputation. But the magic carpet started flying here, with this very album. And to this mind also tired of standardized thinking, it has never flown more beautifully than when it soared like this to the lysergic skies, and beyond them. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 971 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 11 (including this one). Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 7 Albums from the list I will *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 9 Albums I might not be able to judge (some might end up on my final list but it's because I recognize how culturally important they are): 2]

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

The Byrds is another band I grew up with and loved. Memorable Bob Dylan covers included My Back Pages and Mr. Tambourine Man. Fifth Dimension is the first Byrds album that did not include a Dylan cover. However, it does include some traditional songs such as Wild Mountain Thyme and John Riley. The progression from the traditional songs to songs like Eight Miles High and Mr. Spaceman is what makes this album stand out. The Byrds' experimentation and innovation may have helped generate the Psychadelic Rock genre. However, they always kept their folk rock roots. The harmonies of McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman are beautiful. It is no wonder that Crosby, Stills, and Nash followed with great harmonies. Finally, McGuinn's 12 string Rickenbacker adds to the signature sound of the Byrds and is in evidence on this album.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

That was sweet! Such a trip!

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Wed Sep 30 2020
4

This album was pretty good but kind of samey to me. I couldn't really distinguish between most of the songs, but I liked the sound. I think this folky kind of rock is pretty cool and I would listen to more of it.

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Fri Oct 23 2020
4

A nice album. Nothing of a surprise, given what I've heard of them, but this was pleasant to listen to.

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Mon Sep 28 2020
4

funky as hell, video game music typa thing from a AAA trailer for fallout or something.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

I enjoyed this and should listen again

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Fri Jul 09 2021
4

Strong start with the title track, and I'd never heard their excellent version of "Wild Mountain Thyme" before. The rest of the album sounds like a Byrds album. Definitely worth listening to when you're in the right mood.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

good album

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

One of the best folk rock album of the sixties. Modern sound to it.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

I really like the guitar tone and their use of vocal harmony. It's almost like a more rock-y Simon and Garfunckel.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

Really enjoyed this one!

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Pretty good. Not my favorite Byrds album. 7/10 1. Eight Miles High 2. Wild Mountain Thyme 3. 5D (Fifth Dimension)

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

4*

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Tue Mar 30 2021
4

Right from a Wes Anderson movie. Happy, folksy, druggy. David Crosby style harmonies. Fun, 60s listen. Lots of variety. Definitely enjoyed it.

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Sat May 01 2021
4

Jai bien aime, plus experimental et pousse que l’autre album de byrds dans cette loste.3.5

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

interesting stuff

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Some decent tracks but probably not anything I’ll come back to. I think something that I’ll nitpick about several 60s albums on this list that are in the rock/folk/psychedelia area have production that sounds fuzzy (mostly on the guitars and vocals) and that decreases my overall enjoyment of them. 7

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Tue Apr 27 2021
4

Nice 60s vibes. Beattles style in some parts, but less moving

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Agradable y muy melódico. Un gran avance

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Mon Mar 01 2021
4

"Eight Miles High" Released: March 14, 1966 "5D (Fifth Dimension)" Released: June 13, 1966 "Mr. Spaceman" Released: September 6, 1966

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

Los Beatles de California, muy crema

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Thu May 20 2021
4

7/10. birb. Their version of Wild Mountain Thyme was a bit lame, actually

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

A classic psychedelic sound- guessing it's the inspiration for a lot of later work given the year. Somehow, it holds up today. A pleasant amount of variety in each song.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Ah yeah

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

Now that's folk-rock. One of those bands that I often heard about but never listened too. I was surprised

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Rather enjoyable album. 4/5

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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

Reminded me of Crosby, Stills and Nash mixed with the Beatles a little bit. Good but I'd have to be in the mood for it.

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Great album.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

I really enjoyed this one. Quirky and all over the place and very of it's time for sure, but what a time. Particularly like the wild guitar playing on this one.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
4

Amazing.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

some really wacky guitar parts (Eight Miles High) that sound like a small mammal running up and down the fretboard. love the trippy vibes, the 60s must have been fun

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

good

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

Good album. Nails the cool, chill, transcendental, raw, dirty energy of 60s LA. The lyrics, transitions and sound mix can get a bit clunky at times. Love the sitar/guitar sound, the harmonies abd there are some standout parts from the rhythm section. 3.5 but giving a 4.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

The sound of psychedelia. Perhaps not quite as good as their earlier "classic pop" but still beautiful harmonies.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
4

Great album! Lots of variety Favourite tracks: Hey Joe, Wild Mountain Thyme, Mr. Spaceman

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Really easy listening, can't really fault it. Nothing jumps out as an absolute banger but equally nothing jumps out in the other direction either. Been listening for this for 4 hours on repeat I think.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

60s album? Check. Psychedelic? Check. Has to be a 4/5 then doesn't it really? That it does, that it does.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Like so many albums from this time, you can feel the beginnings of psychedelic music

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

I love this. It's incredibly uneven, and feels as though there wasn't much consensus internally regarding direction. But that's the kind of album I love; a bit scattered, but intensely artistic throughout, with a real sense of building a new movement for pop music.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
4

My late grandmother loved this band, so this album reminds me of her.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

There are some original songs, some are average

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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Blues rock

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Thu Feb 24 2022
4

Pretty good early psych rock. Didn't realize 5D was about the theory of relativity...

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

A solid offering, again highlighting their folky style of rock. Good guitars and harmonies against some strong songwriting.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

I love Eight Miles High - a cracker of a song. And there are some other good tracks there. I'll go back to it.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Mom can we listen to The Beatles? We have The Beatles at home. The Beatles at home:

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Excellent.

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Sun May 08 2022
4

começando a chamar na psicodelia

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Sun May 08 2022
4

This is my third Byrds album. It also happens to be the first Byrds album that doesn't rely on any of Bob Dylan's songs. He may not have his songs featured, but the influence is still heavily there, at least early on. Better than 'Sweetheart of the Rodeo,' not as good as 'Mr. Tambourine Man,' 'Fifth Dimension' was an interesting, sometimes psychedelic ride with the Byrds that ultimately didn't really wind up anywhere super noteworthy.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

Fine record, has a few nice moments of harmony but nothing inherently outstanding.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Such an influential album. Guitars are spectacular

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Wed May 25 2022
4

Var ekki að dansa neitt sérstaklega við fyrstu hlustun, en þessi vinnur verulega á við aðra. Oftast skemmtilegt létt sjöunda psychadelíurokk og ágætlega flutt. Ekkert meistarastykki, en vel áheyrilegt.

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Really disjointed, but still a great listen. You've got to be in the mood for a little bit of everything. This is the one where they didn't need Gene Clark (or Bob Dylan). Best track: Hey Joe (Where You Gonna Go)

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

The Byrds continue their jangly folk rock sound but delve into psychedelia, who would popularize the genre. Early usages of psychedelic pop are employed here: cryptic surreal lyrics, beautiful yet ominous singing, raga-structured guitar, and cloudy repetitive instrumentals where everyone seems to do their own thing. Sounds like they're still trying to copy Bob Dylan with the vocals in "5D" and harmonica in "Captain Soul." Some early country rock with "Mr. Spaceman." As a fan of their jangly guitars and harmonious singing, there were only a few songs I didn't care for much. It's a fantastic effort as always. Favorites: Wild Mountain Thyme, I See You, What's Happening, Eight Miles High, Hey Joe, 2-4-2 Fox Trot, Why

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Thu Jul 21 2022
4

Ahora sí, algo de The Byrds que realmente me gustó y que me hizo debatir entre 4 y 5 estrellas. Si bien todavía tienen sus momentos de voces en coro muy dulce y armonizado, el resto del disco tiene grandes momentos, en especial un sonido de la guitarra muy rasposa, como con algu de blues pero con psicodelia al mismo tiempo. Entiendo mejor como es que esta banda fue tan importante influencia.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
4

The best Byrds album? I prefer having Gram Parsons in the mix, but this works.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

Love it. Funnily enough a song from this album came on straight after finishing the Beach Boys. Again, a really nice album with summery vibes

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Thu Aug 04 2022
4

I didn't know Spaceman was by the Byrds! Loved that song as a child. I really enjoyed this album in a number of ways, folky Beatles like.

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

bom album, fortemente inspirado pelos beatles

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

-Generally plain psychedelic rock. Nothing mind blowing. -"Captain Soul" is instrumental and they seemed to up the instruments for that -"2-4-2 Fox Troy (Lear Jet Song)" is pretty cool, lots going on in that one. There's the instruments in the left ear, pilot radio chatter/airline sounds in the right, and the vocals in the middle. That's pretty cool. -Overall just barely a 4

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Not bad.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

It all sounds so familiar – the chiming and jangly guitars, the countrified frills, the dreamy lyrics, the tension between mellowness and a druggy sort of edginess – that it’s hard to remember how new it must have sounded in the mid-60s. It sounds so much less dated than much else from this era. One likes their take on “Rider,” an often dull and flavorless ‘60s chestnut.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

I liked this album, definite 60s sound - reminiscent of the Kinks for me.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Robert Pollard and Peter Buck both owe Roger McGuinn royalties.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

Way ahead of their time. I still prefer This Mortal Coil's version of "I Come and Stand At Every Door" though. Not my favorite psychedelia, but still obviously a seminal record. David Crosby, man. David Crosby. Obviously McGuinn is an uttery genius too.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Surprisingly interesting album…

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

This is the second Byrds album on here. It's kinda spacey, but also still has a bunch of traditional folk sounding songs on it. Some of the guitar work is like faking solos haha. Guess this was right when everything kinda changed just before the late 60s? Ultimately it doesn't do much for me, although it's a happy enough little album. 3/5.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Not being able to give this a 3.5 hurts.

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Fri Sep 18 2020
3

I was interested by this album and how it seemed to really represent the era of '60s, psychedelic rock. While it's perhaps not one I would listen to again, I enjoyed getting to explore this sound and thought it was a good listen to gather more of an understanding on it.

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Thu Dec 03 2020
3

Pleasant surprise - sounds quite fresh and I enjoyed it.

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Tue Oct 27 2020
3

Trevligt album.

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Sat May 01 2021
3

Actually pretty good.

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Thu Feb 04 2021
3

Some pretty jaunty tunes, some slow and some about drugs. What’s not to like

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Influenced the influencers

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

IT's okay, I really don't want to listen to the birds right now, especially after hearing their last album not too long ago. It's about 5/8, not going to listen again. Mr.Spaceman was okay.

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

its ok

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Nothing that blew me out of the water, but not bad either!

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Considered the "American Beatles," it's obvious to see why The Byrds took LA and California by storm. Their sound, at the time, seems so unique and original. But now, I just wish I was listening to The Beatles.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

3.5

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Sun Apr 25 2021
3

Good that there was no bob dylan songs on it, a departure from previous

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Fri Apr 30 2021
3

Fair

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Production: 8/20 Songwriting: 11/20 Innovation: 11/20 Bangers: 5/20 Emotional response: 14/20 =49 Pleasant

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Ehh

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Sounded like the mamas and the papas and a lot of the bands in this era. I didn’t see a lot of standout tracks.

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Tue Feb 02 2021
3

middling

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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Sonically brilliant but even the mesmerizing 8 Miles High can't carry the rest of this album. Hey Joe sounds almost jokey having been deluged with the Hendrix version. The Leaves version is also better!

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Our second from the Byrds, and much more of what I knew the Byrds to be: proto-psychedelia. Definitely foundational for the sounds that a lot of bands would explore in the late '60s and early '70s, but personally I didn't get too much out of this. A few tracks I'll return to, but as far as psych rock is concerned, it's pretty tame. Favorite tracks: Eight Miles High, Wild Mountain Thyme, John Riley, Mr. Spaceman. Album art: I really like this one. It's a band photo, but isolating them so small and surrounded by darkness is great, it's like a sensory deprivation tank or something. Very fitting. 3/5

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Thu Apr 29 2021
3

3.6 - Some solid tracks on this: "Eight Miles High", "Why", "Hey Joe." Sounds like fairly typical hippy guitar rock of this era with some psychedelic elements shining through especially in some of the extended guitar solos.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Generous 3

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Mon May 17 2021
3

Pionty wymiar, czyli klasyczna plyta klasycznej bandy, pionierow psychodelicznego rokowania juz od samego poczatku dzialalnosci i psychodelicznych aranzacji dylanowych songow, ale jakos nigdy nie mialem okazji przesluchac zadnej ich plyty, do dzisiaj, pionty wymiar, to otwierajacy trak 5D jak najbardziej pasuje, praktycznie wszedzie bardziej lub mniej mozna sie doszukac inspiracji kultura psychodelii, albo jak same byrdsy to okreslany, czyli filozofia, rok filozoficzny takim pojeciem starali sie operowac z tego co slyszalem na wywiadzie z ostatniego instrumentalnego traku, ktory jest raczej komentarzem na temat plyty przez czlonkow bandy, ale ktorych dokladnie to nie wiem, albumik traci najbardziej na tym, ze sluchalem go w stereo ktore bylo zmontowane z wersji mono, wiec takie sterego biednego czlowieka, a w tamtych latach o wiele lepsza jakosc nagran jest w mono, bo stereo jeszcze bylo czarna magia i tak samo jest w tym przypadku, najbardziej to czuc na samolotowym traku 2-4-2, i samplowanymi silnikami, przed odsluchalem myslalem, ze tylko crosby i mcguinn robia robote na wokalach, na niektorych trakach cala banda sie chorkuje dla psychodelicznego viba, bo wokale i tamburinski najbardziej go tutaj buduja, ale znowu niedoskonalosci techniczne wychodza nawet przy nagrywaniu wokalu, na hey joe mozna uslyszec dyszenie do mikro lub inne przebitki, folkowym akcentem jest z pewnoscia dlugosc i budowa trakow, bo zazwyczaj 2-3 minutowe kompozycje nic dluzszego, no i harmonja na kapitanskim traku ala dylanowy niuans, na plejke wedruje 5D i psychodrama city, bo 8 mil wysoko juz tam siedzi, gdybym przesluchal mono wersji pewnie bym o wyzej ocenil, ale spotifaj nie daje opcji, a szkoda bo psychodelia ktora stara sie wejsc w polemike z filozofia to dobry koncept

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

good

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Very weird. 6

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Thu May 20 2021
3

Pretty goofy! Some hits and some misses on here. 6/10

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Bit bored of it after hearing some of the songs so often.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Jingly

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Fair to middling

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

So high on acid that they forgot how to spell "Birds". Quite impressive that they managed to write these pleasant ditties in that sort of condition really.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Not even real birds.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Ooooh they sound better than the birds I normally end up with. The last one sounded like a hungover Johnny Vegas gargling gravel out of a weasel's armpit. Squealed like a dirty hog when I slipped it in her wrongun. Tells me she was pissing rusty blood out of her ass for 6 weeks. Pints of the stuff. 3 stars and a bag of chips.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

sure

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

Pretty good record

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Fri Mar 12 2021
3

Some great songs, terribly recorded though which Is a shame

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

this was literally just fine. i can't complain but i definitely can’t rave about it either so very middle of the road. 60s folk rock is generally the vanilla of music

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Wed Apr 21 2021
3

Hard to know what to make of this album, or the Byrds in general really since so much of their output was covers. Apparently this record was important in shaping psychedelic rock, and you can hear that in a few of the tracks. Some nice arrangements and ‘I see you’ and ‘eight miles high’ particularly interesting and impressive in equal measure

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Thu Apr 15 2021
3

Very good memories of this album. And the listening was

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Sat Apr 24 2021
3

5D (fifth dimension): excellent Wild mountain thyme: average Mr. spaceman: very good I see you: good What’s happening?: excellent I come and stand at every door: very good Eight miles high: good Hey Joe (where you wanna go): good John Riley: above average 2-4-2 fox trot: below average Why: very good I know my rider: very good Psychodrama city: average 7/10

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Sat Jun 26 2021
3

5D (Fifth Dimension) is by far the best song on this joint, but still enjoyable nonetheless.

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Sat May 15 2021
3

strong 3

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

I liked this album but I think it falls into this book's pitfall of so much kinda generic classic rock. Good album some good songs

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Enjoyed, but think the lead guitarist thinks he’s better than he actually is.

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Tue Aug 03 2021
3

An average album. Nothing really stood out while listening either good or bad. 6.0/10

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

Goeie sesh! Mr spaceman en eight miles high als mijn favoriete

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

3.4 tofkes tofkes, kvind het wel goed klinken

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Wed Aug 04 2021
3

mr spaceman of tambourine man?

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

The Byrds for me are like comfort 60s music, it sounds nice but nothing I'd throw on to listen to. Nice harmonies and a chill tempo for the most part. I'm sure if I grew up with it I'd think differently.

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Thu Aug 05 2021
3

Some really nice sounds, ultimately a bit too pretty for me but I do appreciate that this band and album helped shape rock n roll.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
3

3.5

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Fri Aug 13 2021
3

I liked this one more than the other byrds album

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Sat Aug 14 2021
3

J'aime beaucoup eight miles high et i come and stand by every door. Par contre je suis pas fan de mr. spaceman, qui etait apparemment une des plus appreciees de l'album.

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Tue Aug 24 2021
3

This is one of those albums that speaks so much to it's era, experimental and influential for its time but probably not altogether palatable for modern listeners. The quality of the songs varies overall, but the album still has some great ones. It's like they wanted to try a bunch of stuff and threw everything at the wall, so the songs don't all work together. I liked it better the second time around, so it improves on repeat listening. Musically speaking, it's so pretty and so quintessentially the Byrds. The harmonies are pretty perfect and the guitar work is out of this world. Jangly, occasionally trippy, textured little gems. Fave songs: Mr. Spaceman, What's Happening, Eight Miles High

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Fri Sep 03 2021
3

Again, typical '60s harmonic folk-ish rock. Nothing exciting about it.

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Sat Sep 11 2021
3

What a nice surprise. The Byrds show a nice variety of pleasant harmonies and catchy psychedelic folk tunes on Fifth Dimension. None of it is truly excellent, but it's definitely above average on most parts. 3/5.

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Mon Sep 13 2021
3

Bit hit and miss; weird mix of styles, covers etc. Jangly AF. Eight Miles High is still a tune and I do like What's Happening?

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Thu Sep 16 2021
3

J'ai écouté cet album sans y prêter la moindre attention, étant donné la nouvelle assourdissante que mon camarade robbulière m'a partagé aux alentours du quatre-heures, alors que je degainais une belle nectarine: Jonny Halliday a fait découvrir Jimi Hendrix, en lui proposant la première partie de son concert. Par lien logique, on peut donc en conclure que Jimi Hendrix a chanté devant de gros motards français remplis de whisky, chantant en coeur "Oh Marie, si tu savais". Pas sur qu'il ait connu plus intense durant sa modeste carrière qui s'en est suivie.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

I'm not a big Folk rock dude at the end of the day. Don't super care for the psychedelic's sound too much either. I fully understand some people like this one a lot. However, Not for me, I found it kind of annoying at times. I wish I enjoyed the fucking tamborine more as a general rule. I don't.

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Fri Sep 17 2021
3

Not bad, but not quite my case either

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

El folk psicodélico empezó aquí, o eso dice la wikipedia. Solo conocía "Eight Miles High" pero en general el disco está bien pero no es para volverse loco. Interesante la versión de "Hey Joe" que luego hizo famosa Jimmy Hendrix.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Typische 60s muziek. Niet erg speciaal

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Mon Oct 18 2021
3

Buen disco

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

Yesterday a Gene Clark album, today the Byrds! The Byrds were real innovators, being on the forefront of folk rock, alt-country, and psychedelic rock. Eight Miles High from this album is an epic song, an all-time classic. It's an amazing accomplishment on its own and stands the test of time. The rest of the album is good, but nothing too special. 3.5 stars.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

Not bad not great, liked the early psychedelic aspects

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

This album makes it clearer to me why the Byrds were pitched as America's answer to the Beatles. The instrumentation and production of this album bears a lot of similarities to Rubber Soul. It's all fine, but not particularly interesting. 3/5

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Some bangers, some flops, some great stuff, some low stuff.

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Side 1 is my favorite 60s aesthetic. The chiming 12 string. The multi part harmonies. The swirling organ. The innocent, vague, disorienting lyrics. A trippy phased guitar solo. The "Laurel Canyon sound". Quote I like from FJM in current context “The sound of Laurel Canyon is entertainment lawyers screaming at their dogs.” Somewhere around Side 2 it gets a bit threadbare and hollow. So in a way this album represents the arc of the counterculture it embodies. Starts beautiful, optimistic, original, entrancing. Becomes unsustainable and ultimately too one dimensional to adapt to the times a changin'. B+

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Thu Nov 04 2021
3

Great baseline album of 60s era. Comfortable listening

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Fri Nov 05 2021
3

Yay hippies

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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

Meh, didn't love it

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Mooi maar iets te veel zingen-bij-een-kampvuur naar m'n zin.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Mooie 60's sound. Ik kan dit wel waarderen al zouden er wel een paar wat pittigere nummers tussen mogen zitten. Het is allemaal wel erg kabbelend en braaf.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Wel oké. Eight Miles High en John Riley vind ik tof, maar verder vind ik het behoorlijk gedateerd klinken.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Niet mijn favoriete album van The Byrds, maar toch best tof!

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Forgettable. Didnt enjoy other than spaceman; and that was aighjt.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Very much of their time. I had forgotten that Hey Joe was a cover, Jimi was out here claiming people’s tracks and wiping them out of history

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

It was ok. Nothing super memorable. Would probably forget about it.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
3

Not a bad album, first half of the album seemed mediocre, but the second half I enjoyed

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

Another artist I am familiar with and have listened to but first time listening through a full album. Decent folk rock which makes for good background music.

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Thu Dec 09 2021
3

Sure it's a pivotal album in terms of folk pop, country and psychedelia but it is patchy! Again, some great songs, and too many not so great ones. If you want a better cover of Hey Joe, go listen to the one by Love on De Capo, also released in 1966.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

Pretty good! I can take or leave this style of music but I enjoyed this well enough, playcounts indicate the better tracks across the board.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Some decent songs! Good bass playing especially on Captain Soul.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
3

It’s fine

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

It was enjoyable, but I probably won’t go back to it.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
3

I liked this. You could hear the influences this band had on many bands that came after them.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

Chilled - prefer to the Beatles.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
3

Non mi è dispiaciuto. Mi ricordano un sacco di gruppi di cui non mi ricordo il nome, lol.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
3

A decent album. Nothing totally wowed me but it was enjoyable.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Nice, if often cheesy psychedelic pop folk.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

It is quite appropriate that on 4/20, I got the album with "Eight Miles High" on it. This is The Byrds' 3rd album with the majority of songs without founding member Gene Clark who left during the recording. This album does jump around quite a bit stylistically. They were influenced at the time by Ravi Shakar so a few songs have an Indian influence in the music and guitar (Raga). You hear more of a country influence in a few other songs. And, they do cover four songs. Maybe, the absence of Gene Clark had something to do with this??? Anyway, this album does have "Eight Miles High" which is an absolute monster of a song. Supposedly named after how high you fly in an airplane. Right. Great unique guitars blending together with one playing the Raga (Indian) style and the other one trying to imitate the playing of John Coltrane. Woah! But the sound is fantastic. Considered the first psychedelic song. A few other highlights include "5D" - great Byrd harmonies and "I See You" - the Raga guitar more clearer here. Overall, an fairly enjoyable if uneven listen but there is "Eight Miles High."

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Thu Apr 21 2022
3

It has a very distinctive style, which I enjoy, but I don't know if this soft folk does a lot for me. It's fine

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Folksy

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

We’ve had a lot of albums like this on the list so far. This one is a mix of easy-going soft rock and more psychedelic music. I’d rate it as good but not especially great. Highlights: “What’s Happening?,” “Eight Miles High,” “Captain Soul” Interesting to start to hear repeats of songs on this list. Joan Baez did a version of “John Riley” and of course Jimi Hendrix does the most famous version of “Hey Joe.”

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Sun May 15 2022
3

byrds more like the nerds

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Mon May 16 2022
3

8 mile high is a brilliant track, some of the others sounded like sub-optimal Beatles

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

The Byrds getting weird with it and not singing any songs written by Dylan eh? I don't know... Experimental possible originating point of psychedelic rock? Okay, I guess that's something. Turn! Turn! Turn! is stiff competition though, the pinnacle of success for the Byrds and probably their most worthwhile contribution to music. I can vibe with this, but it doesn't get me high.

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Fri Jun 24 2022
3

There are a lot of nice melodies but I guess you had to be there?

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

I was a bit disappointed with this. The songs felt a bit slight, to be honest.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

Early rock n roll making strides. The 60s English sound is ever present.

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Thu Jul 07 2022
3

The album was just alright. It was not noteworthy in anyway. I did not skip any songs. Thankfully it was a short album. It is better than a two so I will round up.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
3

This album feels like it really couldn't decide what it wanted to be, so it ended not being that much of anything. Some of the individual tracks sound pretty good, but as a whole it's just not good enough.

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Wed Jul 13 2022
3

Not bad. Some classic tracks here but many fall short. Levels throughout the album were odd also trying to do a bit much on thr guitar. Can tell how this album is influential though not one of the best of its time.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Not a huge fan, but distinct sound.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Chill. Like a glass of water with two ice cubes.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

More Byrds? Surely there are other bands that deserve to be included ahead of the Byrds second or third (or fourth or fifth!) best album. But OK, it's my album today, lets give it a spin. By turns great (Eight Miles High), interesting (5D), pretty but boring (Wild Mountain Thyme), just boring (I come and Stand at Every Door), and downright weird (Mr. Spaceman). Overall pretty listenable, especially if you have any fondness for psychedelic rock.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

The album was ok but it never clicked with me. I enjoyed some of more experimental guitar work but overall sounded like it was missing something.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

This is alright - nice album but nothing really stood out. 6/10.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

I hadn't heard of the Byrds before this, on first listen, these tracks sound heavily influenced by the Beatles, in particular Rubber Soul (interesting that this was released one year after that), and also Simon and Garfunkel. It's a bit shit that they did sooo many covers but I guess that was more normal and common in the 60s so that's ok. So overall this album does not feel very ground breaking or original, and also I get what critics mean by saying this feels scattered. However, I think we can put a positive spin on that to say it's got cool variety. Also the main artists they have been influenced by and even consistently covered are all top faves of mine so ok I do really like their music and I really enjoy this album. Particular faves are Wild Mountain Thyme and Hey Joe. The interview at the end was very interesting and also confirmed that they were indeed obsessed with the Beatles. I also read that their main songwriter in the band left right before they recorded this so that obviously adds to the scattered/varied feel, I think it's a good thing!

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

psychedelic and hard. i like it.

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

3.5/5. fine psychedelic folk rock, but a bit same sounding

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Some really good stuff on here and some absolute bollocks. Standard Byrds album by this stage 👍🏾

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Pleasant easy listening

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Laadukasta psykerockia osaltaan, sit joukossa jotain Lear Jet songeja. Vähän epätasainen, 3/5.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
3

Oikein mukava puolituntinen.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Great harmony and familiar guitar sound of this group from a bygone era.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

1966 would mark the beginnings of psychedelic rock as we know it. While still sticking to their more folk rock roots, The Byrds would lean heavy into raga rock influences with Eight Miles High. This single would be the song that many will refer back to when recalling the first psych rock song. It's a shame that the production work done here is so shoddy that guitar solos sound terrible. While pioneering a whole new subgenre, the Byrds happened to be in a tumultuous period where they were without songwriter Gene Clark and producer Terry Melcher. The band also moved away from Bob Dylan songs, which put more focus on their songwriting abilities as a band. They're okay at it. While no doubt a significant cultural album, some weaker songwriting and production makes it difficult for me to fully appreciate this album. Still worth checking out, regardless.

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Fri Oct 07 2022
3

Classic and hippie-ish.

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Mon Oct 10 2022
3

Ouais c'est bien mais bon finalement voilà quoi

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

As far as the Byrds go, this is a fun, different, and interesting album. They move away from poppy folk (which to me sounds anodyne and overplayed at this point) to more psychedelic vibes here. They also get points for directly crediting black sources of musical inspiration in their interviews. I'm not likely to listen to this again on purpose but I can see its importance and impact.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Mehhh. Better than the last Byrds album I had to listen to but not much. Instrumentals are good but the vocals are so boring. I feel like most songs sound the same.

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