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Younger Than Yesterday

The Byrds

1967

Younger Than Yesterday

Album Summary

Younger Than Yesterday is the fourth album by the American rock band the Byrds and was released on February 6, 1967 on Columbia Records. It saw the band continuing to integrate elements of psychedelia and jazz into their music, a process they had begun on their previous album, Fifth Dimension. In addition, the album captured the band and record producer Gary Usher experimenting with new musical textures, including brass instruments, reverse tape effects and an electronic oscillator.The album also marked the emergence of the band's bass player Chris Hillman as a talented songwriter and vocalist. Prior to Younger Than Yesterday, Hillman had only received one shared writing credit with the Byrds, but this album saw him credited as the sole composer of four songs and a co-writer of "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star". Byrds expert Tim Connors has remarked that two of Hillman's compositions on Younger Than Yesterday exhibited country and western influences and thus can be seen as early indicators of the country rock experimentation that would feature—to a greater or lesser degree—on all of the Byrds' subsequent albums.Upon release, the album peaked at number 24 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and reached number 37 on the UK Albums Chart. It was preceded by the "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" single in January 1967, which reached the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100. Two additional singles taken from the album, "My Back Pages" and "Have You Seen Her Face", were also moderately successful on the Billboard singles chart. However, none of the singles taken from the album charted in the United Kingdom. Music critics Richie Unterberger and David Fricke have both remarked that although it was largely overlooked by the public at the time of its release, the album's critical standing has improved over the years and today Younger Than Yesterday is considered one of the Byrds' best albums. The title of Younger Than Yesterday is derived from the lyrics of "My Back Pages", a song written by Bob Dylan, which was covered on the album.

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Rating

3.11

Votes

4046

Genres

  • Rock
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock
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5

So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star is a wild awesome groove that sets the hooks in deep. CTA-102 comes in outta nowhere with the weird. hard to see where it fits. lots of great time signature and rhythm work. Hot shit the late 60's was just a genre soup where every band borrowed every texture and sound under the sun. Yea a real landmark of an album

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4

Above average summer of love fare. Definitely influenced by superior mid 60s psychedelia like Revolver and Pet Sounds. Some cool songs though. "Renaissance Fair", "Mind Gardens," and "My Back Pages" are the stand outs. You can definitely hear some early Crosby, Stills, and Nash in some of the songs, which makes sense given that David Crosby was the Byrds' lead guitarist.

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4

It is rare to find a band in the late 60's that can tread the same ground that the Beatles explored at the same time without sounding entirely derivative. Bravo.

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5

Wow, some wild stuff on here! Backwards sitars and electronic experimentation. Love it!

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5

Love the byrds, there's allot of music that wouldn't exist without the foundation they helped lay. Using odd instruments and an interesting spatial audio setup made them true innovators

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4

A couple of songs were a little too 1967 but there are some beautiful songs on the album. Everything's been burnt could have been a modern Bond theme, Have you seen her face another classic. I haven't listen to the Byrds since in was in my early 20's; never heard this album only Greatest Hits. I missed out.

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4

Enjoyed the whole thing. You can tell these guys were ahead of their time with trying new things

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4

This was a beautiful morning album. I think the thing I liked about this is that it was so tightly packed, and while it lacked a little something to pump it to a five, it was a high four.

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4

This is our thyrd Byrds album, so I was bracing myself for this to break the streak of great albums this week. However, this was a really fantastic project. So much more overtly psychedelic than the previous projects (one was a country album). Really great production effects, and a lot of variety from track to track. At points, this does feel quite country/folk, then something snaps back and we're in psych territory again. Perfect example: CTA -102. That seemed to be a normal '60s rock track, but then it gets squeezed through a low-pass filter and we hear unintelligible alien chatter. I thought my phone malfunctioned; imagine what some person in the '60s would've thought hearing that on their turntable! I also recognized My Back Pages, and that's because it's a Bob Dylan song. Anyway, this album is excellent and keeps the streak alive for a wonderful week of new/old music. Five albums, average rating of 4.8/5 for the week. Favorite tracks: Everybody's Been Burned, Mind Gardens, CTA 102, My Back Pages, Time Between. Album art: Lo-res by design? That appears to be the case, and I think it kind of works here. This seems like a very unassuming, bland rock project, weathered by time and shelves, but you put it on and it's barely terrestrial. Great job, Byrds. 4.5/5

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Prior to this, I knew some of the Byrds' music but this album delivered way more than I expected. Younger Than Yesterday is filled with catchy tunes that I'll be relistening to often. My favorite tracks are Have You Seen Her Face, Everybody's Been Burned and Why.

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4

First time of listening to this one, aware of "So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star". I can see why this was called the American "Revolver" as you can hear the Beatles influences throughout. A great album I think and gives warning about the powerhouse the Byrd's became both collectively and Individually in American rock music. You can hear the birth of the CSN&Y harmonies on "Why" Loved the aforementioned "Rock & Roll Star" "Everybody's Been Burned" "Thoughts and Words" and the Byrd's usual, a Dylan cover "My Back Pages" A great album rightfully on the list and I can't believe I hadn't heard it in its entirety before.

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4

Interesting melodically and sonically and feels very ahead of it’s time - love some of the darker Melodies - while the songs are quite memorable and the whole album feels like it keeps you wanting more. A nice inclusion of I might say so.

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4

This was great! I think this is the fourth album I've heard by The Byrds and I've enjoyed each one more and more A fascinating mix of folk and some more experimental electronic music, with off-kilter melodies floating around reversed guitars and modulated vocals

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4

Surprised by this - thought it was going to be a mediocre Beatles knockoff but the whole album is a fun and psychedelic listen. Holds up pretty well in 2022! I'll be revisiting The Byrds for sure.

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3

From David Crosby to The Byrds! I don't know much about them, but it feels like they are trying to be like early Beatles. Then I heard the end of C.T.A - 102 and WTF. Is that like Crazy Frog in my right ear? Bizarre. Renaissance Fair is not too bad, a bit of Simon & Garfunkel vibes. Everybody's Been Burned has a nice slightly down-tempo vibe. Another very S&G feeling track. I like the guitar work here. Almost reminds me of a Radiohead guitar track with the two panned guitars playing different things. Thoughts & Words is not bad either. The album seems to be getting better as it goes, at least for me. Not a huge fan of the right-panned drums. I assume this must be an early stereo-remaster where they feel they must pan things hard left and right. Some nice reverse tape echo effects here, probably quite unique for the time. Well, theres a few tracks after this that don't do much for me either. Ended up being just okay.

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3

Enjoyable and very of it's time. The more I listened to it the novelty sort of wore off though.

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3

Look I find the Byrds a particular level of melodic blandness where everything sounds the same. Always on 60's compilations, most interesting thing on this album is the appearance of Hugh Masekela Is this really a 1001 'best' album?

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5

So good

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5

brilliant - makes me feel i'm in california and that can only be a good thing CTA 102 - the best mind gardens is a better trip song than TNK and very nice 'my back pages' beatleish and 60s ofc but more subtle and shimmery

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5

Fun fun fun! I would listen again!

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5

Why is it always either Bob Dylan, David Crosby, Stills, Nash, the Beatles or the Beach Boys? And why does the Byrds always combine them all on one album. Can't not like it. 4 Ok, this is considerably better than any of their other albums. It's so special compared to the others. 5 But "My Back Pages" is twice on the album? Is it part of the idea? He keeps getting older? I actually really like the way they incorporate psychadelica in this album. It's not like the 13th floor elevators which is just weird noise for 2 hours. Eh it gets a 5 for "Thoughts and Words". It's so good.

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5

From the British Wave parody "So You Want To Be A Rock'n'Roll Star" (with frenzy screams of fans and all) to the genuine hits "Have You Seen Her Face", "The Girl With No Name" and "Why", from the lively "C.T.A.-102" continuing previous album's "Mr Spaceman" sci-fi streak (including space alien gibberish at the end), to the mystical heights of "Mind Gardens", and from California to the rest of the world, this record is quite the wild ride into an exhilarating sixties theme park. There's a even one mandatory Bob Dylan cover ("My Back Pages"), but this time the Byrds didn't even need those sorts of cover to flesh out the tracklisting. Probably because contrary to other LPs in the past, they now had everything at hand as in-house songwriters. *5th Dimension* had already set the psychedelic tone of an era. *Younger Than Yesterday* could now capitalize on that tone, and take things further. As far as I'm concerned, said things went downhill from that point on. *The Notorious Byrd Brothers* still had great moments, and was reputedly groundbreaking in terms of production. But the individual songs in it were hit-or-miss for me. And I'm not even talking of that weird full-on country mode of that other famous album that followed after... But to come back to this particular record, which I still find very endearing (including for its minor misfires), it is also one to listen to on the strength of only *one* of its songs, i.e. the mesmerizing and melancholic "Everybody's Been Burned", probably one of the best compositions David Crosby ever penned (and also one of his most moving performances as a singer). This song best exemplifies what's great about the whole opus: it's cinematic *and* heartfelt, firmly set in a time and place but also timeless. Listen to it and weep. This is the epitome of The Byrds' early career, and as such, it should be part of this list, obviously. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 875 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 68 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 30 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): 28

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4

Good album. Psychedelic feel in a lot of places I wasn't expecting.

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4

My back pages.

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4

Great album. Love most of the tunes, lots of good guitar parts vocals and arrangements. Some songs a little odd stopping it from a 5 rating would give it 4.5

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4

A good course in rock history

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4

meio Beatles meio Tom Petty

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4

Rock convencional, pero de repente hay toques country o psicodélicos. Fue una buena experiencia, sorpresiva, pues con "So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star" no me esperaba lo que venía después, como la voz alienígena en "C.T.A." o los acordes más suaves en otras canciones, como "Renassaince Fair". Mis favoritas creo son "Thoughts and Words" y "Don't Make Waves". Sólido 8.5/10.

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4

7/10 me gustó, algunas me recordaron a los beatles pero sin los fans toxicos uwu, no lo volvería a escuchar completo

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4

Un poco rollo.

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4

Rockzin antigo gostoso de ouvir exceto alguns sons especificamente

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4

Excelentes melodías, voces y rítmica. Un gran clásico

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4

Imaginative inspired record where the band takes their jazz and country influences and make them merge with beautiful melodies. 60s pop at its best

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4

Sí me gustó. Muchas canciones son muy distintivamente folk por eso las disfruté (por alguna razón, en general nunca percibo en qué consiste lo folk en el folk rock así que, ... bien). Everybody's Been Burned, Mind Gardens y Old John Robertson sorpresivamente oscuras, densas, lentas, con un toque místico indio y celta (como que de repente la vibra es Ireland meets India en antidepresivos!!!) de ahí que selecciono estos tracks como mis favoritos del álbum. A lo largo del disco hay efectos y arreglos (quizás hasta samples?) locos que seguramente eran muy complejos y emocionantes para su tiempo y que le dan texturas interesantes para mantenerme escuchando a pesar de la simpleza de las melodías (me acordé de Wildflower de The Avalanches solo que como un experimento más frenético que esto). 8/10, cool para un día de relax y psicotrópicos.

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4

Very nice sounds

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4

Really good, some excellent tunes on there

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4

disco casi perfecto. solo me aburrieron 2 temas

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4

good album

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4

Younger Than Yesterday was somewhat overlooked at the time of its release during an intensely competitive era that found the Byrds on a commercial downslide. Time, however, has shown it to be the most durable of the Byrds' albums, with the exception of Mr. Tambourine Man

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4

Amazing!!!

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4

This was a ton of fun-- reminiscent of Sgt. Pepper.

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4

Good ol classic rock. Very Beatles-esque.

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4

Oldie but goodie

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4

4/5 really Beatly sounds, nice!!

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4

An early example of psychedelic music to come.

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4

Really good, I liked this album more than their Fifth Dimension one I’ll give it an 8/10

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4

Really nice album

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4

Really digging the psychedelic energy here. 4/5

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4

Enjoyed it. A side of The Byrds I hadn't heard that much of outside of the opening track.

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4

8/10

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4

Ne znam kako ovo nisam prije cula, predobar album, bravo!!

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4

Enjoy the Byrds sound. Much better than their earlier hits which I think are way over played. Solid album. 4/5

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4

Solid, had the vibe you expect from the era

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4

Catchy and fun. Good sounds and singing.

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4

4.5…very good album…cut my teeth on this music…..still love it to this day…

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4

7/10. Birb.

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4

8/10

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4

I never reach for this record when I want to listen to the Byrds. I should, but it's always between "Fifth Dimension" and "Sweetheart of the Rodeo." The former never delivers on the promise and sounds liek a band trying too hard. The latter is excellent but I've worn it out a little bit. This record is just what I need. I own it. But I never listen. The Byrds are tricky for me. They have everything I love. 12-string Ric guitars chiming away under gorgeous harmonies. Copious tambourine. But they also feel second-tier for me, in the context of other music of the time. But this record is great. So it's getting a 4/5. I'd probably give the other two records I mentioned the same score or higher. So, maybe they aren't second-tier, after all? We'll see if those other records show up on the list here.

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4

Respect but this is not the high point of the 60s

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4

4.5

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4

Though I don't consider this the Byrd's best album, it's still very significant and has a lot of good songs it. There is however more filler than on previous records and at the time is was overlooked, but it ages well today. The Byrd's are exploring more musical styles, for better or worse, so overall it's a solid record.

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4

After about 13 hours since I listened to it, I don’t remember much of this album but I do remember enjoying it and thinking that it’s one of my favorite types of 60s music

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4

Great, easy listening album. Fast paced folk with nice harmonies and great run time, what's not to love

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4

Always great vocals from The Byrds and you never know what sounds you’ll get. I enjoyed this and was intrigued by the back taping used.

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4

Overall quite nice, a couple songs I didn’t care fo

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4

good tunes

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4

Bien joué ils m'ont grow dessus

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4

Un poco rollo.

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4

Sonido Beatles muy chulo

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4

Fun, can see the Beatles influence/inspiration in it

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4

Farther out there and more diverse than the other Byrds record so far.

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4

Good stuff. Very tight song structure. Mature song writing with a bit youthful spark still to it.

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4

Unexpectedly enjoyed this. Very much a continuation of Rubber Soul era beatles.

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4

Love this band, era, and sound. Never actually listened to any of their albums til now

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4

At it's best, the songs are short and insanely catchy ("So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star" , "Have You Seen Her Face", "C.T.A.-102" and "Renaissance Fair") all feature strong lead vocals, the usual 12 string guitar sound and rich vocal harmonies, with special praise going to Chris Hillman's melodic bass lines. Sadly there is a low point; David Crosby's vocal on "Mind Gardens" is horribly off key, and at 3.28 it's the longest track. So this 29 minute album really suffers as a result. It's a shame because some of the CD bonus tracks would have been available.

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4

Listened Before? N WOW! These guys are good! It's the most sixties sounding thing I've ever heard. I'm assuming they influenced an entire generation of musicians. I could listen to this all day. Added to Library? Y Songs added to playlist: My Back Pages, So You Want to be A Rock 'N Roll Star

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Interestingly enough, the biggest hit from this album is probably the one that fits the least. This album is replete with experimentation in the studio coming off the heels of the Beatles’ Revolver. Dylan’s influence is ever present and the cover of his song, ‘My Back Pages’ was a highlight for me. The country rock tinges, which later would be explored more in depth for the Byrds, stood out for me as well. Overall, this album did a great job in combining space rock psychedelic experimentation with the raga folk sound that made them famous

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3

Fantastic melodies; just sounds really dated.

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3

It was fine, but kind of inconsistent.

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3

Trippier than I expected - so many similarities to Revolver

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3

Folky country rock, its ok but not Crosby, Stills and Nash level.

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3

Not my favorite Byrds album but you can't go wrong with their stuff around this time.

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3

Chill stuff. It wasn't bad but didn't stand out. Might need another listen.

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3

60'er

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3

Überhaupt nicht so schlimm, wie ich vermutet hatte, ganz im Gegenteil. Dieses Album enthält vieles, was ich an Gitarrenmusik gut finde. Dieser mehrstimmige Sixties-Gesang nervt etwas, aber nicht sehr, und wird vom Rest der Musik ausgeglichen. Gute 3 Sterne.

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3

Quality, pleasant.. Not so keen on CTA 102 song.

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3

Nothing special. Just a fine hippy album.

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3

alright. bit beatley

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3

was a bit Beatley but I liked how most the songs were short. cute x

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3

Good 60s rock, with some psychedelia mixed in to keep it interesting Highilights: -My Back Pages -Have you Seen Her Face -Mind Garden -Renaissance Fair

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3

Qué difícil. Escuchando varios de estos discos de los 60s me preguntó qué pasaría si le pones una rolita de estas a un fan from hell de los beatles sin decirle quién es. Seguro te dice sí a huevo es de su segundo disco de estudio. Me gustó poco más que nada pero mucho menos que mucho.

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3

Well-constructed songs and deep lyrics. Not bad at all.

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3

These songs are ok but I'm not that into it, sounds like children's music to me.

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3

Pretty great album. They are a great band too

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3

Good 60's jangle. Interesting to hear the beginning of that jangly sound.

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3

yeyeyeye

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3

Pop inicial sin demasiada sustancia. Al menos para mis gustos

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Highlights: Time Between, Everybody's Been Burned, My Back Pages, It happens Each Day Lowlight: C.T.A. - 102 The biggest issue I have so far with this album is that it doesn't start becoming listenable until the 4th track, and even then there are some risks that the artists took that fell flat, detracting from what have been a good classic folk-rock album. C.T.A. - 102 should be left out entirely, it sounds like an unfunny joke where the punchline is just a minute of sheer annoyance at the end. Thoughts and Words would have been good if they didn't experiment with the reverse guitar pedal. Time Between is a bright, strummy ditty that showcases the 12-string nicely, while Everybody's Been Burned is dour and a great contrast; both are excellent. My Back Pages (both versions?) invokes nostalgic reflection with practical use of lovely 70's style hard-panning and harmony. Overall, this is pussy rock, but not the Byrds finest example of it.

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3

pretty good, its what I expected the Beatles to be Fav track: Why (but wasn't paying too much attention to it while I was listening)

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5

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3

Leuke jaren 60 rock. Ik vind het goed maar niet heel bijzonder

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3

Solid 60s psych rock. Love the eastern angles

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3

Decent album from the Byrds following Gene Clarks departure. Setting them up for future country / folk experiments.

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3

If could give 3.5 I would

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Saved Prior: None Saved Off Rip: C.T.A. - 102, Don't Make Waves Cutting Edge: So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star, My Back Pages, The Girl With No Name, Lady Friend Overall Notes: I guess I'm a fan of mid-late 60's rock, because even though this was a step down from the Beatles and there were definitely some misses on here this was still an enjoyable listen.

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3

A couple of ok songs but the rest of the album is too psychedelic/annoying for me

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3

Kinda generic psych rock, okay. Hugh Masekala does the trumpet on the first track apparently, I like the links between the different 1001 albums

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3

Didn’t finish

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3

Very 60s, a bit of a beatles and beach vibe. Pretty good to have on in the background.

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3

A really enjoyable and at times interesting (if unspectacular) listen.

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3

Classic OG rock n roll, with a bit of an 'ahead of its time' twist. Bit of an Eastern hippy psychedelic twist too. Decent. 3/5

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3

This album hits several large boxes for late 60's Rock Music. With that in mind, it has some notable tracks, but also some largely repetitive tunes. A solid effort and worth the listen.

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3

Curious but dated

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3

It’s ok. Good to have on doing other things.

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3

Nothing like pop tunes under 2 and half minutes.

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3

Pseeee

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3

A very pleasant album.

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3

I found this one to be pretty interesting. The sound itself has so much has so much texture. It feels like this album was inspired by all kinds of music at ones. Really running the gambit of Genres. And it even gets weird on the track CTA. But overall man, I think it's a good piece of work. I like it, would I stake my name on it and recommend it? Probably not. But I'm not too sure.

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3

Yeah fine, nothing of note

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3

Very retro 60s. Strong 3, not quite a 4 for me.

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3

The Byrds: The Beatles but less interesting - For context, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band came out the same year and is just so much... more. In a period where the genre of rock and roll was being defined and borders were being explored, they have a sound that is about 5 years behind the times. Listening now, the simple harmonies and rhythms seem a little meh and dated. It's nice, unobjectionable music, with some nice close harmony bits but I wouldn't go out of my way to buy a record

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3

Buen disco

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3

With standouts like So You Wanna Be a Rock n Roll Star, Renaissance Fair, Everybody's Been Burned and, especially, My Back Pages, YOUNGER THAN YESTERDAY gives us a great window into the folk rock stylings of the 60s. The album is somewhat uneven, perhaps due to the amount of sonic experimentation, much of which doesn't quite land. But the insightful lyrics and the interplay of the band, gifted musicians riffing off of each other, give listeners plenty to like. The sound is definitely 60s, with some backward sections, raga inspired sonic beds and unmistakable drum rhythms/sounds of the period. Many may find it dated, but instead I look at it as a stepping stone that brought music to it's next level, to be built upon by other groups that would put their own decade's stamp on the genre. I give it a solid 3.

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Did The Byrds have short attention spans? A classic rock album where the longest song is 3:28? Even with the shorter song lengths, multiple songs devolve into weird sounds or tangents. "Time Between" is nice - "through love and trust it's gonna work out fine" - but it's cut so short at under 2 minutes. That works great sometimes for a fast-paced punk sprint, but feels odd with a ballad like this. There was also too much experimenting with weird or unorthodox sounds or instruments; it seemed random and often didn't fit the song. (Ah... "the album captured the band and record producer Gary Usher experimenting with new musical textures, including brass instruments, reverse tape effects and an electronic oscillator.") "Mind Gardens" could be a nice, interesting song, but instead it's not. And sometimes they sound like they are trying to sing in British accents? Overall, I preferred "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" and felt like there was a lot of unrealized potential marred by experimentation on "Younger Than Yesterday." That one got a high 3, this one gets a low 3.

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The Notorious Byrd Brothers album was a real surprise. When I listened to that I was shocked at how progressive and different it was for 1968. I enjoyed the NBB album as a whole, however Moog Raga, Triad, Space Oddessy and Universal Mind Decoder stood out. The album continues to get airtime here. Younger Than Yesterday is closer the Byrds album I was expecting, the signature chiming soft guitar, tambourines and voice harmonies that evoke the 60's is sticky syrup and it's all over this. I did find interest in a few tracks. C.T.A.-102 evades the norm somewhat and introduces some errant electronic whizzing which is interesting. The opening guitar to Have You Seen her Face is badass, but then the steady tambourine kinda ruins it. Why includes some backwards, (I'm assuming devil worshiping) talk, But the most surprising track is the opening "So You Want to Be a Rock N Roll Star" is original. I'm used to Tom Petty's version and I discovered Patty Smith also covers it. In the time before 1001 albums I'd been dismissing The Byrds as Byrd shit and neglected to realize the cool guitar chord progressions, riffs and bluesy breaks that really are unique. However I wasn't too far off. I just found out that most of the great songs on NBB were not commercially released in 1968, and only made an appearance in the remasters and rereleased versions in the 90s.

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3 stars. I appreciate what they are doing. Isolated, this album has interesting moments. But placed in the context of 1967, this had been done before. Revolver did all of this (and better) 6 months before.

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I like the Byrds sound. I think there were some major egos in this band. Their lyrics are preachy and self-important, but I do think they are a solid band. They have that harmony nailed down, and that is something special for sure.

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Nice. It got interesting after like 5 songs but it did not disappoint

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cute little album i enjoyed it

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I started listening to this album with my eyes ready to roll. Especially after the first few songs I was about ready to but then this album took an interesting turn. Instead of sounding like so many other 60's rock of the time, it started going very psychadellic. It really hit hard on Mind Gardens which sounded ahead of its time. While this didn't end up closing out the week perfectly, I still liked this album (except, boring album cover).

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Typical 60s rock

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6,5/10 Legal

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It was nice. Pretty much a Beach Boys and Beatles kind of sounds. 6/10

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Liked the opener (covered by Tom Petty in the 80s i think) and a couple of others... feels of the era for me though.

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Almost got two stars

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Jingle Jangle. After being served three Byrds albums here, it's become apparent that the band's legacy is providing a blueprint for current and future artists to improve upon. R.E.M., the Eagles, Beatles, Beach Boys are just some who out Byrd-ed the Byrds. Hell, David Crosby out did them when he (pardon the pun) flew the coop and formed CSN. You can hear a lot of The Byrds on Tom Petty records (yes, including his cover of "So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star", this album's best track). I've enjoyed all 3 Byrds albums so far. I'm just surprised at how much their music completely sounds like it's of its time and not timeless. Which isn't a necessarily a bad thing.

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Have you seen her face My back pages Uspoređuju ih s Beatlesima i stvarno su dobri ali ipak mi nisu blizu njima!

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Historical album, enjoyable but nothing standout.

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Enjoyed the album, doesn't have a lot of my favorite Byrds songs though. 3.5

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Not incredibly memorable, outside the psychedelic influences and the harmonies.

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tof rock 'n roll plaatje met hier en daar een verrassende wending. wel oké voor een autoritje

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Perfectly fine!

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uf, budući da san čula njihove puno bolje pisme, malo san razočarana. Iako ih ima nekoliko koje su mi dobre, ove druge prevladavaju 2.5/5

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First wave Ska!

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Possibly lowballing this out of the feeling this sound and era are over represented on this list, and possibly in the official pop pantheon generally. The usual problem of covering Dylan in that the rest of the lyrics suffer in comparison. I never dislike listening to this kind of thing but it’s a well I rarely return to otherwise these days.

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The byrds do a good job of having every album sound different. Sometimes for the better sometimes for worst. This one had a more indie style to it. Felt like an older jock drake album. I enjoyed it a bit but nothing really stood out. They’re good artistically but the byrds don’t really have songs I go back to often. 6.6/10

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17 songs spanning a 46 minute album. Just my attention span! There's is quite an eclectic mix of songs on this album. Some psychedelic stuff, some surf rock, but all quick, to the point and done. Sometimes it's nice to be in an out in 3 minutes.

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Not my fave band from the era and this album didn't persuade me otherwise

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yeah sure

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3 1/2

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Tak se przeleciało. Nie mam nic do dodania, czego poprzednicy by nie powiedzieli.

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Lepsze niż pierwsi Beatelsi, gorsze niż późniejsze albumy. Taka alternatywna rzeczywistość. Trochę denerwowało mnie użycie dźwięków puszczanych od tyłu w 3 lub 4 utworach. Jak na swój wiek całkiem ok, ale nic szczególnego mi nie zapadło w pamięci.

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"The Girl With No Name" i "Help" The Beatles brzmią zaskakująco podobnie. Do tego stopnia, że The Byrds określiłbym mianem amerykańskiej wersji psychodelicznych Beatlesów i to nie z racji jedynie tego utworu. Już "C.T.A - 102" wprowadza w albumie bardzo ciekawe wykorzytanie przestrzeni muzycznej i motywy można powiedzieć kosmiczne, a w późniejszych utworach także nie brakuje eksperymentów z oscylatorem i zabawy stereo. I szczerze dość zaskoczył mnie fakt, że jest to album z 1967 roku - brzmiał mi jakby każdy z utworów był miejscami inspirowany innymi zespołami, a poza bardzo wyczuwalnymi nawiązaniami do The Beatles okazało się, że to właśnie z niego wielu będzie w przyszłości czerpać. Niemniej bardzo nie lubię amerykańskiego folku, a te eksperymenty wcale aż tak dobrze do całości nie pasowały - były to wtrącenia, przez cały album w różnych gatunkowo utworach spełniały zupełnie różne role i fajną robiły sieczkę w głowie, ale trzeba było poczekać kilka lat, aż potomni zrobią z nich lepszy użytek.

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Unremarkable. Had minor ups and downs, but there was nothing that made my heart lose a beat. A pleasant throwback to the 60's, but nothing more than that.

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Despative some unconventional musical choices and good pacing, Younger than Yesterday remains an unfortunatley conventional album that does not particularily stand out on this list

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Ikke dumt men kræver lidt flere lyt. Men god lyd

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At its best it was nice chill wannabe Beatles music, at its worst it was mind gardens. It's a decent album, just a bit dull, def doesn’t make any waves. CTA-102 was like the birth of crazy frog

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Liked it, didn't love it. Gave me late Beetles vibes...

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If it's good enough for tommy P it's good enough for me 3

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The Byrds are cool. This album is a cool mix of everything that was happening at the time. It's a little British Invasion, a little Country/Blues, and little Experimental/Psychadelic Rock. And they blend it all into something that makes sense. Like I said, it's cool.

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Trippy

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Calming but too simple

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Mi ricordano le sonorità dei Beatles, come avevo già detto dei Kinks credo. Gli anni '60 hanno un che di leggiadro e psichedelico, che mi piace.

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Les Byrds ça commence à bien faire maintenant.

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Les albums des Byrds ne feront à présent l'objet d'aucune critique jusqu'à ce que Robert se résolve à retirer Gene Clark et sa bande de joyeux connards de son grimoire.

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When the album got to it’s more psychedelic moments it was at its best but when it wasn’t it just seemed a little boring at points.

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Great album, it doesn't have a Mr Tambourine Man or Turn! Turn! Turn! but still a lot of awesome tracks on here.

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ganska kul faktiskt

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A good entry point for classic or stereotypical "60s music" sound. Jangly electric guitars, smooth creamy harmonies, the oddly off balance mix (e.g. drums right, guitars left), a solid dose of late60s psychedelia in many of the songs. It's not something that hits me hard in any emotional way though, so it feels more like mood music - i.e. those days i'm putting on my paisley shirt, hey throw on the Byrds! But it is a collection of great melodic tunes [except for "Mind Gardens" which is a psychedelic wet fart] from a band that's probably often overlooked as one of the more influential bands of the early rock era. Absolutely worth a listen or two. 7/10 3 stars.

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Peakalo u prvoj pjesmi

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dobar album, moguće da ću se još možda koji puta susrest s albumom, ali zasad je ovako kako je. Iako ima par pjesama koje sam stavio u 60s plejlistu i to je dobro.

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this album has my favourite Byrds tune...My Back Pages. Love that song. A couple of other good songs here but more filler than most Byrds albums that I know. 3.5 stars

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was great

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My mama told me not to finger anyone with a hairy growler. I told her to fuck off and fingered her dry.

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surprised me how accomplished this album was. i know of the byrds, i've never listened to an album of theirs and i had them down as generic swinging 60s beat music with tinny and shrill sounding guitars. this album is better than that and has some well written songs with a bit of complexion to them. not saying i think its a masterpiece or anything but it's a lot better than i was expecting. i reckon a younger me probably would have given them a bit more time.

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Jangly hippy guitar pop, but sounding a bit dated now.

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Summer of live rock that’s not quite psychedelic, not quite folk. I think it would land harder if it picked a side.

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"So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star" is an object lesson on self-deprecation, and it can be appreciated. The joke being that the truth is so unbelievable as to how non-sensical, and predatory success is. Maybe a shot at The Beatles? Conspiracy theories abound with gibberish in apparent reverse being heard at the conclusion of "C.T.A. - 102" when many religious movements started to suggest that musicians who sold their souls to the devil were implanting messages. Perhaps this was an early nod to that ridiculousness, but nonetheless here it is being discussed. A familiar melody can be heard on "Everybody's Been Burned" reminiscent of a certain spy-thriller from Ian Fleming that would make its movie debut around this time. This particular song is really enjoyable though, for up until this moment The Byrds were seemingly a bit one-dimensional in music's attempt to replicate the success of The Beatles. This track put The Byrds in a unique light, suggesting that they have their own way to connect with listeners rather than being the product of a musical assembly line. "Mind Gardens" would also break this perceived mold and offer an acoustic heavy, in-depth writing, that we would end up enjoying via Nick Drake. Overall, one should not sleep on this album. Power through the 60s cookie-cutter tracks and you will find some real gems here.

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Cool guitar sounds. Lots of fuzz and some even cool reverse sounds.

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I really enjoyed the diversity of genres on this album. In addition, there was clearly a lot of experimentation going on that sort of defied the expectations for an album centered in the heart of the 60s. Both of these things kept things fresh and interesting on this album, during a time when bands had a tendency to stay kind of "one note". As a complete aside, I love Georges Seurat and the pointillism art movement, and I really liked how The Byrds seemed to gravitate towards what could be defined as a pointillism-inspired album cover. Ultimately, an enjoyable album!

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this album is placed so firmly in the sixties. i hear some beatles and beach boys inspired songs. "thoughts and words," with its fake sitar sound (they had me fooled!), is definitely reminiscent of the beatles/george harrison from this time period. i enjoy the variety in this album. i think the byrds really tried to hit as many rock genres as they could! there's a good amount of the peppy sixties pop sound, but "everybody's been burned" is a lovely sober tune to round out the album. "so you wanna be a rock 'n' roll star" was a cute way to open the album, and again it just felt so sixties. all in all, i liked the album fine, but it didn't grab me like other sixties albums of similar sound have in the past. it is interesting to see an evolution of david crosby!

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des idées parfois farfelues mais ca marche bien une fois sur cinq

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Great guitar sound, but inessential. Stick to the Greatest Hits

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Enjoyed this much more than the previous Byrd's offering. There are some great songs on here.

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Rock psicodélico sesentero. Se me ha hecho un poco bola. Ni fu ni fa.

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I listened to the first track and thought I was going to enjoy this however that feeling didn’t last. It was alright but not blowing my mind so another average 3*

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It was good but nothing really grabbed me.

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Transported me straight back to my childhood, and mum playing music on the 'hi-fi'. Not sure it was The Byrds she ever played, but this is the vibe that reminds me of those times. A decent listen.

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Solid album. Should be listened to as a whole album, not as a collection of songs because the “Byrds sound” gets old after a while. It’s no Sweetheart, but it’ll do.

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The Byrds are one of the original rock bands, so to speak. While the songs definitely resemble rock music, it's not all that memorable to me. They're fine songs.

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Интересное, прогрессивное звучание. Но не зацепил.

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Not bad. 3/5

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Very much a psychadelic-folk album, pretty much what I expected from the Byrds. When they stick to the basics it's pretty good, but there are some low points in this album that take me out of it. First is the moments they try to get experimental with the instruments like the biggest offender CTA-102; on one hand good for them for trying these things in the 60s, definitely very progressive but it just doesn't really land well. Mind Gardens is also trying a bit too hard. Enjoyed quite a few of the more 'standard' tunes on the album though.

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Heard before: not a single song! Typical Byrds - the standout song turned out to be a Bob Dylan cover. I enjoyed this album mostly - the songs were a little 'samey', and soft. I could do with a little more edge in psychedelic rock. Sometimes the sound effects spliced into songs got annoying - the alien babble on C.T.A. ruined the song for me by the 2nd listen. Favourite songs: My Back Pages, Why Least favourite: C.T.A., Don't Make Waves

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blev ändå positivt förvånad av detta. trodde det skulle vara som all annan tråkig sextiotalsrawk.

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I liked these, but nothing that really grabbed my attention.

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Rock psicodélico sesentero. Se me ha hecho un poco bola. Ni fu ni fa.

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It was ok. Some songs were good, some were weird.

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Kolejne Byrdsy na liscie, nie spodziewalem sie, ze az tyle z ich dyskografii zostanie przemycone tutaj, tym razem cos pomiedzy piatym wymiarem i rodeo, wiec younger than yesterday z 67, pierwsza plyta juz calkowicie bez udzialu pana Gene, luke po nim jako liryk wypelnia Hillman, ktory jest autorem 5 na 11 trakow na plycie, ktore jesli nie liczyc najbardziej hitowego utworu albumu, czyli my back pages, z ktorego pochodzi tytul krazka, bo jest to cover dylanowego traka, tak jak na pozostalych materialach byrdsow kawalki sa raczej dosc krotki, bo 11 piosenek zamyka sie na 29 minutach, tym razem jest to rowniejszy krazek pod wzgledem instrumentalnym, trzy gitary i drumy wspierane sa tym razem przez wieksza ilosc instrumentow detych, w tym trabi tutaj pan Masekela, wpadaja w ucho pewne momenty w ktorych czlowiek nie wie czy slyszal juz ten sam riff, ale czy wczesniej cos okolo beatlesowego, czy ktos pozniej sie insporowal byrdsami, najbardziej odczulem to na traku Crosbiego everybodys got burned, wyjatkowo rowno jest drumowane na przestrzeni calego albumu, spotifajowa wersja rozszerzona zawiera cztery nowe utwory i alternatywne tejki dwoch kolejnych, z tego na plejke dodam dylanowe my back pages, openingowy so you want to be a rock n roll star i z bonusowych trakow dont make waves

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I’m in the 60s! The Bryd’s bring their vocal harmonies and jangly guitars. Besides the first track and some of the moodier tracks there weren’t any standout tracks. The album doesn’t flow song to song as a big picture, but more gives snapshots of each feeling. They were able to bring their rock and roll, country and moody psychedelia together coherently.

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Very unexpected! I listened to The Byrds (at least in a complete sense) the first time because of this list. This is the third album from the band that I got here. I think this one is a little different because I was not expecting a bit of experimentalist and psychedelia that I found in some songs here. I'm not sure if I can classify it as good or bad, but it's different and deserves the spent of 50 minutes.

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Generally fine, good in places (So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star) and terrible in places (Mind Gardens), and twangy in places (The Girl With No Name). Overall a little more interesting and enjoyable than not. Not entirely convinced it deserves a place on this list.

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Sweet album, but kind of empty.

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I think I like this one better than the other Byrds' albums, part experimental and more progressive.

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It was ok

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So You Want to be a Rockstar is a great song - simultaneously bright an cynical. And the other tracks aren't bad for this style and time.

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A lot more psychedelic than I prefer

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A solid album that leans toward typical mid-'60s rock ("So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star," which has a nice bit of trumpet in it and "Have You Seen Her Face," which features some fine guitar playing) and more hippy-oriented fare ("Time Between" sounds like it could be a Grateful Dead track), with a little flirtation with the psychedelic thrown into the mix ("Thoughts & Words," & "Mind Gardens"). Not bad at all.

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best byrds album

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What the fuck is the ending on cta -102. It was okay and weird. Definitely sounded like the time it was produced. Won't revisit, didn't think it was anything spectacular. 3/8.

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So so

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The Byrds used common 60s methods like backwards guitar riffs in the album but they all just felt wrong. A few songs sounded like what a headache feels like.

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started strong ended weak, could not stick to a single theme

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Suena como Beatles pero más ácidos... Nada nuevo que aportar.

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Quintessential sixties music. Short poppy songs

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This was okay. Nothing special, nothing stand out.

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I gave the first song a listen and got a general glimpse of it. There's something about this era of rock'n'roll that I just don't connect with. From the 60's I prefer jazz and soul, but 60's rock it's too often a no-go. Everything changed and evolved so much during the 70's that it feels whole eras apart.

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A rollercoaster. Pretty high highs and also some low lows. There was some good stuff here but not enough to keep me engaged throughout the whole album.

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I find it difficult to rate albums on their musical merits alone and ignore the dated sound or if you don't like the genre

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Beatles-lite. Rock and roll sure was different back in the day! Nothing really stood out to me. Weirdly as I was typing this a song called 'My Back Pages' sounded nice. Most listened to song on the album on Spotify. Always find it weird that these songs stand out, full albums are built around them.

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Had to listen a couple of times, didn't dislike any songs but not many stuck out to me during casual listening. Really like the Back Pages cover Saved: My Back Pages

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I've always had a soft spot for So You Want To Be A Rock 'N Roll Star, with it's comically rolling bassline, Latin beat and sardonic lyrics. Have You Seen Her Face has a lovely vocal arrangement and is Beatlesque in the best sense. My Back Pages is a stellar Dylan cover. And the Byrd's harmonies are just gorgeous. At their best, the Byrds' combination of folk rock, country, psychedelia and pure pop is a delight. But I'm sorry to say that Younger Than Yesterday is not a very good album. The attempts at psychedelia here are amateurish and juvenile, ruining the otherwise fine C.T.A. - 102. Roger McGuin's attempts at lead guitar throughout are an embarrassment. And other than the first two songs and the Dylan cover, the songwriting is weak. Two stars for the three strong tunes mentioned, zero stars for the rest. 2/5

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wasn't very memorable for me. I think I would've been more engaged if we didn't have the Beatles the day before

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60s tripe - worse than their second album - how did this band get two on this list

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Some nice psychedelic moments but the rest is cut and paste era specic rock.

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Album just ok. No stand out tracks

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A decent album but it felt repetitive at times and didn't have a great standout

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Bored by track 3

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What a strange, short album. It has the typical 60s chords, but then tosses in random trumpet, static, and alien voices. I don't know what the hell I'm listening to.

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Beatles-esque rock from the same era. A bit of the overly happy stuff. The Beatle Monkey's!!! Interesting in the same ways but comparatively mundane from a greatness point of view. Still solid overall.

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Another Byrds album and I like it much less than the previous one. The songs aren't interesting and the dissonance just sounds bad. I enjoyed the Bob Dylan cover My Back Pages a lot. That song by itself is a 4.5 star song to me. But the rest of the album really isn't good.

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10th August 2021 Smashed this out on my phone at lunch. Had book club up at Erica's in the evening for Before the Coffee gets cold. The Byrds have done Dylan, now they try to do the Beatles. Are they a cover band?

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they rock, but I got bored.

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Do you remember the middle school dance? You know when you had your first dance with someone else. Where do you put your hands? Who leads…and what is leading anyway? You try to slowly move in a circle while your partner tries the lady/right shuffle. You step on each other’s toes. Oops…sorry. Do you stare them in the eyes? Do you look at other people dancing to try and figure out what to do? Do you put your head on their shoulder? How much space do you leave between you? A bible’s width? Or are you pressed up against each other? Everyone in this experience is doing something they want to and are excited to experience. Yet it takes two to tango, and the dance is out of synch because you don’t know how to dance with a partner … it’s a bit awkward. That’s this album for me. The various parts are enjoyable…at times anyway. But I swear none of them are NSYNC (get it? in synch). It’s awkward. They needed tighter arrangements and a conductor.

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First listen. 2/5. Couple good songs.

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It was ok

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Contains some of the birds hits. Worth being on this list?

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American, 70s, Rock/Pop + Multiinstrumetal = Male - Oldish, boring {0/17}

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Feels like we’ve already had this album a dozen times 😂

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Average at best

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Oh good, the Byrds again! Just what this list needed. 2/5 and go fuck yourself.

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Solid!

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Inoffensive but I didn't feel like there was much to hold my interest here.

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Hmm....

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S obzirom da sam bila prevelikodušna s prošlim albumom, ali svejedno mi se jako svidia no možda neka 4.2 ocjena. Ovaj doduše nimalo ne vajbam, malo psihodelično s country vibrom.. Nisam oduševljena

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Ugh The Byrds. Feels like this album is being pulled in a few different directions, but not all of them bad. At best there are tracks that sound like what The Beatles were doing two years ago. The worst parts are horrible though, the experimental psychedelic technique is sound amateurish and cack-handed.

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Interesting through headphones with the stereo mix. Rich sounding guitars, bass dancing around and some airy-fairy vocals. Didn't hate it, but didn't notice when the album ended.

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Eh.

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couldn't finish

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Late 60s psychedelic and jazz influenced rock... ...possibly influential, not really my thing.

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Pretty meh. Nothing that caught my attention or made me want to return to it.

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Overrated sixties coat tail riding musicians continue on with their bland melody free store brand psychedelic rock. Probably far out if you were about 8 when this released. It just sounds dated now. It says a lot when their best song is written by someone who isn't in the group and they have the cheek to edit out verses. Lame. Best Tracks: So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star; Have You Seen Her Face; My Back Pages

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A bit tough to get through parts of it. Kind of just an uninteresting album. 4/10.

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Fine, would rather listen to Dylan

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Not great.

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Estuvo ok. Lo escuché la semana pasada y ya lo olvidé. No es mi estilo, la verdad

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they sounded a little similar to the beatles for a little but they got extremely annoying and their voices were just no.

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Bukkake for the soul

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Mid 60s californian rock. The album sounds pretty generic for its time, and I can't find anything that hasn't been done better by other groups. Disappointing. 2/5

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Meh, pas grand chose de spécial sur cet album, j'oubliais qu'il jouait

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It was just OK. A bit too floaty for me...

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CTA-102 guest starring the Minions? What the hell was that? I just had a Crosby, Stills & Nash album yesterday. This is exactly the same thing. I guess I should see who the guitarist for The Byrds is. Oh, it's fucking David Crosby again. The most important man in musical history according to this book. Is he the guy who looks like Patrick Bateman cosplaying as Heisenberg on the album cover? There's 5 Byrds albums on this list for some reason. Who the hell are The Byrds? Who the hell is David Crosby? Where is my wife? Oh yeah, the music. It was boring 60s folk rock. Not horrible, but not for me.

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Pretty meh. Nothing that caught my attention or made me want to return to it.

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Eh. The Beatles meets Jefferson Airplane?

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Aika perus 60-luvun albumi, nothing special to see hear

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Nyt ei Byrdsi yltäny oikein millekään tasolle. Vaisu, väljä ja väritön kuten hyvä ystäväni Jorma Uotila sanois.

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Somehow the whole album is a 50:50 split of happy, airy harmonies (a bit like the Beatles) or absolute dead grinds (Simon and Garfunkel making love to a cat - bagpipes? Wtf?). I had to skip some as they rubbed me the wrong way. My Back Pages VS Mind Gardens illustrate my example fairly well.

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After listening to a few Byrds albums, I'm beginning to think I don't like The Byrds

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Has the classic 1960s rock sound which admittedly, I am not a fan of. This album is a pretty easy listen and the best song by far is the Bob Dylan cover. Everything else was just sort of there. Nothing really caught my attention.

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Tedious. Spotify says they were more responsible than any other band or artist for the entire folk rock movement. Fuckers.

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Yes was ok

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Meh

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I think 3 songs were decent. Most of them weren’t great. And Mind Gardens was one of the worst none troll songs I’ve ever heard.

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Disco del monton del hipie rock

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Second boring Byrds recommendation in a week, clearly the algorithm hates us

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A Crosby, Stills & Nash's dispassionate-handjob to The Beach Boys type album 1.7

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A bit odd, not in a pink Floyd pushing the boundaries way

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Enjoyed

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Boring

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Would have liked their “Best of album 💿” but not one of the songs on this one inspired any reason to listen. They are great musicians but not this album and I turned & turned to the next songs

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Similar to some albums of yesterday, a tone-hungry list of songs that raises little interest

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soft rock The Byrds - Everybody's Been Burned favourite song

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Didn’t finish. Snooze fest

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Too folky for me

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