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Younger Than Yesterday

The Byrds

1967

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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

3.13

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11940

Genres

  • Rock
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock

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Thu Jun 03 2021
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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Sat Aug 21 2021
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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Wed Sep 23 2020
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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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

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

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Sat Aug 21 2021
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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Mon Sep 20 2021
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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Wed Mar 02 2022
4

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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Thu Dec 09 2021
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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Fri May 07 2021
5

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

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Wed Mar 16 2022
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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Wed Jan 20 2021
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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Wed Mar 09 2022
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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Mon Mar 28 2022
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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Sat Apr 02 2022
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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Fri Jun 10 2022
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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Thu Dec 15 2022
4

Not quite a 5 star record for me, but it’s close. I’m saving that for Notorious Byrd Brothers. I think the Byrds reached higher highs on that record, even if My Back Pages gets stuck in my head for days every time I hear it.

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Sat Mar 13 2021
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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Sat Mar 13 2021
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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Thu Feb 29 2024
2

All-in-all, this was probably pretty sweet for 1967… Not a huge fan of their sound, but I can see how they likely inspired many others who followed… I liked that there was a fair amount of diversity among the songs – as opposed to very song sounding like every other… The top 2 songs are the ones that I knew going in – “So You Want To Be A Rock And Roll Star” – which apparently was a slam about “manufactured” bands like The Monkees, and is really well done – though years later, I really enjoyed the version that Nazareth did, where they worked a decent section of it into their song “Telegram”. The other is the cover of Dylan’s “My Back Pages” – and like most Dylan songs, I almost ALWAYS prefer the way other artists cover his songs, and really enjoy The Byrds cover here… “CTA-102” is a pretty good experimental song, and I also thought “Everybody’s Been Burned” & “Why” were among the strongest tracks on the album.. Glad I listened, but other than a historical marker for other artists, I doubt I will be going back to this one… If we had gradations, I’d probably give it a 2.25 – the extra 0.25 for the likely influence it had on other artists, but for me it just seems dated… There is a lot of music from that era, that still stands up today (i.e. Hendrix, Doors, The Who, Yardbirds, etc.) but most of this album does not IMO… Solid 2 for me…

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Thu Feb 29 2024
1

I get that some of the stuff might’ve been seen as innovative at the time but I just don’t like it and I don’t think it’s very good. I tried to keep in mind that this stuff was in the late 60s, but then I went back and listened to a sampling of some other bands’ albums that were released about the same time, the beach boys, the Mamas and Papas, Motown artists, and this album doesn’t measure up to their contemporaries

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Fri Feb 05 2021
5

I’ve never been a huge Byrds fan, so I wasn't expecting to love this as much as I did. I will say though this album is a lot more wild and fun than Mr. Tambourine Man. Twangy and folksy, but also acid-dripped and psychadelic. Lots of really off the wall moments on this album (CTA – 102, Mind Gardens, for ex). There’s a pretty wide variety of styles, but it comes together well. 4.5 stars but I'm feeling generous so I'll bump it up. Very good record.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
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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Sat Apr 02 2022
5

Fun fun fun! I would listen again!

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Sat Apr 16 2022
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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Wed Jun 29 2022
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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Tue Nov 22 2022
5

Notes - Folk rock/psychedelic - David Crosby - Some elements of noise in here as well that I didn’t expect lol - Short and sweet songs - The bass playing here is great - Apparently for this album their bass player stepped forward as a more prominent singer and writer - All of the songs are super distinct and memorable but still all work together - very cool! - Fantastic vocal harmonies and performances throughout Fav - Renaissance fair - Really cool chord progression and imagery Least fav - CTA 102 - Cool but don’t think it adds too much 5/5!

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Mon Jan 02 2023
5

I really enjoyed this. Great harmonies with a dash of psychedelia and a sprinkle of country. Plus the great Hugh Masekela on the opening track! What’s not to love?!

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Mon Jan 02 2023
5

My expectations were low after The Notorious Byrd Brothers and the first few tracks had me nervous but it really turned around for me around track 5. First of all, they appealed to the grammarian in me by correctly singing "between you and me" (instead of "you and I") on Time Between. After that, this album was shimmery gold in my ears.

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Tue Jan 31 2023
5

Yeah, this is great. Great songs, atmosphere, vocals, harmonies etc etc. Apart from the sounds at the end of CTA-102, I also like the psychedelic rock elements here - think they work well, in contrast to the Cheap Thrills album we had a few days ago. One of my favourite Byrds albums, only like The Notorious Byrd Brothers even more.

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

Starts strong with You Wanna Be a Rock And Roll Star. Love Roger McGuinn's jangly guitar. My Back Pages is also a classic. What strikes me is how much albums like this set the stage for 80s jangle rock.

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Fri Aug 11 2023
5

Really enjoyed this. I hadn't listened to the Byrds prior to this experience, and the previous album by them didn't do it for me. This feels much more like they are doing their own thing and in their prime. You can feel the influence the Beatles and Simon and Garfunkel and others had on them, but you also see how they evolved their own unique style and substance. Quite a few classics in here and I'll be coming back for more

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Mon Dec 04 2023
5

Five stars for the extraterrestrial message on C.T.A. - 102.

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Fri Dec 29 2023
5

Great! I really enjoyed it. The last track, Why, is my favourite.

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Mon Jan 08 2024
5

Incredible album all the 3ay through. Beautiful guitar work and poignant lyrics. Standout song is my back pages which is so good that it's in the album twice

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Sun Feb 11 2024
5

Wonderful, classical album by The Byrds, certainly one of important bands in the history of "modern" music.

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Fri Feb 16 2024
5

Love the Byrds and also Buffalo Springfield, as the group evolved. Great old music!

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Mon Mar 04 2024
5

This was a fun album. It took a few listens for me, but it’s really grown on me. At first, I was half listening while doing other things and the tape distortions on the more experimental tracks were a bit grating. But it was a completely different experience when I sat down to actively listen and read the lyrics. This might actually be one of my favorite albums on this list so far. I may even try to find an old vinyl pressing for my collection. I only really knew “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and their cover of “Mr. Tambourine Man” before hearing this album. It had a lot of variety, ranging from the straight forward pop of early Beatles, the more whimsical and experimental side of Hendrix, the free love hippie music of Donovan and the Mamas and Papas, to the more psychedelic dirges of Jefferson Airplane and later Indian-influenced Beatles. “The Girl With No Name” could easily be a Tom Petty song. As a big Cure fan, I can see a straight line from this band to them. Lots of jangly, 12-string guitar, heart on its sleeve vulnerable love songs, and psychedelic jamming. “Why” even has a very similar chord structure to “Boys Don’t Cry.” Favorite tracks: C.T.A 102, Time Between, Everybody’s Been Burned, My Back Pages, Why 5/5

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Wed Mar 06 2024
5

I never listened to the Byrds when I was growing up and they were active, but I'm glad to get a chance to make up for that now. A beautiful mix of psychedelia, jazz and country, and holy crap, that twang! Music like this is one of the reasons I've always been a huge fan of Rickenbackers, Telecasters, and Danelectros. A perfect late 60's time capsule.

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Fri Mar 22 2024
5

Has it all for a 60's album. Rock, folk, psychedelia. Love this one!

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Thu Apr 04 2024
5

Enjoyed the memories. Wish radio DJs would have played more of these cuts than just “Rock and Roll Star”. And I’ve heard “Tambourine Man” a few hundred times more than necessary. Thanks for this one.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

Definitely cutting edge of the 60's, I new sounds everywhere

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Thu May 09 2024
5

Folk rock, psychedelic rock, pop rock. What a lovely follow up to Fifth Dimension. I mentioned in that review I wanted to listen to more of their albums and here we are. A poppier take than the previous, YTY feels like a proper continuation. Better songwriting, better mixing. Still great harmonies and amazing guitar work, this album is full of catchy tunes. I think overall it's more refined that Fifth Dimension, feels like they know what they're doing. But there was a certain charm in being a little more raw. There's some weird stuff at the beginning of the album but it clears up and it's just boo after bop. Big fan of this album, like it about as much as the previous. Might relisten, really impressed by this band and would love more. 4.5/5

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Wed May 22 2024
5

Laurel Canyon might be just another place on map if not for the Byrds. Tom Petty and countless others were steeped in the jangly sounds of McGuinn and company.

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Thu Jun 06 2024
5

9/10. Was between 8 and 9. This didn’t stand out on one specific but I really enjoyed the balance between creativity and chill vibes. And almost every single song was enjoyable.

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Thu Sep 03 2020
4

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

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Tue Mar 16 2021
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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Wed Mar 31 2021
4

A good course in rock history

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Fri Feb 19 2021
4

60s choral psychedelic pop- alien references that made me smile. Worth a listen

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Fri Jan 22 2021
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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Fri Jan 22 2021
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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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Rockzin antigo gostoso de ouvir exceto alguns sons especificamente

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

Excelentes melodías, voces y rítmica. Un gran clásico

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Sun May 02 2021
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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Fri Jan 22 2021
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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Sat Mar 13 2021
4

Really good, some excellent tunes on there

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

disco casi perfecto. solo me aburrieron 2 temas

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Tue Mar 23 2021
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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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

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

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Tue Aug 03 2021
4

Good ol classic rock. Very Beatles-esque.

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

4/5 really Beatly sounds, nice!!

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Sat Sep 25 2021
4

An early example of psychedelic music to come.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Really digging the psychedelic energy here. 4/5

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

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

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

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

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Wed Jan 26 2022
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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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

Solid, had the vibe you expect from the era

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

Catchy and fun. Good sounds and singing.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
4

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

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Wed Apr 06 2022
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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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

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

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Fri Apr 15 2022
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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Sat Apr 16 2022
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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Mon May 02 2022
4

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

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Mon May 02 2022
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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Sat May 28 2022
4

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

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

Bien joué ils m'ont grow dessus

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Mon Jun 27 2022
4

Fun, can see the Beatles influence/inspiration in it

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