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.Wikipedia
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
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.
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.
Wow, some wild stuff on here! Backwards sitars and electronic experimentation. Love it!
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
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.
Enjoyed the whole thing. You can tell these guys were ahead of their time with trying new things
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Enjoyable and very of it's time. The more I listened to it the novelty sort of wore off though.
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?
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
Fun fun fun! I would listen again!
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.
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
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!
Good album. Psychedelic feel in a lot of places I wasn't expecting.
My back pages.
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
A good course in rock history
meio Beatles meio Tom Petty
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.
7/10 me gustó, algunas me recordaron a los beatles pero sin los fans toxicos uwu, no lo volvería a escuchar completo
Un poco rollo.
Rockzin antigo gostoso de ouvir exceto alguns sons especificamente
Excelentes melodías, voces y rítmica. Un gran clásico
Imaginative inspired record where the band takes their jazz and country influences and make them merge with beautiful melodies. 60s pop at its best
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.
Very nice sounds
Really good, some excellent tunes on there
disco casi perfecto. solo me aburrieron 2 temas
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
This was a ton of fun-- reminiscent of Sgt. Pepper.
Good ol classic rock. Very Beatles-esque.
Oldie but goodie
4/5 really Beatly sounds, nice!!
An early example of psychedelic music to come.
Really good, I liked this album more than their Fifth Dimension one I’ll give it an 8/10
Really nice album
Really digging the psychedelic energy here. 4/5
Enjoyed it. A side of The Byrds I hadn't heard that much of outside of the opening track.
Ne znam kako ovo nisam prije cula, predobar album, bravo!!
Enjoy the Byrds sound. Much better than their earlier hits which I think are way over played. Solid album. 4/5
Solid, had the vibe you expect from the era
Catchy and fun. Good sounds and singing.
4.5…very good album…cut my teeth on this music…..still love it to this day…
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.
Respect but this is not the high point of the 60s
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.
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
Great, easy listening album. Fast paced folk with nice harmonies and great run time, what's not to love
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.
Overall quite nice, a couple songs I didn’t care fo
Bien joué ils m'ont grow dessus
Un poco rollo.
Sonido Beatles muy chulo
Fun, can see the Beatles influence/inspiration in it
Farther out there and more diverse than the other Byrds record so far.
Good stuff. Very tight song structure. Mature song writing with a bit youthful spark still to it.
Unexpectedly enjoyed this. Very much a continuation of Rubber Soul era beatles.
Enjoyed it more than I thought I would, and will likely dig a bit more into their catalogue.
Love this band, era, and sound. Never actually listened to any of their albums til now
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.
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
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
Very good album. I listened through it twice. Dunno what it is exactly that I like, but it's well put together, front to back. 4/5
MEGA NICE!!! Lidt Mark Knophler guitar lyd, men ellers fed 60'er lyd
Prefs: So You Want To Be a Rock'n'Roll Star, C.T.A-102, Renaissance Fair, Time Between, Everybody's Been Burned, Thoughts and Words, My Back Pages, The Girl with No Name, Why Moins pref: Mind Gardens
A golden age album
Yes a 60’s album that more than deserves to be on the list. So real catchy and interesting songs on here, really an American band that could keep up with the British Invasion at the time. One of those Iv been wrestling with giving a 5 but just can’t because of the song mind gardens just go right through me I can’t listen. Maybe harsh compared to my other ratings but a song that bad is enough for me to not see this as a masterpiece.
Yo, this album's weird. I have no idea why it's famous or needs to be listened to (other than being a good Byrds album), but I like it!
I continue to have no idea how to think about the Byrds. Eclectic to a fault; Californian to a fault. Both are semi-accurate descriptors of at least the first half. But it held my interest and the rest of the record is packed with simply great work. Bottom line: I have no idea how the band is supposed to work.
Pretty good album. So you wanna be a rock and roll star
Great album, among the best of its day and certainly one of the best the Byrds ever put out. The guitar work is gorgeous and innovative and probably launched a hundred bands. There is the requisite amount of silly experimentation you find in rock albums of the late '60s, which makes some the album seem a little unfocused. But on the whole musically, this is an incredibly lovely and vibrant collection of songs. Fave Songs: Have You Seen Her Face, So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star, My Back Pages, The Girl with No Name, Why, Thoughts and Words, Everybody's Been Burned
This is very much up my alley. I love every single song so far. Overall great album! I enjoyed it. This album was fueling my love for music from the 60s
Great 60s rock with awesome experimental vibes
They spelled it wrong again
Nice short, upbeat songs Cat has very unexpected part at the end 5/5 material so far Thoughts and word-> ticket to ride Not loving mind gardens, instrumental is too much
Reminiscent of mid-career Beatles, with a bit more guitar twang.
Reminds me of what The Beatles were doing at the same time, but in an original kind of way. Interesting songwriting and execution.
Pretty cutesy 60s psych pop
Ah yes, the American Beatles.
These guys simply do not get enough credit. Absolutely one of the best bands of its era.
I'm finding it hard to know how I felt about this. Like they're very well written enjoyable songs, but there is kind of one tone to it. Like I don't feel blown away but obvs it is excellent. Wish I could do a 3.5
Lovely dad rock
Honestly everything I want from a pop album. Sure, the recording was a little muddy and there were a couple too many songs, but this was irresistible. A great record.
Late 60's / early 70's psychedelic/folk rock entries on this list just never seem to disappoint. Verging on the border between 4 and 5 starts but missing just that bit of an edge to deserve the top rating. Still an amazing listen.
This was another new one to me, I only knew a handful of Byrds songs before. I really enjoyed it, especially the weird alien voice on the third track and "Everyone's Been Burned". That's a real standout track, and I was pleasantly surprised to see the link between it and The Charlatans' "The Only One I Know", I love spotting stuff like that throughout musical history. The only negatives I would have is that some of the songs are a bit same-y, and the vocal style has me questioning Tom Petty's originality!
first listen it's good
siis joo että tietää pari biisiä haha kiva sattuma mutta mitä vittua koko aöbumi tuttu ei ollu 50 albumilistassa missä helevetissä oon kuullu siis mitö vittua massiivisin dejavu mitä oon ikinö kokenu 45 minuutin verran... noh on kyllä hyviä biisejä. vaikka selvästi radiopoikia nämä, beatles kopioita mutta edellisestå albumista se ero että kovakuoriaiset liiskattiin tällä kertaa....nimittäin jumputtaa musiikkia sillälai... ehkä time between...emt...oscu...sähköposti...
I liked it. A bit like The Beatles X The Beach Boys. Hadn’t heard any of the songs before. Very catchy music. CTA-102 is a strange track but overall a great album. Would listen again.
Nice to hear this album again. I forgot how great it is. Though they're known for their chiming 12-string guitars—which sound so great through the album—Chris Hillman's galloping bass on "Renaissance Fair" is the instrumental highlight. They were on a roll on this one. Every song except two (CTA 102 and Mind Gardens) is fantastic. It's crazy how great David Crosby can be, and also how much of a self-indulgent ass. "Everybody's Been Burned" is one of my all-time favorite Byrds songs. The mood, the chords, his singing... (chef's kiss). But damn Mind Gardens is utter garbage and he insisted they inlude it when they had other quality songs in the can--even his own incredible Lady Friend. But more often than not, his songs are my favorites in The Byrds' catalog.
Great guitar playing on this album, harmonies too. Such an unmistakeable sound to The Byrds, though I'd never listened to a complete album by the band. Sometimes the lyrics would wander into hackneyed territory, but that wasn't enough to detract from the enjoyment. Solid songs, clearly an influence on artists to come, good stuff.
Fantastic melodies; just sounds really dated.
It was fine, but kind of inconsistent.
Trippier than I expected - so many similarities to Revolver
Folky country rock, its ok but not Crosby, Stills and Nash level.
Not my favorite Byrds album but you can't go wrong with their stuff around this time.
Chill stuff. It wasn't bad but didn't stand out. Might need another listen.
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.
Quality, pleasant.. Not so keen on CTA 102 song.
Nothing special. Just a fine hippy album.
alright. bit beatley
was a bit Beatley but I liked how most the songs were short. cute x
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
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.
Well-constructed songs and deep lyrics. Not bad at all.
These songs are ok but I'm not that into it, sounds like children's music to me.
Pretty great album. They are a great band too
Good 60's jangle. Interesting to hear the beginning of that jangly sound.
Pop inicial sin demasiada sustancia. Al menos para mis gustos
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.
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)
Leuke jaren 60 rock. Ik vind het goed maar niet heel bijzonder
Solid 60s psych rock. Love the eastern angles
Decent album from the Byrds following Gene Clarks departure. Setting them up for future country / folk experiments.
If could give 3.5 I would
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.
A couple of ok songs but the rest of the album is too psychedelic/annoying for me
Kinda generic psych rock, okay. Hugh Masekala does the trumpet on the first track apparently, I like the links between the different 1001 albums
Very 60s, a bit of a beatles and beach vibe. Pretty good to have on in the background.
A really enjoyable and at times interesting (if unspectacular) listen.
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
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.
Curious but dated
It’s ok. Good to have on doing other things.
Nothing like pop tunes under 2 and half minutes.
A very pleasant album.
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.
Yeah fine, nothing of note
Very retro 60s. Strong 3, not quite a 4 for me.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice. It got interesting after like 5 songs but it did not disappoint
cute little album i enjoyed it
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).
Typical 60s rock
It was nice. Pretty much a Beach Boys and Beatles kind of sounds. 6/10
Liked the opener (covered by Tom Petty in the 80s i think) and a couple of others... feels of the era for me though.
Almost got two stars
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.
Have you seen her face My back pages Uspoređuju ih s Beatlesima i stvarno su dobri ali ipak mi nisu blizu njima!
Historical album, enjoyable but nothing standout.
Enjoyed the album, doesn't have a lot of my favorite Byrds songs though. 3.5
Not incredibly memorable, outside the psychedelic influences and the harmonies.
tof rock 'n roll plaatje met hier en daar een verrassende wending. wel oké voor een autoritje
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
First wave Ska!
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.
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
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.
The Byrds are just so meh. 6/10
Not my fave band from the era and this album didn't persuade me otherwise
Tak se przeleciało. Nie mam nic do dodania, czego poprzednicy by nie powiedzieli.
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.
"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.
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.
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
Ikke dumt men kræver lidt flere lyt. Men god lyd
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
Liked it, didn't love it. Gave me late Beetles vibes...
If it's good enough for tommy P it's good enough for me 3
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.
Calming but too simple
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.
Les Byrds ça commence à bien faire maintenant.
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.
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.
Great album, it doesn't have a Mr Tambourine Man or Turn! Turn! Turn! but still a lot of awesome tracks on here.