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The Notorious Byrd Brothers

The Byrds

1968

The Notorious Byrd Brothers

Album Summary

The Notorious Byrd Brothers is the fifth album by the American rock band the Byrds, and was released in January 1968, on Columbia Records. The album represents the pinnacle of the Byrds' late-‘60s musical experimentation, with the band blending together elements of psychedelia, folk rock, country, electronic music, baroque pop, and jazz. With producer Gary Usher, they made extensive use of a number of studio effects and production techniques, including phasing, flanging, and spatial panning. The Byrds also introduced the sound of the pedal steel guitar and the Moog modular synthesizer into their music, making it one of the first LP releases on which the Moog appears.Recording sessions for The Notorious Byrd Brothers took place throughout the latter half of 1967 and were fraught with tension, resulting in the loss of two members of the band. Rhythm guitarist David Crosby was fired in October 1967 and drummer Michael Clarke left the sessions midway through recording, returning briefly before finally being dismissed after completion of the album. Additionally, original band member Gene Clark, who had left the group in early 1966, rejoined for three weeks during the making of the album, before leaving again. Author Ric Menck has commented that in spite of these changes in personnel and the conflict surrounding its creation, The Notorious Byrd Brothers is the band's most cohesive and ethereal-sounding album statement.The Notorious Byrd Brothers reached number 47 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and number 12 on the UK Album Chart. A cover of the Gerry Goffin and Carole King song "Goin' Back" was released in October 1967 as the lead single from the album to mild chart success. Although The Notorious Byrd Brothers was critically praised at the time of its release, it was only moderately successful commercially, particularly in the United States. The album later came to be widely regarded as one of the Byrds' best album releases, as well as their most experimental and progressive. Byrds expert Tim Connors has commented that the album's title evokes the American Old West.

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Rating

3.04

Votes

4802

Genres

  • Rock
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

That's not how you spell it

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Thu May 19 2022
3

At its best when the cosmic babble skewers the sweetie-pie folk babble, rather than the reverse. While they're incapable of having or being fun vocally, they're less inhibited sonically. By which I mean the horns on the opener sound a lot like farts.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Un très, très, très mauvais album de la part de Gene Clark et de sa bande de gugusses ignares. Je vous ai déjà dit ce que je pensais de ce chanteur et de sa capacité à choisir des pseudonymes exécrables, je ne vais donc pas revenir sur son cas personnel. Quant à l'album, rien n'est à sauver dans cet enregistrement dépourvu de tout son agréable à l'oreille.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

I love The Byrds and this album. Just no time to get into the details!

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

I am disturbed by your lack of jangle.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
5

Really enjoyed The Byrds. Fun and upbeat, a little funky. Great album.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Les doy un cinco. No me ha encantado, pero me ha apetecido escucharlo varias veces. Es muy agradable el disco. Y son The Byrds :).

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

Nice classic.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
5

1967 - Country/Folk Rock

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Wed Oct 20 2021
5

Excellent

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Wed Feb 16 2022
5

Great song titles.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
5

Love the Bryds and I really love this album and it's probably there most diverse album they made, sure the folk/rock sound is still there but other influences show up as well. To me Goin Back (and Draft Morning) is probably reason this album is on the list, it's the root of power pop, it inspired Big Star which in turn inspired countless others like Teenage Fanclub, this is the origin. Wasn't Born to Follow is a early example of country rock sound, which they would go full in on the next album Sweetheart of the Rodeo with Gram Parson, which I hope is on the list as well. Albums awesome and a very important one in rock history.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

I just know of The Byrds from their hits and the numerous references to them in Wikipedia articles about other artists they influenced. Their influence is huge, so I have been very interested in hearing more of their work. I love the swingin’ and trippy 60s sound with occasional tinges of country. It was a lot of fun feeling this groovy listening to an album.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

I know a couple of tunes from The Byrds, but these were not those tunes. I didn't know anything about this album, but I really enjoyed it. The mix of psychedelic- to folk-rock was a fun listen. The album captured me from the first notes of the first track and kept my attention until the end.

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Mon May 16 2022
5

Love this sound! To me, it sounds like it could have been made any time in the last fifty years!

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

beautiful

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Wed Aug 24 2022
5

Have you been out drinking with friends and the conversation and laughs are flowing, but then something happens to snap you out of your mirth? You start questioning yourself. Have you had too much to drink? How many *have* you had? Are you going to hurl? What is your friend even saying to you at this point? Shit, he stopped talking and he's looking at you expectantly, you better laugh, he's always saying funny stuff, it was probably funny. You laugh and conversation and mirth continues. You're fine. But you switch to water instead of beer, just in case. Wasn't Born to Follow has this fairly standard country sounding sounding progression with some harmonies and jangly guitars and then... the breakdown. Totally non melodic noise. It makes you stop and question where you are. What am I doing? Is any of this even real? Then the country bass line starts back up again, and we're back in normalcy again... but it's coloured by the breakdown. It's like you've seen a monster out of the window of a speeding train. Normal doesn't feel quite as normal as it did before. And this is all in two minutes. This feels like real psychedelic folk rock. Not just a few wah pedals or phasers or tricks with tape, but psychedelia in the songwriting itself. Stuff to make you question your reality. Folk rock to set the baseline, and then all sorts of methods to pull the rug. Artificial Energy sets the tone, with a harsh edge on the bass and horns to match the lyrics that are about the harsh after affects of drugs. Natural Harmony starts with some lilting arpeggios, and then some expectant rhythmic chords, that appear to be telegraphing some upcoming rock pop chorus. But it never gets there. Instead it sorts of fades away, and ends in some fairly dissonant uneasy sounding feedback. Draft Morning starts with warm sounding music, and warm sounding lyrics, followed by a rug pull in the lyrics first, followed by a warning of horns and the sound of war. Sun warm on my face, I hear you Down below movin' slow And it's morning Take my time this morning, no hurry To learn to kill and take the will From unknown faces This album is just rug pull after rug pull. And it's all done inside such short songs. I don't like the word genius, so I won't use it, but if I liked the word, or was at least neutral about the word, I might apply it to this album I probably don't need to say it, but these five stars don't mean I would recommend it to anyone. None of my reviews are recommendations. Just how it hits me. And man, this hit me. I will listen to this a lot.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
5

Gotta love that originating psych-folk sound, and it is such a quick little bite that doesn't overindulge or overstay its welcome. This was delectable.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

This is pretty cool, nice and cruisy. Well written, good songs, almost doesn't feel like it's 50 years old. 4/5.

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Tue Oct 13 2020
4

7/10

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Extremely pleasant to listen to. I like folk in general, and this is no exception. Nearly perfection.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Psychedelic folk rock that mostly works. Best track: Draft Morning.

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Thu Nov 12 2020
4

9.3/10

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

Love the harmonies.

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Mon Apr 05 2021
4

Some jangly rock

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

Guter gitarrenpop. Teils noch folkig.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
4

I never thought I’d like this kind of music. It was actually pretty nice

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Rock psicodélico sesentero.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
4

Nice and comfy

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Tue Feb 09 2021
4

Nothing really outstanding, but it's still a pleasant album.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

Loved this tbh

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

Pretty great. You can really hear the Crosby.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

Love dat 12 string guitar sound.

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Sun May 23 2021
4

Easy listening, understandable it was so popular for the time.

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Thu May 20 2021
4

Great journey.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
4

Peace, love and group sex! Expectations were low and I considered it’d be variations of Turn, Turn, etc. and Tamborine guy songs. This is the music my mom would’ve listened to in college. I was generally underwhelmed until Space Odyssey played and I began seeing trails, but then Moog Raga kicked in and I was tripping balls. Moving forward to the threesome sex song Triad, was unexpected but oddly enjoyable. Take another hit, there’s a great riff on Bound to Fail. Finally, Universal Mind Decoder was another trippy song to get lost in and the banter on the alternate version in the studio provided some interesting insight into the recording process. I was pleasantly surprised at how dynamic and full this album is. In the end, how much do we really know about our parents anyway? Maybe mom was a freak who liked dropping acid and frolicking naked in the mud at Woodstock with everyone else. (yuck).

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

Classic sound.

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

3.5/5. Another great Byrds record, they had this psychedelic rock thing down pat. Standout Tracks: Artificial Energy, Draft Morning, Get to You, Dolphin's Smile

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Mon Aug 30 2021
4

Pretty fun and experimental, still sound like worse Crosby Stills and Nash. 7

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Started off a bit too soft for me, but picked up. Weird elements of southern rock and psychedelic that somehow work pretty well.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
4

Good ol' fashioned Americana.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

¿Por qué este albúm que suena tan estándar es tan importante? En mi punto de vista es quizá el album que mejor encapsula a la banda. Combina pop, rock psicodelia y country con mucha maestría. Es un album que suena tanto feliz y sencillo como misterioso y profundo. Quizá el punto en que la banda se siente en su mayor capacidad de escribir y experimentar. Canciones como Get to You quizá suenan como algo normal pero continuando con el punto de estar a mediados de los 60s es una fusión interesante de folk, pop barroco y psicodelia que en su momento no se veía y que da la que quizá es su mejor canción. No, no son una banda que hoy suene espectacular para la mayoría, pero son una excelente banda y, como ya se ha dicho, mucho de la manera en que sonaban grupos que quizá fueron hasta más famosos es gracias a la base sentada por ellos y a la gran variedad de estilos en los que incursionaron.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Thoroughly enjoyable, if a little repetitious. The instrumentals pieces I could live without.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
4

Good stuff! I like the soundscapes and harmonies on this album a lot, and it seems to twist and turn into some at times dark and at times transcendent places. Very creative!

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

I enjoyed this album a lot. My favourite song was Get To You.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Ever heard this album before. I'm very familiar with their first three albums which are classic in their own rights. The Notorious yrd Brothers has a different sound, a jazzier sound that works very well. I enjoyed each and every song. Can't quite give it a five bit I'm tempted. 4.25 🌟

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

Love this album. Not my favourite Byrds lp, but close enough.

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

I was a little skeptical about some of the raving critical reviews this album has gotten, especially starting out with the weird "Artificial Energy." But after the rough start, I was completely sold. This is a gorgeous collection of songs, full of rich vocal harmonies and some stunningly lovely guitar work. The Byrds beautifully marry a pop sensibility with psychedelic experimentation and a bit of a country twang. It really shouldn't all work together, but it does. Roger McGuinn's guitar work is ridiculously good, some of the best put to record. I really enjoyed this. Fave Songs: Get to You, Change is Now, Wasn't Born to Follow, Draft Morning, Goin' Back, Natural Harmony

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Thu Jan 06 2022
4

I liked it. The flanger effects were probably overdone but I'm sure it was a novelty at the time.

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

wasn't born to follow so good!

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

Groovy.

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Sun Jan 16 2022
4

Cool psychedelic country album

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Thu Jan 20 2022
4

Good vibes! Will likely listen to more

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Sun Jan 23 2022
4

Very good

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

Such a cool sound, probably the most catchy and easy going psychedelic sound I’ve heard from all of the 60s bands. It knows just how far to push it and it works. The album has a bit too much country in it for me to really get into it. A generous 4/5 - Pretty good, added to my list

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

A nice mix of folk and psychedelic with some heavy phasing and a weird synth song, but it all manages to hold together well, even with the changing cast of characters. It’s a bit of a time capsule of some of the different movements of the (rich) music scene of that time, especially in the US. The vocals are very recognizable as The Byrds. I only listened to the original 29 minute vinyl release and would be far less enthusiastic if the Moog Ragga was part of the package.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

This was just a generally solid 60s album. Some psychedelic, some blues, some other stuff. Just very enjoyable

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

C’est eclaté. Du bon rock psychedelique. Comme il ne s’en fait plus. K’ai bcp aime. 4.5

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

Who knew that David Crosby was holding the Byrds back? Some argue this is the band's finest work. I'm not ready to co-sign that statement yet. I seem to prefer my Byrds with a splash of Gram Parsons. There are still too many Byrds albums on this list (they shouldn't have more than 3). So cut two off, but this one stays.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

Sweet melodies and harmonies. Lush and a treat

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Sun Mar 13 2022
4

LSD was good in 1968 👍👍. The strongest 7/10 I can give without it being an 8/10. In all honesty it probably is an 8/10 album, might be a 9/10, I'm not sure yet. I'll rate it how I feel right now after just listening to it.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

Not bad.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

Great instrumentation on most of the songs, the pedal steel countrified psychedelics, and I can listen to McGuinn play a Rickenbacker 12 all day long. Plus the harmonies! On the other hand, the stereophonic effects are bit much, but I guess a bit novel for the time or thought to contribute to mind expansion, using what I imagine were the terms in the day. There are couple misses. Moog Raga should have been cut and not used up precious studio time and recording tape.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

This was a kind of snapshot of so many things that were going on musically in the late ‘60s. I have been learning a lot about the Byrds and how interconnected they were to so many things going on in music then. I really enjoyed this.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

I’m surprised there are this many Byrds albums on here, but I guess I’ve found them all pretty enjoyable I mean Sweetheart of the Rodeo was probably the most obnoxious but I think all the ones I’ve heard had something I liked anyway this gets an 8/10 from me the songs (I think there were multiple?) that used 5/4 were really impressive and sounded surprisingly good

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

Oh yeah, I like this. Great use of brass on the opening track, getting Beatles vibes. Absolutely love "I wasn't born to follow"! I knew it from Easy Rider, pleasantly surprised to hear it here.

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Mon May 02 2022
4

A delightful album full of quality tracks from the folk rock era with some new instrument experimentation going on as well (but you can keep the awful Space Odyssey).

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Wed May 11 2022
4

As usual, The Byrds have produced a soft and well-crafted album, which has the effect of a sunny day where it is good to live peacefully. I love their vibe and would be ready to listen to them at any time.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Love the fact that hey put exotic instrument and psych sound into a more mainstream ablum. Pioneer of the genre. Great folk song as well. I Always enjoy The Byrds.

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Wed May 11 2022
4

Sunny album for a sunny day. Great folk rock bangers in this one, I really enjoyed it!

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Wed May 11 2022
4

The Byrds are the kind of band that I like but from which there's no albums I'm totally crazy about. This one's a good example, extremely pleasant and a really nice transition from their more psychedelic first years, but in the end nothing from it will really stick with me. I'll be really glad every time I hear it, but it won't become a personal classic.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

Don't think I've heard any of these tunes...but they all sound really nice. I need more Byrds in my life.

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Thu May 12 2022
4

Winsome, groovy and trippy (maybe to a fault with “Space Odyssey” and the uber-outre “Moog Raga” on the expanded version). Such a great brand that went from strength to strength during these years, despite turmoil. This album holds up excellently well and their influence shines through.

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Thu May 19 2022
4

Music was very good. The singing matched the noises and it was pretty ok. Sounded like Beatles vibes

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Really liked it Good production Very similar to the Beatles

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

This was a pretty wild and fun album

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

If you don't like this album don't worry you aren't weird and if you do like it don't worry you aren't weird. They certainly threw all sorts of musical styles, sounds, and instruments at this album its a mix of folk, country, electronic and pop and more yet it somehow works. Overall, this album covers subjects like nature, peace, love, war, and drugs this album could have been written and recorded last week as to how relevant it still feels on much of that subject matter. The track titled Draft Morning is a stark historical reminder of the draft and the never-ending war machine continually churning out casualties of war and conflict all in the name of profits and a stark reminder of the Vietnam war and in the historical context of 2022 the nearly unbroken half a century of war and conflict we as a nation have been involved in and how seemingly normal and a part of everyday life it's become. A handful of songs later you'll come across "Tribal Gathering" this song touches on tribalism and groupthink and then a few more songs later you get a track like "Space Odyssey" it's weird and odd and just plain out there it's truly spectacular I can't imagine how it might have been received in the late 60s early 70s.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
4

The last track on spotify - 13+ minutes. - of them arguing with each other about the song is pretty funny. fits with the wiki article about their arguments when creating this album

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

Lovely, tuneful, thoroughly of its era but I enjoyed it a lot.

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Fri Aug 12 2022
4

4.25

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Nice. Some great harmonies, and I like the trippiness of some of the songs. Favorites: Natural Harmony, Wasn't Born to Follow, Get to You, and Bound to Fall (instrumental).

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

Fairly experimental folk, which is quite a fun sonic experience. However, there were a few moments on the album that were a little samey for my tastes.

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

Les melodies gairebé perfectes i les cançons per conservar durant décades continuaven sortint a dojo en el cinquè disc de la banda. Crosby ja estava de retirada, però les seves aportacions i les de la resta del grup fan del treball el favorit de molts. El toc hippie i antibèlic de la majoria de lletres encara li dona una pàtina més nostàlgica i atractiva

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Kind of like The Beatles

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Wed Sep 21 2022
4

What a Banger

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Wed Sep 28 2022
4

Quite lovely for the most part, just a little wet and meandering.

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

first listen great vibes

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Really enjoyed this - the fun side of sixties over-indulgence, certainly in terms of the results. I can’t remember any specific songs, but I’d definitely check out more of The Byrds, based on this. An interesting mix of styles, and some lovely harmonies and melodies.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

Really nice folk rock album, first time to it but I'd definitely listen again.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

In the midst of band upheaval and turmoil, The Byrds churned out one of their two classic albums of 1968, starting with this notorious set of songs. Featuring one of the first forays into the Moog synthesizer, along with their typical folk-rock excursions and Indian ragas melding with topics on threesomes and all. A very intriguing set that doesn't leave any crumbs for what may come later, but still worth the time. Favorites: Artificial Energy, Goin' Back, Draft Morning, Wasn't Born to Follow, Old John Robinson, Tribal Gathering, Moon Raga, Triad.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

In 1968, the sort of people who thought excessive flange and phaser effects sounded futuristic and otherworldly were probably the same people who thought that by 1996, we'd be discovering signs of alien life on the moon. In this album, The Byrds are those people. I've always really admired this band but don't know a lot of their material on a deep-cut level. "Mr. Tambourine Man", released three years before "The Notorious Byrd Brothers", is the Byrds album I'm most familiar with and it's very different from this one. Delving deeper than ever before into psychedelia, the band become more introspective, solemn and ambitious here, and they do get a little lost along the way. There are cautionary songs about drug use, harrowing hallucinations of Vietnam, a longing to retreat into some innocent life free of responsibility. Even one of their cover choices- a wistful standout "Goin' Back"- is a yearning elegy to childhood. It's only 1968 and the Byrds are already sounding disillusioned with the Summer of Love. My favourite stretch of the record was in the middle: "Draft Morning" to "Old John Robertson" is a really solid run of tracks. The country influences are logical and accomplished, lap-steel guitar forms a welcome addition to the line-up, and it goes without saying that the harmonies are breezy and immaculate... perfectly measured vocals to serve each song. When the tempo ramps up, in "Old John Robertson", it's a ray of light through the fog. When it breaks for a lysergic, delay-soaked guitar solo like "Change is Now", it allows some of the most effective atmospherics on the record. The songs in 5/4 also push the envelope nicely. Slightly less effective for me are the songs that push the iconic 12-string Rickenbackers to the background: "Artificial Energy" has a fairly basic horn arrangement and doesn't do a great deal for me as an opener. "Space Odyssey" is a weak note to go out on, and "Natural Harmony" is a bit too dirge-like for my taste. The band's ambition throughout is admirable, but the constant studio effects are more than a little dated now and often distract from the strength of the songwriting. For a run-time of just twenty-eight minutes, "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" is sufficiently sprawling and dense. The band manage to pack a lot into each song, and while it doesn't reach the eight-mile heights of some of their other work, the craftsmanship and attention to detail here is applaudable. Definitely one to let sink in over some lazy afternoons and foggy nights.

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Sat May 15 2021
3

It’s ok..... nice melodies, but just a bit twee for my taste!

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Lots of good sounds.

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Fri Nov 27 2020
3

Touches more on 60s psychedelic sounds than the typical folk rock style Laid back vibe for most songs, still playing into more psychedelic and chill sounds Relying more on vocal harmonies and reverb than riffs or up front grooves Bass and drums offer tasty fills that flesh out the music The more folk leaning songs still suits their sound more than the experimental ones Parts of it sound very inspire by what the Beatles were doing at the time but the songwriting is less sharp

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Good 60s album good, good guitar, nothing bad. Nothing too memorable though. Would like to listen again

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Light vocals, groovy mountain tunes.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

It was interesting. Lots of weird sounds, but pretty alright overall.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
3

Nice smooth 60's.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

This is a good folk-rock album. There is some mild experimental style music(which to me is more random synth noise than anything else) and is luckily kept to a couple of songs(more or less).and the others are some decent songs.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

I should like this album but there just something musically that I couldn’t connect with. Perhaps it’s the country and western influence perhaps it’s the eyebrow raising triad. It’s experimental but of it’s era. The vocal lines are tight but there just a dreamy quality that comes off as dreary. I quite liked hearing them have an argument on the last track. Which again speaks to me not connecting with the band. I didn’t hate it all but there was nothing for me to jam to

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Mon Feb 01 2021
3

Very 60s-era sound. Early rock and roll. Beatles-esque. It's a fun listen though. Lots of interesting effects.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

3.5 - enjoyed individual songs and sound but less love for album arc

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

Pretty good. Not my favorite Byrds album. Country influence creeping in. 7/10

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Tue May 25 2021
3

3.9 - a pleasant blend of psychedelic and Country-western elements with hippie pop rock. Songs well crafted with pleasant harmonies, condensed to flow creating a cohesive listen with a few interesting experiments with guitar delay and some synth. The Byrds have some outsized real estate on this list (7 albums?) but so far what I’ve listened to has been interesting.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Easy listening. Some beautiful ballads.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Supposed to be one of their best albums but felt a little dated to me. Crosby's rejected "Triad" was one of the better songs, tbh

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Fri Jun 25 2021
3

So much of the same thing.

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Tue Feb 09 2021
3

I thought I’d enjoy it more than I did but it was very typical of them. ***

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Sun Mar 07 2021
3

Good enough for a 3. Closer to 2 than 4 granted but the use of brass and none standard 60's rock and roll instruments gave it a lot more interest than I thought going in

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Hmm. OK late 60's, distorted guitars, dreamy, etc., but not really my cup of tea. The "behind the scenes" recordings from the sessions are probably the best bit.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

Enjoyed it and would listen again, but no profound impact on me.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Byrd is the wyrd

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Sun Feb 21 2021
3

Some nice stuff, better than Dylan.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Notorious BIG-Byrd. Pretty solid stuff.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
3

Really interesting with lots of lovely moments and a couple of standout tracks

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Solid but eh FT: 3/5

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Tue Jun 15 2021
3

Interesting music. Interesting story of its recording. And interesting use of moog synthesizer.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Enjoyed quite a lot of this, some country vibes done in the right way, so I liked a lot of it. Let down by the weird instrumentals etc at the end (not sure if they are part of the core track list or not??)

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

How are these albums to listen to before I die, constant mediocre albums,starting to lose interest

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

Proper naughty bit of 60s, this music genre is always so calming and feel good to me. Triad and Wasn't born to follow both stick out for me, Triad is chilled, Wasn't Born seems like nice garden music. Overall pretty good.

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Definitely Beatles-esque. Like the sound and the different instruments. Perhaps a bit ethereal for my taste as typically like more of an edge to my music. Good background music though. 2.6/5

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Nope...sounds Beatles-ish.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
3

False advertising, wanted more soul. …for real…

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Sat Jun 05 2021
3

I was supposed to laugh out loud at the start of "Moon Raga," right? The horns at the start were unexpected, but after that this settled in quickly as a cohesive album that comfortable and snuggly and warm. “Draft Morning” devolves unexpectedly but interestly into noise and chaos briefly, clearly the mark of a band with a set style but also an yearning to experiment. (It was right before this album that their lead singer changed his first name, to Roger, as part of joining an Indonesian “spiritual movement.” The 60’s, man... What super-vanilla white dude name would you pick when you join some kind of zen cult?) I only really knew “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn, Turn, Turn” really well, but I found their harmonies and arrangements to be classic. Perhaps classic rock even?? But they were pioneers of folk rock, and were experimenting here with psychedelic rock... of course, everything before 1997 with a guitar is classic rock, right? ;) Finally, the Byrds are not brothers, so this album title is another case of false advertising. (This only missed **** because “Moon Raga” totally took me out of it.)

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Sun May 30 2021
3

Some fun psychedelic rock, but nothing that captured my attention.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Wild and weird with beautiful harmonies. McGuinn is definitely a weird dude and can’t decide whether to make a psychedelic, folk, or country album, so instead the band deliver it all in one. Worth a headphone listen but not something I’d keep coming back to.

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Tue May 18 2021
3

A nice little folk music album. Should maybe listen again.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
3

Felt like kinda standard southern rock. Easy to listen to, but no jams

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Sat Jul 10 2021
3

I've listened to all the Byrds albums to Sweetheart of the Radio several times, but I honestly cannot see the acclaim they received from contemporary sources. However, I do understand the great significance. The Byrds' experimentation used rock as a medium rather than a genre, instead playing other genres but with a rock twist. And here we see the Byrds at their most expressive, employing folk, pop, country, psychedelia, and jazz. Now, folk rock was dominant in the first two albums, and psychedelic rock in the next two, but the country is definitely new, and points to where they head in their next albums. Note that nobody has ever done these rock fusion genres before, so congratulations to the Byrds. They're influential to music, but how do the albums themselves hold up? I like it. I like their sound and the genres they play. It makes for lovely easy listening. But the songs are mostly just ok. "Goin Back" and "Triad" are the best but still at best decent. This album is probably the best of their catalogue for an average person to listen to because there's so much variation (and the least amount of terrible songs), but I think they're experimenting too much in this album and don't really know what to do with the songs they're producing.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
3

I think I enjoyed this, but it kind of passed by while I was concentrating, so it's difficult to tell.

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Fri Jul 02 2021
3

Pretty fun folk rock

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

Wasn’t impressed. Not a fan of this style of music

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Fri Jul 30 2021
3

Pretty nice and I love the harmonization.

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

Paar goeie nummers, maar lang niet alles

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Tue Aug 10 2021
3

This album had solid examples of the vocal harmonies and jangly guitar that typifies music from the Byrds, I think that all of the tracks were new to me. I've never heard more than a few songs from the Byrds, and probably music prior to this album. The album was worth a listen. I marked "Change is Now" as a track to come back to. I'm not sure what to do with "Dolphin's Smile". This album almost gets a pass into the "I'd listen to this again", but I don't think it quite makes it there.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

Peaceful and relaxing. Kind of reminds me of the Monkees, if the Monkees got super into psychedelics and Cream. A few songs left an impression, the rest kind of floated by. Favorite tracks: "Tribal Gathering", "Change is Now"

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

They tried to make it interesting but I think where this album and so many like it fall short is a lack of energy. All of the songs are sort of slow and have lilting vocals that just put me to sleep. 6/10

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

5/10. Pretty boring

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Mon Aug 30 2021
3

Pretty weird but interesting 6/10

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

3, it's fine. Killer bass lines by the horse though.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Meh? It was good? Easy listen but not too memorable. A little soft to be "notorious" but I did like the throuple song and how the guns in the war song sounded more like lasers.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Much better than I thought it was going to be

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Thu Sep 09 2021
3

Never got into the Byrds - is this their must listen?

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Mon Oct 04 2021
3

Some entertaining folk, not much more to say. Seems to be a lot of Byrds on this list..

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Jangly and psychodelic. Some is very pretty, not as much country as I was expecting.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
3

Ok det er alligevel lidt mærkeligt. Noget godt men en mærkelig sammensætning af lydd/musik. Ikke helt min smag.

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Mon Oct 25 2021
3

nice

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Their first 5 songs are amazing. The later songs where they make use of the Moog Synthesizer are really quite bad, but hey props to them for trying out the new electronic alien sound machine, to help the industry adopt those kinds of sounds so we can have the amazing synth music we have today. Second half is quite bad, but the sounds of alien blasters and things breaking must have been very refreshing in 1968. Very nice album. 3.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

not bad

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

Some more imaginative and varied tracks on this one than previous Byrd outings – though the strong psychedelic streak at the start fades out in the back half, there's still enough thematic links (and a hell of a lot of flanger) to cohere the entire LP together.

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Thu Nov 11 2021
3

I'm surprised! It's country music I actually enjoyed. The experimental nature gave some songs quite the Pink Floyd feeling.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

Yea its fine, I'm not into it.

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Thu Nov 18 2021
3

Good album, folksy rock sound

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

Not bad, not memorable

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Wed Dec 01 2021
3

It's alright. I can't really listen to too much psychedelic rock without getting tired of it and also tired in general. Groovy nonetheless

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Californian 60 poppy rock.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
3

First repeat band on the list. I liked the other album better.

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

Psychedelic and jangly enough. 5/10

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

Definitely has a 60's psychedelic vibe but it was pretty chill. Easy listening

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

Gut gut

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Pleasant enough

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Loved the use of 5/4 time but wasn't really that hooked by the whole thing.

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

Pretty good.

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Fri Feb 25 2022
3

jangle jangle bloop whooooooo

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

I listened the extended version of the album, and I thought I give it 4, it is usually catchy, but I enjoyed the bonus part more than the original part, so I give it 3.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

3-, not bad psychedelic album

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Thu Mar 17 2022
3

Pop tranquilo sin complicaciones con buenas voces. Acordes limpios y con canciones muy reconocibles.

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Sun Apr 03 2022
3

More mediocrity by The Byrds. This is the third album this list has tried to convince me that this band is worth listening to - they just aren't. The boggiest of bog standard. I suppose the tracks are short. So that's a bonus? Best Tracks: Draft Morning; Wasn't Born To Follow; Tribal Gathering

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

It's fine. Pretty standard late 60s pop. Wouldn't turn it off if it was on, but not going to look to play it again, either.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

It was ok. Very 60s. Won't listen again.

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Thu Apr 07 2022
3

Equal parts interesting and boring. Weird dichotomy of a record

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

This album sounds like the 60s in a rather bland, generic way. The Byrds clearly had an influence on the culture to have a sound that is so representative of the era but there aren't any songs on this album that draw me in, that make me want to listen again. I'm disappointed.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

It's Byrds. Mix of some weird psychedelic stuff with bland storytelling.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
3

Another really over-represented band on this list. Although I like this kind of thing pretty well as a rule, there is an awful lot going on in this era to give so much coverage to one group.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

just average

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Meilleur que je pensais. La première moitié était un peu dull, mais certaines pièces vers la fin ont un nice vibe progressif. À réécouter

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Sun May 01 2022
3

I mean it’s pretty cool. Lots of sound experimentation, I’ve listened to “Sweetheart Of The Rodeo” before and I honestly think it’s better. Still a fun one tho

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Sun May 01 2022
3

This was fine, flirting with annoying (looking at you, Moog Raga), other times pleasant to listen to (Wasn't Born to Follow). I was entertained but not amazed. Honestly it was mostly pretty hokey.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Pleasant but boring. Only one or two songs I really like but the rest was forgettable. Impressive production and composition but ultimately fell flat for me. The last track where you got to listen in on the recording process was pretty interesting.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Notoriously middle of the road.

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Mon Jun 06 2022
3

A couple interesting tracks but overall it all blended together. Lots of different genres but nothing particularly unique.

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Wed Jun 08 2022
3

harmonising hippies but not my bag today man

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Alright

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Seemed pretty good, would like to listen to it a few more times to get a better feel for it.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Redelijk saai album, voelt erg ouderwets

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

Some of this I enjoyed but I'm just not a huge fan of The Byrds sound

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Pretty interesting album, lots of experimental production techniques that might not stand the test of time / they might conflict a bit with common modern production ideals, but without bands doing this during this period of time we wouldn't have those modern ideals. I read that this was one of the first records to utilize the infamous Moog synth, so that's pretty great! I love the SFX in "Draft Morning" too. I incorporate them into my own music and I rarely hear other musicians use them. As experimental as the album is, I kind of felt like I wanted more excitement in the compositions themselves. A lot of them had similar feels and when they would have an exciting change or shift in the track it was all dependent on the production and sounds rather than the performance- almost like they were leaning on the production oddities to carry the load.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

I’ve said a few times already that I have a soft spot for 60’s psychedelia but I find it interesting to think about why some psychedelic albums from this era sound timeless while others (like this one) sound very much of their time. Songwriting is probably the biggest factor. The Byrds are using similar production techniques and effects as The Beatles were around this time but obviously the songs on this album (while still enjoyable) aren’t on the same level. Of course, it’s unfair to compare any band to The Beatles in terms of songwriting but I do think songcraft is what separates classic music from good music, at least when it comes to pop and rock. Still, if I imagine myself in 1968, sitting cross-legged on the floor of a friend’s room listening to this album on freshly purchased vinyl, I would have been very into The Byrds. Their sound has a nice mix of druggy mood music and folky country rock. “Change is Now” stood out as a highlight for me.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

Pretty run of the mill 60s rock. Not good, not bad, nothing really stands out on the album for me.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Has a couple of good tunes.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

This was good, but I found it underwhelming.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Ima dobrih stvari, lagani folk plus psihodelija u farbama. 3 puta sam preslušao album, jednom putem na posao i dva puta na poslu dok sam 3 tone robe prebacivo na ruke. Al svejedno mi nije za četvorku.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

It just isn't for me. It's good for the style and one of the Byrds' best works as far as I've heard

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Fri Aug 05 2022
3

First listen: Can we blame the Beatles for this? Second/third listens: There's some nice stuff on this (e.g. Draft Morning, Wasn't Born to Follow)

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Mon Aug 08 2022
3

Not bad by any means but nowhere near as exciting as some of their other albums

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

i liked the idea very beatlesque

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

p141. 1968. 3.5 stars. Schizophrenic mix of pop, country, folk and 60's psychedelia wrapped up in an aura of world weariness. It's odd, but it's got something, and it still sounds fresh nearly 50 years on.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Nothing that really stuck with me; although I generally like psychedelic rock, I prefer it a little harder. I imagine The Byrds were pretty influential so they get a lot of credit from me for that.

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Thu Aug 18 2022
3

Nice tunes, but nothing really leaped out at me. In fact, I can’t remember a single song just 30 minutes after listening (albeit I was working while listening, but a 4 or 5 star record will at least distract me at times from that work).

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

I really enjoyed this, never listened to a byrds album but it was quite enjoyable. Very chill, very Crosby Still and Nash.

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