Sweetheart of the Rodeo is the sixth album by American rock band the Byrds and was released in August 1968 on Columbia Records. Recorded with the addition of country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, it became the first major album widely recognized as country rock and represented a stylistic move away from the psychedelic rock of the band's previous LP, The Notorious Byrd Brothers. The Byrds had occasionally experimented with country music on their four previous albums, but Sweetheart of the Rodeo represented their fullest immersion into the genre to that point in time. The album was also responsible for bringing Parsons, who had joined the Byrds in February 1968 prior to the recording of the LP, to the attention of a mainstream rock audience for the first time. Thus, the album is an important chapter in Parsons' personal and musical crusade to make country music fashionable for a young audience.The album was initially conceived as a musical history of 20th century American popular music, encompassing examples of country music, jazz and rhythm and blues, among other genres. However, steered by the passion of the little-known Parsons, who had only recently joined the Byrds, this proposed concept was abandoned early on and the album instead became purely a country record. The recording of the album was divided between sessions in Nashville and Los Angeles, with contributions from several notable session musicians, including Lloyd Green, John Hartford, JayDee Maness, and Clarence White. Tension developed between Parsons and the rest of the band, guitarist Roger McGuinn especially, with some of Parsons' vocals being re-recorded, partly due to legal complications, and by the time the album was released in August, Parsons had left the band. The Byrds' move away from rock and pop towards country music elicited a great deal of resistance and hostility from the ultra-conservative Nashville country music establishment, who viewed the Byrds as a group of long-haired hippies attempting to subvert country music.Upon its release, the album reached number 77 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, but failed to reach the charts in the United Kingdom. Two attendant singles were released during 1968, "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere", which achieved modest success, and "I Am a Pilgrim", which failed to chart. The album received mostly positive reviews in the music press, but the band's shift away from psychedelic music alienated much of its pop audience. Despite being the least commercially successful Byrds' album to date upon its initial release, Sweetheart of the Rodeo is today considered to be a seminal and highly influential country rock album.Wikipedia
Yeeeeeehaw this blows!! Twang and the same old country BS. I listened to the entire thing; felt the need knock out my teeth and marry my sister.
The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo was not the first important country-rock album (Gram Parsons managed that feat with the International Submarine Band's debut Safe at Home), and the Byrds were hardly strangers to country music, dipping their toes in the twangy stuff as early as their second album. But no major band had gone so deep into the sound and feeling of classic country (without parody or condescension) as the Byrds did on Sweetheart; at a time when most rock fans viewed country as a musical "L'il Abner" routine, the Byrds dared to declare that C&W could be hip, cool, and heartfelt. Though Gram Parsons had joined the band as a pianist and lead guitarist, his deep love of C&W soon took hold, and Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman followed his lead; significantly, the only two original songs on the album were both written by Parsons (the achingly beautiful "Hickory Wind" and "One Hundred Years from Now"), while on the rest of the set classic tunes by Merle Haggard, the Louvin Brothers, and Woody Guthrie were sandwiched between a pair of twanged-up Bob Dylan compositions. While many cite this as more of a Gram Parsons album than a Byrds set, given the strong country influence of McGuinn's and Hillman's later work, it's obvious Parsons didn't impose a style upon this band so much as he tapped into a sound that was already there, waiting to be released. If the Byrds didn't do country-rock first, they did it brilliantly, and few albums in the style are as beautiful and emotionally affecting as this.
I love this record.
I had never listed to this album and I'm so glad I have
Can't say enough about this record, so just this: I love it, and everything it led to and influenced decades down the line. It would be hard to imagine Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Wilco, Alt Country in general… without this happening first.
When I saw it was the Byrds, I was not expecting this at all! I'm somewhat aware of this group, but I know them for psychedelic '60s rock. This was apparently a big departure for them, but they totally nail the classic country sound. Even knowing this isn't their natural style, and despite their blend of rock elements, it still sounds very authentic. This makes me want some more classic country music on the list, like Marty Robbins. Very cool album! Favorite tracks: I Am a Pilgrim, You're Still On My Mind, Pretty Polly, Lazy Days. Album art: Very intricate, I would love to see this on vinyl if only to read all the little cartoon dialogue boxes. I love the art style, it reminds me of a tarot deck. In that way, I think the Byrds manage to combine a bit of their psychedelia into this country album. 4/5
This ain't for me, chief
Straight up country music. I’m baffled.
These guys really like The Byrds eh?! I'd rank this one higher yesterday's Byrds album, but I still feel like I could have died a happy man without hearing this one. The rockabilly style on Lazy Days was probably my favourite on this album. I'm sure there's one absolute die-hard Byrds fan who squealed with joy at the inclusion of 4 bonus rehearsal takes on this album
Et revoici Gene Clark et sa bande d'attardés. Cela fait déjà trois albums générés pour ce groupe et cinq pour Clark. Le moins que l'on puisse dire, c'est qu'on commence à en avoir ras le cul. J'ai d'ailleurs écouté cet album pendant un moment d'énervement. Je vous explique le contexte. Alors que je devais me rendre à Paris pour y passer mes annuelles vacances de la Toussaint, mon train partant de Kassel-Wilhelmshöhe en direction de Mannheim eut un retard d'une trentaine de minutes. De ce fait, je dus descendre une station plus loin et prendre un autre train depuis la gare de Karlsruhe. Comprenant rapidement que j'allais devoir patienter une bonne heure, je décidai de lancer l'album des Byrds. Au retard intellectuel de ces pitres vint s'ajouter des retards ferroviaires successifs : d'abord cinq minutes, puis dix minutes, puis quinze, vingt, vingt-cinq... J'étais à bout de nerfs. À mi-album, alors que l'impatience et le dégoût provoqués par les sons qui parvenaient à mes oreilles commençaient à se lire sur mon visage, certaines personnes vinrent me manifester leur soutien : "Les Byrds, hein ? Courage..." pouvais-je lire sur leurs lèvres formant ensuite un sourire compatissant. La seule bonne nouvelle résidait dans ma non-obligation d'écouter les derniers morceaux puisque il s'agissait de répétitions de chansons déjà jouées.
A real delight! Great country music.
Very soothing country rock, with particularly beautiful vocals. The decievingly simple songs obscure how well realised it is as a whole. This is the album you would show someone who doesn't like country.
Was great back then and still great
Standouts - The Christian Life, You Don't Miss Your Water I liked this album a lot, the folky/country sound was really nice and the vocals were pretty classic
Clouds so swift, rain won't lift Gate won't close, railing's froze Get your mind off wintertime You ain't goin' nowhere - Bob Dylan
Maybe not the first country-rock album, but the one that inspired countless bands and artists. Just a gorgeous album.
Once upon a time, I would have hated this. Ugh; country music! But Gram Parsons was my entry point to understanding country, and I fell in love with his solo albums. I have never gone back to listen to this album, even though it is highly critically rated. And now I'm wondering why I denied my self the pleasure of this absolute classic? I love the songs, I love the performances. I don't even mind the songs that McGuinn re-recorded the lead vocals on (I actually think their voices are pretty similar). The chutzpah of Parsons to come in as a 22 year old piano player (that didn't last long) and essentially take over an established and highly successful band, change their musical direction, help write and record a genre-establishing classic, and then light out to do his own thing. Amazing! Quite a talent, if an unreliable human being.
Ohhh helll fucking yeah!! Kinda crazy this was the next album. Yeah love this album either you get it or your don't. The fact it was released in the same year as the Notorious Byrd Brothers is wild.
An utterly charming, beautifully made recording. A country album that rescues the genre from trite sentiment, facile lyrics and insipid twanging guitars, showing a return to basics - great musicianship, melodies and skilful playing. That The Byrds changed direction is alright with me.
Reading this album’s reviews and I’m baffled this has a 2.85 rating. I’m even MORE baffled by all the 1 and 2 star reviews simply titled “Country sucks!” or something like that. I understand why country is i totally off putting - I myself used to despise everything it stood for. At some point, I started listening to Cash, and that softened me, but SotR is really what blew the whole thing open for me. It’s just so fucking brilliant. For all of his yuppie Harvard money, Gram Parsons was a musical genius. This record perfectly personifies the word “twang” while borrowing equally from psychedelic and rock music. From the opening punch of “You Ain’t Goin Nowhere” to the satirical gospel of “The Christian Life”, this is all killer no filler. If you write this one off because it’s “country”, you are doing yourself a HUGE disservice. Don’t be so cynical!
Strange but catchy Christian rock
Pretty good folk/country album. Not sure if it's something I'd listen to on the regular but I like the instrumentation and the mastering.
not what i expected, but this was an interesting country album!
A quick scan of Wikipedia, along with this album, reconfirms my suspicion that I should be spending more time with the Byrds. It's amazing to me how they've managed to apply their chameleon spirit, boosting off their folk rock and psychedelic successes, to fully immerse in country. This album incorporates everything I love about the genre - the relatable storytelling, the hopeful longing, the simple and solid acoustic instrumentation - while retaining that sunny California Byrds sound. I don't know whether this album is considered by purists as part of the country canon but it will certainly be one that I return to again and again.
Love love this album. It’s not perfect but it means a lot to me.
Not much to say, very standard country music with some slight rock touches. I enjoyed listening to it during work, but don't think I'd actively listen to it in other contexts. The rating is generously rounded up from a 3.5
This album strikes a chord with Americana and Country influences. There are classics, but more importantly a flowing experience from this album.
Great album...only con is the Christian themes.
Great Americana sound, slight country.
Finally! I knew there were a ton of Byrds albums on here, and this is my first one. In many ways, this is one of the finest country albums I've ever listened to, and the best country album I've heard so far from this list. It starts off with a bang (You Ain't Goin' Nowhere, written by Dylan, is a 5). No David Crosby in this version of the Byrds, but we get the wonders of Gram Parsons instead. Sneaky suspicion there are too many Byrds albums on the list, but this one is definitely a keeper.
Liked this a lot. More Byrds please
9/14 A very warm and inviting album, makes me feel like I’m surrounded by family and right at home. Probably The Byrds album I’ve liked the most just off these first listens, country rock comes naturally to them. Standout Tracks: You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, The Christian Life, Pretty Boy Floyd, One Hundred Years From Now
I like the christian life....
OK, I like the Byrds and I like Gram Parsons, so of course I like this album. Is it the Byrds best? No, but its up there.
Fanade … hårt!!!
🙂 Like a sunny holiday 🙂
I had written off The Byrds as by-the-numbers psyche-pop, but this an incredibly solid country album. I'm dubious that the need a whole five albums on the list, but this album sounds like what Wilco is trying to sound like on any given day.
Great country music for Lego building with my son on a Saturday morning.
Country sounding, quite good
Entirely pleasant, and a few moments that stood out. But ultimately washed over me in a miasma of pedal steel and cornpone. Quite lovely if it catches you in the right mood, and you can hear its reverberations down through time in almost every subsequent country rock album. Good stuff.
As country as can be - simple, direct, heartfelt music, from the 7 month period where Gram Parsons was a Byrd, before defecting (in London en route to a tour of South Africa when the Rolling Stones explained apartheid to him, leading him to agree that he didn't want to be touring there. )
Did not know what to expect with this one. I inly knew Mr Tambourine Man by The Byrds. This was very good. Slick Americana. 😀
Loved the twang of this album. You can really hear the influence it had on sturgill simpson and others like him.
a nice country excursion. i just wish my buddies would stop shunning me for turning to jesus!!
Genre: Country Rock 4/5 An absolutely delightful treat from The Byrds once again. Gram Parsons, the country rock god who left us much too soon, joins the group for an album and the result is a gorgeous tribute to 50s-60s country, as well as a tremendous step forward for country rock as a genre. The opener lays it all out on the table. Those beautiful soft/folk rock harmonies that we've known to love from The Byrds, but with heavy doses of pedal steel guitar to let you know this won't be your average Byrds record. The rest of the album plays out like a country fair, with beautiful steel guitar solos, the occasional fiddle sting, and sunny vibes throughout. Highly enjoyable record.
This has a twang to it I wasn't expecting - I like it! I think I'll listen to this one again.
I knew of the Byrds but didn't know that they made a country album. 3.5 stars.
not a huge western/country fan, I mean I like it when Bob Dylan does it but this had a less appealing sound to me still the execution was pretty solid and the production had some diversity - 7/10
A lovely country album which must have felt like a radical shift at the time (even if they do start proceedings with a Dylan song).
first listen now THIS is country
I love me some country. This was a shock for me since I know the Byrds as a folk/rock band so I wasn't expecting this. I can't complain this really. I just love that country sound. 4.5/5
Not a fan of the jesus-y songs, but OK.
You ain’t going nowhere
Really solid country album. Love the slide guitar on here. As well as the saloon piano.
Good Thanksgiving music
This is my third Byrds album in 66 albums so far, which seems insane (in contrast I haven't seen a single Beatles album yet), so I am feeling like they are really overrepresented on the list, especially since I am definitely not a hard core Byrds fan. That said, this is my absolute favorite of their albums, and that is because it's really more of a Gram Parsons album with a little Byrds on the side, and I can get behind some Gram Parsons. You can hear the influence this had on country and alt-country, and the album is packed with great songs (even if, ironically, I prefer other versions of those songs, but again, I'm not a huge Byrds fan!). While there are arguably too many Byrds albums on the list, this album deserves its place on the list in my opinion. 4/5 for importance and impact.
Yeah it was pretty grand. A little bit repetitive.
historically it might be good because its the first country rock album but right now its a bit dated
Too twangy, lacks an emotional or sonic punch. 2.5/5
Ikke lige min stil. Meget country. Nå det er sagt er det udmærket country, men ikke et genlyt værd
Christian Life really weirdly religious. Otherwise seems kinda typically country.
Decent country album however the songs all sounded too similar and none of them really stood out
Estaba leyendo que el género "oficial" de este disco es "Country Rock", aunque en lo personal me parece que es más bien Country, con una que otra canción de Rock. El disco está padre, pero la música Country no es lo mío, así que no tengo mucho que decir. Al menos ya tengo un buen disco de Country para usar si alguna vez se presenta la ocasión.
Didn't love it
Way more twang than i expected from these guys.
Folksy 60s style, okay
Letras clásicas de country, con ritmos clásicos de country y arreglos de country, sólo que cuando fue hecho no eran clásicos ni tan reconocidos. Fácil de escuchar aunque un poco repetitivo, el disco no se mete en problemas - salvo dejar su origen psicodélico e incursionar en otro género - y entrega algo sencillo y agradable. Songs: You Ain't Going Nowhere, Hickory Wind, Lazy Days
Country. Alegre. Bastante bueno.
Album correct mais rien qui m’a accroche. 3*
Great sounding country album, but offers little in diversity song to song. Not to mention that it proves to me that Byrds simply couldn’t write their own hits. But a good album overall.
Los Byrds es de esos grupos que son referencia de muchos artistas y al final no acabo de cogerles el punto. Este es considerado el primer disco de Country-Rock y a día de hoy suena muy, muy Country. Interesante por lo que vino después, siempre hay que valorar a los pioneros.
I’m not the biggest fan of country rock, but I enjoyed this. Made me realize how similar folk music and country are and how easily a folk rock song can become a country song.
This album mixes some things that I definitively do not like, like country music and a kind of early stages of rock n roll, that I like very much, so it's for me a kind of definition of a medium album.
Hach, da freut sich das (Alt-)Country-Herz! Im direkten Vergleich ein warmer Balsam nach der Verprügelung durch die Sonics. Aber auch genre-intern mit z.B. Merle Haggard oder Ray Price neulich: viel mehr mein Ding. Das hier klingt sowieso schon so schön klassisch, und dann noch mit Byrds-Harmonien: man möchte ins Schwelgen kommen! Highlights für mich - vor allem wegen der hierzulande wahrscheinlich als eher klassisch gelernten Byrds-Melodien: You Don't Miss Your Water und Nothing Was Delivered; sehr schön auch der kleine Johnny-B.-Goode-Rip-Off mit Lazy Day. Bisschen mehr davon würde das Ding auch stärker Richtung 4 pushen. Aber so wie es ist, gefällt es mir einfach nur gut, und wir bleiben bei ner schönen, runden 3,3.
Aluksi oli, et "jiihaa ameriikan kantria". Yleensä pidän tämän tyyppisestä menosta, mutta tämä jotenkin oli vähän laimeaa/liian samanlaista. Kolme tähteä kuitenkin irtosi.
I do love me some country music. I think this album represents what the 'country' genre is much better than the currently popular country-rock and is definitely what I prefer.
The Byrds??...aren’t they that hippy flower loving folkish band from the 1960/70’s? How boooooring....sad face. ☹️ Maybe they are, but this album is anything but (thank goodness). It’s country but all electric and more swag than twang. Still plenty of twang...but in a good way. I’m thinking all these tracks are covers but certainly recorded in a more stylish and enjoyable fashion. Now, a piece of advice which is critical to many albums but I feel more poignant to this one. YOU MUST listen to it more than once. It is imperative for the listener to really gain an understanding of these songs as well as get maximum listening pleasure from them. 3 Stars!
Don't know the byrds super well, but never realized they delved into the country scene so deeply with little commercial success at the time. From what I understand, it had a lasting impact on the rock country scene that emerged later. It's an enjoyable album, though a bit heavy on the pop country for my taste. I like the banjo tracks the best. 3.0
nice and relaxing album of rock and country
Gets better towards the end, but I dont really like the country numbers that much. But the harder tracks at the end make up for it.
Some okay songs, but I'm not a huge fan of the country rock style.
A good attempt, but it fell a little flat for me. Still, it's worth a listen.
Likes this more than I thought I would. Sounds like straight country, which is my least preferred genre, but they do well with it.
Je serai un peu moins dur que mon camarade d'écoute robpalombière, étant un fan de Gene Clark de la première heure. Seulement, il est vrai qu'enchaîner cet album très banal des Byrds après une écoute déjà compliquée des Minutemerde peut pousser à des conclusions hâtives sous le coup de l'émotion. Ici, nous savons raison garder, et attribuons à cet album la note qu'il mérite vraiment, à savoir un 3/5. Le 3/5 oubliable, celui où vous avez déjà oublié ce que vous venez d'écouter. Le générateur traverse une mauvaise passe en ce moment mais ne vous inquiétez pas, je viens d'avoir Robert au téléphone et il a tenu à m'assurer que tout devrait rapidement rentrer dans l'ordre.
Ok, but did I need an Americana Byrds album?
This is a very accessible and easy listening chill country album, but nothing too remarkable. I assume, looking at the Wiki, that it more notable in this time and context. I don't think I'll pick it up again. My top pick is the opening track 'You Ain't Goin' Nowhere'.
Different style here from 5th dimension. A more folky and country style. The byrds do a nice job of making short and catchy songs. Felt like this album was pretty good and could listen again. Felt like a classic country style with a little bit of Dylan and the stones. 6.7/10
decent music, terrible lyrics
Interesting listen - some decent songs and a nice change
I had no idea that The Byrds migrated to Country & Western. This is news to me. Even crazier? I kind of really liked this. It felt like they fully committed to the genre and I can't fathom that this was a popular direction amongst their fans at the time. Maybe I'm wrong. Either way, it takes some balls. Not something I'll listen to on repeat, but I'd return to it again and I wasn't expecting to have that reaction. Good album art, too!
So - the Byrds are ever weirder than I give them credit for. Was The Christian Life a joke or not? I wasn't clear. I figured it was a joke, but now I'm thinking about that a whole lot. Regardless, this is fine. Nothing really stuck with me, but it did make me wonder if Ween's 12 Golden Country Greats might have come from listening to this? Anyway, who knows.
The Byrds are the Byrds in name only at this point. Gene Clark and David Crosby are gone. Yet the Byrds continue to release albums... Quite easy listening album (6/10) FT: You Ain’t Going Nowhere, Hickory Wind
Very old school country. Reminded me of the film Old Brother Where Art Thou!!
Very reminiscent of 30-40s country music
The Dylan numbers are the highlights here which is also my summary of The Byrds entire career.
trad straight country
Nie znalem Byrdsow z takiej strony, zawsze nasuwaly sie przychodeliczno popowe skojarzenia, a Sweethearth of the Rodeo to atak na calkiem inny gatunek, bardziej zakorzeniony w tradycji hamerykanskiej, wiec musi chodzic o country, ta plyta z 68 bylaby prawie kompilacja szlagierow gatunku, wiec trakow od Dylana, Guthriego, czy Haggarda, prawie bo jednak wsrod 11 trakow na tym srednio dlugim, bo 32 minutowym krazku, mozna znalezc dwa utwory bedace orginalnymi kompozycjami pana Grama Parsona, ktorego jest to jedyne nagranie z Byrdsami, ktore w tamtym okresie przechodzily wielkie szuflowanie, Crosby i Clarke odeszli w zapomnienie i dyktatorem naczelnym zostal McGuinn, ktoremu poza Parsonem towarzysza jeszcze Hillman i Kevin Kelley i sporo artystow sesyjnych, bo Byrdsowe podejscie do country cechuje bogatosc brzmienia, ktore w polaczeniu z jakoscia nagrania sprawia, ze swietnie sie tego slucha na monitorach, czlowiek ma wrazenie otaczajacej go sceny, wiec pomimo obaw, ze to juz nie te Byrdsy ktore znalem, dobrze sie sluchalo plyty przepelnionej tak chrzescijanskimi konceptami, wieksza czesc pierwszej strony mozna spokojnie zaklasyfikowac jako country gospel, do tego dodac opowiesci o dobrych bandytach, wyidealizowanej milosci i mamy klasyczne nashvillowanie, wiec nie dziwne hejty na plyte, bo przeciez popowa banda okrada ludzi ciezkiej pracy z ich dorobku muzyczno kulturowego i honky townowego brzmienia, ale zrobili to jakosciowo, a dodajac do tego Parsonowe kawalki, ktore wychodza troche ponad te koncepty i nawiazuja do jego stylu kosmicznej muzyki hamerykanskiej, ktora stara sie byc blendem tego co w hameryce grali najlepiej, dobrze sie zlozylo, ze poznalem wreszcie te postac, ktora ciekawila mnie od czasu pieces of the sky, na ktorym byl wspominany przez pania Emmylou, wiec na plejce znajdzie sie jeden z jego kawalkow, one hundred years from now, ktore porusza ciekawa kwestie tego jak bedzie za sto lat, ale nie od strony technologicznej, politycznej, czy ekologicznej, ale tego co czlowiek bedzie czul i co bedzie sie dla niego liczyc, czy beda choc troche podobni do piszacego utwor, jest to ciekawy koncept, bo rozwoj czlowieka pod wzgledem emocjonalnym nie jest w zadnym wypadku proporcjonalny do rozwoju intelektualnego, czego dysproporcje szczegolnie widac w ostatnich 200 latach cywilizacji, co jak pisal Koestler wrozy czlowiekowi rychly koniec, wiec wizja stu lat, ktore by mialy byc w roku 2068 jest interesujacym tematem do rozwazam, zwlaszcza biorac pod uwage wydarzenia dnia dzisiejszego i rosyjska agresje, ktora mozna ogladac w full hd i palac nienawiscia do drugiego czlowieka nie wychodzac z domu, piekna sprawa, drugim kawalkiem na plejke bedzie openingowy you aint goin nowhere, ktory jest dylanowym coverem
Country rock, goes on and on, but nothing inherently wrong with it.
A fine album. The cover is the best part about it I think. The Christian Life is a standout.
Country Byrds are country
Some Byrds stuff I'd never heard before, a bit country, a bit twangy. Nice.
Jangling, twangling, churchy music. I don't listen to this kinda music much so it was nice to hear some lap steel guitar.
Never realized the The Byrds had such a country sound.
A not-bad country album. Good background music, but there wasn't anything that made me go "Wow, this is some great country music!" To be fair, it's rare for country to make me say that, but still.
This was great. I've been struggling to find a route to get into alt country, for want of a better term. Sweetheart of the Rodeo might just open the door for me. It's a little dated in attitude and themes, but then so are most albums from the late 60's. There's a strong band theme with everyone working together. The choice of covers are strong.
'The Christian Life' has to be one of the most irritating, smug, prudish songs I've ever listened to. Jesus Christ, that was obnoxious, I can't believe I listened to it. The rest of it is fine, I guess, but that song made me kind of hate the vocalist for even deigning to perform that hacky-ass-number. Fuck this shit. 1/5 lmao
country and kickin!
With new member Gram Parsons, The Byrds went into a much more traditional country direction with mixed results. It's quite a plain but sweet sounding mellow record with addition of instruments like banjo and fiddle on 'I Am A Pilgrim', steel guitar on 'The Christian Life' and 'You Ain't Going Nowhere' and others whuilst the up-tempo 'Pretty Boy Floyd' is firmly in the bluegrass mold, driven by banjo and mandolin. The usual vocal harmonies are present and correct. It's not a bad album but sadly I can't say there are many highlights compared with the previous 5 Byrds albums. The main problem: I don't think there was anybody in the band strong (or distinctive) enough on lead vocals to compete with Country greats like say Dolly Parton or Jim Reeves.
Lekker country albumpje
Country music, nothing special. It might have been important at the time, but it's nowhere near as good as the Eagles.
The Byrds’ country album was a sweet and mellow listen. It’s a short album and mostly filled with covers. The doesn’t detract from it though. The album is a bit of a rebuilding too after the group fell apart during the Notorious Bird Brothers. It also is probably their last great album and their weakest in that regard. As much as it was a pleasant listen, I don’t think that it needs to be on the list, and I can see this one being set aside for future editions of the book. It gets a solid 3 for some decent tunes but and the Byrds taking a chance by going in a direction their fans didn’t expect but it didn’t really wow me enough make me want to listen again and if I didn’t already know their earlier albums it wouldn’t have motivated me to go and check them out.
Meh. Not a big fan of country or of country rock (and hard to see the difference here). Nothing terrible but nothing all that memorable either. I'll give it a 3 knowing that this was a major pioneering album for the country rock sound and a fairly big departure from The Byrds earlier sound.
Wow. So the Byrds are to blame. Seriously, this is in fact the first Country Rock album. It sounds more like a country album. Or at least what I consider a straight-up country album. As it is, I am not a big fan of that type of music, but recognizing that this is really the first instance of this type of genre makes me a little more appreciative of it. Probably my favorite track was the Dylan track "Nothing Was Delivered."
5/10. Another meh album from the birbs
Not my cup of tea: too much country here
Standard country music, it's OK
A few good songs Ion fuck with country tho
Ovo je vrlo utjecajan album u razvoju americane ali meni nikad nije skroz lega
Definitely not the worst country music I've ever heard, but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen to it. I think the singer's voice was soothing. My favourite song was probably Pretty Polly, but nothing particularly stood out to me.
The Byrds lose their jangle and vo full country with Gram Parsons. Ridiculed by the country establishment at the time. Ots fine but it can be a tiresome genre with so many clichéd tropes.
Not a big Byrds fan. I was actually interested in this since I generally like country rock and was curious to hear an album important to the genre. It was OK. It sounded run if the mill, which might not be their fault but because so many have tried to reproduce the sound. A respectful 3. Maybe this would've sounded better when it first dropped, but if I want this style I'll go to Uncle Tupelo, Lucero, etc
Guess what, it's a Byrds album and the best songs are Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie covers. They're not at their best when they go full country, and they go full country a lot here. Best track: You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
Prefer the earlier Byrds much. This is quite pleasant sounding though!
Pretty interesting change of pace. The harmonies are nice and there are some pretty cool guitar parts hidden amongst the songs. The songs themselves are pleasant, but pretty boring. The Christian Life was a bit clever/cheeky, but otherwise nothing exceptionally interesting. Still a fine listen.
No idea this was a country album. Thought the Byrds were the tambourine man people. Maybe they are. They're Taylor before Taylor was born.
Somewhere between 3 and 4
Maybe least favorite offering for this band from this list. Still too many Dylan covers, and ones I don’t think do much for the songs. The traditional and pseudo-traditional themes in this rockified Country have the same bizarre twinge as most of Zeppelin’s blues covers.
Not sure why this album generator loves The Byrds so much
We hadden The Byrds eerder, en toen is het me niet opgevallen dat ze zulke stichtelijke teksten hadden. Misschien komt dat omdat ze hier meer de countrykant opgaan.
Yeah I’d rather listen to any earlier Byrds album over this. Too little variety.
fuuuuucking hell MORE crud from the tail end of the 60s. It's crazy that the editors of this book consciously excluded classical music (and rationalised that), but included 600 albums from this one 3-year period from 67-69, as if it's some fucking golden age of creativity. TBF this album is listenable, it's just more middling American folk/country that's too inoffensive to feel strongly about in any way, but as with pretty much everything from the late 60s, it falls into "not that bad, but why the FUCK is it on this list?" territory. Plus, this is the third album by these guys so far (and I'm not even 300 albums in). Are these the giants whose shoulders everyone else stands upon? fucking lol. 2/5 - I gave their earlier albums higher ratings, but I'm sick of them now. From now on, no album made between 67-69 will get more than a 2 unless it REALLY impresses me.
Countryksi yllättävän vähän alkoi vituttamaan, mutta silti joutavaa...
More Hippie Music
As previously noted, I don't like the sounds that The Byrds make. This album was slightly better than the last one from this list, but the mostly country slant was still not one I could stomach repeatedly. 2 stars.
Vaikka suuri Nivala-rockin ystävä olenkin, ei tämä jostain syystä oikein lähtenyt.
Cuando leí que este disco, de cierta forma, era parte del origen del Rock Country, puso mis expectativas muy altas, sin embargo no las cumplió. En general se me hizo bastante aburrido, con poca carga hacia el lado rock y con mucho de lo muy tradicional del country que no me gusta tanto. Además, el estilo vocal es demasiado melódico y dulce y pocas veces llega a un momento como de 'yee-haw'.
es bastante digerible si te late el country pero ya leyendo la historia y trasfondo del disco y sus integrantes te das una idea de lo que pudo ser y no fue.
I still don't really enjoy country, but this was better
Man, Byrds fans in '68 were probably super pissed at this album. I appreciate the courage it probably took to switch from psychedelic rock to these well-written and played country songs (with just the barest hint of rock in it). Can't say I loved it, but thanks for doing it because I probably wouldn't have fallen in love with Whiskeytown or other bands that came after, had they not done this album.
Rundes Stück Country ohne Kanten, an denen man was aufhängen könnte Runde 2.3
Way more country than I expected, and the content was all so negative!
Alkuun olin leppoisissa Fleetwood Mac -tunnelmissa, mutta aika pian loppui innostus. Vähän turhan väsähtänyttä settiä minun makuun.
Melkein teki mieli antaa kolme tähteä ihan vaan genren puolesta, mutta kuten muutkin näemmä todenneet, niin vähän laihaksi jäi anti. Väittäisin, että on paljon parempiakin genrensä edustajia olemassa, miksi tämä oli listalla?
Country rock, not bad
En tunnustaudu olevani countryn suhteen rasisti, mutta tämä oli vähän unettavaa. Sitkeästi taistelin levyn loppuun ja siinä sivussa murskasin dataa pysyäkseni hereillä.
Ei vaan uppoa :/ liian aneemista näin tiukkaan sähinäpäivään!
More like country rock... was ok but not familiar with the songs... probably because it reached only 77th on billboard charts
to much cristian country, nice vibe sometimes in some songs. not really my taste even tho some of the songs are very fleetwood mac alike which i like!
Same as 5th dimension, probably even slightly worse.
Not a folk/country fan
Slow country music, meh, like country but wasn’t feeling this but not really the album for a 7.30am treadmill run
It is alright, I think they have better songs on better albums from what I've listened to.
Sounds like stripped down country with a small infusion of Beatles. Not my favorite. Lacks many of the sonic qualities I appreciate in more contemporary country.
Jangly west coast pop group change into a solid country rock group. Best Tracks: You Ain't Going Nowhere; Hickory Wind; Nothing Was Delivered
I found this album a bit boring, but I liked a couple of songs. 2/5 stars.
I guess the guitar parts are really good?
There are a couple Byrds songs that I know. None are on this album. I did not find it enjoyable. A very western feel to it and that does not help the album.
Listening to this album was hard for me. I was wondering throughout why I didn't like it so much. The album left me with some insights, but I didn't change my mind. Ironically, songs 12-14 that weren't on the original album were my favorite bit. Slow, rocking chair twangy ballads aren't my jam, I guess.
I didn't love the first record by them and this is more country than that one. Nope.
This is at least reminiscent of classic country, so not nearly as grating as modern country can be. However, this thing is just way too homogenous - tracks blend into one another after a while if the slide guitar tone and arrangements remains relatively static.
God I can't stand country
wasn't the worst ever, still country though 1.8
Sweetheart of the Rodeo by The Byrds (1968) Just because an album is influential doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s good. It can be (and has been) argued that without the pioneering country ‘rock’ of Sweetheart of the Rodeo, there never would have been The Eagles or America or The Doobie Brothers or etc., etc. Well, maybe. But this little piece of cultural appropriation just doesn’t stand on its own. There is no original songwriting on this record, although the opening and closing tracks, as country-styled covers of Bob Dylan songs, reproduce a formula that had made the Byrds successful in earlier years—making Dylan somewhat more accessible to the pop world. This works for “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” (the best track on the album by far), but the Byrds just can’t pull this off when covering Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard, The Louvin Brothers, or even traditional songs. Roger McGuinn’s lead vocals (on six of these eleven tracks) are not that good. He lacks the soul (yes, soul) of classic country, and his faux Alabama accent on “The Christian Life” is teeth-grindingly annoying. And the lead vocals of Gram Parsons (on three tracks) are only marginally better. But the standard country vocal harmonies are above average, albeit with sync problems (did they miss David Crosby?). Arrangements that include pedal steel, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle are artful and appealing, and mostly performed by competent session musicians. This feature alone is what makes the album listenable. The Byrds’ performance of “The Christian Life” by The Louvin Brothers is completely unconvincing. And “The Prison Life” sounds even more insincere (Frilly country shuffle and suicidal thoughts don’t make a good combination.) “One Hundred Years from Now” is the only track that really shows a country-rock fusion. The rest are inexperienced attempts to reproduce a country sound. I’d much rather hear Dolly Parton or Merle Haggard or Buck Owens or Johnny Cash—each for different reasons. The Byrds, however, as country artists, simply sound amateurish. It’s sad to note that a great group like The Byrds (in their brief Gram Parsons period), performing these great songs, put forward such a disappointing musical effort. 2/5
Old people country western music. Not the worst, just not my preference.
Too country for me
Thought it was Bob Dylan at first. Country folk rock, honkey-tonk style. Not my bag. 2/5
Didn’t finish this but if i had to guess I’m not missing anything after track 6
Didn’t have any listening notes, wasn’t that terrible but I’m not a fan of the biblical folk stuff so it didn’t really hit me like that
Not my thing
Sorry this does nothing for me. Two stars only because of its supposed groundbreaking influence but this just sounds like generic country music to me
2.3 - decent listen but not my favorite genre or Byrds album. The cover of “You Ain’t Goin Nowhere” sort of encapsulates my feelings toward this album - a foundation that typically resonates pretty strongly with me, just executed in a way that makes me feel a bit “meh”.
Ehhhh it's some twangy folk-rock. Some of the songs topics are quite fun but the instrumentals and overall tone of the record really get old by the end. Not my favorite type of music to begin with anyways, but probably will not be returning to this one. 3/10
A pretty good country album, though I'm not a huge fan of the genre.
Ps no está malo pero no es lo mío
I gave this a go but country is really not my thing.
Ei nyt lähe tää rodeorock
They are obviously talented so a shame they are wasting their time in this genre
Monochromatic shit kicking
I'm just not a fan of the twangly guitars, twinkly pianos, and the sounds that feels like it could come out of a western. This album just is way too much country for me, and I'm not a fan. I did like the one song, 100 Years From Now
It’s a country music album
Not for me.
p155, 1968. 2 stars. Yeehaw. Former folk/psychedelic/pop idols go country in desperate attempt to reinvent themselves. Well done of its kind and in hindsight one of the key bridges between pop and country - you can see a direct line from this to The Eagles and The Dixie Chicks - but not my thing at all. Unlikely to play this again.
Not really a fan of country rock. This was okay but nothing really jumped out at me. Pleasant.
Spent the whole album in a state of confusion... The Byrds did a country album?
not my style
Has a feeling of the Band. Just not nearly as good as the Band.
Too much country for me in two days.