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Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

The Byrds

1968

Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

Album Summary

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.

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Rating

2.82

Votes

4701

Genres

  • Rock
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock
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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

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.

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Thu Apr 22 2021
5

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.

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Wed Jul 21 2021
5

I love this record.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
5

I had never listed to this album and I'm so glad I have

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

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.

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Wed Apr 21 2021
4

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

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

This ain't for me, chief

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Sun Apr 25 2021
2

Straight up country music. I’m baffled.

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

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

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Sun Oct 17 2021
2

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.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

A real delight! Great country music.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
5

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.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Was great back then and still great

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

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

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Sat Mar 05 2022
5

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

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Maybe not the first country-rock album, but the one that inspired countless bands and artists. Just a gorgeous album.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

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.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
5

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.

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Sun May 22 2022
5

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.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
5

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!

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Strange but catchy Christian rock

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
4

not what i expected, but this was an interesting country album!

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

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.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Love love this album. It’s not perfect but it means a lot to me.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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

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Thu May 27 2021
4

This album strikes a chord with Americana and Country influences. There are classics, but more importantly a flowing experience from this album.

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Sun May 30 2021
4

Great album...only con is the Christian themes.

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Thu May 13 2021
4

Great Americana sound, slight country.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
4

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.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

Liked this a lot. More Byrds please

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Fri Sep 03 2021
4

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

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

I like the christian life....

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

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.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Fanade … hårt!!!

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Wed Sep 22 2021
4

🙂 Like a sunny holiday 🙂

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Wed Oct 06 2021
4

Good country

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Fri Oct 15 2021
4

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.

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Sun Oct 31 2021
4

Great country music for Lego building with my son on a Saturday morning.

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Fri Nov 19 2021
4

Country sounding, quite good

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

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.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

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. )

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Did not know what to expect with this one. I inly knew Mr Tambourine Man by The Byrds. This was very good. Slick Americana. 😀

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Fri Feb 04 2022
4

Loved the twang of this album. You can really hear the influence it had on sturgill simpson and others like him.

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Thu Jan 27 2022
4

a nice country excursion. i just wish my buddies would stop shunning me for turning to jesus!!

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

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.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

This has a twang to it I wasn't expecting - I like it! I think I'll listen to this one again.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

I knew of the Byrds but didn't know that they made a country album. 3.5 stars.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

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

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Fri May 13 2022
4

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).

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

first listen now THIS is country

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

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

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Not a fan of the jesus-y songs, but OK.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

It's good.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

You ain’t going nowhere

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Really solid country album. Love the slide guitar on here. As well as the saloon piano.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

Good Thanksgiving music

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Fri Dec 02 2022
4

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.

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Tue Oct 06 2020
3

Yeah it was pretty grand. A little bit repetitive.

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Fri May 28 2021
3

historically it might be good because its the first country rock album but right now its a bit dated

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Wed Feb 03 2021
3

Too twangy, lacks an emotional or sonic punch. 2.5/5

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Ikke lige min stil. Meget country. Nå det er sagt er det udmærket country, men ikke et genlyt værd

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Christian Life really weirdly religious. Otherwise seems kinda typically country.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

Decent country album however the songs all sounded too similar and none of them really stood out

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Wed May 12 2021
3

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.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Didn't love it

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Mon May 24 2021
3

Way more twang than i expected from these guys.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

Folksy 60s style, okay

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Wed May 12 2021
3

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

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Fri Mar 19 2021
3

Country. Alegre. Bastante bueno.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

Album correct mais rien qui m’a accroche. 3*

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Fri Apr 02 2021
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.

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

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.

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Thu Mar 18 2021
3

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.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

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.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

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.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Comfortable Country

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Fri Jan 29 2021
3

Aluksi oli, et "jiihaa ameriikan kantria". Yleensä pidän tämän tyyppisestä menosta, mutta tämä jotenkin oli vähän laimeaa/liian samanlaista. Kolme tähteä kuitenkin irtosi.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

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.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
3

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!

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Wed May 19 2021
3

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

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Sun Aug 29 2021
3

nice and relaxing album of rock and country

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

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.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

Some okay songs, but I'm not a huge fan of the country rock style.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

A good attempt, but it fell a little flat for me. Still, it's worth a listen.

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Fri Oct 08 2021
3

Likes this more than I thought I would. Sounds like straight country, which is my least preferred genre, but they do well with it.

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Sun Oct 17 2021
3

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.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
3

Ok, but did I need an Americana Byrds album?

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Fri Dec 10 2021
3

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'.

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Sun Dec 12 2021
3

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

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Wed Dec 15 2021
3

decent music, terrible lyrics

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Interesting listen - some decent songs and a nice change

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

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!

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

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.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
3

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

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

Very old school country. Reminded me of the film Old Brother Where Art Thou!!

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Very reminiscent of 30-40s country music

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

The Dylan numbers are the highlights here which is also my summary of The Byrds entire career.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

trad straight country

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Thu Feb 24 2022
3

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

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Country rock, goes on and on, but nothing inherently wrong with it.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

A fine album. The cover is the best part about it I think. The Christian Life is a standout.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
3

Country Byrds are country

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

Some Byrds stuff I'd never heard before, a bit country, a bit twangy. Nice.

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Sun Apr 24 2022
3

Jangling, twangling, churchy music. I don't listen to this kinda music much so it was nice to hear some lap steel guitar.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
3

Never realized the The Byrds had such a country sound.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
3

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.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

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.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

'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

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

country and kickin!

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

passaros

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

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.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

Lekker country albumpje

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Country music, nothing special. It might have been important at the time, but it's nowhere near as good as the Eagles.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Yeah

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

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.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

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.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

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."

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Sun Aug 07 2022
3

5/10. Another meh album from the birbs

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Not my cup of tea: too much country here

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Standard country music, it's OK

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

A few good songs Ion fuck with country tho

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Thu Sep 08 2022
3

Ovo je vrlo utjecajan album u razvoju americane ali meni nikad nije skroz lega

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Wed Sep 14 2022
3

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.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

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.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

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

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

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

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

Prefer the earlier Byrds much. This is quite pleasant sounding though!

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

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.

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Sun Oct 02 2022
3

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.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
3

Somewhere between 3 and 4

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Sun Oct 23 2022
3

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.

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Wed Oct 26 2022
3

Not sure why this album generator loves The Byrds so much

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Sun Oct 30 2022
3

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.

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Thu Nov 10 2022
3

Yeah I’d rather listen to any earlier Byrds album over this. Too little variety.

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Tue Jun 01 2021
2

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.

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Wed Oct 21 2020
2

Countryksi yllättävän vähän alkoi vituttamaan, mutta silti joutavaa...

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

fuck country

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Fri Jan 22 2021
2

More Hippie Music

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Wed May 19 2021
2

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.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

Vaikka suuri Nivala-rockin ystävä olenkin, ei tämä jostain syystä oikein lähtenyt.

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Wed May 12 2021
2

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'.

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Wed May 12 2021
2

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.

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Mon Apr 26 2021
2

I still don't really enjoy country, but this was better

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

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.

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Sun Apr 18 2021
2

Rundes Stück Country ohne Kanten, an denen man was aufhängen könnte Runde 2.3

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Thu Feb 18 2021
2

4

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Sun Mar 14 2021
2

Way more country than I expected, and the content was all so negative!

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

Alkuun olin leppoisissa Fleetwood Mac -tunnelmissa, mutta aika pian loppui innostus. Vähän turhan väsähtänyttä settiä minun makuun.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

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?

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Country rock, not bad

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

En tunnustaudu olevani countryn suhteen rasisti, mutta tämä oli vähän unettavaa. Sitkeästi taistelin levyn loppuun ja siinä sivussa murskasin dataa pysyäkseni hereillä.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

Ei vaan uppoa :/ liian aneemista näin tiukkaan sähinäpäivään!

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Wed Apr 21 2021
2

More like country rock... was ok but not familiar with the songs... probably because it reached only 77th on billboard charts

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Tue Mar 30 2021
2

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!

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Fri May 21 2021
2

Same as 5th dimension, probably even slightly worse.

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Mon May 17 2021
2

Not a folk/country fan

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Wed May 19 2021
2

Slow country music, meh, like country but wasn’t feeling this but not really the album for a 7.30am treadmill run

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Sat Jun 05 2021
2

It is alright, I think they have better songs on better albums from what I've listened to.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

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.

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

Meh

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Thu Jul 29 2021
2

eh

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

Jangly west coast pop group change into a solid country rock group. Best Tracks: You Ain't Going Nowhere; Hickory Wind; Nothing Was Delivered

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Fri Aug 13 2021
2

I found this album a bit boring, but I liked a couple of songs. 2/5 stars.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
2

I guess the guitar parts are really good?

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Sun Aug 15 2021
2

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.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
2

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.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

I didn't love the first record by them and this is more country than that one. Nope.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

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.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
2

God I can't stand country

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

wasn't the worst ever, still country though 1.8

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Fri Nov 05 2021
2

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

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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

Old people country western music. Not the worst, just not my preference.

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Wed Dec 01 2021
2

Too country for me

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Sun Dec 05 2021
2

Thought it was Bob Dylan at first. Country folk rock, honkey-tonk style. Not my bag. 2/5

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Mon Dec 13 2021
2

Didn’t finish this but if i had to guess I’m not missing anything after track 6

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Fri Jan 07 2022
2

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

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

Not my thing

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

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

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Wed Jan 26 2022
2

quite boring

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Fri Feb 04 2022
2

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”.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
2

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

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

A pretty good country album, though I'm not a huge fan of the genre.

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Wed Feb 23 2022
2

Ps no está malo pero no es lo mío

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

I gave this a go but country is really not my thing.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

Ho hum

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Thu Mar 10 2022
2

cöntry

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Fri Mar 11 2022
2

Ei nyt lähe tää rodeorock

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Sun Mar 27 2022
2

They are obviously talented so a shame they are wasting their time in this genre

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

Monochromatic shit kicking

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Fri Apr 08 2022
2

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

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Mon Apr 11 2022
2

It’s a country music album

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Thu Apr 21 2022
2

Not for me.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
2

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.

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Thu May 19 2022
2

Not really a fan of country rock. This was okay but nothing really jumped out at me. Pleasant.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
2

Spent the whole album in a state of confusion... The Byrds did a country album?

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Fri Jul 22 2022
2

not my style

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Sun Jul 24 2022
2

Has a feeling of the Band. Just not nearly as good as the Band.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

Very country

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Wed Jul 27 2022
2

Too much country for me in two days.

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