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Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

The Byrds

1968

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Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

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2.85

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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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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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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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This ain't for me, chief

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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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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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I love this record.

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

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A real delight! Great country music.

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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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Was great back then and still great

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

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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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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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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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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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Strange but catchy Christian rock

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

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

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

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Great Americana sound, slight country.

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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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Liked this a lot. More Byrds please

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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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I like the christian life....

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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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Fanade … hårt!!!

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🙂 Like a sunny holiday 🙂

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Good country

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

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Country sounding, quite good

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

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

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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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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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first listen now THIS is country

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Yeah it was pretty grand. A little bit repetitive.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Didn't love it

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Way more twang than i expected from these guys.

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Folksy 60s style, okay

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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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Country. Alegre. Bastante bueno.

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Comfortable Country

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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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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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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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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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nice and relaxing album of rock and country

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

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

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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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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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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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Ok, but did I need an Americana Byrds album?

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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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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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decent music, terrible lyrics

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Interesting listen - some decent songs and a nice change

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

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Very reminiscent of 30-40s country music

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

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trad straight country

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

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

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Country Byrds are country

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

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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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Never realized the The Byrds had such a country sound.

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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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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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'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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country and kickin!

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passaros

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

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fuck country

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More Hippie Music

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

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

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

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4

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

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Straight up country music. I’m baffled.

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

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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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Country rock, not bad

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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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Ei vaan uppoa :/ liian aneemista näin tiukkaan sähinäpäivään!

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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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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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Same as 5th dimension, probably even slightly worse.

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Not a folk/country fan

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

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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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Meh

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eh

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

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I guess the guitar parts are really good?

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

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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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God I can't stand country

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wasn't the worst ever, still country though 1.8

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

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Too country for me

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

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

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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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Not my thing

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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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quite boring

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

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Ps no está malo pero no es lo mío

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

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Ho hum

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cöntry

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Ei nyt lähe tää rodeorock

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Monochromatic shit kicking

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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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It’s a country music album

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Not for me.

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

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Christian country music. No thank you.

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2/10

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Did not like the Religious touches

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Not really a fan...

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1.5 | Qué extraño que este sea el primer disco de The Byrds que toca. Siento que llevo muchas reseñitas haciéndoles referencia y resulta que cuando tocan por primera vez (porque si ESTE está, quiere decir que hay al menos 4 discos de ellos) es con un disco que, aunque críticamente aclamado, ni siquiera puedo decir que es de la banda correcta. Era la historia de The Byrds... una banda que década tras década fue cambiando de estilos y miembros, pasando por folk, psicodélico y demás, casi creando estos estilos y siendo de las cosas más influyentes en la música en general. Luego imaginemos que llega un nuevo miembro, que más que miembro parece un estafador con un plan. Este miembro que llamaremos Gram Parsons (porque así se llamaba) en realidad no quiere ser parte de la banda, en realidad el quiere tocar un estilo propio de música que le llama Cósmica Americana, le llama como quiere pero en realidad es country, es un vil músico de country. Entonces llega el líder de la banda, Roger, quien es el único miembro que prevalecerá durante todas las encarnaciones de la banda y les platica a sus compañeros que tiene la idea de hacer el siguiente disco como un homenaje-estudio de todos los estilos de música americanos, haciendo un disco que traiga blues, jazz, country, r&b, etcetera como un catalogo histórico (lo cual a su servidor le suena como un disco que sería pocamadre). Pues entonces empiezan y poco a poco, como un hongo, con alguna clase de pacto impío con una entidad ciclopea-abisal (porque no veo otra posible razón) Gram se va adueñando de todo, y va cambiando el sentido del disco y va convenciendo a todos de que maravilla es su idea y BAM! ahora están haciendo un disco de country, con básicamente el disco entero cantado por él con canciones suyas. Este no es un disco de The Byrds, es un disco de Gram Parsons con The Byrds como sus músicos. La cosa más maravillosa de todo... el disco es odiado por sus seguidores hippies de contracultura, el disco es odiado por los verdaderos fans de country porque que están haciendo estos hippies metiéndose al country... Gram Parsons de todas formas decide mandarlos a la goma y abandona la banda que acaba de dejar maltrecha (creo que su tiempo como miembro fueron 5 o 6 meses en total). Con el tiempo el disco fue mejor recibido y hoy se considera muy influyente en el rock country (de hecho creo es el primer disco catalogado como tal). Personalmente, el disco no hace nada por mí, he escuchado country que me gusta más (que de entrada es difícil que me agrade mucho el género con sus notadas excepciones) y en realidad parece que es alguien tratando de imitar lo que se supone es el country. No dudo que haya gente a quien le encante el disco, es competente, pero para mí nomás no me prende ni tantito y casi me molesta la idea de que sea un disco de The Byrds, que no le viene al caso, y mucho más me molesta la idea de pensar ese disco que pudo haber sido y se perdió en el olvido. Iba a subir mi 1.5 a la 2a estrella... pero meh... ya habrá tiempo para alabar a The Byrds.

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I did not like this at all. It felt contrived and rude and judgmental. I didn't mind the country/folksy music but I expected more from the Byrds

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Levyn kansi oli parasta antia. Muuten ei toimi. 1.5/5

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Country

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Sorry, this was terrible. 1 star

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Absolutely atrocious. Everything you hate about country music all wrapped into one. Will physically avoid ever having to listen to this again. Strong word coming…fucking shit.

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Christian country music? Yeah not for me 1/5.

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It's too American

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nah

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Are you having a laugh?!

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not for me

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Far to country

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залупа

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country bullshit

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Religious nonsense with bad country music

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I actively disliked this album. Hippies pretending to be cowboys is my new least favorite genre.

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I feel like this was made as a peace treaty between racist Southern grandmas and hippie rockers. /s

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one star all the way. eehh

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When you know The Byrds psychedelic work then listening to their Christian, Country album is not a pleasure. Terrible album.

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