i've got this release..not one of mfsl's finest moments...the columbia legacy cd is better by a significent margin.
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even bad byrds records are good. i once saw the 'dr byrds' line up in chilicothe, ohio, and clarence white blew the lid off the place. those live tracks on 'untitled' with clarence's b bender fender are the stuff of legend. white played on byrd's records even before he was a byrd....a ps...chase down decords by gene clark and the dillards for more of the real deal.
bill, you may find this interesting. at the end of the 'notorious byrd bros' cd reissue (after a bit of silence), there is studio chatter of chris hillman tearing into michael clarke relentlessly. clarke fights back, but its easy to tell who's in charge at that point in their careers..legend has it that he did the same to crosby and clark. mcguinn just asks for unity, but hillman rants on. even if the album isn't one of your favorites, its worth having a copy just to hear how disfunctional the band was.
i'll cave in and agree with loomis johnson and agree those last two byrds records show the band had run out of gas (and obligated to the label to release). in the meantime. gene was the real deal, grew into an artist on his own, and made some flawless albums. mcguinn never panned out solo. that said, the peter fonda quote on the back of 'the ballad of easy rider', 'somes up' my feelings for the music of the byrds ...grand funk wasn't the byrds, but jeez louise, they had the whole teen nation going bezerk, and made some good sides to boot. the 'green day 'of the 70's maybe?