The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968) {2006, MFSL UltraDisc UHR, Remastered}

The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968) {2006, MFSL UltraDisc UHR, Remastered}

The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968) {2006, MFSL UltraDisc UHR, Remastered}
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The recording sessions for the Byrds’ fifth album, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, were conducted in the midst of internal turmoil that found them reduced to a duo by the time the record was completed. That wasn’t evident from listening to the results, which showed the group continuing to expand the parameters of their eclecticism while retaining their hallmark guitar jangle and harmonies. With assistance from producer Gary Usher, they took more chances in the studio, enhancing the spacy quality of tracks like “Natural Harmony” and Goffin & King’s “Wasn’t Born to Follow” with electronic phasing. Washes of Moog synthesizer formed the eerie backdrop for “Space Odyssey,” and the songs were craftily and unobtrusively linked with segues and fades. But the Byrds did not bury the essential strengths of their tunes in effects: “Goin’ Back” (also written by Goffin & King) was a magnificent and melodic cover with the expected tasteful 12-string guitar runs that should have been a big hit. “Tribal Gathering” has some of the band’s most effervescent harmonies; “Draft Morning” is a subtle and effective reflection of the horrors of the Vietnam War; and “Old John Robertson” looks forward to the country-rock that would soon dominate their repertoire. [The CD reissue adds six bonus tracks, including different versions of “Goin’ Back” and “Draft Morning,” a few instrumentals, and David Crosby’s controversial “Triad”; unlisted on the sleeve is a rehearsal outtake which captures comically vitriolic arguments among the band.]

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Personnel / Credits:

The Byrds
• Roger McGuinn – lead guitar, Moog synthesizer, vocals
• David Crosby – rhythm guitar, electric bass (on “Old John Robertson”), vocals
• Chris Hillman – electric bass, guitar (on “Old John Robertson”), mandolin (on “Draft Morning”), vocals
• Michael Clarke – drums on tracks 1, 4, 8, 9, 10 (plus bonus tracks 16–17)
• Gene Clark – possible backing vocal on tracks 2 and 11

Additional Personnel
• Clarence White, James Burton – guitar
• Red Rhodes – pedal steel guitar
• Paul Beaver, Terry Trotter – piano
• Paul Beaver, Gary Usher – Moog synthesizer
• Barry Goldberg – organ
• Dennis McCarthy – celeste
• Jim Gordon – drums (tracks 2, 3, 5, bonus tracks 13–15)
• Hal Blaine – drums (tracks 6–7)
• Lester Harris, Raymond Kelley, Paul Bergstrom, Jacqueline Lustgarten – cello
• Victor Sazer, Carl West, William Armstrong – violin

Additional Info:
• Recorded Date: June 21 – December 6, 1967, Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA
• Original Released Date: January 15, 1968
• MFSL Released Date: 2006
• Producer: Gary Usher
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Tracklist:
01. Artificial Energy – 02:19
02. Goin’ Back – 03:22
03. Natural Harmony – 02:16
04. Draft Morning – 02:35
05. Wasn’t Born To Follow – 02:02
06. Get To You – 02:40
07. Change Is Now – 03:21
08. Old John Robertson – 01:49
09. Tribal Gathering – 02:06
10. Dolphin’s Smile – 02:03
11. Space Odyssey – 04:04
Bonus Tracks
12. Moog Raga (Instrumental) – 03:27
13. Bound To Fall (Instrumental) – 02:11
14. Triad – 03:31
15. Goin’ Back (Version One) – 03:58
16. Draft Morning (Alternate End) – 02:58
17. Universal Mind Decoder (Instrumental) – 13:45

* Tracks 1-11 MONO
* Tracks 12-17 STEREO

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