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The Byrds... Your favorite song...

Bobert 27 Dec 12 - 07:31 PM
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Subject: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Bobert
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 07:31 PM

Well, all ol' folkies love The Byrds, right???

So, what is your ***single*** most favorite... Pick 1 ONLY!!!

I'll check in back later with my favorite...

B~


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: DebC
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 07:38 PM

"Wasn't Born to Follow"

Deb Cowan


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 07:40 PM

Hard to choose just one


But, from the first lick and unforgettable hook on that twelve string:
............."take me on a trip".........


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: GUEST,gilly in illy
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 07:45 PM

8 miles high - so inventive, still sounds like it could have been recorded last week.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: pdq
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 07:45 PM

"I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better"...sung by Gene Clark.

Interesting that their "Greatest Hits" has four members pictured on the cover, without Clark, yet six of the ten songs have Clark singing.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 07:51 PM

Turn, turn, turn.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Bee-dubya-ell
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 08:17 PM

"Mr. Spaceman" Not because it's that great of a song, but because it's the first "rock" song I heard done live by a bluegrass band. It changed how I thought about bluegrass. It didn't have to be about cabins in the hills! That was quite a revelation to me in 1974.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Commander Crabbe
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 08:30 PM

Probably "The Bells Of Rhymney"

CC


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Elmore
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 08:40 PM

Mr. Tambourine Man.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: GUEST,Tony
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 09:25 PM

"I Am a Pilgrim " on Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968), mainly because of John Hartford's fiddle playing.

That album was my first clue that there's a whole world of music out there somewhere, and if I would just put in a little time looking for it I wouldn't have to settle for top 40 radio noise.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Janie
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 09:29 PM

do I really have to decide on just one?


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Bobert
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 09:40 PM

Having started this thread I guess it's time to step to the plate... The very first song I ever learned was "Tambourine Man" so that should be my top choice but it isn't...

"Turn, turn, turn" get's my vote... Roger McGwinns soaring 12 string is awesome... The vocals are awesome... The song is awesome...

B~


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Janie
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 10:13 PM

Mine too, on reflection and a listen to my top contenders for my favorite.

"Turn, turn, turn" still sounds transcendent, even after all these years.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 10:21 PM

Transcendent? Hell, it should be! Pete Seeger wrote it.

By the way, Roger Gwuin has a website with some of his best stuff on it.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Ed T
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 10:21 PM

Mr. Tambourine Man.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: KT
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 10:30 PM

#1 - Turn, Turn, Turn, followed by Mr. Tamborine Man


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Ed T
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 10:38 PM

Roger Gwuin's voice alone is Mr. Tamborine Man


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: DonMeixner
Date: 27 Dec 12 - 11:21 PM

Was not born to follow. (Carol King I believe)

Don


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 12:05 AM

Chestnut Mare - lovely work from Clarence White


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 01:40 AM

Really a tough question for a Byrdsmaniac like myself. I'll pick a rather obscure one, written by Gene Clark...Here without You. One of the prettiest melodies he ever wrote, and with an amazing Crosby harmony.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Kit Griffiths
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 03:05 AM

Chimes of Freedom.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 04:09 AM

From A Distance


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 04:28 AM

Wasn't Born To Follow.

I loathe The Byrds cut-down version of Mr Tambourine Man!


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Allan Conn
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 05:04 AM

For me I'd chosse the song I most often play myself. Hickory Wind!


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Acorn4
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 05:08 AM

Their version of "Wild Mountain Thyme":-



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grWp3TB-A0Q


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Ron Davies
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 06:00 AM

This is cruel and unusual punishment--to make us pick just one.

Combining great harmonies with clanging guitars that just grab you from the first note, introducing an amazing array of just wonderful songs to those of us who only listened to rock---pretty sure I heard Farther Along for the first time done by the Byrds. Hard to imagine the 60's without them, and they broadened our horizons in so many ways--you didn't even have to dip into the drug culture to benefit.   I thought--and think--their classic sound is a drug itself.

Loved every one of their hits--you may not like the fact that Mr. Tambourine Man left out a lot of the lyrics, but I could listen to their version over and over--and sing along. of course.    And for some of us, the hit version pointed us to Dylan for that one--who of course was indispensable if you wanted to rail against any number of perceived problems--or just annoy adults.

I even just ran across a country song done by the Byrds on YouTube--in a better version than the country singer who's also there. But I can't remember the song.

Of course, as a hopeless harmony addict, they had me from the first chord.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Ron Davies
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 06:12 AM

Curiouser and curiouser. Per Wiki, Roger McGuinn spent some time at the Brill Building as a songwriter, under the tutelage of (wait for it).......Bobby Darin.

They have a footnote source (book) for this--wonder what it's based on.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: GUEST,Dave Illingworth
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 06:26 AM

Yes indeed, not easy to pick just one. I think, for me , it will have to be "Chestnut Mare".    Shamefully I have never read a book about the Byrds (must rectify), but I was (and still am) intrigued
by the spoken interludes. It tells the same tale told by the leading character in Ibsen's play "Peer Gynt" (Act One). Did they borrow it fron Ibsen, or is there a common folk source ? Ibsen was well versed in folk tales.
Whatever, a great body of work, and very difficult to choose.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Bobert
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 08:22 AM

The reason I asked that folks pick "just one" is because in the past I've asked about other bands and performers and get a list of 10 or 20 songs which isn't all that interesting...

Keep 'um comin'...

B~


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: fat B****rd
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 08:30 AM

"Eight Miles High" "So You Wanna Be A Rock'n'roll Star" "Why?"
"The Ballad of Easy Rider"


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 08:34 AM

Love the Byrds ...... can't stand watching Roger the Bobber or listening to him blather on whenever possible. A total jackass that looks in his older years like a child molester.

David Crosby is one of the best and most unusual harmony singers ever. As for a favorite.......I'm with the "Born to Follow" crowd but probably because of Easy Rider. I always find myself listening to it in my mind when I ride. Dunno' why but I guess it somehow translates well to anyone who loves bikes.


Spaw


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Midchuck
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 08:47 AM

Oh...you mean that rock band that Clarence played with for a while.

Black Mountain Rag/Soldier's Joy medley, of course.

Peter


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Ed T
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 08:53 AM

I also liked their version of My Back Pages


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: pdq
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 08:56 AM

Bobby Darin was important to McGuinn's evolution into a performer:

                                                                                                             fun read


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: GUEST,gillymor
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 09:15 AM

McGuinn runs a great website called The Folk Den which puts up lyrics, chords and Mp3's for alot of trad tunes.

Current favorite: "Lover of the Bayou" which is from a live Fillmore concert in 1970, I think, with Clarence ripping on the guitar. That edition of the Byrds was a great live band but good stuff came from all the lineups.

"Roger the Bobber"?


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: GUEST,Spidercake
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 09:22 AM

I learned to fingerpick after hearing My Back Pages, so I'll go with that.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Ron Davies
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 02:04 PM

Yeah, My Back Pages was great--love to hear them sing:    "I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now."

Bells of Rhymney perfectly fit the jangling guitars.

So many of their hits were fun to sing along with:    Mr. Tambourine Man, Turn, Turn Turn, So You Want to Be A Rock n Roll Star, etc.

All those songs about telling you how to become a rock n roll star were real fun-- like Bobby Bare's All American Boy, also.    Sure was easy to become a rock star--you could do it in 2 1/2 minutes.   Course Bobby Bare had to give up his guitar for a rifle.    The Byrds didn't make you do that.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 03:25 PM

for Byrds fans who have an hour or two to spare, there is a great documentary history of the band here...
The Byrds: Under Review


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Rapparee
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 03:38 PM

Roger McGuinn folk den.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 04:41 PM

The Bells of Rhymney, followed by Mr Tambourine Man. But they both make me cry, they wrench the heart somehow. By the way, they mispronounce Rhymney. It should be 'Rumney' not 'Rimmney'. I was going through a very bad time when these songs first came out, and even now they evoke the sadness I felt then. Songs do that don't they?


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: catspaw49
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 05:08 PM

Roger McGuinn---Pervert


Spaw


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: PoppaGator
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 05:54 PM

After reviewing all of y'all contributions, I gotta vote for...

Eight Miles High


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 06:34 PM

A few years ago I picked up a DVD by Roger McGuinn on home recording with a computer. Good stuff. He shows you how he records a song on relatively inexpensive equipment, including such things as multiple dubs.

He says he produces recordings that, soundwise, are as good as anything he did in a professional studio.

He adds a second guitar part and sings harmony with himself—all things I would not particularly want to do, but at least now I know how!

His comments about recording studios are pretty interesting. He tells how he was never really happy with recordings that he (they) did in professional recording studios because there were times when he felt they didn't do something all that well and should really try it again, but that would run into another hour and another $150 bucks, so they let it go at "good enough." Recording on his own gear and on his own time (and dime), he came kick it, massage it, and polish it until HE's satisfied with it.

That's where I found out about "The Folk Den" website. A whole potful of good stuff there, and although I feel that he "overproduces" a bit (multiple dubs and all), I can pick up the songs I want and sing them my own way.

Somebody else posted the link above, but here it is again:    Drop in and browse. Categories of songs in the column on the left.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 06:43 PM

Oh, GREAT!   I'm still trying to recover from Chrispness festivities, I guess.

That should be "Categories of songs in the column on the RIGHT."

Sorry about that. . . .

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: voyager
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 08:05 PM

All of the above.....for today I''ll go with 8 Miles High

I heard Roger McG play this on his 2010 solo tour in Denver and he described the solo as part Coltrane, part Raga, part Hendrix and the music soared.

Voyager


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Bobert
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 08:30 PM

Yeah, I heard Roger Mcgwinn a couple months ago on NPR and he played "Eight Miles High" on the show live... He's a pretty cool guy... Not my favorite but cool guy... But his 12 string was always the best...

B~


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: pdq
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 08:42 PM

On their first recording sessions that produced "Turn, Turn, Turn" and "Mr.Tambourine Man", only three members were invited.

McGuinn and Clarks did lead vocals, Crosby did harmory.

McGuinn's 12-string electric is the only instrument played by any of the band members. The rest of the parts are done by the usual LA studio suspects, probably Spector's Wrecking Crew. Hillman and Clarke were not invited.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Bobert
Date: 28 Dec 12 - 09:05 PM

Thanks, pdq... I ever knew that...

B~


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Ron Davies
Date: 29 Dec 12 - 07:18 AM

McGuinn's guitar the only instrument played by a member of the group on the first 2 big hits.   Aside from his guitar, only vocals provided by group.

Fine with me.    His guitar and the vocals were what made the group.

And the company's decision is perhaps why the group sounds fullblown --crisp and masterful-- from the first chord on Tambourine Man.    Company may have well made the right decision.




Also, the documentary goes into this in detail.   Gist of it, as I recall, is that the company did not want to take a chance on the instrumental talents of the other young men.

This was in fact quite common at the time:   vocalists were hired but instrumentalists were provided by the company for recording sessions.    Beatles were perhaps one of the few exceptions--another reason to rate them above the rest.

The Wrecking Crew member who provided much of the commentary for the documentary (which I recommend, especially the early parts--later part deteriorates as it plods through the numbingly similar series of musical and personal disappointments---unless you enjoy such things) says he was on sessions for 147 gold or platinum records.

But it appears the Byrds, in their changing configurations, did all learn to play their instruments.


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Subject: RE: The Byrds... Your favorite song...
From: Allan Conn
Date: 29 Dec 12 - 07:48 AM

"Beatles were perhaps one of the few exceptions--another reason to rate them above the rest."

And even at that Ringo Starr isn't playing drums on the Beatles' first single!


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