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The Byrds|Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971

Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971

The Byrds

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Although the original lineup of the Byrds gets the most critical attention, and to the greatest extent it probably should, the fact remains that the late-era version of this band, the one that featured founding member Roger McGuinn and Clarence White on guitars, Skip Battin on bass, and Gene Parsons on drums, was the most stable one the group ever had, and by far the best live unit. Between 1969 and 1972 this incarnation of the Byrds recorded five albums and toured relentlessly and their shows, thanks in no small part to the guitar interplay between McGuinn and the truly astounding White, were wonderfully balanced affairs that featured all of the Byrds' stylistic phases -- from folk-rock to country to bluegrass and space music and beyond -- rolled into a thoroughly professional package. This set, taken from a May 13, 1971 concert at Royal Albert Hall, captures that sound and this version of the Byrds at a peak, and it is perhaps the finest live recording of this particular unit to surface yet. Anchored by a monstrous, nearly 20-minute version of "Eight Miles High" Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 finds White and McGuinn channeling John Coltrane, ragas, free jazz, and all points in between into a complete tour of the then known musical universe. Although McGuinn is solid as a guitar player throughout this set, it is White who really amazes. He sounds like absolutely no one else before or since on guitar, and his playing is so fast, fluid, and ever shifting that one can't help but listen in astonishment. Everything here has a constant spark of energy that all too often was missing for the Byrds in the studio. The blistering pace of the instrumental "Nashville West" here has so much energy that it seems like it ought to lift out of the speakers and blast on through to the stars. Not everything in this set flies quite that high, though, and the earlier Byrds hits like "My Back Pages" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" sound a bit old and creaky, but they're never less than professionally rendered, and this show does a very good job of spotlighting the finest live configuration this historic band ever had.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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1
Lover of the Bayou (Live)
00:03:35

The Byrds, MainArtist - JACQUES LEVY, ROGER MCGUINN, Composer - JACKELOPE/WIXEN, EMI BLACKWOOD, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 JACKELOPE/WIXEN, EMI BLACKWOOD

2
You Ain't Going Nowhere (Live)
00:02:47

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - Special Rider, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 SPECIAL RIDER

3
Truck Stop Girl (Live)
00:03:21

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - Sundazed Music, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 Sundazed Music

4
My Back Pages (Live)
00:02:22

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - Special Rider, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 SPECIAL RIDER

5
Baby, What You Want Me to Do (Live)
00:03:38

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - Conrad Music, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 CONRAD MUSIC

6
Jamaica, Say You Will (Live)
00:03:33

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - OPEN WINDOW MUSIC, CRITERION MUSIC, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 OPEN WINDOW MUSIC, CRITERION MUSIC

7
Black Mountain Rag / Soldier's Joy (Live)
00:02:02

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - Wixen Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING

8
Mr. Tambourine Man (Live)
00:03:38

The Byrds, MainArtist - Bob Dylan, Composer - Special Rider, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 SPECIAL RIDER

9
Pretty Boy Floyd (Live)
00:02:34

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 BUG MUSIC

10
Take a Whiff (On Me) (Live)
00:02:39

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - Folkways Music, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 FOLKWAYS MUSIC

11
Chestnut Mare (Live)
00:05:24

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - JACKELOPE/WIXEN, EMI BLACKWOOD, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 JACKELOPE/WIXEN, EMI BLACKWOOD

12
Jesus Is Just Alright (Live)
00:03:03

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - BMG SONGS, MUSIC SALES CORPORATION, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 BMG SONGS, MUSIC SALES CORPORATION

13
Eight Miles High (Live)
00:18:38

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - BUG MUSIC, RESERVOIR, SIXTEEN STARS MUSIC, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 BUG MUSIC, RESERVOIR, SIXTEEN STARS MUSIC

14
So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star (Live)
00:03:07

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - RESERVOIR, SIXTEEN STARS MUSIC, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 RESERVOIR, SIXTEEN STARS MUSIC

15
Mr. Spaceman (Live)
00:02:57

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - RESERVOIR, SIXTEEN STARS MUSIC, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 RESERVOIR, SIXTEEN STARS MUSIC

16
I Trust (Live)
00:05:31

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - EMI Blackwood, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 EMI BLACKWOOD

17
Nashville West (Live)
00:02:43

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - Wixen Music Publishing, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 WIXEN MUSIC PUBLISHING

18
Roll Over Beethoven (Live)
00:02:59

The Byrds, MainArtist - Chuck Berry, Composer - ISALEE MUSIC COMPANY, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 ISALEE MUSIC COMPANY

19
Amazing Grace (Live)
00:02:31

The Byrds, Composer, MainArtist - Sundazed Music, MusicPublisher

2008 Sundazed Music 2008 Sundazed Music

Album Description

Although the original lineup of the Byrds gets the most critical attention, and to the greatest extent it probably should, the fact remains that the late-era version of this band, the one that featured founding member Roger McGuinn and Clarence White on guitars, Skip Battin on bass, and Gene Parsons on drums, was the most stable one the group ever had, and by far the best live unit. Between 1969 and 1972 this incarnation of the Byrds recorded five albums and toured relentlessly and their shows, thanks in no small part to the guitar interplay between McGuinn and the truly astounding White, were wonderfully balanced affairs that featured all of the Byrds' stylistic phases -- from folk-rock to country to bluegrass and space music and beyond -- rolled into a thoroughly professional package. This set, taken from a May 13, 1971 concert at Royal Albert Hall, captures that sound and this version of the Byrds at a peak, and it is perhaps the finest live recording of this particular unit to surface yet. Anchored by a monstrous, nearly 20-minute version of "Eight Miles High" Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 finds White and McGuinn channeling John Coltrane, ragas, free jazz, and all points in between into a complete tour of the then known musical universe. Although McGuinn is solid as a guitar player throughout this set, it is White who really amazes. He sounds like absolutely no one else before or since on guitar, and his playing is so fast, fluid, and ever shifting that one can't help but listen in astonishment. Everything here has a constant spark of energy that all too often was missing for the Byrds in the studio. The blistering pace of the instrumental "Nashville West" here has so much energy that it seems like it ought to lift out of the speakers and blast on through to the stars. Not everything in this set flies quite that high, though, and the earlier Byrds hits like "My Back Pages" and "Mr. Tambourine Man" sound a bit old and creaky, but they're never less than professionally rendered, and this show does a very good job of spotlighting the finest live configuration this historic band ever had.
© Steve Leggett /TiVo

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