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The Byrds|The Notorious Byrd Brothers

The Notorious Byrd Brothers

The Byrds

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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.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Artificial Energy (Album Version)
00:02:18

Michael Clarke, Lyricist - Michael Clarke, Composer - Don Thompson, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - The Byrds, Performer - Chris Hillman, Composer - Chris Hillman, Lyricist - Gary Usher, Producer - Roger McGuinn, Lyricist - Roger McGuinn, Composer - Roy Halee, Engineer -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
Goin' Back (Album Version)
00:03:25

The Byrds, Performer - C. King, Composer - C. King, Lyricist - G. Goffin, Composer - G. Goffin, Lyricist - Gary Usher, Producer -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Natural Harmony (Album Version)
00:02:11

Don Thompson, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - The Byrds, Performer - Chris Hillman, Composer - Chris Hillman, Lyricist - Gary Usher, Producer - Roy Halee, Engineer -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

4
Draft Morning (Album Version)
00:02:42

The Byrds, Performer - Chris Hillman, Composer - Chris Hillman, Lyricist - Gary Usher, Producer - Roger McGuinn, Lyricist - Roger McGuinn, Composer - David Crosby, Composer - David Crosby, Lyricist -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

5
Wasn't Born to Follow (Album Version)
00:02:03

The Byrds, Performer - C. King, Composer - C. King, Lyricist - G. Goffin, Composer - G. Goffin, Lyricist - Gary Usher, Producer -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Get to You (Album Version)
00:02:39

Don Thompson, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - The Byrds, Performer - C. Hillman, Composer - R. McGuinn, Composer - Gary Usher, Producer - Roy Halee, Engineer -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

7
Change Is Now (Single Version)
00:03:21

Don Thompson, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - The Byrds, Performer - C. Hillman, Composer - R. McGuinn, Composer - Gary Usher, Producer - Roy Halee, Engineer -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Old John Robertson (Album Version)
00:01:48

Don Thompson, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - The Byrds, Performer - C. Hillman, Composer - R. McGuinn, Composer - Gary Usher, Producer - Roy Halee, Engineer -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

9
Tribal Gathering (Album Version)
00:02:02

The Byrds, Performer - Chris Hillman, Composer - Chris Hillman, Lyricist - Gary Usher, Producer - David Crosby, Composer - David Crosby, Lyricist -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
Dolphin's Smile (Album Version)
00:02:00

The Byrds, Performer - Chris Hillman, Composer - Chris Hillman, Lyricist - Gary Usher, Producer - Roger McGuinn, Lyricist - Roger McGuinn, Composer - David Crosby, Composer - David Crosby, Lyricist -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Space Odyssey (Album Version)
00:03:52

Don Thompson, Engineer - Robert James Hippard, Composer - Robert James Hippard, Lyricist - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - The Byrds, Performer - Gary Usher, Producer - Roger McGuinn, Lyricist - Roger McGuinn, Composer - Roy Halee, Engineer -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

12
Moog Raga (instrumental)
00:03:24

Don Thompson, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - The Byrds, Performer - R. McGuinn, Composer - R. McGuinn, Lyricist - Gary Usher, Producer - Roy Halee, Engineer -

Originally recorded 1967 & released 1989. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Bound to Fall (instrumental)
00:02:10

Michael Brewer, Lyricist - Michael Brewer, Composer - Don Thompson, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - The Byrds, Performer - Gary Usher, Producer - Thomas Mastin, Composer - Thomas Mastin, Lyricist - Roy Halee, Engineer -

Originally recorded 1967 & released 1997. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Triad (Album Version)
00:03:30

The Byrds, Performer - Gary Usher, Producer - David Crosby, Composer - David Crosby, Lyricist -

Originally recorded 1967 & released 1990. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Goin' Back (Extended Version) (Album Version)
00:03:54

Don Thompson, Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - The Byrds, Performer - C. King, Composer - G. Goffin, Composer - Gary Usher, Producer - Roy Halee, Engineer -

Originally released 1968. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
Draft Morning (alternate end)
00:02:58

Don Thompson, Engineer - D. Crosby, Composer - Vic Anesini, Mixing Engineer - Vic Anesini, Mastering Engineer - The Byrds, Performer - C. Hillman, Composer - R. McGuinn, Composer - Gary Usher, Producer - Roy Halee, Engineer -

Originally recorded 1967 & released 1997. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

17
Universal Mind Decoder (Alternate Backing Track)
00:13:44

The Byrds, Performer - Chris Hillman, Composer - Chris Hillman, Lyricist - Gary Usher, Producer - Roger McGuinn, Lyricist - Roger McGuinn, Composer -

Originally recorded 1967 & released 1997. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

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.
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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