The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965)

The Byrds were an influential American rock band who in the 60s were pioneers in the genre of folk-rock, and later both psychedelic rock and country-rock.

Originally coming from folk music backgrounds, The Byrds had become pop stars and unexpected standard bearers of the emerging folk-rock genre in 1965, with the success of their #1 single "Mr Tambourine Man" and its accompanying album. The successs continued, as later in the same year they had a second #1 with "Turn! Turn! Turn!", a Pete Seeger adaptation of text from the Book of Ecclesiastes (which Roger McGuinn had come across when he had been working with Judy Collins, who had recorded it previously).
The Byrds’ second album followed much the same formula of their first, and was almost equally as successful. Likes its predecessor, Turn! Turn! Turn! contained Bob Dylan covers and originals from Gene Clark. However Roger McGuinn had also begun to develop as a songwriter, and he shared one co-writing credit with David Crosby, signalling that the dynamics of the band were soon to change as their repetoire began to move from folk material and towards original compositions.

Mr Tambourine Man (1965) <|> Fifth Dimension (1966)
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1 comment:

david said...

This could have been a masterpiece. Replace crap like Oh Susannah and the two lame Dylan tunes with She Don't Care About Time, The Day Walk and Stranger, and this lp would have been one of, if not their best.Whether it was band politics or melcher's choice of material, this lp suffered greatly from it.