Today’s Music to keep me SANE in Isolation – The Byrds

It’s always interesting to me to hear bands that make transitions. A lot of bands get stuck in a rut. Fifty years on and they are still playing the same stuff but some bands, like the Beatles and Stones, constantly pushed the boundaries, reinventing themselves. The Byrds were like that.

I love three of their phases and hated the last two.

They started off as a jangly Folk-Rock band (rather copying and building on the Searchers) who specialised in electric versions of Dylan songs as seen on their first couple of albums.

Then they moved into a psychedelic phase.

The third phase was a kind of spacey Acid-Rock Underground style which culminated in their best album – Notorious Byrd Brothers.

That was followed by what I see as their worst album – Sweetheart of the Rodeo – and a dive into Country Rock and Jesus.

So today I will be playing a lot of early Byrds very loud!! I shall dig their harmonies. A top band.

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