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The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)

March 19, 2013

[Album 159/1001]Byrds-MrTambourineMan

Favourite guitar sound?

For me, there’s nothing better than a jangling 12-string Rickenbacker.

So there’s not much for me to complain about here.

I suppose if I had to find something, I could say The Byrds are like the TV show Newsradio.  Excellent stuff, some highly regarded names involved, but in the shadow of its contemporaries.  Shows like Seinfeld & Friends for Newsradio, groups like The Beatles & Beach Boys for The Byrds.

With a couple exceptions, the songs here aren’t individually spectacular.  As a colleague pointed out, maybe it fulfils John Cusack’s request for music in High Fidelity, “give me something I can ignore.”

So if you’re in the market for just over a half an hour of ignorably pleasant harmonies & chiming guitars, voilà!

From → 1960s

  1. I can’t imagine this is the only Byrds album on the list, right? It’s a decent debut, and the Dylan covers are the best thing about it, but they quickly came into their own as songwriters on the next several albums. Your review is an excellent summary of this album. Well done.

  2. Thank you sir! It’s the first of 5 Byrds records to make the cut (along with Fifth Dimension, Younger than Yesterday, Notorious Byrd Brothers, and Sweetheart of the Rodeo). Good to hear about their songwriting development – from what I gather, they had a lot of personnel changes along the way as well. I’m looking forward to exploring how that changed their sound.

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