Byrdmaniax is the tenth album by the American rock band The Byrds. It was released in June 1971 on Columbia Records at a time of renewed commercial and critical success for the band.

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"The Byrds" were an American rock band known for their signature folk-rock and psychedelic sound. In 1971, they released their 12" Vinyl LP "Byrdmaniax".

The album was recorded with a different lineup than the band's classic era, and it was largely dismissed by critics upon its release. However, "Byrdmaniax" still features some noteworthy tracks, including "I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician" and "Glory, Glory."

"I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician" is a satirical track that pokes fun at the political landscape of the time, while "Glory, Glory" features a gospel-inspired sound that showcases the band's versatility.

Despite its mixed reception, "Byrdmaniax" is still an interesting chapter in the legacy of "The Byrds." It's an album that's worth revisiting for fans of the band or for anyone interested in the evolution of rock music during the 1970s.

Music Genre:

  Country Rock, Pop 

Album Production Information:


The album: "BYRDS - Byrdmaniax" was produced by: Terry Melcher, Chris Hinshaw

This album was recorded at: 2 June , 6 October , 1970, 9-26 January, 1-6 March , 1971, Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA Orchestral overdubs: mid–March – early April 1971, Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA

Album cover photography: Don Jim

Album cover design: Virgina Team, John Berg, Anne Garner

Album insided photos: Derek Lepper, Ed Caraeff, Gene Parson

Record Label Information:

  Orange CBS S 64389 KC 30640

Media Format:

  12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 290 gram  

Year & Country:

  1971 Made in England
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: BYRDS - Byrdmaniax
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Roger McGuinn - guitar, vocals
  • Clarence White - guitar, vocals
  • Skip Battin - electric bass, vocals
  • Gene Parsons - drums, harmonica, banjo, vocals
Complete Track-listing of the album "BYRDS - Byrdmaniax"

The detailed tracklist of this record "BYRDS - Byrdmaniax" is:

    Side One:
  1. Glory, Glory (Arthur Reynolds) - 4:03
  2. Pale Blue (Roger McGuinn, Gene Parsons) - 2:22
  3. I Trust (Roger McGuinn) - 3:19
  4. Tunnel of Love (Skip Battin, Kim Fowley) - 4:59
  5. Citizen Kane (Skip Battin, Kim Fowley) - 2:36
    Side Two:
  1. I Wanna Grow Up to Be a Politician (Roger McGuinn, Jacques Levy) - 2:03
  2. Absolute Happiness (Skip Battin, Kim Fowley) - 2:38
  3. Green Apple Quick Step (Gene Parsons, Clarence White) - 1:49
  4. My Destiny (Helen Carter) - 3:38
  5. Kathleen's Song (Roger McGuinn, Jacques Levy) - 2:40
  6. Jamaica Say You Will (Jackson Browne) - 3:27
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Band Description

  The Byrds were an influential American rock band that emerged in the mid-1960s, blending elements of folk, rock, and country music to create a distinctive sound that would go on to influence countless musicians in the decades that followed.

  Formed in Los Angeles in 1964, the original lineup of the Byrds included Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke. They quickly gained attention with their distinctive sound, featuring McGuinn's jangly 12-string guitar and the group's tight vocal harmonies.

  The Byrds' early hits, such as "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn! Turn! Turn!", were folk rock adaptations of songs by Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger, respectively. But as the band evolved, they began to incorporate more original material and explore new musical directions.

  Their 1966 album "Fifth Dimension" marked a major turning point for the band, featuring experimental songs that incorporated elements of psychedelia and Indian music. The album also marked the departure of Gene Clark, who was replaced by Gram Parsons for the band's next album, "The Notorious Byrd Brothers".

  Parsons' influence helped shape the Byrds' sound even further, as they embraced country rock and began to incorporate pedal steel guitar and other traditional country instruments into their music. However, Parsons' tenure with the band was short-lived, and he left to form the Flying Burrito Brothers after recording just one album with the Byrds.

  Despite the various personnel changes over the years, the Byrds continued to release innovative and influential music throughout the 1960s and into the early 1970s. Their influence can be heard in the music of countless artists who followed in their footsteps, including Tom Petty, R.E.M., and the Eagles.

  In addition to their musical contributions, the Byrds were also notable for their role in popularizing the use of the 12-string guitar in rock music, as well as for their innovative use of studio techniques such as phasing and echo.

  While the band officially disbanded in 1973, their legacy lives on as one of the most innovative and influential groups of the 1960s. From their early folk rock hits to their later experiments with psychedelia and country rock, the Byrds' music continues to inspire and influence musicians to this day.

Trivia: The band name "The Byrds" is actually a play on words, as it intentionally misspells the word "birds." The band's founding member and guitarist, Jim McGuinn, came up with the name as a nod to the influence of the Beatles, who had famously misspelled their name with an "a" instead of an "e" in their early days. The misspelling of "birds" as "byrds" was meant to give the band a unique and distinctive name that would set them apart from other bands of the time. Additionally, it has been suggested that the misspelling also gave the band a certain mystique, as it forced people to ask questions about the origin and meaning of their name. Overall, the intentional misspelling of "birds" as "byrds" was a clever and effective branding decision that helped to establish the band's identity and contributed to their success.