BYRDS S/T SELF-TITLED GENE CLARK, CHRIS HILLMAN, DAVID CROSBY, ROGER MCGUINN, MICHAEL CLARKE 12" Vinyl LP Album

Byrds is the twelfth album by the American rock band The Byrds and was released in March 1973 on Asylum Records. It was recorded as the centerpiece of a reunion between the five original members of The Byrds: Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke. The last time that all five members had worked together as The Byrds was in 1966, prior to Gene Clark's departure from the band. During the reunion, the current, latter-day line-up of the band continued to make live appearances until February 1973, with McGuinn being the only member common to both versions of the group.

BYRDS - Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger Mcguinn, Michael Clarke 12" Vinyl LP Album front cover https://vinyl-records.nl  

Album Description & Collectors information:

 

Matrix/Stamper codes:
Side One: ST-AS-732779A (handwritten/etched)
Side Two: ST-AS-732780A (handwritten/etched)

Gatefold (FOC) cover design with photos on the inside cover pages

Byrds is the twelfth album by the American rock band The Byrds and was released in March 1973 on Asylum Records. It was recorded as the centerpiece of a reunion between the five original members of The Byrds: Roger McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, and Michael Clarke. The last time that all five members had worked together as The Byrds was in 1966, prior to Gene Clark's departure from the band. During the reunion, the current, latter-day line-up of the band continued to make live appearances until February 1973, with McGuinn being the only member common to both versions of the group.

 

Music Genre:

 
Country Rock 

Album Production Information:

 

The album: "BYRDS - S/T Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Michael Clarke" was produced by: David Crosby

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Doc Storch (as played by Sandy Fisher), Raghu

This album was recorded at: Walter Heider Recording Studio, mastered at Artisan Sound Recorders.

Album cover design/photography: Gary Burden, Alexa Smith, Henry Diltz

Record Label Information:

 
Asylum Records SD 5058 (ST-AS-732779 PR)

Media Format:

 
12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 280 gram  

Year & Country:

 
1973 Made in USA
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: BYRDS - S/T Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Michael Clarke
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Roger McGuinn - guitar, banjo, Moog synthesizer, vocals
  • Gene Clark - guitar, harmonica, tambourine, vocals
  • David Crosby - guitar, vocals

      David Crosby was a singer-songwriter and musician from California. He was born on 14 August 1941, in Los Angeles, California. Crosby began his career in the 1960s as a member of the folk-rock group The Byrds , where he played guitar and sang. He appeared on their first five albums and co-wrote some of their biggest hits, including "Eight Miles High" and "Why."

     In 1968, he formed the band Crosby, Stills & Nash (CSN) with Stephen Stills and Graham Nash. CSN released their debut album in 1969, which included hit songs such as "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes" and "Marrakesh Express." They were later joined by Neil Young, forming Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY). The band released several more albums and had several hit songs, including "Teach Your Children" and "Woodstock."

     Crosby released his first solo album, "If I Could Only Remember My Name," in 1971. He went on to release several more solo albums throughout his career, including "Oh Yes I Can" in 1989 and "Croz" in 2014. He also collaborated with other musicians, including Phil Collins and Michael McDonald.

     Crosby has had a tumultuous personal life and struggled with drug addiction. He was arrested several times and served time in prison. However, he has been sober since the mid-1980s and continues to make music and tour. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Byrds in 1991 and again as a member of Crosby, Stills & Nash in 1997.

  • Chris Hillman - electric bass, guitar, mandolin, vocals
  • Michael Clarke - drums, congas, percussion
Complete Track-listing of the album "BYRDS - S/T Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Michael Clarke"

The detailed tracklist of this record "BYRDS - S/T Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, Michael Clarke" is:

    Side One:
  1. Full Circle (Gene Clark) - 2:43
  2. Sweet Mary (Roger McGuinn, Jacques Levy) - 2:55
  3. Changing Heart (Gene Clark) - 2:42
  4. For Free (Joni Mitchell) - 3:50
  5. Born to Rock 'n' Roll (Roger McGuinn) - 3:12
    Side Two:
  1. Things Will Be Better (Chris Hillman, Dallas Taylor) - 2:13
  2. Cowgirl in the Sand (Neil Young) - 3:24
  3. Long Live the King (David Crosby) - 2:17
  4. Borrowing Time (Chris Hillman, Joe Lala) - 2:00
  5. Laughing (David Crosby) - 5:38
  6. (See the Sky) About to Rain (Neil Young) - 3:49

 

Front Cover Photo Of BYRDS - Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger Mcguinn, Michael Clarke 12" Vinyl LP Album

 

BYRDS - Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger Mcguinn, Michael Clarke 12" Vinyl LP Album front cover https://vinyl-records.nl

 Note: The photos on this page are taken from albums in my personal collection. Slight differences in color may exist due to the use of the camera's flash. Images can be zoomed in/out ( eg pinch with your fingers on a tablet or smartphone ).

Photo Of The Back Cover BYRDS - Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger Mcguinn, Michael Clarke 12" Vinyl LP Album

 

BYRDS - Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger Mcguinn, Michael Clarke 12" Vinyl LP Album back cover

Photo One Of The Inner Gatefold BYRDS - Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger Mcguinn, Michael Clarke 12" Vinyl LP Album

 

BYRDS - Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger Mcguinn, Michael Clarke 12" Vinyl LP Album inner gatefold cover

Photo Two Of The Inner Gatefold BYRDS - Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger Mcguinn, Michael Clarke 12" Vinyl LP Album

 

BYRDS - Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger Mcguinn, Michael Clarke 12" Vinyl LP Album inner gatefold cover

Close up of Side One record's label BYRDS - Self-Titled Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger Mcguinn, Michael Clarke 12" Vinyl LP Album

"The Byrds" Record Label Details: Asylum Records SD 5058 (ST-AS-732779 PR) ℗ 1973 Asylum Sound Copyright

"The Byrds" Record Label Details: Asylum Records SD 5058 (ST-AS-732779 PR) ℗ 1973 Asylum Sound Copyright
 
Index of THE BYRDS - Selected Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery

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.