The BYRDS Vinyl LP Albums Gallery and Discography

The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple line-up changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn (aka Jim McGuinn) remaining the sole consistent member until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial success of contemporaries like The Beatles , The Beach Boys , and The Rolling Stones for a short period of time (1965–66), The Byrds are today considered by critics to be one of the most influential bands of the 1960s Initially, they pioneered the musical genre of folk rock, melding the influence of The Beatles and other British Invasion bands with contemporary and traditional folk music. As the 1960s progressed, the band was also influential in originating psychedelic rock, raga rock, and country rock. In addition, the band's signature blend of clear harmony singing and McGuinn's jangly twelve-string Rickenbacker guitar has continued to be influential on popular music up to the present day. Among the band's most enduring songs are their cover versions of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and Pete Seeger's "Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There is a Season)", along with the self-penned originals, "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better", "Eight Miles High", "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star", "Ballad of Easy Rider" and "Chestnut Mare".

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  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.

Index of THE BYRDS - Selected Vinyl Album Discography and Album Cover Gallery
THE BYRDS - Byrdmaniax 12" Vinyl LP
THE BYRDS - Byrdmaniax album front cover vinyl record

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."

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THE BYRDS - Farther Along 12" Vinyl LP
THE BYRDS - Farther Along  album front cover vinyl record

The core of "Farther Along" was recorded during an intense five-day session in London. The band, led by frontman Roger McGuinn with Chris Hillman, Skip Battin, and Gene Parsons, largely self-produced the album. The emphasis was on live, unadorned recordings that captured their raw energy.

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THE BYRDS - Greatest Hits 12" Vinyl LP
THE BYRDS - Greatest Hits  album front cover vinyl record

This is the first Dutch release of "Greatest Hits" by "The Byrds" and the record label has a solid Orange colour and the CBS "Walking Eye" Company Logo. Later issues of the Dutch release have an orange to yellow colour grading on the label.

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THE BYRDS - Greatest Hits 12" Vinyl LP
THE BYRDS - Greatest Hits album front cover vinyl record

Embassy Records was a budget label famous for selling cover versions of popular hits exclusively through Woolworths stores. They offered cheaper alternatives to original singles, targeting young listeners with limited budgets. Embassy thrived in the 1950s and 60s, known for quick production and affordability

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THE BYRDS - Mr Tambourine Man 12" Vinyl LP
THE BYRDS - Mr Tambourine Man album front cover vinyl record

The album's opening track, "Mr Tambourine Man," is a Bob Dylan cover that the band made their own. The song features the band's signature vocal harmonies, jangly guitars, and the distinctive 12-string Rickenbacker guitar played by lead guitarist Roger McGuinn. The song's success helped establish the band

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THE BYRDS - S/T Self-Titled 12" Vinyl LP
THE BYRDS - S/T Self-Titled album front cover vinyl record

The reunion album aimed to revisit the sound that made The Byrds famous nearly a decade earlier: jangly guitars, tight harmonies, and a folk-country foundation. While some songs echoed the band's earlier work, there was also a sense of seasoned musicianship and a willingness to take subtle risks.

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THE BYRDS - Sweetheart of the Rodeo 12" Vinyl LP
THE BYRDS - Sweetheart of the Rodeo album front cover vinyl record

By the time The Byrds entered the studio to record "Sweetheart of the Rodeo," the band had weathered significant changes. Founding members David Crosby and Gene Clark had departed, leaving Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman as the core members. New to the fold were Gram Parsons, a rising star with a passion

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THE BYRDS - Turn Turn Turn 12" Vinyl LP
THE BYRDS - Turn Turn Turn album front cover vinyl record

The Mono edition of the album is highly sought after by collectors and music enthusiasts. The Mono version of the album is different from the stereo version in that it has a more raw and authentic sound. The Mono edition has a single channel of audio, which gives it a more unified and coherent sound.

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THE BYRDS - Untitled 12" Vinyl LP
THE BYRDS - Untitled  album front cover vinyl record

The Byrds' "Untitled" album was a double LP set that included both live recordings and studio tracks. The live recordings were taken from concerts that the band had performed at the Fillmore East in New York City and the Fillmore West in San Francisco. The studio tracks were recorded at Columbia Studios

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