THE Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn! MONO Edition 12" Vinyl LP Album

Rare Mono Edition of Turn! Turn! Turnè Columbia 360 Sound. This web-page includes a complete transcript of the liner notes with a story on "THE BYRDS"

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Byrds - Turn Turn Turn MONO

Description & Collectors Information:


The Mono edition of "Turn! Turn! Turn!" is an iconic piece of music history. The album features 12 tracks, including the title track, which was a cover of a Pete Seeger song. The album was produced by Terry Melcher and released on the Columbia label in 1965.

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. The stereo version, on the other hand, has two channels of audio, which can make it sound more artificial and processed.

The album cover art features a photograph of the band , with a bright blue sky in the background. The image is symbolic of the optimism and hope that the album's music represents. The back cover features song titles and credits, along with liner notes written by the influential music journalist, Ralph J. Gleason.

The album's title track, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" is one of the most recognizable songs in rock history. The lyrics, taken from the "Book of Ecclesiastes"", are a message of hope and peace. The song's melody and harmonies are beautifully crafted, and the guitar work is outstanding.


Rare Mono Edition Columbia 360 Sound

Matrix/Stamper codes: XLP112089-1D / XLP112089-1D

Music Genre:

 60s American Rock

Album Production Information:

 The album: "Byrds Turn Turn Turn" was produced by: Terry Melcher
Album liner notes by Derek Taylor

Record Label Information:

 Red Columbia CL 2454 / Non-breakable XLP 112089/90, Dual Walking Eye

Media Format:

 12" Vinyl Stereo Full-Length Long-Play  Gramophone Record
Album weight: 280 gram  

Year & Country:

 1965 Made in USA

Transcript of the Liner notes of the album "Turn Turn Turn" by The Byrdss

Well, here it is. And about time, too. Didn't our old grannies wag their wise and withered heads and tell us that good things are worth waiting for? This album was as long in the making as a President. But, as Jim McGuinn trusted it would, everything's worked out all right. Personally, I think it's a beautiful piece of work, and maybe The Byrds were right to linger over it. After all, a great record album is to the 1960's what a piece of sculpture was to the Middle Ages. Isn't it? The Byrds think it should be, and I agree with them because I agree with them on most things. So do The Beatles, by the way. They're Byrd-watchers. Two of the Fab Four came to the recording sessions at Columbia's Hollywood studios when they could have been sprawling beside their Bel Air pool gazing at Joan Baez. Some choice.

Anyway, down from the hills rode George and Paul because they'd liked The Byrds' "Mr. Tambourine Man," and they know that a record like that doesn't happen by accident. ("Ho," John had said, "The Byrds have something," and the others had nodded.) So there they were, at Columbia—bachelor Beatle two-some, denims and fringes and so much experience, heads bent to pick up the sound-subtleties of the Los Angeles Byrds, whom The Beatles publicly named as their fab gear fave rave American group. Well, that was one glamorous night. Much of the time it was bark and bite, struggle and retape, battle and reshape, experiment and reject. "Just once more," said famed producer Terry Melcher a thousand times.

And with so many once-mores and The •Byrds' creativity and a capful of other ingredients, we now have this most splendid album. Why is it so good? Mainly because The Byrds are so good. The great quality common to all The Byrds is that they really care about their music. I don't want to be boring about this—though they will bend your ears for hours on this subject—but the point is worth making because it is this prolonged, exact attention to detail and this involvement with the very best way to make music work for you that set The Byrds ahead, above, beyond and totally out of reach of their competitors. The Byrds, you see, are not prepared to be impris-oned by their music.

They know that if material is good, it can be molded and fashioned at will. Any material. Any music. They proved this in their first album when they took a sentimental British keep-your-chin-up-and-your-upper-lip-stiff war song ("We'll Meet Again") and by investing it with a beautiful blend of barely discernible humor and Byrd harmony, produced a wonderfully fresh interpretation. And tasteful, too, for The Byrds are nothing if not aesthetic. Similarly , in this new album, they reach back to Stephen Foster for a song. They pluck out Oh! Susan-nah and make it, suddenly, pure Byrd. Again they add a touch of humor. Faint, but just enough. The Byrds rarely overdo anything.

The constant artistic conflicts within the group—the striving for a thoroughly argued compromise—ensure that their songs are influenced by the best qualities of each of them. In other words, there is little chance that a song will be recorded without a dozen fistfights and great mouthfuls of awful abuse. For though McGuinn is leader, each member of his flock is an adroit, indi-vidual musician. This album is eclectic. (No, not electric. Eclectic. Look it up in Webster's.) Anyone ungenerous enough to suggest The Byrds rely on Dylan—and, surprisingly, there are one or two mean people in show business—will be disappointed to see that of the eleven numbers within this gorgeous sleeve, six are by Byrd-members, one is by Pete Seeger, one by S. Foster, another is an old country standard.

Only two are by Dylan. What else is there to say? The Byrds came out of 1965 very well, their dignity unimpaired. They are admirable people, and I never tire of their musical music. They have their disciples all over the world, and the sky around them is heavy and resonant with the predatory wings of imitators. The Byrds merely wince slightly and smile within themselves. Folk-rock came and went this year, and the mor-tality rate was high. Protest growled briefly and died in great, wheezing gasps. The Byrds, unfettered, looked the other way and sang love songs. 1965, too, brought Hair music and no-room-at-the-inn music. That, too, grew inwards and suffocated it-self.

The Byrds whistled Oh! Susannah and flew away on their motorcycles—away. away into the night over the Hollywood hills. Enjoy this lovely album, and give it to grumpy uncles for Christmas. It will help.

Band Members and Musicians on: Byrds Turn Turn Turn MONO
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Roger McGuinn, vocals, guitars
  • Gene Clark, vocals, tambourine, harmonica
  • David Crosby, vocals, guitars
  • Chris Hillman, vocals, bass
  • Michael Clarke, drums
Track Listing of: "Byrds Turn Turn Turn"

The Songs/tracks on "Byrds Turn Turn Turn" are

  • Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) (Ecclesiastes/Seeger) 3:49
  • It Won't Be Wrong (McGuinn/Gerst) 1:58
  • Set You Free This Time (Clark) 2:49
  • Lay Down Your Weary Tune (Dylan) 3:30
  • He Was a Friend of Mine (trad. arr. McGuinn) 2:30
  • The World Turns All Around Her (Clark) 2:13
  • Satisfied Mind (Red Hayes/Jack Rhodes) 2:26
  • If You're Gone (Clark) 2:45
  • The Times They Are a-Changin' (Dylan) 2:18
  • Wait and See (McGuinn/Crosby) 2:19
  • Oh! Susannah (Stephen Foster) 3:03


Front Cover Photo Of BYRDS - Turn Turn Turn MONO release 12" Vinyl LP Album


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 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 - Turn Turn Turn MONO release 12" Vinyl LP Album


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Close up of Side One record's label BYRDS - Turn Turn Turn MONO release 12" Vinyl LP Album

"Turn Turn Turn by the Birds" Red Colour with two Walking Eye Logo's Columbua Record Label Details: CL 2454 Non-Breakable, Printed in U.S.A.

"Turn Turn Turn by the Birds" Red Colour with two Walking Eye Logo's Columbua Record Label Details: CL 2454 Non-Breakable, Printed in U.S.A.
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.