Various Artists – Byrd Parts 2

Second volume of Byrds-related oddities, curios, rarities and essentials

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Byrds completists will trip towards these Aussie compilations, which specialise in filling in the gaps around Jim McGuinn, Gene Clark and David Crosby from 1962 onwards. The band’s incarnation as The Jet Set is represented by Gene’s Beatlesy “You Movin'” while Jim’s banjo days illuminate his work with Hoyt Axton on “Brisbane Ladies”?still no match for the God-like “Greenback Dollar”.

Crosby’s cache takes over during his stint as a folkie wannabe with Les Baxter’s Balladeers and some pretty rare solo proto-blues rock tasters like “Get Together”, written by Dino “Quicksilver” Valenti.

Clark’s “Why Can’t I Have Her Back Again?” plus his duet with Chip Douglas on “If I Hang Around” and Peter Fonda’s version of Gram Parsons’ “November Nights” are the really sublime and ridiculous items.

A marvellous addition to this essential LA lore. Keep ’em coming.


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