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Dr. Byrds And Mr. Hyde

25 Mar 1997 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 25 Mar 1997
  • Release Date: 25 Mar 1997
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 51:02
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  • ASIN: B001GU09GS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,032 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By T. G. F. Garrett on 30 Aug 2011
Format: Audio CD
I cannot understand why many people dislike this. Even the minor tracks, Candy, Child of the Universe, King Apathy III or Nashville West are fine songs. Then the brilliant country tracks: Drug Store Truck Driving Man, Old Blue, Gentle Ways of Lovimg Me are actually superior to virtually every track on the Byrds previous album (Sweetheart of the Rodeo). The space rock Wheels On Fire and Bad Night at the Whiskey (about a bad night at the Whiskey-a go go, NOT the drink whisky) are a natural progression in their style (albeit back to Fifth Dimension!). No perhaps the Medley is a little down on quality but not by much. So I will give this 5 stars and certainly better then Ballad of Easy Rider and of course the last 2 albums (even they have a few gems, check out Bugler).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 30 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
What a fall from grace. At long last Roger McGuinn is in total control and what does he do but produce this. I'm sorry but to someone brought up on the Byrds this album is a complete disappointment. It was way back then and it still is now.

Yes, it does have some good points. It's a Byrds album; you feel you've a right to expect something from the brand name. Let me take them in turn:

- The Byrds' harmonies have survived the changes in personnel.

- Instruments are individually played well, as one might expect from some of the new Byrds, but much of the time they don't produce a convincing group sound.

- There's one number which could be described as great, the slow country ballad, "Drug Store Truck Driving Man". This was co-written by McGuinn and Gram Parsons shortly before the latter left the group. It was inspired by the negative attitude towards the band by DJ Ralph Emory when they appeared on his radio show. It would have been great to have had this plus other new material on "Sweetheart of the Rodeo".

- It has two very good numbers but both fall short of greatness. "This Wheel's on fire" is the most menacing version of a Dylan song that the Byrds have ever performed. Bob himself laid down a fairly hazy template. McGuinn totally transforms the song. The harmonies on the first chorus are fantastic. However its length works against it - the heavy rock guitar leads to tedium - would have been much better if kept down to less than three minutes in length. In contrast, "Old Blue" is a corny but rather sweet old number about a dog. However it's repetitive and also overstays its welcome. Both these numbers would have been OK if contained in an otherwise great album.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By KMorris on 20 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
By the close of 1968, Roger McGuinn found himself the only original left in the nest. Of the "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" band, the dismissed drummer, Kevin Kelly was never to find such high-profile work again. Country rebel Gram Parsons moved on to The Flying Burrito Brothers where he would eventually be in the company of two of the founders of The Byrds, Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke. Gene Clark, meanwhile was first part of Dillard and Clark, who certainly had their moments, and was then to be found carving out an erratic solo career. David Crosby, superstar in waiting, was starting to reach dizzy heights of creative and commercial success with Crosby, Stills and Nash (and Young).

McGuinn, always the man determined to keep The Byrds flying, had re-grouped. He retained the services of erstwhile session bluegrass-based wizard guitarist Clarence White, who had appeared as a guest musician on previous Byrds albums, making him now a full-time, fully fledged member. (White had been approached to become a Burrito Brother, but he passed that over as he's reported to have always wanted to be a Byrd). Clarence brought in his chum from his previous band, Nashville West, Gene Parsons (no relation to the departed Gram) as the new drummer. The line-up was completed by the addition of bassist John York who was fresh from work with Johnny Rivers and The Mamas And Papas.

I recall when "Dr Byrds And Mr Hyde" came out in early 1969, it's purchase was largely an act of faith on the part of Byrds' fans. The names and faces of the new quartet (apart from Clarence) were unknown and there was really no clue as to what this version of the group would sound like.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 20 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album begins with a cover of This wheel's on fire, written by Bob Dylan but a huge UK hit for Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity (to give them their full title). Next comes Old blue, a traditional folk song adapted to their own style. After that is the country-sounding Your gentle ways of loving me. Anybody listening to this album and wondering who its target market was, would be further confused by the next track, Child of the universe, which was used in the soundtrack of Candy (the title track comes later on this CD). Then comes an instrumental track, Nashville west.
Drug store truck driving man is straight-ahead traditional country, complete with steel guitar played by guest musician. Lloyd Green. Apparently this was a reaction against Nashville attitudes to rock musicians in general and the Byrds in particular.
Next comes King Apathy III - a fine blend of rock, blues and country - followed by Candy, the movie title track, followed by Bad night at the whiskey, which leans towards heavy rock. After that comes the strange but wonderful medley of My back pages, B J blues and Baby what you want me to do - the end of the original album. The five bonus tracks include Stanley's song, Lay lady lay and alternate versions of tracks featured on the main album.
This is not the place to begin a collection of Byrds music - or even a collection of their albums - but is a fascinating album that you will appreciate if you enjoy the diversity of material and styles.
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