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Live At The Fillmore - February 1969 [Live]

The Byrds Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Jun 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
  • ASIN: B00004R8NX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1. Nashville west
2. You're still on my mind
3. Pretty boy floyd
4. Drug store truck drivin' man
5. Medley: Turn!Turn!Turn! (to everything there is a season)/Mr.Tambourine man
6. Close up the honky tonks
7. Buckaroo
8. The christian life
9. Time between
10. King apathy III
11. Bad night at the whiskey
12. Wheels on fire
13. So you want to be a rock'n'roll star
14. Sing me back home
15. He was a friend of mine
16. Chimes of freedom

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This previously unreleased 1969 performance captures the Byrds--intriguingly--between their seminal country album, Sweetheart Of The Rodeo and the futuristic rock of Untitled. Helmed by Roger McGuinn following the departure of Gram Parsons, the band may have seemed confused about their future direction, but they were still a very capable live outfit. Having sewn up the hits ("Mr Tambourine Man", "Turn Turn Turn", "Eight Miles High") in a medley, the remaining performances ("Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man", "Sing Me Back Home", "Close Up The Honky Tonks", "Nashville West") are rooted firmly in the band's Nashville experience--not the kind of music guaranteed to play well with the hippie Fillmore crowd. The free-flowing guitar improvisations wouldn't feature until the following year, and these renditions remain faithful to the originals. Along with McGuinn's distinctive vocals, the star of the show is guitarist Clarence White, who died aged only 29 in 1974. White's background was soaked in country music, and his playing here is exemplary.--Patrick Humphries

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THE BYRDS Live At The Fillmore - February 1969 (2000 UK Nice Price 16-track 20 bit digital remastered CD previously unreleased 1969 performance picture sleeve and stickered case)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BETTER LATE THAN NEVER ! 13 April 2003
By KMorris
Format:Audio CD
Rollicking and uplifting from start to finish, this set was unfortunately left unreleased for thirty-one years after it was recorded !
It proves what a hot live band this line-up of The Byrds truely was.
Guitarist Clarence White shines and surprises throughout and his presence drives the band through selections from all stages of their up to then career.
Vocally, it's all Roger McGuinn's show and he does a fine job, even taking lead on songs originally sung by former Byrdmates Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman.
The early folk-rock hits are done in grand style and the classic "Sweetheart Of The Rodeo" songs are played with confidence and verve.
The songs from the just released "Dr Byrds And Mr Hyde" leap out brightly.
This is a whole lot more satisfying and intimately sounding concert listening experience than the live stuff on the later "Untitled" and well worth investingating by any Byrdmaniax.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clarence White in excelsis 8 Dec 2006
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Buy this CD. The band may be a bit rough in places but Clarence White's incredible playing is completely worth the price of admission by itself. There is a lot of White's B-Bender guitar here - he never stops playing! - and if you ever wondered what the legend was all about, here is plenty of absolutely revelatory evidence. If you are at all interested in country-rock guitar you need this CD. Do not hesitate. 5 stars for the guitar playing alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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It seems impossible that the first official entirely live Byrds album was only released in 2003, as it had been recorded in early 1969.
Nevermind as this is a top class show that covers many of their best known songs plus Close Up The Honky Tonks, Buckaroo and Sing Me Back Home.
As none of this album had been heard before I think Byrds fans will want to add it to their growing collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value 17 Sep 2013
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There are several/many Byrds live packages out but I have to say this has the music and value for money
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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars - DR. ROCKING BYRDS MEETS MR. COUNTRY HYDE BYRDS 21 May 2000
By Alan Rockman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When Chris Hillman left the Byrds in October 1968 to join Gram Parsons in forming the Flying Burrito Brothers, Byrd leader Roger McGuinn was the only original Byrd left. McGuinn did consider disbanding the Byrds - but after a rich folk, rock and even jazz legacy McGuinn opted to continue with a formula one-half country and one-half rock and roll.
With the brilliant guitarist Clarence White and his cohort, steady drummer Gene Parsons already on board, McGuinn hired the young John York to replace Hillman on bass and vocals. This was an inspired choice for York's harmonies were adaptable to those of David Crosby, Gene Clark and McGuinn himself. And remember, as brilliant as White was on guitar - he was certainly no Gram Parsons or Hillman in the vocal department.
But the Country guitarist White wanted to play more rocking guitar, just as the Folk-Rocking McGuinn wanted to sing more country vocals - definitely a Dr.Byrds meets Mr. Hyde mix!
After several months of recording and live shows, the new Byrds ventured north to 'Frisco to play Bill Graham's venerable Fillmore in February 1969. The result is this album - a nice, great, yet not grand blend of psychedelic rock and down home country riffs n' tunes.
The hard right towards country which began with "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" continued with White and even after the departures of Hillman and Parsons - and the country tunes featured on "Fillmore" are the best of the live album. There are several neat treats - a kicking version of "You're Still On My Mind" with a nice harmony by York and stellar stringbender by the ace himself - White; the hilarious "Drugstore Truck Driving Man" - replete with sardonic McGuinn vocals - a fine country solo by White (though his solo on the "boston tea party" recording is much finer) and high harmony by York - where this New York boy definitely sounds like a cowboy.
McGuinn also shines on Hillman's "Time Between" and the Louvin Brothers' "The Christian Life" proving he could hold his own with that down home boy Gram.
But a major highlight of this Byrds country set didn't even feature a McGuinn vocal - nor was it even written by the Byrds - it is Clarence White's hats off tribute to his Bakersfield friend Buck Owens in the clanging instrumental "Buckaroo" ( ironically enough John Beland of the current Flying Burrito Bros. also did homage to Owens (who played rhythm guitar) on a recent version of "Buckaroo" similar to White in style and on the FBB "California Jukebox" album - but that's another story...)
Some, though not all of the favorites are here as well - a medley featuring "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Eight Miles High", "He Was A Friend of Mine" and "So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star" and well as the psycho-rock of Dylan's "This Wheel's On Fire" - the versatility of White comes through loud and clear here - straightforward blistering fuzzbox guitar that would even make White's contemporary Jimi Hendrix sit up and take notice - no twangy country stuff here.
One mustn't neglect the steady drumming contributions of Gene Parsons here, either - though Parsons - one of Country Rock's greatest drummers does sound missing in the mix.
Which leads me to the glaring weaknesses department.
Much of John York's high harmonies were erased from this recording - why, I don't - or do know. He can be heard on "You're Still On My Mind", "Drugstore", and on a couple of the familiar ones, but just barely. The album was basically a showcase for Roger McGuinn and the late Clarence White.
There are also no non-McGuinn lead vocals - and no surprises unless one considers "Buckaroo" and "You're Still On My Mind" as pleasant surprises.York did do a strongly emotive vocal on his version of Odetta's "Long Black Veil" (a song that he still occasionally sings in concert) at about this time - which featured a mournful, though on-point solo by White - which still hasn't seen the light of day on this or on any other Byrds "legit" recordings. And White - Gram Parson's replacement - is vocally non-existant here.
Still this is a gem from arguably the best live, if not studio Byrds around, and quite essential in any Byrds' fans collection, especially in casting light and sound on a little-known episode of the legendary history of the Byrds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Let's hear it for Clarence White! 10 Mar 2000
By Jules - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Without Clarence White, the latter period Byrds would have been a much duller beast. One can only wonder what would have happened if he'd prized daring over guaranteed cash and taken up the offer to form a Parsons-Hillman-White-Parsons lineup of The Flying Burrito Bros!
But he didn't, he stayed with The Byrds. Here he comes now, all sinewy stringbending stood-stock-still showmanship - listen to the way he plays the instrumentals "Nashville West" and "Buckaroo" here, and weep with joy and envy.
I disagree with the Amazon staff reviewer. It may not be the best ever Byrds mk II concert, but it's noticeably better than the live sections of the new expanded (UNTITLED)/(UNISSUED). And nor do I feel that they're missing Gram Parsons here - he certainly wasn't known for his way with a pitch-perfect lead or harmony vocal! I actually miss Chris Hillman's bass and singing more, especially on "Time Between".
But, hey, they do an energetic banjo-fuelled "Pretty Boy Floyd" and the Medley, far from being a typical let's-get-the-hits-over-with exercise is truly exciting - McGuinn's on fine form (but where's John York when you need him doing the David Crosby harmony parts! ). Similarly upbeat is the version of "Rock 'n' Roll Star".
Also present is a cool live take of "Bad Night at the Whiskey" (the single released from the contemporary DR BYRDS AND MR HYDE LP) which outclasses the muddy studio original. In fact the DR BYRDS album gets my vote for the worst ever Byrds LP - it's not helped by its ill-judged production sound, and must have lead many (I'd have been amongst them) to write the group off as a dead dodo. This concert would have helped restore the balance had it been released in '69 and Byrds fans and/or Clarence White fans shouldn't have too much hesitation about snapping up a copy.
In fact, there's a neat box available here in the UK (I don't know whether you guys have it too) which includes this CD along with the upgraded (UNTITLED), BYRDMANIAX and FARTHER ALONG with room for the previous 8 albums, plus a Pete Frame family tree poster and a set of 4 color cards.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Newly Hatched Byrds Take Flight 9 Mar 2000
By Joseph A. Kengor - Published on Amazon.com
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Remember, this is a live recording of a newly formed band. Roger Mcguinn (guitar, vocals) remained the only original member, and the recent recruitment of Clarence White (guitar), Gene Parsons (drums) and John York (bass), meant this band was just starting out, attempting to encompass their newly written material with the legacy of the earlier, popular, trend-setting, group. I forgive these musicians the rawness on some of the tracks. For BYRDS fans, this is a MUST HAVE recording. It is an historic snapshot of the Byrds lineup that became the hard-working band that earned the reputation of great live performers, as witnessed on the UNTITLED album. The sound is not bad, considering the year (Feb '69). Mcguinn's vocals emanate cool energy, and the song selection is eclectic. Every prior album is represented (except NOTORIOUS). Their performance peaked in the middle (cuts #10, 11, and 12) with a series of their newly-recorded songs: King Apathy III, Bad Night at the Whiskey, and This Wheels on Fire; songs that were identified with this lineup. Also included were a mix of old country and folk songs, by writers such as Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, the Louvin brothers, Bob Dylan, and Woody Guthrie. As a card carrying BYRDS fan, I endorse this disc as ESSENTIAL for all BYRDS followers. For country rock fans, this is a live recording of the first band that popularized the genre.( To enjoy the BYRDS country rock studio masterpiece, buy SWEETHEARTS OF THE RODEO.) This disc is also a fine showcase for Clarence White's underrated lead guitar playing; few examples exist. At times, the guitar interplay between Mcguinn and White is just ear candy.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Live at the Fillmore 28 Feb 2000
By Donald H Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Byrds fan since I heard "Mr. Tambourine Man" on the radio late one night in early 1965...and this release by the 1969 incarnation of the band provides a wonderful glimpse into the history of the band...at last there is a Byrds album that puts the absolute guitar magic of Clarence White in the forground..this ablum is a must buy for any Telecaster player.....and provides material that was previously availble only on bootleg. McGuinn and company were clearly in the country vein, and do a wonderful job on the covers of Merle Haggard (Sing Me Back Home) and Buck Owens (Buckaroo, and Close Up the Honky Tonks) along with the Sweetheart of the Rodeo tunes, Youre Still on My mind and Pretty Boy Floyd. Yeah..there are moments when the harmonies were off, where things were a bit loose, but these are live recordings, and not the digitally remastered and fixed synthpop we get today...this is the real deal...this album is a must buy for any Byrds fan, Clarence White fan, or lover of the best of late 60s rock
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These Byrds Can Play 4 April 2005
By C. H. Bartle - Published on Amazon.com
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I don't know why the gods smiled on us and somehow these recordings were made, but they were. One listen to Clarence White work out on "Buckaroo" and you know (knew, if you were there) you are (were) in the presence of something really unusual and very, very cool - total mastery of the instrument and an intense, creative and soulful musical and rhythmic spirit. (Compare with the Buck Owens original and you'll know what I'm saying). White, who had been playing electric guitar only a couple years at that point, has simply never been equalled in the genre. And actually only equalled at all by very few other guitar players. OK - the other guys are good too, esp. Parsons, the drummer, who understood what Clarence was trying to do. This band was just beginning to feel its power, and you can hear it. McGuinn actually seems to be having a good time, and he sings and plays the country stuff OK and the folk and rock material very well indeed. Ahead of their time and underrated - classic Byrds.
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