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  • Audio CD (23 Jun. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000025QEC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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With such a varied musical career it was never going to be easy presenting a "best of" The Byrds that would please everyone. But this CD comes close I think - and there's enough good music here to really present a snapshot of a band that was huge in its time, and went through several significant changes in terms of line up and output.

From the twangy sixties covers of Dylan material, through the more experimental pop-rock, pop-folk and then country material that wraps up the album, there is a representative sample of the lovely work that The Byrds rolled out during the various stages in their career. It's evocative, beautiful stuff for the most part: short, memorable songs that tell stories that stick in the mind, and a slice of musical history.

If nothing else, the compilation's work is done if it returns you to the original albums from which these tracks are culled. With a significant catalogue to explore, and with lots of the Byrd's albums mentioned in glowing terms in most rock retrospectives and "albums you must listen to" style books; this group is important and worthy of closer attention. This CD isn't attempting to cover everything in depth, but for under a fiver it represents great value and an ideal taster for anyone who has yet to discover the wonders of the music.
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By A Customer on 29 July 2003
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While the world was raving about the Beatles, their American counterpart were the Byrds. According to rock mythology, folk rock history set its very first step when Dave Crosby (later of CSN&Y), Gene Clark and Jim (later Roger) McGuinn were bitten by the bug called Bob Dylan. But Byrds were more. They were also: Roger's 12-string Rickenbacker and a propulsive 3-voice, 3-guitar aural assault. Hear for yourself on Mr Tambourine Man, Chimes of Freedom and My Back Pages.
More, the Byrds were not just a mere Dylan cover band. In an era dominated by British musical violence and innovation, the Byrds soared as high as any band could aspire to. Such later Byrds albums as Notorious Byrd Bros. and Sweetheart of the Rodeo set the scene for such bands as Flying Burrito Brothers.
Long after they were gone, such groups as Eagles , R.E.M. and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have, while growing into their own repertoire, made overwhelmingly clear how much in debt they are to McGuinn's Byrds.
By the way: we should advise for the true Byrds ornithologist not to buy this, but the splendid 44-track double album The ESSENTIAL BYRDS with gems galore. This deserves the above 5-star rating at least twice.
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By Brit Boy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Aug. 2014
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As a keen fan of popular, influential '60s music, I was always familiar with a handful of The Byrds' hit singles, and decided to buy a greatest hits album to investigate the band further. When I went to HMV, there were at least six compilations on offer, but I opted for this one, released in 1997. With the four songs that I really wanted, plus 23 others, I felt like I was getting excellent value for money.

I hadn't realised that they have covered so many Bob Dylan songs (there is in fact a whole CD devoted to them: The Byrds Play Dylan) and as a fan of his, I was pleased to hear them. Perhaps the most famous cover here is 'Mr Tambourine Man', which has always been my favourite version of the song, the band's highest charting UK single, and the opener of this album. After this, all of the songs are present in chronological order, which is usually my favourite way to have the tracks on a compilation.

The band went onto have a stream of hits, perhaps the most famous (in the UK at least) are 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' and 'Eight Miles High'. Another song, 'My Black Pages', didn't achieve a chart placing in this country, but was a top 30 hit in the US, and made up the fourth track in the songs that I bought this album for. To be honest, I'd have just been happy with that, but the majority of the album is also well worth a listen.

I'm not sure that The Byrds themselves require an introduction, but if your looking for your first album which contains all the essentials and more, I would say that 'The Very Best Of' is as good as any.
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When I bought this compilation, I was impressed, but it didn't really inspire me to want any of their studio albums. As it turned out, the studio albums are that cheap that I bought them anyway, and I now rank the Byrds as one of my favourite bands.
But the point is, a best of is supposed to be an introduction to a band. So surely their best material would be included to entice people to want more. Yes, there's Mr. Tambourine Man, Turn! Turn! Turn!, 8 Miles High, and Renaissance Fair to name but a few. But so many brilliant songs have been left off that I wonder how many other people have chosen not to buy anymore Byrds albums because of it.
I can't beleive that the songs, Whats Happening?!?!, I See You, Why, Have You Seen Her Face, Everybody's Been Burned, Thoughts And Words, Artificial Energy, Natural Harmony, Change Is Now, and Tribal Gathering have not been included. All these songs showcase The Byrd's versatility and brilliance, and if just half of them were included, it would have made the compilation twice as good.
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