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Preflyte [VINYL] Box set

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  • Vinyl (1 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Vinyl Lovers
  • ASIN: B00BLUWWPO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 301,054 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The other reviews so far are actually for the 2001 release of Preflyte, this is a review of the Floating World edition, what Amazon calls Preflyte Plus though this title isn't stated anywhere on the package.
For a start the track listing above is incorrect. CD 1 has 20 track, not 18, the last two being You Showed Me (inst.) and The Times They Are A Changin' (inst.) and CD two only has 28 tracks, 21. You Movin Boston, 22. She Has A Way, 23. You Movin The Reason Why and 24. It's No Use are not on it, I have no idea where this discrepancy comes from. There was a 7" of You Movin/Boston that came out at the same time as the Preflyte Sessions but were versions that were not included on it so perhaps Floating World meant to include them here and then didn't.
So to what is here. Well, there's all the stuff from the various releases under the Preflyte title down the years and the sound quality is very high and is clearly taken wholesale from the 2006 remastered Preflyte Sessions as the track order is identicle. Then there's the interesting bit, The Columbia demo reel and a trio of other unreleased songs. The sound quality of the demo reel is not as good as the rest, nor is it as compressed and full as the remasters, but it is still a good quality recording and I prefer to hear it in its natural state, i mean these are demos and temptation to over-produce them would put too much emphasis on what is a working sketch. But they're great versions, they really are.
Perhaps even more interesting is the final three songs. Two Crosby solo tracks, the first his brilliant rewrite/hat-tip/expansion of Mannish Boy and the second a fully realized demo of Everybody's Been Burned that is even more beautiful than the Byrds take.
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Most Byrds fans will certainly know about, and may already have, these wonderful,charming,early tracks of historical importance in the evolution of the Byrds and the 60s West Coast sound in general. For those unfamiliar with this release, don't expect the 'full on' jangling 12 string Byrds sound of their first Columbia and later albums. These recordings are the Byrds aural baby pictures. Also don't be mislead by the comment in one of these reviews about the artwork and packaging of the disc. Those comments relate to the release on the Poptones label. The packaging and sleeve notes on the Sundazed version of 'Preflyte' have been put together with all the usual care and devotion the label is known for and excels at.
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A welcome release for those of us who had this on vinyl and have worn it out and for all you new Byrdmaniacs
The pre-hit Byrds are caught on tape refining and discovering their new sound, soon to become famous worldwide with "Mr Tambourine Man". A cute early version of that is included as are alternative versions of favourites like "Here Without You" and "You Won't Have To Cry". The real attraction for me are the songs the Byrds chose not to record when they became huge stars. "The Airport Song" is a rare example of David Crosby's early vocal sound and a wistful tune as well. "For Me Again" is classic Gene Clark and its a shame it was left off the Byrds first real album. The much covered "You Showed Me" is also here in its original form (long before the Turtles)."The Reason Why" is also charming and Beatle influenced.
Overall an excellent package - the embryonic Byrds just before take off. Enjoy
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Firstly this is an expanded version of the album with 8 previously released tracks.
I really love albums that contains demos & unreleased songs. I find it fascinating, to listen to how these songs evolve & alter.
If you like this record, you should check out "Bob Dylan Bootleg Series 1-3" , "This life & music of Richard Thompson" & "The Buffalo Springfield Boxset"
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This is a collection of some of the loveliest 2 minute songs you could wish for. It seems to be a direct link between influences (The Reason Why/You Movin' - Everley Brothers; She Has A Way - The Searchers; perhaps most importantly A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles most important album??)and the sound that made The Byrds one of the most influential bands of the decade - if not all time (with the jangly guitars not quite as prominent as they were to become). It is almost a great album in itself, and contains at least three tracks later to appear on Mr Tambourine Man. Of these, You Won't Have to Cry and I Knew I'd Want You are two of the most delicate, beautiful tracks ever committed to record, whilst I enjoyed hearing Boston for the first time, with its chunky bass playing that would later be a style perfected by Love's Ken Forssi.
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These tracks here are early 1964 demos. But musically, it is impossible to believe they are demos, as they sound like fully polished professional recordings, with their familiar trademark 12 string guitar in full bloom, except on the acoustic tracks. They all sound different to anything else at the time.These tracks were easily good enough for release, yet some of these songs they never recorded commercially. They were among their best. Many songs appear in more than one take, but the difference of the takes was always noticeable as the arrangement was always different. They were idiots not to release any of this at the time. It may be because they had not yet signed a record deal. Even the Dave Crosby solo tracks here are surprisingly good, although different in sound. None of these tracks can possibly be classed as demos. Already that strong West Coast but mild psychedelic feel of theirs was present at this time. Most of the tracks on their first album were commercial re-recordings of some of the demos here. With such great music that came out during the mid sixties such as The Byrds and Bob Dylan, it makes you wonder who an earth at that time wanted to listen to Sandie Shaw. She was born elderly.
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