- Vinyl (1 April 2013)
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Box set
- Label: Vinyl Lovers
- ASIN: B00BLUWWPO
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Preflyte [VINYL] Box set
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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.Read more ›
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
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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As usual the Byrds can do no wrong. I have the original on Vinyl, having bought the import from Virgin when it was one small shop in London!!!!Published on 10 Aug. 2014 by Kate from Norfolk
Excellent service, brilliant read of a well researched and presented publication, I feel a whole lot better ,thank you .Published on 27 Mar. 2014 by Bill
There are very few interesting items on this CD but it is good to hear the early incarnations of many familiar songs. Read morePublished on 7 Nov. 2013 by P. L. Wightman
nice set of songs that go through early times of sound and interest also a good booklet with nice photos, good if you want to feel the early stuff.Published on 19 Mar. 2013 by David Stockley