- Audio CD (25 Jan. 1993)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Elektra
- ASIN: B000006XCK
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Clark, especially, shines on this album, and his self-penned contributions echo his 'Roadmaster' album, which had pretty much the same line-up on a couple of tracks. Crosby, blowing hot and cold as he always did, weighs in with two gems - 'Laughing' and Joni's 'For Free' - which balance the extremely odd 'Long Live The King'.
There have also been criticisms of the Neil Young covers, and I confess that 'Cowgirl' isn't the greatest, but '(See The Sky) About To Rain' is the jewel in the crown of the entire album. Those Rickenbacker power chords are what the Byrds were all about, and still give me the chills thirty years on.
Don't think of it as 'Farther Along' without Clarence White (although if you fancy hearing the estimable CW on Gene's 'Full Circle' then you'll find him on the abovementioned 'Roadmaster'), think of it as 'McGuinn Clark & Hillman' with David Crosby. 'The Byrds' is well worth its place in your collection, whatever you've heard.
-The Gene Clark tracks are fantastic, and his country tinged Neil Young covers are great.
-Crosby's contributions are mixed: his rendition of Joni Mitchell's 'For Free'is really good, but the rest uninspiring, especially his strange decision to do a sloppy version of 'laughing', a song he had cut on his solo album to much greater effect.
- McGuinn's work is mixed too: 'sweet mary' is folky gem, but the likes of 'rock n' roll' is dire.
- I have great respect for the mans talent, but Hillmans contributions are dire, apart from some brilliant mandolin breaks on Clark and McGuinn's songs.
In short, Good not Great
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The boys are older, but music is great! I like the sound here too. After 9 years they're all stars here.Published on 11 May 2014 by Dmitri Kazantsev
What I would call"a lap of Honour" album. Not a bad record as such, but adds little or nothing to their back catalogue. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2012 by Jimi Jac
This album constitutes the only serious blemish on the Byrds' mightily distinguished recording record. Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2002