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Beards and ballads,
By A Customer
This review is from: Byrdmaniax (Audio CD)
Worth buying just to marvel at how they managed to fit Skip Battin's beard into a deathmask, this album betrays its hastily-recorded origins in its dependence on the ballads "Pale Blue" and "Kathleen's Song". The latter seems to have undergone a minor overhaul since "Unissued", with a more assured yet still delicate McGuinn vocal.
There's a palpable drop in quality towards the middle; the gospel opening (which sounds oddly heartfelt, coming from a non-Christian band) is uneasily succeeded by the in-jokes of "Citizen Kane" and, after some further metaphysical lurches in the shape of "Absolute Happiness" and "My Destiny", it's down to "Kathleen" and the bonus tracks to save the day.
And they do, proving that these Byrds can cover Dylan as successfully as their illustrious forebears. Gene Clark sang his "Think I'm Gonna Feel Better" more transparently back in 1967, but Clarence White's rendering is a pleasant surprise.
So here we have a first-rate band suffering from inimical production constraints. A breath of English air for "Farther Along" did them good.