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on 15 May 2013
As a long time Byrds fan and someone who has played "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" too many times to be objective about it, this little book hits the button. The overview of the Byrds up to late 1967, which takes up around half of what's here, is interesting and relevant and the thoroughly researched information on the background to its recording - a mini novel in itself as the Byrds fall apart while delivering their masterpiece - followed by detailed information on each track (plus those that didn't make it) adds really beneficial insight. I thought I knew a lot but after reading this I know so much more, and what I now know most definitely adds to my enjoyment of the album. What more could you ask?

Like many in this series the author's love for the record gets in the way at times, but in the end it's a pretty good attempt at bringing something that's worthy of adoration to life. Two thoughts after reading it. The first... if "Lady Friend" and "Triad" (both recorded during sessions for the album and both rejected because of group politics) had replaced the ponderous Space Odyssey on Side Two an already excellent record would have been so much better. The second... Chris Hillman's bass... read the book and then listen to his playing again - brilliant.
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