The Byrds is a group originating in Los Angeles which caused some major revolutions in the music rock'n'roll of the Années 1960.
The group was made of Roger McGuinn (guitar - song), Chris Hillman (low - song), David Crosby (guitar - song), Gene Clark (song - percussions) and Mike Clarke (battery) on the first albums. Byrds are pioneers of the Folk - Rock. Impassioned Bob Dylan (the resumptions of Zimmermann are frequent in their repertory), this one their fact of listening to his song Mr. Tambourine Man in 1964, whereas it was not published yet, and they have an extremely simple idea to make a tube of it: they decorate the song of an electric sound!
The things could have been limited to a simple recovery, a cover among so much of others, but the destiny of Byrds wanted some differently: a new kind had been born, Byrds were made agents of the electric folk. Following the 45T., the album The Byrds is pressed and leaves to the beginning of the year 1965. The group is already very known and occurs in famous the ED Sullivan Show. The same year, they connect a second LP with again a title with planetary success: Turn, Turn, Turn! The music takes reflections psychedelic and the control of the covers of Dylan compete with the originals.
Byrds, after two albums in 1965, found the folk-rock'n'roll and create a specific sound due to Rickenbacker 12 cords of Roger McGuinn: “Jingle Jangle”.
Byrds are the first to engrave on one 33 towers a version of Hey Joe (popularized later by Jimi Hendrix). They carry a new revolution in January 1966: simple the Eight Miles High… Future anthem of the Psychédélisme, Byrds are precursory by protesting high and strong, in the disc, freedom to plane under acids in the American skies. Gene Clark is the first to leave the ship, considering too distant from its sights the current management in which the group begins. McGuinn, Crosby and Hillman having tasted with LSD record a key album in the discography of the sixties: Fifth Dimension.
The sound deepened, the topics ground around men of space, colors intrigantes which dance in front of the eyes, of interior mysticism. Jingle Jangle is controlled to perfection on the two traditional recoveries: Wild Mountain Thyme and John Riley . Arrangements of cords are sumptuous, the psychedelic guitars and the amazing vocal harmonies. Eight Miles High occupies the first beach of the face B which goes, to the wire of listening, worms heights even more seizing. The electronic sound effects of the last song concretize Byrds like the popes of the new era underground and them Fifth Dimension , an encyclical which will be taken. The sales are désatreuses.
The group returns in 1967 with Younger from Yesterday , an album which at the time faded a little of the comparison with its predecessor. Thirty years later, the wafer contains gems comparable with the vintage 1966.
Crosby, disillusioned, leaves the group for Crosby, Stills & Nash (and Young). Gene Clark returns then sets out again. And in 1968, Byrds, before revolutionizing the country rock'n'roll with Sweetheart off the Rodeo , produces their disc psychédélique: The Notorious Byrds Brothers .
- : The Byrds interpret " Mr. Tambourine Man" in 1965
- The Byrds with the ED Sullivan Show interpret " Turn, Turn, Turn" , 1965
Simple: The Byrds
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