The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)

“The Notorious Byrd Brothers” is the fifth studio album by The Byrds, released in 1968. It is considered by many to be one of their finest albums and a significant contribution to the development of psychedelic rock.

Here is the track listing for the album:

Artificial Energy
Goin’ Back
Natural Harmony
Draft Morning
Wasn’t Born to Follow
Get to You
Change Is Now
Old John Robertson
Tribal Gathering
Dolphin’s Smile
Space Odyssey

The album opens with “Artificial Energy,” a driving and dynamic track that showcases the band’s experimentation with sound and psychedelic themes.

“Goin’ Back” is a cover of a Carole King and Gerry Goffin song, which features the band’s signature harmonies and a lush, orchestral arrangement.

“Natural Harmony” is a gentle and introspective track that showcases the band’s musicianship and songwriting skills.

“Draft Morning” is a protest song that features innovative use of sound effects and a powerful vocal performance by Roger McGuinn.

“Wasn’t Born to Follow” is a folk rock song with a memorable guitar riff and a strong vocal performance by Chris Hillman.

“Get to You” is an upbeat and energetic track that showcases the band’s rock and roll influences and features a powerful guitar solo.

“Change Is Now” is a soulful and introspective track that explores the theme of personal transformation and features a beautiful vocal performance by David Crosby.

“Old John Robertson” is a tongue-in-cheek country rock song that showcases the band’s playful side and features a strong vocal performance by McGuinn.

“Tribal Gathering” is an instrumental track that explores the theme of tribal unity and features innovative use of sound effects and a driving rhythm section.

“Dolphin’s Smile” is a gentle and introspective track that showcases the band’s experimentation with sound and psychedelic themes.

“Space Odyssey” is an epic track that explores the theme of outer space and features innovative use of sound effects and a powerful vocal performance by McGuinn.

Overall, “The Notorious Byrd Brothers” is a classic album that showcases The Byrds’ experimentation with sound and psychedelic themes. The album’s blend of folk, rock, and psychedelic influences helped pave the way for the emergence of psychedelic rock and remains a significant contribution to the genre.

 

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