Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (studio album) by The Byrds
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The best album by The Byrds is The Notorious Byrd Brothers which is ranked number 791 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,327.
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I was not a fan of this turn from psychedelic Rickenbacker guitar driven repertoire to a more straight ahead country feel. Just not my style, and to me they missed Crosby.
Con la entrada de Gram Parsons en el grupo y un mayor protagonismo de Hillman, los Byrds crean la piedra angular del country rock.
Even though the US's soft power has made country instantly recognizable by cityfolk in Europe, this is bound to scare off everyone who's not from the wild west, unless the US propaganda has been very succesful on you. Call me close-minded all you want, but I don't see you listening to "smartlappen" or "λαικά". Huh, what? Exactly. Anyway, this band's career has consisted of almost only ballsy moves, and even though I couldn't care less about this one, I respect them still. Plus there are some gems, "The Christian Life" is hilarious. And even though it's not about who did it first but who did it right, being first should earn you some honor.
more of this twangy monotoned garbage.
My perception of this album is hurt by my long familiarity with (and vast preference for) Dylan's '71 version of the opening track. And, tepid as the rest is, that's pretty much still the highlight.
While I like the "jangle pop" version of The Byrds much better than later incarnations, I have to admit that this is the definition of a "grower" album. It pretty much creates the genre of alt-country that would be replicated by so many bands in the 90s through the present. If you are a fan of alt-country, this is the origin album for your travels.
Only recently getting round to Byrds albums - initially I pretty much hated this album. Thought it was country - which it is - but it is growing on me with each listen. Still prefer the two preceding albums but surprised at this growing like for this album!
Gram Parsons only stuck around to make a single record with the Byrds, but it was far and away the best thing the Byrds ever did, and that includes "Eight Miles High" and the other iconic Roger McGuinn-penned Byrds songs of the sixties. Sweetheart of the Rodeo never attained quite the same commercial success of the Byrds' other work, but it's some of the finest and most influential country rock ever recorded. For me there's not a bad song on the whole album, but any discussion of Sweetheart of the Rodeo has to begin with "You Ain't Going Nowhere," probably the song I've played on more porches in Georgia and North Carolina than any other, ever. Just one of those great, simple, timeless tunes that everyone knows, even when they're not quite sure how or when or where they heard it first.
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