The Notorious Byrd Brothers (studio album) by The Byrds

The Notorious Byrd Brothers by The Byrds
Year: 1968
Overall rank: 791st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 430 votes)
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Award Top 20 albums of 1968 (17th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1960s (85th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (791st)
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78/100 (from 430 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 78.0/100, a mean average of 77.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 78.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.3.

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75/100
From 05/03/2022 12:59
Trippy, folky, psychedelic - it should be great but apparently it lacks something for me. This is unique and intriguing sound, but at the same time it fades into the background.
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70/100
From 01/03/2022 10:02
I enjoyed this without it coming near my top 100
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80/100
From 11/05/2021 16:55
Lovely mix of psychedelic country folk rock. Really comes together in the middle. The songs work so well in sequence of each other and the fade in between them accentuates that. "Space Odyssey" is goofy but kind of neat. Could be their best but I haven't heard anything after it yet.
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70/100
From 07/21/2021 00:43
It's funny that literally always what people do first when they get a new instrument in their hands, is just make the same shit but with a new instrument. The theremin was at its conception only used as a replacement for a soprano voice and it took until the Beach Boys to do something interesting with them. An other example - why not, I got time - is the electric guitar itself, just look up the first recordings with electric guitars in the '40s, you'll ask yourself why they bothered to use one. The same here with the Moog synthesizer. I can almost hear Ralph und Florian thinking in the background "I can do this better". Anyway, other than that, it's a great record; they've created a rather distinctive sound at this point and almost can't go wrong anymore.
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55/100
From 02/08/2021 13:57
surreal half decent
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70/100
From 06/28/2020 00:20
Not exactly a magnum opus, but I enjoyed it. The production is quite thin most of the time, occasionally blasting out. The vocals sound sped up, like the singer was sucking on helium before he recorded. I do enjoy the guitar and bass interplay throughout.
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90/100
From 06/07/2020 09:41
I absolutely love this album, particularly the first two tracks. A psychedelic masterpiece. One of my most listened to psychedelic albums. Definitely the best Byrds album.
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85/100
From 10/22/2019 22:17
The bonus track Universal Mind Decoder is definitely worth a listen; the last seven minutes or so is some interesting studio chatter. Crosby and McGuinn give the drummer Michael Clarke all kinds of grief while trying to get the sound they want from him, but also the two of them going at each other. The sound of a band falling apart.

Terrific album, as everyone has said.
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90/100
From 01/16/2019 17:31
Without question, the Byrds' best. Not a bad track of the lot. From the weird to the wonderful to the sublime, the band hit this one out of the park. Favorite tracks are Goin' Back, Natural Harmony and Draft Morning. A true classic, it should be rated higher.
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From 10/18/2018 06:41
My favorite Byrds album without a doubt. It flows and ebbs with some kind of manic, yet restrained, energy. I’m disappointed that the average rating isn’t a bit higher, but it’s probably a case of age slightly affecting an album’s sound. A must listen for anyone even semi-interested in the evolution of psychedelic/folk rock. Underrated for sure.
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