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The Byrds

Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Sweetheart of the Rodeo

UPC: 889854179311

Format: LP (2 disc)

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The Byrds: Roger McGuinn (vocals, guitar, banjo); Gram Parsons (vocals, guitar); Chris Hillman (vocals, bass, mandolin); Kevin Kelley (drums).
Additional personnel: John Hartford (guitar, banjo); Clarence J. White (guitar); Lloyd Green, Jaydee Maness (steel guitar); Earl P. Ball (piano); Roy M. Huskey (bass); Jon Corneal (drums).
Producer: Gary Usher.
Reissue producer: Bob Irwin.
Includes liner notes by David Fricke and Johnny Rogan.
The Byrds: Roger McGuinn (vocals, guitar, banjo); Gram Parsons (vocals, guitar); Chris Hillman (vocals, bass, mandolin); Kevin Kelley (vocals, drums).
Additional personnel: John Hartford (guitar, banjo); Clarence J. White (guitar); Lloyd Green, Jaydee Maness (steel guitar); Earl P. Ball (piano); Roy M. Huskey (bass); Jon Corneal (drums)
Includes liner notes by David Fricke.
In the same year that Bob Dylan stepped back from his electric pilgrimages by releasing an album of roots-oriented morality tales, the Byrds took a symbolic flight to Nashville. Gone was Roger McGuinn's singular 12-string guitar sound and the acid rock that had influenced everyone from the Monkees to the Velvet Underground. McGuinn now played banjo, and bassist Chris Hillman doubled on mandolin, both seemingly reconsidering their musical approaches. And while Dylan remained the songwriter of choice, his tunes now sat alongside a rearranged hymn ("I Am a Pilgrim"), a bluegrass version of a famous outlaw tale (Woody Guthrie's "Pretty Boy Floyd"), and a cover of the Louvin Brothers ("The Christian Life"). This was a musical turn, turn, turn, indeed.
The obvious catalyst for all this reconstruction was the arrival of young Gram Parsons, and SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO played as if it was his coming-out party. He introduced McGuinn to a musical world that seemed totally foreign to these predecessors of the Summer of Love, but one which lay a scant hundred miles outside their L.A. windows, in Bakersfield. Parsons' most important act was to help shape the overall sound of the album, but he contributed two original songs as well--"One Hundred Years From Now" and his signature compostion "Hickory Wind." SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO caused an entire musical community to reconsider the musical traditions of America.

Tracks:

Disc 1:
1 - You Ain't Going Nowhere
2 - I Am a Pilgrim
3 - Christian Life [Album Version]
4 - You Don't Miss Your Water [Album Version]
5 - You're Still on My Mind
6 - Pretty Boy Floyd
Disc 2:
1 - Hickory Wind
2 - One Hundred Years from Now
3 - Blue Canadian Rockies
4 - Life in Prison
5 - Nothing Was Delivered