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  • Sanctuary Sanctuary Quick View

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    Now heavily influenced by the earth-shaking creations of two master musicians -John Coltrane and Ravi Shankar-the Byrds began recording their new single, Eight Miles High and Why, along with tracks for their upcoming album Fifth Dimension at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. Growing more confident by the day in their studio acumen and songwriting skills, the Byrds logged long nights of hypnotic in-studio jamming, then hammered the white-hot magma into songs that will live forever. McGuinn's solos soared as never before, his technique now fusing the familiar, melodic overtones of the Rickenbacker 12-string with a powerfully new staccato dissonance absorbed from the majestic saxophone of John Coltrane. Michael Clarke's drumming never sounded better, his Elvin Jones-like cymbal splashes and rolling-tom thunder driving the band like an atomic generator approaching critical mass. Chris Hillman's swooping bass lines took on a McCartney-esque timbre that filled in every corner of the canvas with bold, melodic strokes. But it was perhaps David Crosby, playing in a brashly percussive way no one had ever heard before from a rhythm guitarist, who best digested and interpreted the Eastern influences of the day: the ragas and talas of Ravi Shankar. Crosby's contribution to Fifth Dimensionwas as outspoken and defiant as the man, himself. Acreative zenith in the Byrds' career, these fascinating sessions deserve closer scrutiny than they've previously been afforded. Alternate instrumental takes and extended experimental workouts give essential insight here into the songs' final versions. Also included are early versions of songs before the addition of any studio sweetening-strings, percussion or sound effects. To top things off, we've included a small handful of unique finds that give a fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the creation of one of the most important records of our time.
    1. EIGHT MILES HIGH
    2. WHY
    3. RYDER (I Know My Rider)
    4. JOHN RILEY I
    5. 2-4-2 FOX TROT (The Lear Jet Song)
    6. PSYCHODRAMA CITY
    7. JOHN RILEY II
    8. WILD MOUNTAIN THYME
    9. HEY JOE (Where You Gonna Go)
    10. I SEE YOU
    11. WHAT'S HAPPENING?!?!
    12. CAPTAIN SOUL(30 Minute Break)
    The Byrds
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    The Byrds Greatest Hits

    Ranked 178/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Mastered from the original Columbia Tapes by Joe Reagoso & Kevin Gray!


    Once The Byrds landed in 1964, they soon developed into a very influential band, which included the greats Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark & Michael Clarke. Columbia Records knew the importance of this entity and soon honored their favorite sons with their own Greatest Hits LP. Friday Music is honored to announce The Byrds 180 Gram Series with the release of this legendary LP. Their biggest hit singles like Mr. Tambourine, Man, Turn, Turn, Turn, Rock 'N' Roll Star & Eight Miles High are included.

    1. Mr.Tambourine Man
    2. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
    3. The Bells Of Rhymney
    4. Turn! Turn! Turn!
    5. All I Really Want To Do
    6. Chimes Of Freedom
    7. Eight Miles High
    8. Mr. Spaceman
    9. 5D (Fifth Dimension)
    10. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
    11. My Back Pages
    The Byrds
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  • Ballad Of Easy Rider Ballad Of Easy Rider Quick View

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    Ballad Of Easy Rider

    Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray & Pressed at RTI!




    After a huge number of hit singles, top charting albums, concert tours and international television appearances, The Byrds developed into a very influential band along the lines of The Beatles, The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones. Spearheaded by their founder Roger McGuinn, The Byrds continued to be a major recording entity and delivered over a dozen of the finest classic rock albums in their decade together of making legendary music.



    With the close of the turbulent '60s dawning, The Byrds reunited once again with their original producer Terry Melcher (Mr. Tambourine Man/Turn, Turn, Turn) and delivered the classic Ballad Of Easy Rider. With a whole new audience developing from their college concert tours and the beginning of the powerful FM radio coverage, this masterwork hit the top thirty album charts and brought the band continued acclaim.



    The LP consisted of some of their most memorable songs like the aforementioned hippie anthem Ballad of Easy Rider, which also received tons of exposure thanks to being featured as the title song to the Jack Nicholson/Peter Fonda motion picture Easy Rider. The album also treated the listener to some Byrds favorites like Jesus Is Just Alright, Oil In My Lamp, Fido and a revisit to the Bob Dylan catalog with their hit interpretation of It's All Over Now, Baby Blue.



    Featuring the legendary twelve string guitar and lead vocals of Roger McGuinn, the sorely missed lead guitar and vocals of the late great Clarence White, the powerful drum and vocals of Gene Parsons, and the solid bass and vocals of John York, The Byrds' Ballad Of Easy Rider was an all around hit with underground radio, college campuses and traditional radio and retail audiences. This album is consistently recognized as one of the finest efforts in their deep catalog of hit recordings.



    In an effort to continually offer consummate music lovers with the greatest rock recordings of all time, Friday Music proudly presents for the first time ever on 180g audiophile vinyl, the anniversary edition of The Byrds classic Ballad Of Easy Rider. Impeccably mastered from the original Columbia Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (The Byrds, Elvis Presley, Deep Purple) at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray, Ballad Of Easy Rider also continues the second release in the extensive The Byrds/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series.



    In addition to the brilliant rock and roll classics contained on this stunning release, to celebrate this limited edition album, Friday is also including a first time gatefold cover which features the original artwork from the 1969 release as well as some very rare photos from The Byrds archives at Columbia Records. Also included is a poly lined sleeve to protect your vinyl and a poly bag to keep your album cover in mint condition.

    1. Ballad Of Easy Rider
    2. Fido
    3. Oil In My Lamp
    4. Tulsa County
    5. Jack Tarr The Sailor
    6. Jesus Is Just Alright
    7. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
    8. There Must Be Someone (I Can Turn To)
    9. Gunga Din
    10. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
    11. Armstrong, Aldrin And Collins
    The Byrds
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  • The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and Clark The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and Clark Quick View

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    The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard and Clark

    In 1965 Missouri-born Gene Clark was riding the crest of unprecedented success and adulation as a member of the Byrds. Anointed as America's answer to the Beatles, the Byrds topped the charts with folk-rock anthems like Mr. Tambourine Man, Turn! Turn! Turn! and Eight Miles High. Gene was front and center as tambourine player, singer and principal songwriter for the group. But in early 1966 he flew the Byrds' coop. A gifted songwriter, expectations ran high for a stellar solo career, but those hopes were dashed when his debut solo album and single both failed to chart. Dropped by Columbia Records the following year, Gene's career remained in limbo until teaming up with banjo player extraordinaire Doug Dillard.


    What emerged from a series of informal jam sessions in and around Laurel Canyon was a loose-knit group of pickers seeking to break bluegrass music out of its traditional confines and redefine it in a contemporary country-rock context. The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark is a groundbreaking album that helped define country-rock and set the template not only for that genre but the entire alt-country, Americana and Roots Rock movements of the '90s. Together with future Eagle Bernie Leadon, who co-wrote Train Leaves Here This Morning, with Gene (featured both on the Fantastic Expedition album and later on the Eagels' debut release), the Dillard & Clark merger represents a high-water mark in Gene Clark's impressive anon of recordings and one of the most satisfying periods in his often troubled career.


    The Fantastic Expedition of Dillard & Clark ranks among a handful of seminal 1960s country-rock experiments. I think we made our mark in country rock, muses Doug Dillard. We didn't make the charts but we sure influenced a lot of people. To insure that their influence carries on, Sundazed proudly presents this newly mastered edition, sourced from the original A&M analog tapes, available on resonant high-definition vinyl packaged in a vibrant recreation of the original cover artwork.

    1. Out On the Side
    2. She Darked the Sun
    3. Don't Come Rollin'
    4. Train Leaves Here This Mornin'
    5. With Care From Someone
    6. The Radio Song
    7. Git It On Brother (Git In Line Brother)
    8. In the Plan
    9. Something's Wrong
    Gene Clark
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