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  • Gene Clark Sings For You (Pre-Order) Gene Clark Sings For You (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Gene Clark Sings For You (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: June 15, 2018*


    Produced For Release By Grammy®-Winner, Cheryl Pawelski


    Restoration And Mastering By Grammy-Winner, Michael Graves


    Liner Notes By John Einarson, Author Of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds' Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)


    Features Previously Unseen Photos.


    Gene Clark's musical legacy is most certainly assured as a singer, songwriter
    and member of some exclusive company as an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a founder of The
    Byrds, and collaborator in groups such as Dillard & Clark, Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers, McGuinn
    Clark & Hillman and later as the duet partner of Carla Olson (The Textones).


    His songs have been covered by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iain Matthews, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The
    Rose Garden, and Chris & Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes among many others. As well documented as Clark's career
    has been, there have been remarkable discoveries over the years (see Omnivore's Here Tonight: The White Light Demos for example),
    but now the Holy Grail of Clark's post-Byrds career is finally about to see the light of day:


    "For longtime Gene Clark fans and aficionados, the tracks on this remarkable archival CD are the stuff of legend. Since word
    first spread in the 1980s about the discovery of these 1967 recordings on a rare acetate in Liberty Records' vaults, fans have
    come to regard Gene Clark Sings For You as nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer/songwriter's extraordinary body of
    work. Shrouded in mystery and the subject of much speculation and conjecture, few have ever had the opportunity to hear these
    forgotten gems from one of Gene Clark's most prolifically creative periods. Until now."


    -John Einarson

    Author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds' Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)


    In addition to the 8 tracks from the Gene Clark Sings For You acetate, recorded in 1967 after he famously left The Byrds, there are an
    additional 5 previously unknown tracks from a further 1967 acetate given to the band, The Rose Garden, for recording consideration.
    This new compilation also includes a previously unissued demo rescued from a tape in the collection of John Noreen, member of
    The Rose Garden. This demo of the song "Till Today" is Clark running through the song for the band who would cut it on their only
    album, the 1968 self-titled effort on Atco Records (also being reissued and expanded at the same time as Gene Clark Sings For You).


    Released with the full approval and cooperation with both the Estate of Gene Clark and the band, The Rose Garden, Gene Clark Sings
    For You is produced for release by Grammy®-winner, Cheryl Pawelski with restoration and mastering by Grammy-winner, Michael
    Graves. Liner notes by John Einarson, author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds' Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)
    and previously unseen photos.


    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    1. On Her Own (Gene Clark Sings for You)
    2. Past Tense (Gene Clark Sings for You)
    3. Yesterday, Am I Right (Gene Clark Sings for You)
    4. Past My Door (Gene Clark Sings for You)
    5. That's Alright by Me (Gene Clark Sings for You)
    6. One Way Road (Gene Clark Sings for You)
    7. Down on the Pier (Gene Clark Sings for You)
    8. 7:30 Mode (Gene Clark Sings for You)
    9. On Tenth Street (The Rose Garden Acetate)
    10. Understand Me Too (The Rose Garden Acetate)
    11. A Long Time (The Rose Garden Acetate)
    12. Big City Girl (The Rose Garden Acetate)
    13. Doctor Doctor (The Rose Garden Acetate)
    14. Till Today (The Rose Garden Demo)
    Gene Clark
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  • Fun In Frisco Fun In Frisco Quick View

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    Fun In Frisco

    Live At The Avalon Ballroom - San Francisco, CA - On November 1st and 2nd, 1968


    The Byrds performances across the weekend of the 1st and 2nd November 1968 at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco were performed at a time of great change and uncertainty for the band. Gram Parsons, who had joined a faltering line up in early '68, had departed prior to a disastrous tour of South Africa for which McGuinn notably had received much criticism. The country rock album they had recorded with Gram, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, alienated many Byrds fans and equally attracted hostility from the traditional country music community. It remains their poorest performing record, despite its status in later years as the first proper country-rock album. Clarence White (Guitar) and Gene Parsons (Drums - no relation) were both brought in around this time, but then Chris Hillman quit! The Avalon show was the gig first performed by the line-up of McGuinn, White, Gene Parsons and new recruit John York on bass and harmony vocals (very apparent on this recording), who had only been a Byrd for about a week at the time of this show.

    LP 1
    1. Old Blue
    2. My Back Pages/Baby What Do You Want Me To Do
    3. Mr. Spaceman
    4. Time Between
    5. Goin' Back
    6. Blue Suede Shoes

    7. He Was A Friend Of Mine

    8. So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star
    9. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man


    LP 2
    1. This Wheel's On Fire
    2. Stanley's Song
    3. Pretty Boy Floyd
    4. 8 Miles High
    5. You Don't Miss Your Water
    6. So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star
    7. Hickory Wind
    8. King Apathy III
    9. Bad Night At The Whiskey
    10. Nashville West

    The Byrds
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  • Bidin' My Time Bidin' My Time Quick View

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    Bidin' My Time

    Chris Hillman, whose credits include co-founding Rock and Roll Hall of Famers the Byrds, as well as the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas and Desert Rose Band, is truly one of the architects of American music. His newest solo work, Bidin' My Time, produced by Tom Petty and executive-produced by Herb Pedersen, captures a rarity: an icon who has never sounded better, making music with old friends for the sheer love of it.

    Collaborators and admirers from Hillman's storied career appear throughout the record: Tom Petty; Hillman's Byrds bandmates David Crosby and Roger McGuinn; the Heartbreakers' Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, and Steve Ferrone; Desert Rose Band's John Jorgenson, Pedersen, and Jay Dee Maness; premier upright bassist Mark Fain; singer/guitarist Josh JovÉ; and fiddler Gabe Witcher.

    The album kicks off with a new recording of Pete Seeger's and Welsh poet Idris Davies' 'The Bells of Rhymney,' which the Byrds recorded for their debut. 'Here She Comes Again' was co-written by Hillman and McGuinn and, until now, had only been recorded on a live Byrds album in Australia. 'She Don't Care About Time' was written by Byrds co-founder Gene Clark, and was the original B-side to 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' Covers of the Everly Brothers' 'Walk Right Back' and Petty's 'Wildflowers' round out this understated yet undeniable masterpiece.

    Folk, rock and roll, bluegrass and the unmistakable country-rock Hillman himself helped pioneer come together seamlessly on the triumph that is Bidin' My Time.

    1. Bells of Rhymney
    2. Bidin' My Time
    3. Given All I Can See
    4. Different Rivers
    5. Here She Comes Again
    6. Walk Right Back
    7. Such Is The World That We Live In
    8. When I Get a Little Money
    9. She Don't Care About Time
    10. New Old John Robertson
    11. Restless
    12. Wildflowers
    Chris Hillman
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  • Mr. Tambourine Man Mr. Tambourine Man Quick View

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    Mr. Tambourine Man


    The Byrds/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Continues!


    Their Landmark 1965 Debut Masterpiece In Stereo! Produced By Terry Melcher!


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Clear Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Mastered By Joe Reagoso And Pressed At R.T.I.


    The Byrds were truly a gift to rock music fans all over the world. There will never be another
    collective of superstar talent like The Byrds. Their amazing sound and membership is of legendary
    proportion, and it all started 50 years ago with their brilliant debut album Mr. Tambourine Man.
    Jam packed with 12 classic rock champions like I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better, Chimes of Freedom,
    All I Really Want to Do and of course the smash title track, Mr. Tambourine Man became one of the
    more important albums ever in classic rock.


    With the lead vocals and unmistakable 12 string guitar work of Roger McGuinn, the musicianship
    and lead vocal work of the legendary David Crosby, the solid bass playing and lead vocal work
    of Chris Hillman, along with the stellar lead vocals of Gene Clark and the hipster Michael Clarke on
    drums, all of these ingredients made The Byrds a force to reckon with like no other. They turned Bob
    Dylan folk classics into psychedelic electric treasures and their own brilliant tunes into rock manna
    which will forever stand the test of time.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the legendary sound of The Byrds. That is why we are so very
    honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Clear Vinyl 50th Anniversary Edition of their
    debut classic Mr. Tambourine Man.


    Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (The Byrds/Jefferson Airplane) for the first time on audiophile
    vinyl, The Byrds' Mr. Tambourine Man will truly become one of the most important and historical
    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles in quite some time.


    To celebrate The Byrds 50th Anniversary, we further enhance this limited anniversary edition
    with a stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork and newly found photos from the lens
    of Don Hunstein,as well as being pressed by R.T.I on clear vinyl.


    Hey Mr. Tambourine Man!

    1. Mr. Tambourine Man
    2. I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better
    3. Spanish Harlem Incident
    4. You Won't Have to Cry
    5. Here Without You
    6. The Bells of Rhymney
    7. All I Really Want to Do
    8. I Knew I'd Want You
    9. It's No Use
    10. Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe
    11. Chimes of Freedom
    12. We'll Meet Again
    The Byrds
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  • Pieces Pieces Quick View

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    Pieces

    After recording his second solo album, Stills formed Manassas in 1971 with a talented group of musicians that included Chris Hillman, a former member of the Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers. Manassas released two albums, 1972' eponymous double-album debut and the 1973 follow-up, Down The Road. Pieces features alternate versions of two songs from Down The Road: Do You Remember The Americans and Lies(featuring guitarist Joe Walsh). The collection also includes the legendary group's unreleased performances of Sugar Babe and Word Game a pair of songs Stills recorded in 1971 for his second solo album. The remaining tracks include Like A Fox, a song recorded with blues guitarist Bonnie Raitt on background vocals and the Latin-tinged Tan Sola Y Triste (Spanish for So Alone and Sad).

    1. Witching Hour
    2. Sugar Babe
    3. Lies
    4. My Love Is A Gentle Thing
    5. Like A Fox
    6. Word Game
    7. Tan Sola Y Triste
    8. Fit To Be Tied
    9. Love And Satisfy
    10. High And Dry
    11. Panhandle Rag
    12. Uncle Pen
    13. Do You Remember The Americans
    14. Dim Lights, Thick Smoke [And Loud, Loud Music]
    15. I Am My Brother
    Manassas
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  • Fifth Dimension (Red Vinyl) Fifth Dimension (Red Vinyl) Quick View

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    Fifth Dimension (Red Vinyl)

    Red Colored Vinyl With Gatefold Jacket


    The Byrds were truly a gift to rock music fans all over the world. There will never be another collective of superstar talent like The Byrds. Their amazing sound and membership is of legendary proportion, as it truly was shown in 1966 with their brilliant third album Fifth Dimension.
    Jam packed with 11 classic rock champions like Eight Miles High, Mr. Spaceman, I See You, Hey Joe and of course the smash title track, Fifth Dimension, making this one of the most important albums ever in classic rock. With the lead vocals and unmistakable 12 string guitar work of Roger McGuinn, the musicianship and lead vocal work of the legendary David Crosby, the solid bass playing and lead vocal work of Chris Hillman, along with the stellar lead vocals of Gene Clark and the hipster Michael Clarke on drums, all of these ingredients made The Byrds a force to reckon with like no other. Cultivating their folk and rock influences into psychedelic electric treasures, their music will forever stand the test of time.

    1. Fifth Dimension
    2. Wild Mountain Thyme
    3. Mr. Spaceman
    4. I See You
    5. Whats Happening?!?!
    6. I Come And Stand At Every Door
    7. Eight Miles High
    8. Hey Joe (where You Gonna Go)
    9. Captain Soul
    10. John Riley
    11. 2-4-2 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)
    The Byrds
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  • The Byrds Greatest Hits The Byrds Greatest Hits Quick View

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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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  • Manassas Manassas Quick View

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    Manassas

    Between 1970 and 1972, Stephen Stills was busy playing with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young and working on a series of solo albums. In addition to all this activity he led the super group that appears on this stunning release. Manassas finds Stills and company (Chris Hillman, Dallas Taylor and Al Perkins among others) at the intersection of rock, folk, country and blues. Distinctive styles are noticeable song by song, yet it is the strength and credibility of the mixture that makes Manassas such a great overall experience. The first fourth of the album focuses on '60s rock with Afro-Cuban overtones, followed by a batch of country and bluegrass-oriented material. The folk-rock track It Doesn't Matter kicks off the third section and the final section wraps the set up with the rootsy groove of Blues Man, a tribute to Jimi Hendrix. Manassas is a rich and varied collection that is as sophisticated and complex as it is earthy and easy to listen to.
    1. Song Of Love
    2. Crazies
    3. Cuban Bluegrass
    4. Jet Set
    5. Anyway
    6. Both Of Us (Bound To Lose)
    7. Fallen Eagle
    8. Jesus Gave Love Away For Free
    9. Colorado
    10. So Begins The Task
    11. Hide It So Deep
    12. Don't Look At My Shadow
    13. It Doesn't Matter
    14. Johnny's Garden
    15. Bound To Fall
    16. How Far
    17. Move Around
    18. Love Gangster
    19. What To Do
    20. Right Now
    21. Treasure
    22. Blues Man
    Stephen Stills
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  • Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers Quick View

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    Gene Clark With The Gosdin Brothers

    On this, the first solo album by an ex-Byrd, Gene Clark doesn't fly too far from the nest -- Byrds' Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke make up the rhythm section, while the Gosdin Brothers chime in with sweet harmony vocals. Add guitarists Glen Campbell, Jerry Cole and future Byrd Clarence White, and some beautiful orchestration by Leon Russell to Clark's melancholy melodies and the result is a forward-looking country-rock primer that sounded like nothing else in '67 and continues to astound and inspire today. With 3 bonus tracks and liner notes courtesy Sid Griffin.
    1. Echoes
    2. Think I'm Gonna Feel Better
    3. Tried So Hard
    4. Is Yours Is Mine
    5. Keep On Pushin'
    6. I Found You
    7. So You Say You Lost Your Baby
    8. Elevator Operator
    9. The Same One
    10. Couldn't Believe Her
    11. Needing Someone


    BONUS TRACKS
    12. The French Girl
    13. Only Colombe
    14. So You Say You Lost Your Baby (acoustic demo)

    Gene Clark
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    Sanctuary IV

    First time on vinyl for all tracks! Annotation by Byrds' Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and Kevin Kelley!


    The Sanctuary spotlight shifts with volume IV to the Nashville sessions for the Byrds' landmark 1968 album Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Spurred on by new member Gram Parsons, formerly of the International Submarine Band, the Byrds traveled to Nashville to fashion the innovative country/rock blend that's been part of American culture ever since. Sanctuary IV collects all of Parsons' vocal takes for the first time, as well as other outtakes and rehearsals which document the creation of an album unlike any other.

    1. The Christian Life
    2. Pretty Polly
    3. One Hundred Years From Now
    4. You're Still On My Mind (rehearsal version)
    5. You Don't Miss Your Water
    6. All I Have Is Memories (instrumental)
    7. Life In Prison (rehearsal version)
    8. You Got A Reputation
    9. One Hundred Years From Now (rehearsal version)
    10. The Christian Life (rehearsal version)
    11. Lazy Days
    The Byrds
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  • Sanctuary Sanctuary Quick View

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    Sanctuary

    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 Preflyte Sessions The Preflyte Sessions Quick View

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    The Preflyte Sessions

    Before turning rock 'n' roll on its ear in the spring of '65, the Byrds spent countless hours creating and refining their unique sound at LA's World Pacific Studios. Hear history literally in the making as McGuinn, Crosby, Clark, Hillman and Clarke record newborn, spine-tingling versions of classics-to-be like Mr. Tambourine Man, You Won't Have To Cry, I Knew I'd Want You, and Here Without You, as well as lost gems such as The Reason Why, Tomorrow Is A Long Ways Away, and You Showed Me. (later a smash for the Turtles).


    This is the most comprehensive collection of the Byrds' pre-Columbia recordings ever assembled. The double High-Definition Vinyl LP Preflyte Sessions set is filled with 40 World Pacific Studio recordings circa 1964 and '65; tracks include all cuts found on the original Together-label Preflyte album, plus unissued and alternate versions from both the acoustic and electric Byrds' sessions, early David Crosby demo recordings, and the rare pre-Byrds Jet Set recording of The Only Girl I Adore.


    The Preflyte Sessions features a historical essay by Rolling Stone Senior Editor David Fricke -based on new interviews with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, original Byrds' manager Jim Dickson and others present at the sessions, and is handsomely adorned with an absolute wealth of previously unpublished photos by Jim Dickson and legendary rock photographer Barry Feinstein. The Byrds' Preflyte Sessions captures the newly-kindled fire and enthusiasm of one of the most legendary and influential groups of all time.

    1. The Reason Why (II)
    2. You Won't Have To Cry (electric)
    3. She Has A Way (IV)*
    4. You Showed Me (electric)
    5. Here Without You (II)
    6. Don't Be Long
    7. Boston (II)*
    8. Tomorrow Is A Long Ways Away (electric)
    9. It's No Use (II)*
    10.You Movin' (III)*
    11. Please Let Me Love You
    12. The Airport Song
    13. Mr. Tambourine Man (electric)
    14. I Knew I'd Want You (electric)*
    15. The Only Girl I Adore
    16. Tomorrow Is A Long Ways Away (acoustic)
    17. You Showed Me (acoustic)
    18. I Knew I'd Want You (acoustic)
    19. Willie Jean (David Crosby)
    20. Come Back Baby (David Crosby)
    21. Jack Of Diamonds (David Crosby)*
    22. Get Together (David Crosby)*
    23. She Has A Way (I)*
    24. Here Without You (I)
    25. For Me Again (I)
    26. It's No Use (I)
    27. Boston (I)
    28. The Reason Why (I)*
    The Byrds
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  • Lazy Days/ Reputation Lazy Days/ Reputation Quick View

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    Lazy Days/ Reputation

    Recorded during the earliest period of the Sweetheart of the Rodeo sessions, these March 1968 Nashville recordings are presented here for the first time ever in their unique mono mixes. Originally intended for potential single release on Columbia Records, Lazy Days features a previously unheard instrumental track (with Roger McGuinn on six- string electric) while Reputation showcases a previously unheard vocal take by Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman.
    1. Lazy Days
    2. Reputation
    The Byrds
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    Sanctuary II

    A new vinyl collection of rare Byrds recordings! With an emphasis on the group's instrumental prowess and exclusive interviews with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and John York Sanctuary II collects outtakes and unissued material from the legendary Younger Than Yesterday, Notorious Byrd Bros. and Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde sessions. A 180-gram vinyl pressing of forgotten gems!
    1. Universal Mind Decoder (instrumental)
    2. Draft Morning (alternate ending)
    3. Bound To Fall (instrumental)
    4. Goin' Back (version one)
    5. Triad
    6. Moog Raga (instrumental)
    7. This Wheel's On Fire (version one)
    8. Nashville West (alternate version)
    9. Stanley's Song
    10. Time Between (instrumental)
    11. Have You Seen Her Face (acoustic mix)
    12. Mind Gardens (instrumental)
    The Byrds
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  • Eight Miles High / Why (Mono) Eight Miles High / Why (Mono) Quick View

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    Eight Miles High / Why (Mono)

    "Eight Miles High" b/w "Why" - The Rare RCA Studios Versions Original Mono Masters!!!


    During an action-packed Byrds tour of the UK in August 1965, ideas began to form in Gene Clark's mind for a new song. After germinating for several weeks, he began to put his thoughts on paper during the band's U.S. tour in November 1965.


    Traveling from gig to gig, David Crosby's cassettes of Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane provided the tour bus soundtrack. As Clark continued writing the song that would become ''Eight Miles High,'' this exotic music, especially Coltrane's recordings, found their way into the composition. Juxtaposed against lyrical snapshots of London, like ''rain grey town, known for its sound,'' the modal melody created a striking contrast and summoned a surreal, flight-like feeling.


    Despite Clark's increasing isolation from the group, it was obvious that ''Eight Miles High'' was a work of major importance and the group promptly made plans to record it. The band entered RCA Studios in Los Angeles on December 22, 1965, to track ''Eight Miles High,'' along with a new Roger McGuinn- David Crosby song ''Why.'' They had worked up an explosive arrangement for the Clark song, adding elements culled from their recent highway listening sessions. The Coltrane influence is especially evident in McGuinn's electric twelve-string solo, inspired by Coltrane's free-form sax lines on ''India.'' Shankar's sitar work is reflected in Chris Hillman's driving bass part, a hypnotic drone against which McGuinn's guitar lines shine in high relief. This Eastern influence also emerges on the high energy ''Why'' with McGuinn creating a sitar-like solo on his guitar while employing non-Western scales. Though not a conscious attempt, these songs were later cited as pioneering examples of raga rock, one of several innovative sub-genres, along with folk rock and country rock that the band explored in their career.


    Despite the unqualified artistic success of the RCA sessions, Columbia refused to release the tracks because they had not been recorded in a Columbia-owned studio. The band dutifully re-recorded the two songs at Columbia Studios in Hollywood and these recordings were released as a single and later included in the Fifth Dimension album. However, the band was not fully satisfied with this second attempt, believing that the RCA recordings were better.


    This special Sundazed release marks the first use of the recently located original mono mixdown masters. McGuinn has always felt that the first recordings of these songs were more spontaneous. And when asked about the RCA version of ''Eight Miles High'' Crosby declared, ''It was a stunner, it was better, it was stronger. It was the way we wanted it to be.''

    1. Eight Miles High
    2. Why
    The Byrds
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