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Live From SpainIt had been nearly 20 years since Roger McGuinn had last performed in Spain, but in September 2004 the former Byrds leader and two of his treasured and trusty 12-string guitars made their way to the Basque medieval city of Vitoria-Gasteiz for a special solo set at the revered Azkena Rock Festival. And for this magical visit, McGuinn fans will be thrilled to learn, the tape was rolling.
Beautifully recorded by Spanish national radio, this incredibly intimate, 21-song album finds McGuinn chiming his way through glorious versions of Byrds hits (Turn! Turn! Turn!, Eight Miles High, So You Want to Be a Rock n Roll Star, and others) and his trademark inimitable readings of Bob Dylan classics (My Back Pages, Knockin on Heavens Door, and, of course, Mr. Tambourine Man); along the way, the folk-rock icon peppers the program with poignant anecdotes about his career and the songs themselves. Long-time fans, however, will completely swoon over the versions of less-frequently revisited gems like Lover of the Bayou, Jolly Roger, and Drug Store Truck Drivin Man.1. My Back Pages
2. Ballad of Easy Rider
3. Wasnt Born to Follow
4. On Easter Morn He Rose
5. Mr. Spaceman
6. Pretty Boy Floyd
7. You Aint Goin Nowhere
8. Drug Store Truck Drivin Man
9. Chimes of Freedom
10. On and On
11. Lover of the Bayou
12. Chestnut Mare
13. Jolly Roger
14. Bells of Rhymney
16. Mr. Tambourine Man
17. Turn! Turn! Turn!
18. Eight Miles High
19. So You Want to Be a Rock n Roll Star
20. May the Road Rise to Meet You
21. Knockin on Heavens Door$36.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live At Royal Albert Hall 1971From their earliest days as 12-string-wielding folk-rockers, to the thrilling psychedelic excursions of their raga-rock period to their 1968 birthing of country-rock, the Byrds were always accorded a heros welcome in England.What better place to record founding Byrds member/guitarist/singer Roger McGuinns new version of the bandfeaturing fretboard ace Clarence White, bassist Skip Battin and drummer Gene Parsonsthan Londons Royal Albert Hall!
Rescued from a tape that had sat forgotten in McGuinns climatized garage for decades, this stellar 1971 set, featuring live versions of the current bands studio faves (Lover of the Bayou, Chestnut Mare) as well as adventurous reworkings of Byrds classics (Mr. Tambourine Man, My Back Pages, Eight Miles High,So You Want to Be a RocknRoll Star) might be the most accurate and stirring live performance yet of the legendary Los Angeles combo. By 1971, the guitar interplay of McGuinn andWhite had become a jaw-dropping highlight of their live performances,as had their stripped down, acoustic mini-set and peerless four-part vocal harmonies.Lover of the Bayou
1. You Ain't Going Nowhere
2. Truck Stop Girl
3. My Back Pages
4. Baby, What You Want Me to Do
5. Jamaica, Say You Will
6. Black Mountain Rag-Soldier's Joy
7. Mr. Tambourine Man
8. Pretty Boy Floyd
9. Take a Whiff (On Me)
10. Chestnut Mare
11. Jesus Is Just Alright
12. Eight Miles High
13. So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star
14. Mr. Spaceman
15. I Trust
16. Nashville West
17. Roll Over Beethoven
18. Amazing Grace$36.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Alice's Restaurant (Pure Pleasure)Although he'd been a fixture on the East Coast folk circuit for several years, Arlo Guthrie did not release his debut album until mid-1967. A majority of the attention directed at Alice's Restaurant focuses on the epic 18-plus-minute title track, which sprawled over the entire A-side of the long-player. However, it is the other half-dozen Guthrie compositions that provide an insight into his uniformly outstanding, yet astoundingly overlooked, early sides on Warner Bros. Although arguably not 100 percent factual, Alice's Restaurant Massacree -- which was recorded in front of a live audience -- is rooted in a series of real incidents.
This decidedly anti-establishment saga of garbage dumps closed on Thanksgiving, good ol' Officer Obie, as well as Guthrie's experiences with the draft succeeds not only because of the unusual and outlandish situations that the hero finds himself in; it is also his underdog point of view and sardonic delivery that maximize the effect in the retelling. In terms of artistic merit, the studio side is an equally endowed effort containing six decidedly more traditional folk-rock compositions. Among the standouts are the haunting Chilling Of The Evening, which is given an arrangement perhaps more aptly suited to a Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell collaboration.
There is a somewhat dated charm in Ring-Around-a-Rosy Rag, a sly, uptempo, and hippie-friendly bit of jug band nostalgia. I'm Going Home is an underrated minor-chord masterpiece that is not only reminiscent of Roger McGuinn's Ballad of Easy Rider, but also spotlights a more sensitive and intricate nature to Guthrie's craftsmanship. Also worth mentioning is the first installment of The Motorcycle Song -- which was updated and discussed further on the live self-titled follow-up release Arlo (1968) -- notable for the extended discourse on the 'significance of the pickle'.
- Arlo Guthrie (vocal, guitar)
Production: Fred Hellerman & Al Brown
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Alice's Restaurant Masacree
2. Chilling Of the Evening
3. Ring-Around-A-Rosy Rag
4. Now and Then
5. I'm Going Home
6. The Motorcycle Song
7. Highway In the Wind$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Preflyte SessionsBefore 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)*$36.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fifth Dimension (Red Vinyl) (Awaiting Repress)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)$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
30th Anniversary Celebration ConcertImport
On October 16, 1992, New York City's hottest concert ticket was the live gathering of musical giants who'd come to Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan's first Columbia Records album.
The four hour show, performed for a sold-out audience of more than 18,000 fans and live-cast around the world, brought together an unprecedented roster of artists and icons including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Richie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O'Jays, Eddie Vedder, SinÉad O'Connor, Tracy Chapman,
George Harrison (then making his first US concert appearance in 18 years) and more.Like A Rolling Stone - John Mellencamp
Blowin' In The Wind - Stevie Wonder
Foot Of Pride - Lou Reed
Masters Of War - Eddie Vedder/Mike McCready
The Times They Are A-Changin' - Tracy Chapman
It Ain't Me Babe - June Carter Cash/Johnny Cash
What Was It You Wanted - Willie Nelson
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - Kris Kristofferson
Highway 61 Revisited - Johnny Winter
Seven Days - Ron Wood
Just Like A Woman - Richie Havens
When The Ship Comes in - The Clancy Brothers and Robbie O'Connell with special guest Tommy Makem
War - Sinead O'Connor
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Neil Young
All Along The Watchtower - Neil Young
I Shall Be Released - Chrissie Hynde
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Eric Clapton
Emotionally Yours - The O'Jays
When I Paint My Masterpiece - The Band
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Mary Chapin Carpenter/Rosanne Cash/Shawn Colvin
Absolutely Sweet Marie - George Harrison
License To Kill - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Mr Tambourine Man - Roger McGuinn
It's Alright, Ma - Bob Dylan
My Back Pages - Bob Dylan/Roger McGuinn/Tom Petty/Neil Young/Eric Clapton/George Harrison
Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Everyone
Girl Of The North Country - Bob Dylan$129.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
David WiffenCanadian singer/song writer David Wiffen's 1971 self titled album, originally released on Fantasy Records, is now being reissued by 4 Men With Beards. The album is a showcase for David's rich baritone voice and his world weary, laid back songs. Standout tracks include the classic "Driving Wheel" covered by Tom Rush, The Byrds, The Jayhawks, Roger McGuinn and The Cowboy Junkies among many others, plus the openly confessional "More Often Than Not" and "I've Got A Ticket". A underground folk/chamber pop classic reissued on 180 gram vinyl.1. One Step
2. Never Make A Dollar That Way
3. I've Got My Ticket
4. What A Lot Of Woman
5. Since I Fell For You
6. Driving Wheel
7. Mr. Wiffen
8. Blues Was The Name Of The Song
9. Mention My Name In Passing
10. More Often Than Not$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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$9.997 Vinyl Single Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Sanctuary IIIThe Byrds - Sanctuary III 180 Gram Vinyl LP Laden with outtakes, alternate versions and rarites from the Ballad of Easy Rider and Untitled sessions, the third volume of our Sanctuary series spotlights Clarence White's fretboard genius. Vinyl debut for all tracks; annotation by Roger McGuinn and John York!1. Ballad Of Easy Rider (alt. mix)
2. Oil In My Lamp (alt. version)
3. Mae Jean Goes To Hollywood Fido (alt. mix)*
4. Lover Of The Bayou (studio)
5. White's Lightning Pt. 1
6. All The Things (alt. version)
7. Kathleen's Song (alt. version)
8. Way Behind The Sun Build It Up (inst.)
9. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue (alt. mix)*
10. White's Lightning Pt. 2
*Previously unissued tracks$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lazy Days/ ReputationRecorded 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$9.997 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sanctuary IIA 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)
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)$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Byrds Greatest HitsRanked 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$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Sanctuary IVFirst 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$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sweetheart Of The Rodeo (Pre-Order)Celebrate 5 Decades Of The Byrds' 1968 Classic!
First Time 180-Gram Translucent Blue & Green Swirl Vinyl
Liner Notes From Chris Hillman
Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso - Pressed At R.T.I.
Featuring: Roger Mcguinn, Chris Hillman, Gram Parsons, Kevin Kelley, John Hartford & Clarence White
In 1968, The Byrds changed the course of popular music as Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman & new members Gram Parsons and Kevin Kelley delivered one of the first bluegrass/rock albums with their masterpiece Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. This album remains one of the most influential pieces of music of all time.
The masterwork kicks off with their hit You Ain't Going Nowhere and follows with the brilliant I Am A Pilgrim, featuring Chris Hillman.
More choice material abounds thanks to Gram Parsons with his signature works Hickory Wind and One Hundred Years From Now.
Friday Music proudly presents for the rst time on 180 Gram Translucent Blue & Green Swirl Audiophile Vinyl, the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Byrds' Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering, the Lp is pressed at R.T.I. and is featured in a stunning gatefold cover.
To celebrate this limited edition album, we are also including recent liner notes from Chris Hillman along with some very rare photos from The Byrds archives at Sony.1. You Ain't Going Nowhere
2. I Am A Pilgrim
3. The Christian Life
4. You Don't Miss Your Water
5. You're Still On My Mind
6. Pretty Boy Floyd
7. Hickory Wind
8. One Hundred Years From Now
9. Blue Canadian Rockies
10. Life In Prison
11. Nothing Was Delivered$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Dr. Byrds & Mr. HydeA key transitional touchstone in The Byrds' fabled canon, 1969's Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde
was the next stop in the band's pioneering country-rock trajectory and the first album by
the post-Gram Parsons lineup. With leader Roger McGuinn at the helm of a stellar new
edition of the band featuring guitar god Clarence White, drummer Gene Parsons, and
bassist John York, Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde sees The Byrds bridging the gap between the
psychedelic flights of the group's mid-'60s albums and the down-home, country-based
style developed only months earlier with Sweetheart of the Rodeo.
In addition to containing strong McGuinn originals (King Apathy III, Old Blue),
more of the band's beloved interpretations of Bob Dylan classics (This Wheel's on Fire
and a medley blending The Bard's My Back Pages' with Jimmy Reed's Baby, What You
Want Me to Do), and even a Gram Parsons collaboration (the bemusing Drug Store
Truck Drivin' Man, which cleverly celebrates The Byrds' love of country music while
simultaneously taking a dig at small-minded rednecks), Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde also boasts
two tracks composed by McGuinn for the obscure, racy '60s cult movie Candy.
Mastered from the original Columbia Records analog master reels, Sundazed's exact
reproduction of the original LP will have Byrdmaniacs everywhere soaring to high heaven!1. This Wheel's On Fire
2. Old Blue
3. Your Gentle Way Of Loving Me
4. Child Of The Universe
5. Nashville West
6. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
7. King Apathy III
9. Bad Night At The Whiskey
11. My Back Pages
12. B.J. Blues
13. Baby, What Do You Want Me To Do$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bidin' My TimeChris 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
12. Wildflowers$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sweetheart Of The RodeoRanked 117/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
With one mighty swing of the axe, the Byrds changed not only the face of rock 'n' roll but country music, as well, with their sixth album, 1968's Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. Tired of dipping a toe into the genre, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman added singer Gram Parsons and drummer Kevin Kelley and went for total immersion. The baptism of country-rock was a natural with Parsons, former International Submarine Band frontman, now on board. And the repertoire was wide open for country classics by the Louvin Brothers (The Christian Life) and Merle Haggard (Life In Prison), as well as Depression-era ballads (Woody Guthrie's Pretty Boy Floyd) and honky tonk weepers cut by George Jones (You're Still On My Mind). The town wasn't big enough for both of them, of course, and Parsons soon split to form the Flying Burrito Brothers, but it sure was nice while it lasted!
We're proud to present the reissue of this monumental recording in its original, stereo incarnation, cut directly from the original Columbia Recordings analog stereo masters, with perfect artwork restoration and meticulously faithful mastering.1. You Ain't Going Nowhere
2. I Am a Pilgrim
3. The Christian Life
4. You Don't Miss Your Water
5. You're Still On My Mind
6. Pretty Boy Floyd
7. Hickory Wind
8. One Hundred Years from Now
9. Blue Canadian Rockies
10. Life In Prison
11. Nothing Was Delivered$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
4 Page Booklet
Includes Alternate Versions Of Everydays, Dear Father & Something's Coming
Yes (1969) is considered among the first progressive Rock albums. The original line-up of vocalist Jon Anderson, bassist Chris Squire, guitarist Peter Banks, keyboardist Tony Kaye, and drummer Bill Bruford remained intact for the album's recording.
In an era when psychedelic meanderings were the order of the day, Yes delivered a surprisingly focused and exciting record that covered lots of bases in presenting their sound. The album opens boldly, with the fervor of a metal band of the era playing full tilt on Beyond and Before, but it is with the second number, a cover of the Byrds' I See You, that they show some of their real range. The song is highlighted by an extraordinary jazz workout from lead guitarist Peter Banks and drummer Bill Bruford that runs circles around the original by Roger McGuinn and company.
We've included a bonus LP to the original package, with early versions of other songs, previously not included on the album. With remastered audio and augmented by a 4-page booklet, this is an essential Prog collector's item!LP1
1. Beyond And Before
2. I See You
3. Yesterday And Today
4. Looking Around
5. Harold Land
6. Every Little Thing
1. Everydays (Single Version)
2. Dear Father (Early Version #2)
3. Something's Coming
4. Everydays (Early Version)
5. Dear Father (Early Version #1)
6. Something's Coming (Early Version)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fun Fun FunColored Vinyl
The first wave of the surf music explosion spawned countless short-lived bands and one-shot studio projects. Many of those projects were quickly forgotten, but a handful have continued to inspire hushed reverence among surf aficionados. The latter category includes the Catalinas lone album, originally released in 1964 and out of print for more than four decades.
An all-star studio supergroup featuring legendary producer Terry Melcher, future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and fabled Wrecking Crew members Hal Blaine, Jerry Cole, Steve Douglas, Leon Russell, Billy Strange and Tommy Tedesco, the Catalinas lived up to their impressive pedigree. In addition to rarely-heard tunes penned by Bobby Darin and a pre-Byrds Roger McGuinn, the album features potent versions of such surf and hot rod classics as Surfin U.S.A., Wipe Out, Banzai Washout, I Get Around and Summer Means Fun.
Long a rare collectors item, Fun Fun Fun is now back in its original vinyl format, remastered from the original analog tapes and pressed on high-definition vinyl, with complete original cover art.1. Surfin' U.S.A.
2. Beach Ball
3. Surfer Boy
4. Wipe Out
5. Beach Walkin'
6. Banzai Washout
7. Hot Rod U.S.A.
8. Queen of the Hot Rods
9. I Get Around
10. Boss Barracuda
11. Run Little
13. Summer Means Fun$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Harm Ends HereThe Early Day Miners Good Time Band is back with another platter of Midwest post-goth. Having already introduced their new rhythm section (Matt Griffin on drums and Jonathan Richardson on bass) to the world over the course of their last two tours, with All Harm Ends Here Early Day Miners have combined the lushness of their second album Let Us Garlands Bring with the conciseness of their last full-length Jefferson At Rest. Moreso than on any of their previous efforts, EDM take both musical and tonal cues from the principal architects of the 80's sad-as-hell dark underground - Echo & the Bunnymen, the Church, early-the Cure, and most notably the Bauhaus/Tones On Tail/Love And Rockets axis. While contemporaries like Bedhead and Interpol have mined primarily the darkest aspects of these long shadows, there lies in Early Day Miners' method an innate sense of hope that transcends even their darkest themes (decay, suicide, desertion). Perhaps this is most evident in the guitar interplay of long-time collaborators Dan Burton (Ativin) and Joseph Brumley. Arpeggios abound, the works of Roger McGuinn and The Edge come to mind in that there is a sense of hopefulness and sublimation which drives the songs to a better place. While the album is filled with death and ghosts of all sorts, its unifying theme is the individual's ability to escape the death and ghosts. Even the making of the album (which was done just outside of the band's hometown of Bloomington, Indiana, on the outskirts of Hoosier National Forest) was plagued by ghosts and phantoms. Recorded at the Old Mt. Gilead Church - recently revamped into a recording studio and still immediately surrounded on three sides by a dozen acres of 150-year old cemetery - principal tracking for All Harm Ends Here was halted for days at a time on multiple occasions when inexplicable flutter infected the reels of tape, almost requiring EDM to relocate its principal tracking altogether. Mixing and overdubbing was done at Burton's own Grotto Home Studio in an effort to evade those ghosts in the machine which possessed Old Mt. Gilead. While the Early Day Miners don't make flashy music, their layered music rewards the repeat listener. If you listen closely enough, in fact, you can hear ghosts in the distance.Errance
The Union Trade
We Know in Part
The Way We Live Now
The Purest Red$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ballad Of Easy Rider (Awaiting Repress)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
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$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
White LightAfter playing in various teenage groups, Gene Clark was offered a place in the sprawling New Christy Minstrels in late 1963. He stayed long enough to contribute to two albums, Merry Christmas and Land Of Giants, before returning to Los Angeles, where he teamed up with Jim (Roger) McGuinn and David Crosby in the Jet Set. This fledgling trio evolved into the Byrds. At that point Clark was the leading songwriter in the group and contributed significantly to their first two albums.
As founding member of folk-rock pioneers the Byrds, Gene Clark had emerged as a uniquely gifted singer/songwriter and master of the minor key melancholy ballad. His departure from the group in 1966 was met with critical anticipation and commercial indifference. Tiring of the Hollywood fast lane by 1969, Gene and new wife Carlie moved up to Mendocino on the Northern California coast where the tranquility, pastoral beauty and laid back lifestyle of the coastal community appealed to his country boy roots. It inspired a body of songs unlike anything Gene had composed before. Their stark simplicity and stripped down arrangements, acoustic guitar, harmonica and voice, evidence a deeper insight into life and an overall optimism rarely found in his previous body of work.
The resulting album, White Light, produced by renown guitarist Jesse Ed Davis, remains one of Gene's most accessible and much-loved recordings among fans and critics, topping several domestic Best Album of the Year lists and being voted Album of the Year by rock critics in the Netherlands. Songs like For A Spanish Guitar, With Tomorrow and Where My Love Lies Asleep are delicately evocative while the title song draws on Gene's appreciation for country music. One In A Hundred harkens back to his finest Byrds compositions.
Buoyed by his new surroundings, friendships, marriage, a feeling of contentment in his rural retreat and the imminent birth of his first child, White Light reveals singer/songwriter Gene Clark at the top of his game. Rolling Stone declared the folk-based album a fresh and innovative look at what came before in a new framework. One of the most interesting and exciting records of 1971. Relive that excitement on this Sundazed edition! Mastered directly from the original A&M analog session tapes on high-definition vinyl.1. The Virgin
2. With Tomorrow
3. White Light
4. Because of You
5. One In A Hundred
6. Spanish Guitar
7. Where My Love Lies Asleep
8. Tears of Rage
9. 1975$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Live In Holland 1971When the Byrds cut the two songs featured on Live In Holland 1971 they may have been nearing the end of the trail, but this totally revamped Byrds lineup had plenty of firepower left in their mighty arsenal. Byrds founding member/vocalist/12-string legend Roger McGuinnalong with guitar whiz Clarence White, bassist Skip Battin and drummer Gene Parsonssound better than ever sailing through muscular renditions of new Byrds fave (and Dr. John tribute) Lover Of The Bayou and Dylan country-rock staple You Aint Goin Nowhere. McGuinn admits he kept the name of the legendary Los Angeles combo intact for the sake of his old pal (and new fretboard foil). Clarence White always wanted to be in the Byrds ... and now he had his chance. says McGuinn.1. Lover of the Bayou
2. You Aint Goin Nowhere$9.997 Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now