RELEASE
November 22, 2011
LABEL
Sony Music Entertainment

Album Review

The Byrds were one of the most progressive and exciting band in '60s rock, with no peers outside the Stones-Beatles-Beach Boys triumvirate. This box set, which collects their original Columbia albums, represents over 90-percent of their career, basically everything they released, all 12 albums (aside from their 1973 reunion album recorded for Asylum). This material was frequently astonishing at the time, and still is, ranging from their debut single "Mr. Tambourine Man" through the bracing folk-rock of their first two LPs, growing psychedelia and experimentation during 1966 and 1967, then a sudden detour into country-rock and mellow pop for the rest of the '60s. Whether early linchpins Gene Clark and David Crosby were a part of the lineup or not, the Byrds with Roger McGuinn at the helm always featured tuneful songwriting and accomplished musicianship, qualities which shine through brightly on this collection. Each album comes in a replica LP sleeve, and the package includes all the bonus tracks (plus the liner notes from Johnny Rogan) that were originally included with the mid-'90s expanded reissues; also included is the two-disc Sweetheart of the Rodeo expanded edition, with rehearsals and alternate takes.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  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
  13. She Has a Way [#][*]
  14. I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better [Alternate Version] [#][*]
  15. It's No Use [Alternate Version] [#][*][Version]
  16. You Won't Have To Cry [Alternate Version] [#][*][Version]
  17. All I Really Want To Do [Single Version] [*][Version]
  18. You and Me [#][*][Instrumental]
  19. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season)
  20. It Won't Be Wrong
  21. Set You Free This Time
  22. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
  23. He Was a Friend of Mine
  24. The World Turns All Around Her
  25. Satisfied Mind
  26. If You're Gone
  27. The Times They Are a-Changin'
  28. Wait and See
  29. Oh! Susannah
  30. The Day Walk (Never Before) [*]
  31. She Don't Care About Time [Single Version] [*][Version]
  32. The Times They Are a-Changin' [First Version] [#][*][Version]
  33. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue [Version 1] [#][*][Version]
  34. She Don't Care About Time [Version 1] [#][*][Version]
  35. The World Turns All Around Her [Alternate Mix] [Alternate Take][#][*]
  36. Stranger In a Strange Land [#][*][Instrumental]
  37. 5D [Fifth Dimension]
  38. Wild Mountain Thyme
  39. Mr. Spaceman
  40. I See You
  41. What's Happening?!?!
  42. I Come and Stand At Every Door
  43. Eight Miles High
  44. Hey Joe
  45. Captain Soul
  46. John Riley
  47. 2-4-2 Fox Trot (the Lear Jet Song)
  48. Why? [Single Version] [*][Version]
  49. I Know My Rider (I Know You Rider) [*]
  50. Psychodrama City [*]
  51. Eight Miles High [Alternate/Rca Studios Version] [Alternate Take][*][Ve
  52. Why [Alternate/Rca Studios Version] [*][Version]
  53. John Riley [Instrumental Version 1] [*][Instrumental][Version]
  54. So You Want To Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star
  55. Have You Seen Her Face
  56. C.T.A. - 102
  57. Renaissance Fair
  58. Time Between
  59. Everybody's Been Burned
  60. Thoughts and Words
  61. Mind Gardens
  62. My Back Pages
  63. The Girl With No Name
  64. Why
  65. It Happens Each Day [*]
  66. Don't Make Waves [*]
  67. My Back Pages [Alternate Version] [#][*][Version]
  68. Mind Gardens [Alternate Version] [#][*][Version]
  69. Lady Friend [*]
  70. Old John Robertson [Single Version] [*][Version]
  71. Artificial Energy
  72. Goin' Back
  73. Natural Harmony
  74. Draft Morning
  75. Wasn't Born To Follow
  76. Get To You
  77. Change is Now
  78. Old John Robertson
  79. Tribal Gathering
  80. Dolphin's Smile
  81. Space Odyssey
  82. Moog Raga [*][Instrumental]
  83. Bound To Fall [#][*][Instrumental]
  84. Triad [*]
  85. Goin' Back [Version One] [#][*][Version]
  86. Draft Morning [Alternate End] [Alternate Take][#][*]
  87. Universal Mind Decoder [#][*][Instrumental]
  88. You Ain't Going Nowhere
  89. I Am a Pilgrim
  90. The Christian Life
  91. You Don't Miss Your Water
  92. You're Still On My Mind
  93. Pretty Boy Floyd
  94. Hickory Wind
  95. One Hundred Years From Now
  96. Blue Canadian Rockies
  97. Life In Prison
  98. Nothing Was Delivered
  99. All I Have Are Memories [Master Take] [#][Take]
  100. Reputation
  101. Pretty Polly
  102. Lazy Days
  103. The Christian Life [Master Take] [Take]
  104. You Don't Miss Your Water [Master Take] [Take]
  105. One Hundred Years From Now [Master Take] [Take]
  106. Sweetheart of the Radio Album [Radio Spot]
  107. Sum Up Broke
  108. One Day Week
  109. Truck Drivin' Man
  110. Blue Eyes
  111. Luxury Liner
  112. Strong Boy
  113. Lazy Days [Alternate Version] [#][Version]
  114. Pretty Polly [Alternate Version] [#][Version]
  115. Hickory Wind [Alternate "Nashville" Version/Take 8] [#][Take][Version]
  116. The Christian Life [Rehearsal Version Take 7] [#][Take][Version]
  117. The Christian Life [Rehearsal Version Take 8] [#][Take][Version]
  118. Life In Prison [Rehearsal Version Takes 1 & 2] [#][Take][Version]
  119. Life In Prison [Rehearsal Version Takes 3 & 4] [#][Take][Version]
  120. One Hundred Years From Now [Rehearsal Version Takes 12 & 13] [#][Take]
  121. One Hundred Years From Now [Rehearsal Version Takes 14 & 15] [#][Versio
  122. You're Still On My Mind [Rehearsal Version Take 13] [#][Take][Version]
  123. You're Still On My Mind [Rehearsal Version Take 48] [#][Take][Version]
  124. All I Have Are Memories [Alternate Instrumental Take 17] [#][Instrument
  125. All I Have Are Memories [Alternate Instrumental Take 21] [#][Instrument
  126. Blue Canadian Rockies [Rehearsal Version Take 14] [#][Take][Version]
  127. This Wheel's On Fire
  128. Old Blue
  129. Your Gentle Way of Loving Me
  130. Child of the Universe [From Candy]
  131. Nashville West
  132. Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
  133. King Apathy Iii
  134. Candy
  135. Bad Night At the Whiskey
  136. Medley: My Back Pages/B.J. Blues/Baby What You Want Me To Do
  137. Stanley's Song [*]
  138. Lay Lady Lay [Alternate Version] [*][Version]
  139. This Wheel's On Fire [Version One] [#][*][Version]
  140. Medley: My Back Pages/B.J. Blues/Baby What You Want Me To Do [Alternate
  141. Nashville West [Alternate Version/Nashville Recording] [#][*][Version]
  142. Ballad of Easy Rider
  143. Fido
  144. Oil In My Lamp
  145. Tulsa County
  146. Jack Tarr the Sailor
  147. Jesus is Just Alright
  148. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
  149. There Must Be Someone (I Can Turn To)
  150. Gunga Din
  151. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
  152. Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins
  153. Way Beyond the Sun [*]
  154. Mae Jean Goes To Hollywood [*]
  155. Oil In My Lamp [Alternate Version] [*][Version]
  156. Tulsa County [Alternate Version] [#][*][Version]
  157. Fiddler a Dram (Moog Experiment) [#][*]
  158. Ballad of Easy Rider [Long Version] [#][*][Version]
  159. Build It Up [#][*][Instrumental]
  160. Lover of the Bayou
  161. Positively 4th Street
  162. Nashville West
  163. So You Want To Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star
  164. Mr. Tambourine Man
  165. Mr. Spaceman
  166. Eight Miles High
  167. Chestnut Mare
  168. Truck Stop Girl
  169. All the Things
  170. Yesterday's Train
  171. Hungry Planet
  172. Just a Season
  173. Take a Whiff On Me
  174. You All Look Alike
  175. Welcome Back Home
  176. All the Things [Alternate Version] [Version]
  177. Yesterday's Train [Alternate Version] [Version]
  178. Lover of the Bayou [Studio Recording]
  179. Kathleen's Song [Alternate Version] [Version]
  180. White's Lightning, Pt. 2
  181. Willin'
  182. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere [Live]
  183. Old Blue [Live]
  184. It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) [Live]
  185. Ballad of Easy Rider [Live]
  186. My Back Pages [Live]
  187. Take a Whiff On Me [Live]
  188. Jesus is Just Alright [Live]
  189. This Wheel's On Fire [Live]
  190. Glory, Glory
  191. Pale Blue
  192. I Trust
  193. Tunnel of Love
  194. Citizen Kane
  195. I Wanna Grow Up To Be a Politician
  196. Absolute Happiness
  197. Green Apple Quick Step
  198. My Destiny
  199. Kathleen's Song
  200. Jamaica, Say You Will
  201. Just Like a Woman
  202. Pale Blue [Alternate Version] [Version]
  203. Think I'm Gonna Feel Better
  204. Tiffany Queen
  205. Get Down Your Line
  206. Farther Along
  207. B.B. Class Road
  208. Bugler
  209. America's Great National Pastime
  210. Antique Sandy
  211. Precious Kate
  212. So Fine
  213. Lazy Water
  214. Bristol Steam Convention Blues [Alternate Version] [Version]
  215. Lost My Driving Wheel [*]
  216. Born To Rock & Roll [*]
  217. Bag Full of Money [*]