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The Byrds
"Turn! Turn! Turn!"

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Year of Release: 1965

track listing
  • Turn! Turn! Turn!
    (To Everything
    There Is A Season)
  • It Won't Be Wrong
  • Set You Free This Time
  • Lay Down Your
    Weary Tune
  • He Was A Friend Of Mine
  • THe World Turns All Around Her
  • Satisfied Mind
  • If You're Gone
  • The Times They
    Are A-Changin'
  • Wait And See
  • Oh Susanna

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    "Turn! Turn! Turn!"

    The song, "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)" was the second #1 hit for the Folk Rock group, The Byrds. Jim McGuinn was the lead singer, and a young rhythm guitarist, by the name of David Crosby were in the group. McGuinn would change his first name to Roger in later years, and Crosby would become more famous, in the group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. The Byrds' previous #1 hit, "Mr. Tambourine Man," was written by Bob Dylan. This hit was the title track of their album, and also included other Dylan-written songs. On Turn! TUrn! Turn!, there were other Dylan songs -- "Lay Down Your Weary Tune," and the classic "The Times They Are A-Changin'." "Turn! Turn! Turn!"Turn! Turn! Turn!, they were written, or co-written, by members of the Byrds -- (mostly) Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn, and David Crosby.

    The Byrds were mostly known as a folk rock band in their beginning years. And they had a distinctive sound, especially in their vocals. Songs such as "Set You Free This Time," "He Was A Friend Of Mine," and "Satisfied Mind" -- the vocals of the Byrds are just sweet. "The World Turns All Around Her" has that distinctive Byrds sound, musically and vocally. It's folkish, and yet psychedelic. Psychedelic also has the sound for "It Won't Be Wrong."

    Most recordings back in the late 1960s were of political issues. Folk artists such as Dylan, Seeger, and even the music of S/Sgt. Barry Sadler. The Byrds' songs had that "political feel," and having the folk style. "If You're Gone" has this. Speaking of Dylan, there is of course the classic "The Times They Are A-Changin'," which most music fans would remember Dylan's version (he wrote it), likewise The Byrds' version. "Wait And See" has the sound as if Dylan could have wrote this song, yet it was written by bandmembers of the Byrds, Jim McGuinn and David Crosby. Ending the album is a very impressive version of Stephen Foster's "Oh Susanna."

    The Byrds' Turn! Turn! Turn! is a fine album. It is folk, psychedelic. Two styles of music that The Byrds were known for. They would expand more into psychedelic, and crossover to a Country style. Not exactly Country as its title, just having the off-Country style, that could pass for Country. Bands such as The Eagles, Gram Parsons, The Band, Linda Ronstadt, to name a few. The Byrds' music definitely were ahead of their time, expanding folk music into a broader rock style, incorporating psychedlia, and later to Country-sounding. The Byrds were inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in 1991. Gene Clark passed away later that year, Another member, Michael Clarke passed away two years later. Roger (Jim) McGuinn, and David Crosby are still active.

    For the folk, psychedelic, 1960s fan, and rock fan in general, The Byrds have always been enjoyed. Where most remember them with their hits "Mr. Tambourine Man," "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Eight Miles High," their folk/psychedelic/rock album tracks not remembered are also great to listen to. They did have a distinctive sound, with their musical styles they created. Their vocals were also super. "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" are the standouts, but there are other great tunes on this album to listen to.

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