Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday (1967)


The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday (1967)


Younger Than Yesterday was somewhat overlooked at the time of its release during an intensely competitive era that found the Byrds on a commercial downslide. However, time has shown it to be the most durable of the Byrds' albums, with the exception of Mr. Tambourine Man. David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and especially Chris Hillman come into their own as songwriters on an eclectic but focused set blending folk-rock, psychedelia, and early country-rock. The sardonic "So You Want to Be a Rock & Roll Star" was a terrific single; "My Back Pages," also a small hit, was the last of their classic Dylan covers; "Thoughts and Words," the flower-power anthem "Renaissance Fair," "Have You Seen Her Face," and the bluegrass-tinged "Time Between" are all among their best songs. The jazzy "Everybody's Been Burned" may be Crosby's best composition, although his "Mind Gardens" is one of his most excessive. [The CD reissue has six bonus tracks, including the fine Crosby-penned single "Lady Friend," and notably different alternate versions of "Mind Gardens" and "My Back Pages."]

01 - So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star
02 - Have You Seen Her Face
03 - C.T.A.-102
04 - Renaissance Fair
05 - Time Between
06 - Everybody's Been Burned
07 - Thoughts And Words
08 - Mind Gardens
09 - My Back Pages
10 - The Girl With No Name
11 - Why
12 - It Happens Each Day
13 - Don't Make Waves
14 - My Back Pages (Alternate Version)
15 - Mind Gardens (Alternate Version)
16 - He Was A Friend Of Mine (Live)
17 - Lady Friend. (sg)

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