The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!
(CBS Records 1965 BP473249 MONO)
New Zealand Pressing
Flipback Laminated Sleeve in Excellent+ condition
- some wear to edges/corners
Vinyl in Excellent+ condition
(there are some surface marks visible on the vinyl when held up to the light but they don't affect the sound quality apart from some light pops/crackles - name on side one label)
The Byrds were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1964. The band underwent multiple lineup changes throughout its existence, with frontman Roger McGuinn (known as Jim McGuinn until mid-1967) remaining the sole consistent member, until the group disbanded in 1973. Although they only managed to attain the huge commercial success of contemporaries like the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Rolling Stones for a short period in late 1965, the Byrds are today considered by critics to be one of the most influential bands of the 1960s. Initially, they pioneered the musical genre of folk rock, melding the influence of the Beatles and other British Invasion bands with contemporary and traditional folk music. As the 1960s progressed, the band was also influential in originating psychedelic rock, raga rock, and country rock.
The band's signature blend of clear harmony singing and McGuinn's jangly twelve-string Rickenbacker guitar has continued to be influential on popular music up to the present day. Among the band's most enduring songs are their cover versions of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" and Pete Seeger's "Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season)", along with the self-penned originals, "I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better", "Eight Miles High", "So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star", "Ballad of Easy Rider" and "Chestnut Mare".
The original five-piece lineup of the Byrds consisted of Jim McGuinn (lead guitar, vocals), Gene Clark (tambourine, vocals), David Crosby (rhythm guitar, vocals), Chris Hillman (bass guitar, vocals), and Michael Clarke (drums). However, this version of the band was relatively short-lived and by early 1966, Clark had left due to problems associated with anxiety and his increasing isolation within the group. The Byrds continued as a quartet until late 1967, when Crosby and Clarke also departed the band. McGuinn and Hillman decided to recruit new members, including country rock pioneer Gram Parsons, but by late 1968, Hillman and Parsons had also exited the band. McGuinn, who by this time had changed his name to Roger after a flirtation with the Subud religion, elected to rebuild the band's membership and between 1968 and 1973, he helmed a new incarnation of the Byrds, featuring guitarist Clarence White among others. McGuinn disbanded the then current lineup in early 1973, to make way for a reunion of the original quintet. The Byrds' final album was released in March 1973, with the reunited group disbanding soon afterwards.
Several former members of the band went on to successful careers of their own, either as solo artists or as members of such groups as Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Flying Burrito Brothers and the Desert Rose Band. In the late 1980s, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke both began touring as the Byrds, prompting a legal challenge from McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman over the rights to the band's name. As a result of this, McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman performed a series of reunion concerts as the Byrds in 1989 and 1990, and also recorded four new Byrds' songs.
In January 1991, the Byrds were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, an occasion that saw the five original members performing together for the last time. McGuinn, Crosby, and Hillman still remain active but Gene Clark died of a heart attack in May 1991, and Michael Clarke died of liver failure in December 1993.
Turn! Turn! Turn! is the second album by the folk rock band the Byrds and was released in December 1965 on Columbia Record. Like its predecessor, Mr. Tambourine Man, the album epitomized the folk rock genre and continued the band's successful mix of vocal harmony and jangly twelve-string Rickenbacker guitar. The album's lead single and title track, "Turn! Turn! Turn!", is a Pete Seeger adaptation of text from the Book of Ecclesiastes that had previously been arranged in a chamber-folk style by the band's lead guitarist Jim McGuinn, while working with folksinger Judy Collins. The arrangement that McGuinn used for the Byrds' version utilizes the same folk rock style as the band's previous hit singles.
The album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Top LPs chart and went to number 11 in the United Kingdom. The "Turn! Turn! Turn!" single preceded the album by two months and topped the chart in the United States. Another single taken from the album, "Set You Free This Time", was less successful and failed to break into the U.S. Top 50.
The album marked an increase in McGuinn's songwriting output and rhythm guitarist David Crosby received his first writing credit on a Byrds' album. However, the band's prolific songwriter Gene Clark still contributed most of the original material. The album also included two Bob Dylan covers: "The Times They Are a-Changin'" and the then-unreleased song, "Lay Down Your Weary Tune". Turn! Turn! Turn! would be the last Byrds' album to feature the full participation of Gene Clark until the release of the original quintet's 1973 reunion album, Byrds.
- "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season)" (Book of Ecclesiastes/Pete Seeger) – 3:49
- "It Won't Be Wrong" (Jim McGuinn, Harvey Gerst) – 1:58
- "Set You Free This Time" (Gene Clark) – 2:49
- "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" (Bob Dylan) – 3:30
- "He Was a Friend of Mine" (traditional, new words and arrangement Jim McGuinn) – 2:30
- "The World Turns All Around Her" (Gene Clark) – 2:13
- "Satisfied Mind" (Red Hayes, Jack Rhodes) – 2:26
- "If You're Gone" (Gene Clark) – 2:45
- "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (Bob Dylan) – 2:18
- "Wait and See" (Jim McGuinn, David Crosby) – 2:19
- "Oh! Susannah" (Stephen Foster) – 3:03
- Jim McGuinn – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, vocals
- Gene Clark – rhythm guitar, harmonica, tambourine, vocals
- David Crosby – rhythm guitar, vocals
- Chris Hillman – electric bass (backing vocal on "Lay Down Your Weary Tune")
- Michael Clarke – drums (tambourine on "He Was a Friend of Mine")
- Terry Melcher – organ on "He Was a Friend of Mine"
THE BYRDS - TURN! TURN! TURN! LP - EXC+ 1965 ORIG MONO
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