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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

122 of 1001 Albums: The Byrds' Sweetheart of the Rodeo


History
It wasn't that long ago that we just heard The Byrds, and now they are back so soon again. If you listen to this one right after The Notorious Byrd Brothers it is like you are getting a completely different band though.  In the last album we could heard them flirting with the country rock sound, and now they have embraced it. This album was recorded with Gram Parsons, who is known as the pioneer of country rock, but funny enough by the time this album was released, Parsons had already left the project. This album wasn't the most easiest project for The Byrds though.  Nashville wasn't too accepting of once famed hippy band, The Byrds, and were highly unwelcoming to them. On top of that the album was a flop in the U.K., though it did make some chart hits in the U.S. 

My Thoughts
I'm undecided about whether I enjoyed this whole album as much as the few songs on the last album, The Notorious Byrd Brothers. I do know this though, the whole album is more enjoyable as a whole. You have a lot more fun tunes offered.  I'm shocked at the drastic change in one year that you hear The Byrds undergo though. This has to be the biggest musical change I can think of coming across before.  It's not just a slight musical change, this is a whole genre change. If you're not a fan of country this may not be your alley, but it's a great catalogue of how much a band can evolve in a very short time. 

Rating 4 of 5. 





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