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True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume 4

June 17, 2013

Reverence ain't exactly a hallmark of True Blood, the decadently soapy (and raunchy) HBO series. Although this soundtrack shows a certain fealty to familiar names and indie faves – Jenny Lewis duets with Eric Burdon, Bethany Cosentino pogos with...

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There Is A Season

October 17, 2006

The Byrds are still among the most underrated bands in rock history. One reason is that they didn't have a unique, charismatic frontman: Five California folkie boys came together one jingle-jangle morning in 1964 and then careened around musically for...

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The Byrds

April 12, 1973
Not Rated

To tell the truth, I would rather write about some of the fine new albums released since the first of this year — including Dr. John's In the Right Place (his best). Todd Rundgren's near best A Wizard/A True Pop Star, Dusty Springfield's Cameo (an...

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Byrdmaniax

August 19, 1971
Not Rated

What a boring dead group. But then again aren't they all? Right, that puts it all in a different perspective. Increments of pus. Anything unfestering is a bonus. Two halfway decent cuts makes an album a winner, maybe even one. The cover features death...

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Preflyte

October 18, 1969
Not Rated

The Byrds came along at a time when American rock needed a shot in the arm which would raise the music to the levels attained by the British groups and allow it to meet the emerging head culture. The Byrds did it; but the subtlety and aversion to gimmick...

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The Notorious Byrd Brothers

September 2, 1999

The initial genius of the Byrds had to do with marrying the sensibilities of Bob Dylan and the Beatles out in sunny Southern California. Changes came quickly for the band, whose stylistic evolution could be tracked not just from album to album but from...

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Farther Along

March 16, 1972
Not Rated

Farther Along is the Byrds' first completely self-produced LP, and exists as a kind of backlash to Terry Melcher's elaborate string and choir-laden production of Byrdmaniax. Farther Along was recorded within three months of Byrdmaniax, so eager was the...

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Ballad Of Easy Rider

December 27, 1969
Not Rated

Somehow it doesn't matter that these two bands have gone through enough internal and external hassles to cover the New York Metropolitan Opera for the next ten years. They just keep producing wave after wave of fine music. The Byrds, of course —...

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Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

August 14, 1968
Not Rated

The Byrds, during the not-so-Great Folk-Rock controversy, attempted to qualify their own individual transition by saying: "If only one line of 'Mr. Tambourine Man' (which they had just recorded) gets through to the kids it'll have been worth it." The...

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