Live at the Fillmore West February 1969

Live at the Fillmore West February 1969

by The ByrdsThe Byrds

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Overview

This previously unreleased, stand-alone live recording of the Byrds at the Fillmore West in 1969 is a testament to the band at the height of its musical prowess. The amalgam of Roger McGuinn, John York, Gene Parsons, and Clarence White -- with only McGuinn remaining from the original fivesome that launched the group in 1965 -- is so imbued with the dusty twang of Nashville that it isn't until McGuinn's Rickenbacker 12-string kicks in on the energetic power medley of "Turn! Turn! Turn!"/"Mr. Tambourine Man"/"Eight Miles High" that we realize, ah, hippies! Guitarist White's luminous and enterprising riffing infuse the band's flower-power California sound with bluegrass virtuosity on McGuinn's "King Apathy III," a Who-infused rocker that cuts to a country break, as well as on "So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star" and the Bob Dylan/Rick Danko composition "Wheels On Fire." The concert closes on a political note with a jangly version of Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom" and McGuinn's pognant "He Was a Friend of Mine," which appropriately captures that self-reflective American moment that followed the '68 assassinations of John Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972484525
catalogNumber: 724845
Rank: 8597

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Byrds   Primary Artist
Clarence White   Guitar,Vocals
Gene Parsons   Drums
Roger McGuinn   Guitar,Vocals
John York   Bass

Technical Credits

Clarence White   Composer
Merle Haggard   Composer
Chris Hillman   Composer
Gene Parsons   Composer
David Diller   Engineer
Ira Louvin   Composer
Charlie Louvin   Composer
Roger McGuinn   Composer,Producer
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Producer
Randy Tuten   Artwork
Aaron Rosenbaum   Packaging Manager
J. Richards   Composer

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