Sweetheart of the Rodeo

Sweetheart of the Rodeo

by The Byrds

Vinyl LP(Long Playing Record)

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For all intents and purposes, this is where country rock begins. All kinds of performers (Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams, Chris Isaak, Cheri Knight, Steve Earle, Wilco, and the denizens of the Hotel California) have drawn -- in spirit if not in song structure -- from the merger of the two seemingly contradictory genres found on this landmark 1968 recording. The Byrds had hinted at an interest in traditional country music during their previous recordings, but the arrival of Gram Parsons (replacing David Crosby) made the shift toward Nashville a feasible one. Pedal steel guitar replaces the Rickenbacker 12-string as the backbone of their sound, and they covered the Louvin Brothers' "The Christian Life" and Merle Haggard's "Life in Prison" alongside two Bob Dylan tunes, "You Ain't Going Nowhere" and "Nothing Was Delivered." The 1997 reissue of this recording includes alternate takes of several tracks with Parsons on lead vocals. Before long, however, Parsons and charter member Chris Hillman broke to form the Flying Burrito Brothers, leaving Jim McGuinn to soldier on. The Byrds continued to make fine recordings, especially 1970's Ballad of Easy Rider, but Sweetheart of the Rodeo remains their most influential disc.

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Release Date: 04/24/2007
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771521514
catalogNumber: 5215
Rank: 24656

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