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Having originally formed in California, 1964, and critically acclaimed as one of the most influential bands of the 1960s – originating Psychedelic, Raga and Country Rock – the Byrds underwent multiple changes in personnel, with Roger McGuinn remaining the sole consistent member.
Country rock pioneer Gram Parsons had a brief stint in the band, but departed with Chris Hillman in late 1968. Between 1968 and 1973, McGuinn elected to rebuild the band, creating a new incarnation featuring guitarist Clarence White, Bassist Skip Battin and Drummer Gene Parsons – the longest standing configuration of the Byrds.
This eight-disc collection showcases the history of the Byrds, from their early peak and critical acclaim as one of the most influential bands of the 1960s, to several of the original members disbanding to have successful careers either as solo artists or in groups, such as CSNY and the Flying Burrito Brothers.
The performances featured here were originally broadcast on US radio and are presented here with background notes and images.
• The entire original KSAN, KMET, WLIR, KUT, WKSS FM Radio Broadcasts
• Featuring live performances from The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Brothers, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and Gene Clark & the Fyrebirds
• Incredible performances from San Francisco, North Hollywood, New York, Austin and Hartford
• Over 100 tracks, professionally re-mastered with background liners and rare archival photos.
DISC ONE: THE BYRDS; AVALON BALLROOM, SAN FRANCISCO, CA,
NOVEMBER 2ND 1968, KSAN-FM
DISC TWO: THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS WITH GRAM PARSONS & CLARENCE WHITE; PALOMINO CLUB, NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LA, JUNE 8TH 1969, KMET-FM
DISC THREE: THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS WITH GRAM PARSONS & CLARENCE WHITE;
PALOMINO CLUB, NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LA,
JUNE 8TH 1969, KMET-FM
DISC FOUR: DAVID CROSBY; THE MATRIX, SAN FRANCISCO, CA,
DECEMBER 15TH 1970, KSAN-FM
DISC FIVE: ROGER MCGUINN ISLIP SPEEDWAY, NEW YORK, NY, JULY 7TH 1974, WLIR-FM
DISC SIX: ROGER MCGUINN, GENE CLARK, CHRIS HILLMAN; AUSTIN’S ARMADILLO WORLD HEADQUARTERS, TX,
MAY 22ND 1979, KUT-FM
DISC SEVEN: GENE CLARK & THE FYREBIRDS; THE ROCKING HORSE SALOON, HARTFORD, CT,
JANUARY 13TH 1985, WKSS-FM
DISC EIGHT: GENE CLARK & THE FYREBIRDS; THE ROCKING HORSE SALOON, HARTFORD, CT, JANUARY 13TH 1985,
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