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"Every Byrds album is like an audio magazine containing the things that interest us at the moment."
-- Jon Landau

Throughout rock music's years, alot of albums have consisted of, maybe, a couple of hits and the rest just filler. Mr. Tambourine Man, when it was released  changed that formula at one point in rock music's history. Intrigued by the single, album buyers this time discovered a whole very solid album of jangly, inspired magic. Years before the advent of progressive or underground radio, the Mr. Tambourine Man album became a worldwide smash entirely via word of mouth. With this debut LP, the Byrds transcended pop to become the musical voice of an entire generation and generations to come. 

Chimes of Freedom
(Bob Dylan)

Far between sundown's finish an' midnight's broken toll
We ducked inside the doorway, thunder crashing
As majestic bells of bolts struck shadows in the sounds
Seeming to be the chimes of freedom flashing

Flashing for the warriors whose strength is not to fight
Flashing for the refugees on the unarmed road of flight
An' for each an' ev'ry underdog soldier in the night
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

Even though a cloud's white curtain in a far-off corner flashed
An' the hypnotic splatter of mist was slowly lifting
Electric light still struck like arrows, fired but for the ones
Condemned to drift or else be kept from drifting

Tolling for the searching ones, on their speechless, seeking trail
For the lonesome-hearted lovers with too personal a tale
An' for each unharmful, gentle soul misplaced inside a jail
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.

Starry-eyed an' laughing as I recall when we were caught
Trapped by no track of hours for they hanged suspended
As we listened one last time an' we watched with one last look
Spellbound an' swallowed 'til the tolling ended

Tolling for the aching ones whose wounds cannot be nursed
For the countless confused, accused, misused, strung-out ones an' worse
An' for every hung-up person in the whole wide universe
An' we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.
 
The Byrds  "Mr.Tambourine Man"
Columbia Records 1965
Copyright 1964   Special Rider Music


Columbia LP June 1965 [CS 9172]

1. Mr. Tambourine Man
 
2. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better

3. Spanish Harlem Incident
 
4. You Won't Have To Cry

5. Here Without You

6. The Bells Of Rhymney
 
7. All I Really Want To Do
 
8. I Knew I'd Want You
 
9. It's No Use
 
10. Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe
 
11. Chimes Of Freedom

12. We'll Meet Again

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