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The Notorious Byrd Brothers 1968
Columbia CL-2775 1968

The Byrds
The Notorious Byrd Brothers
Columbia CL-2775 1968
Produced by Gary Usher.
Engineered by Tom May and
Don Thompson.
Recorded at Columbia Studios,
Hollywood. July - December 1967.
Cover Photo: Guy Webster

Released by The Byrds in 1968. The recording of the album was marked by dissension among the band members, and two of the band's four original members had left the group by the time the LP was released. David Crosby was reportedly fired by other members after their refusal to include some of his songs prompted him to absent himself from recording sessions; drummer Michael Clarke later quit the group in apparent dissatisfaction over the material chosen by Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman.

The Notorious Byrd Brothers' initial sales were weaker than any of the group's previous releases, reaching only forty-seven on U.S. charts (but reaching twelve in the U.K.). "Goin' Back" was the group's last single to approach the higher reaches of the charts.

The final track on the album, "Space Odyssey," is a direct retelling of Arthur C. Clarke's short story "The Sentinel," which was also the inspiration for the Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey

 

1. Artificial Energy (Roger McGuinn/
 
2. Goin' Back
    (Carole King/Gerry Goffin) - 3:26
 
3. Natural Harmony
   (Chris Hillman) - 2:11
 
4. Draft Morning
    (David Crosby/Chris Hillman/
     Roger McGuinn) - 2:42
 
5. Wasn't Born to Follow
      (Carole King/Gerry Goffin) - 2:04
 
6. Get to You
    (Chris Hillman/Roger McGuinn) - 2:39
 
7. Change Is Now
     (Chris Hillman/Roger McGuinn) - 3:21
 
8. Old John Robertson
     (Chris Hillman/Roger McGuinn) - 1:49
 
9. Tribal Gathering
     (David Crosby/Chris Hillman) - 2:03
 
10. Dolphin's Smile"
       (David Crosby/Chris Hillman/
        Roger McGuinn) - 2:00
 
11. Space Odyssey
       (Roger McGuinn/R.J. Hippard) - 3:52
 

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