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“The Notorious Byrd Brothers” was actually the last one of The Byrds’
albums to partially feature their original members. David Crosby was
“fired” during these 1967 recording sessions and by December of
that year, only Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn were left.

This album was reissued on CD, and uses more studio wizardry
than in the past.  In many ways, it was The Byrds most ambitious
album. For example, the first song, “Artificial Energy,” opens with
a horn section, and the album was released during the same era as
The Beatles’ “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.” Despite
“dissension in the ranks, “The Notorious Byrd Brothers” still
featured their trademark vocals and McGuinn’s “jingle-jangle”
12-string guitar sound, but used additional instruments.

The 20-bit mastering on this reissued recording provided great
sound, and bonus tracks were included that were not on the
original album. Four of these tracks were never issued before, and
three of them were purely instrumental. You’ll also hear different
versions of “Goin’ Back,” and “Draft Morning,” along with David Crosby’s
“Triad.” Apparently, the inclusion of “Triad” was originally vetoed by
the remaining band members, and Jefferson Airplane later included
their version of this song on their album, “Crown of Creation.” These
extras provided me with a more complete portrait of the band.

Having heard “The Notorious Byrd Brothers,” I can now state that
my perusal of their “classic” period is complete. Please note that
this album contains more tracks than are listed. Despite periods of
silence, you should continue to listen to the disc. You will be
rewarded with a promotional piece and a lengthy studio session,
where you’ll hear bickering between the band members, while they
share their “creative process.”

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