My Music Listening Journal 2021: Day 12: Tuesday January 12, 2021.

Eilish sits on the edge of a white bed, in front of a dark background. She wears white clothing, with white eyes while smiling demonically at the camera.
  • BILLIE EILISH: WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?: 2019: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: CD: POP: One of the most successful and talked about artists in recent years- this her debut album -is terrific. the album won the Grammy for Best Album and Best Pop Vocal Album. There were seven singles from this album including the #1 hit “Bad Guy.” The album also went to #1. Mount Rushmore- “Bad Guy”, “bury a friend”, “All The Good Girls Go To Hell” and “You Should See Me In A Crown.” A critical and commercial success- I am looking forward to her second album.
  • THE BYRDS: MR. TAMBOURINE MAN: 1965: 5+STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: FOLK ROCK: The Byrds are on the short list for the title of greatest American band- while they were successful- especially early on- they were even greater as an influence. I think they don’t get their full due- this is at least my theory is-they were around from 1964-73 but only had one member who was with the band the entire time- Roger McGuinn- overall in those years a total of 11 band members. This was their debut- and what a great record- The Byrds turning Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man’ electric would influence Dylan’s doing the same. Mount Rushmore: “Mr. Tambourine Man”, “I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better”, “The Bells Of Rhymney” and “Chimes Of Freedom.” One of the best debut albums ever.
  • THE BYRDS: TURN! TURN! TURN!: 1965: 5 STARS OUT OF 5 STARS: IPOD: FOLK ROCK: The sophomore album from The Byrds came six months after the debut and is another classic folk rock album. The title song is one of the songs of that era. Rounding out the Mount Rushmore: “It Won’t Be Wrong”, “He Was A Friend Of Mine” and “The World Turns All Around Her.” The jangly sounds of Jim McGuinn’s 12 string Rickenbacker from the guitar from the debut- continue on in this great album. 1965 was a very good year.

9 responses to “MY MUSIC LISTENING JOURNAL 2021: DAY 12: TUESDAY JANUARY 12, 2021

  1. Hans, thanks for the good words about the Byrds and their first two albums. While the band would continue to innovate, as you mentioned, the first two albums turned pop music on its head and influenced both the Beatles and Dylan. There aren’t many rock/pop albums from 1965 that are listenable today, but these two hold up quite well 55 years later.

  2. If I may be so bold, one of the biggest reasons for their early success in my opinion was the late, great Gene Clark, who arguably wrote their best original songs on the first two albums. Funny thing about the later albums, especially post-Sweetheart, is that I think I’m good to go with what’s on the box set, yet I have a nagging feeling that I’d really like the albums (Byrdmaniax, Farther Along, etc.) if I gave them a chance. They were certainly great live in the later years with Clarence White.

    • It’s a shame Clark quit the band because he was such a gifted songwriter. The next album, “Fifth Dimension,” was a bit of a discordant mess as the remaining quartet tried to regroup following his departure. Thankfully, they found their groove with album #4, “Younger Than Yesterday.” Clark had so much talent but self-sabotaged his career over and over.
      The five post-Sweetheart, McGuinn-White albums have some moments, but they’re definitely a big step down from the first six albums. McGuinn has admitted as much on several occasions. Their were no strong songwriters onboard (excepting when McGuinn collaborated with Jacques Levy) and I didn’t care for the way McGuinn’s Rickenbacker took a backseat to Clarence’s Telecaster, especially with the grating overuse of the B-Bender. Gene Parson’s drumming is annoying and the Skip Battin-Kim Fowley-penned novelty tunes are glaringly outside of the Byrds’ oeuvre.
      Below is a link to my reviews of all of the Byrds’ albums:

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