Founding Byrds member Jim Roger McGuinn states in the liner notes of the CD reissue of the group’s 1971 LP “Byrdmaniax”: “We were just idling artistically -the album sounds like we really weren’t concentrating on doing good work, good art.” I’d like to hear what The Byrds would do when they really weren’t concentrating because this is a very wonderful album, and when I bought this album on LP it was such a breath of fresh air. It has Country, Folk Rock, and classical all wrapped up in 11 Tracks. It’s such a delight to hear The Byrds change with the times. Gone were the days of “Mr. Tambourine Man”, “Turn! Turn! Turn!” and “All I Really Want to Do”. In their place were the Gospel track “Glory Glory” written by Arthur Reid Reynolds, and the tongue in cheek contributions “I Wanna Grow Up to Be A Politician” (written by Roger McGuinn) and the Skip Battin/Kim Fowley tribute to Hollywood’s Colorful characters “Citizen Kane”.
My favorite tracks which stand out are the aforementioned “Citizen Kane” and the country rock instrumental “Green Apple Quick Step” written by Gene Parsons and Clarence White (which features a great harmonica performance by Clarence White’s father Eric). Roger McGuinn’s “I Trust”, short for his motto “I trust it will turn out alright” originally taken from Norman Vincent Peale’s “The Power of Positive Thinking”. I give this effort an A because it’s one of their most overlooked efforts, but it offers so much. Happy Listening!
Nick The RecordLover