It was a simple idea: take the folk song structure, wed it to a Beatle beat and count it off. That was the concept Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark were pursuing in clubs on the Sunset Strip when they met David Crosby. Together, these three young veterans of the folk scene recruited Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke to form one of the most influential rock bands of the Twentieth Century. While they began as an innovative folk-rock hybrid, their adventurous muse took them on many musical paths, creating raga rock and country rock along the way. With Jim, later Roger McGuinn as the constant, the group played on through many lineup shifts and left an indelible mark on popular music.

From the start, the Byrds were known for stellar songs, both those from their own pens as well as carefully chosen covers. Their debut single, a streamlined 4/4 version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," was a massive hit and a clarion call to the folk generation to move forward. Among those who answered the call was Dylan himself, who was soon expanding his artistic presentation beyond'solo voice, acoustic guitar and harmonica to a full electric band approach. The Byrds' distinctive instrumental sound, led by McGuinn's chiming electric 12-string Rickenbacker guitar, provided a blueprint for countless groups and even influenced their mentors, the Beatles (listen to the slyly-titled "And Your Bird Can Sing" to hear the Liverpool lads' tribute to the California combo). Vocally, the Byrds were a powerhouse, capable of multi-part harmony and possessing three distinctive lead vocalists in McGuinn, Clark, and Crosby. Though they would'soon split apart, the impact of the initial lineup's big bang reverberates to this day.

What is truly remarkable about the Byrds is how readily they adapted to both personnel changes and the rapid musical evolution of the 1960s. Subsequent members Gram Parsons, Clarence White, Gene Parsons, Skip Battin, and John York all brought new and vital elements to the band. The group was also tuned to outside sources, incorporating strains of Ravi Shankar's sitar and John Coltrane's saxophone in "Eight Miles High," for example. They packed a lifetime of melodic innovation into a decade before moving on to new challenges. Sundazed is honored to present these seminal recordings, sourced from the original analog tapes, so that their singular music may live on.
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Byrds, The - Another Dimension 2x10"
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    Now heavily influenced by the earth-shaking creations of two master musicians—John Coltrane and Ravi Shankar—the Byrds began recording their new single, “Eight Miles High” and “Why,” along with tracks for their upcoming album Fifth Dimension at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. Growing more confident by the day in their studio acumen and songwriting skills, the Byrds logged long nights of hypnotic in-studio jamming, then hammered the white-hot magma into songs that will live forever. McGuinn’s...

    Byrds, The - Cancelled Flytes 5x7" Set
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      Here’s your chance to own five Byrds singles from 1965 and 1966 that almost existed... Comprised of unique mono mixes readied for release and then shelved at the last minute by Columbia Records, several of the cancelled songs on these 10 sides were later revisited and re-recorded; others, for reasons unknown, would remain unissued until now. The ’65-’66 era-Byrds possessed an unimaginable wealth of talent and vision. The group produced so many wonderful recordings that the process of choosing...

      Byrds, The - Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde
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        A key transitional touchstone in The Byrds’ fabled canon, 1969’s Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde was the next stop in the band’s pioneering country-rock trajectory and the first album by the post-Gram Parsons lineup. With leader Roger McGuinn at the helm of a stellar new edition of the band featuring guitar god Clarence White, drummer Gene Parsons, and bassist John York, Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde sees The Byrds bridging the gap between the psychedelic flights of the group’s mid-’60s albums and the down-home,...

        Byrds, The - Fifth Dimension MONO LP
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          By 1966, the Byrds had powered up like a mammoth Atlas rocket boosting Astronauts into orbit around the Earth, with their third album, Fifth Dimension. This amped-up new sound--immediately dubbed raga-rock due to the Byrds newfound fascination with the music of Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane--is best exemplified by "Eight Miles High," yet another national pop smash, and "5D (Fifth Dimension)," both swirling, multi-hued masses of sonic energy on an interplanetary scale. "5D" is tethered to a...

          Byrds, The - Lazy Days / Reputation 7" single
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            Recorded during the earliest period of the Sweetheart of the Rodeo sessions, these March 1968 Nashville recordings are presented here for the first time ever in their unique mono mixes. Originally intended for potential single release on Columbia Records, "Lazy Days" features a previously unheard instrumental track (with Roger McGuinn on six- string electric) while "Reputation" showcases a previously unheard vocal take by Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman.TRACK LISTING:1. Lazy Days2. Reputation ...

            Byrds, The - Live At Royal Albert Hall 1971 2-LP Set
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              NOW ON LIMITED EDITION MIXED COLORED VINYL!!!From their earliest days as 12-string-wielding folk-rockers, to the thrilling psychedelic excursions of their raga-rock period to their 1968 birthing of country-rock, the Byrds were always accorded a hero's welcome in England.What better place to record founding Byrds member/guitarist/singer Roger McGuinn's new version of the band--featuring fretboard ace Clarence White, bassist Skip Battin and drummer Gene Parsons--than London's Royal Albert...

              Byrds, The - Live At Royal Albert Hall 1971 CD
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                From their earliest days as 12-string-wielding folk-rockers, to the thrilling psychedelic excursions of their raga-rock period to their 1968 birthing of country-rock, the Byrds were always accorded a hero’s welcome in England.What better place to record founding Byrds member/guitarist/singer Roger McGuinn’s new version of the band—featuring fretboard ace Clarence White, bassist Skip Battin and drummer Gene Parsons—than London’s Royal Albert Hall!Rescued from a tape that had sat forgotten in...

                Byrds, The - Live In Holland 1971: Lover of the Bayou / You Aint Goin Nowhere 7" Single
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                  When the Byrds cut the two songs featured on Live In Holland 1971 they may have been nearing the end of the trail, but this totally revamped Byrds lineup had plenty of firepower left in their mighty arsenal. Byrds vocalist/12-string legend Roger McGuinn—along with guitar whiz Clarence White, bassist Skip Battin and drummer Gene Parsons—sound better than ever sailing through muscular renditions of new Byrds fave (and Dr. John tribute) “Lover Of The Bayou.”Making at least its third appearance in...

                  Byrds, The - Mr. Tambourine Man MONO LP
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                    The Byrds burst upon an already fertile pop/rock music scene in the spring of 1965 with a stunning retooling of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" that changed everything. The debut album of the same name that followed, featuring mindblowing folk-rock gems like "The Bells Of Rhymney," "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" and "Chimes Of Freedom," was so aromatically intoxicating it even lit a fire under the Beatles across the Atlantic, beavering away on Rubber Soul. The Mr. Tambourine Man longplayer is...

                    Byrds, The - Notorious Byrd Brothers MONO LP
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                      The Byrds pull no punches kicking off their fifth album, 1968's The Notorious Byrd Brothers, with "Artificial Energy," a devastating haymaker aimed at the go-fast generation. In the blink of an eye, they're into the most beautiful baroque folk-rock ever created, the Carole King/Gerry Goffin-penned "Goin' Back." It was the song that caused David Crosby to leave the band (witness the empty horse stall on the cover photo) an odd reaction, considering most of Notorious was layered with a phased...

                      Byrds, The - Sanctuary II LP
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                        A new vinyl collection of rare Byrds recordings! With an emphasis on the group’s instrumental prowess and exclusive interviews with Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and John York, Sanctuary II collects outtakes and unissued material from the legendary Younger Than Yesterday, Notorious Byrd Bros. and Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde sessions. A High-Definition Vinyl pressing of forgotten gems!

                        Byrds, The - Sanctuary III LP
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                          Laden with outtakes, alternate versions and rarites from the Ballad of Easy Rider and Untitled sessions, the third volume of our Sanctuary series spotlights Clarence White's fretboard genius. Vinyl debut for all tracks; annotation by Roger McGuinn and John York!

                          Byrds, The - Sanctuary IV - LP
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                            From the vault! Sundazed re-releases, back by popular demand!The Sundazed Sanctuary spotlight continues with Volume IV to the legendary Nashville sessions for The Byrds’ landmark 1968 album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo. Spurred on by new member Gram Parsons, the Byrds traveled to Nashville to fashion the innovative country/rock blend that’s been part of American musical culture ever since. Sanctuary IV collects all of Gram Parsons’ vocal takes for the first time, as well as other revealing...

                            Byrds, The - Sanctuary: Rarities - LP
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                              The ringing sound of the Byrds - a band that created at least three rock 'n' roll genres (folk-rock, raga-rock and country-rock) would make any red-blooded music fan reach for the nearest tambourine to beat the jingle-jangle daylights out of it. Sanctuary collects all of the best rarities, alternate takes and 45-only sides into one goose pimple-inducing package, guaranteed to make anyone with a pulse "Feel A Whole Lot Better." Most tracks have never before appeared on vinyl! ...

                              Byrds, The - Sweetheart of the Rodeo LP
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                                With one mighty swing of the axe, the Byrds changed not only the face of rock 'n' roll but country music, as well, with their sixth album, 1968's Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. Tired of dipping a toe into the genre, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman added singer Gram Parsons and drummer Kevin Kelley and went for total immersion. The baptism of country-rock was a natural with Parsons, former International Submarine Band frontman, now on board. And the repertoire was wide open for country classics by...

                                Byrds, The - The Columbia Singles 65-67 2-LP Set
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                                  When "Mr. Tambourine Man" first rumbled out of car radio speakers in 1965, it was a pivotal moment in pop history. With its jangling 12-string and epic sweep, it was the dawn of a new day: the birth of folk-rock. And the Byrds were just getting started. The next two years saw one hit after another, from the Biblical prophesies of "Turn, Turn, Turn" to the raga-rock of "Eight Miles High," from the exotic orchestration of "So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star" to the Byrds bringing it all back...

                                  Byrds, The - The Preflyte Sessions 2-CD Set
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                                    Before turning rock ‘n’ roll on its ear in the spring of ‘65, the Byrds spent countless hours creating and refining their unique sound at LA’s World Pacific Studios. Hear history literally in the making as McGuinn, Crosby, Clark, Hillman and Clarke record newborn, spine-tingling versions of classics-to-be like “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “You Won’t Have To Cry,” “I Knew I'd Want You” and “Here Without You” as well as lost gems such as “The Reason Why,” “Tomorrow Is A Long Ways Away” and “You Showed...

                                    Byrds, The - The Preflyte Sessions LIMITED EDITION COLORED VINYL 2-LP Set
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                                      ON LIMITED EDITION COLORED VINYL!Before turning rock ‘n’ roll on its ear in the spring of ‘65, the Byrds spent countless hours creating and refining their unique sound at LA’s World Pacific Studios. Hear history literally in the making as McGuinn, Crosby, Clark, Hillman and Clarke record newborn, spine-tingling versions of classics-to-be like “Mr. Tambourine Man,” “You Won’t Have To Cry,” “I Knew I'd Want You” and “Here Without You” as well as lost gems such as “The Reason Why,” “Tomorrow Is A...

                                      Byrds, The - Turn! Turn! Turn! MONO LP
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                                        TheByrds' second album of 1965 led off with the heroic Los Angeles quintet's second chart-topping single, "Turn! Turn! Turn!," the song that placed them squarely on top of the mountain of a U.S. rock scene, feverishly bubbling away in answer to '64's British Invasion. The alchemical number, with lyrics straight out of the Bible's book of Ecclesiastes, was a perfect fit for a growing hippie counter-culture about to turn the world upside down. "It Won't Be Long" married chiming guitars to...

                                        Byrds, The - Younger Than Yesterday MONO LP
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                                          Younger Than Yesterday, the Byrds' fourth album--and in some people's eyes, the pinnacle of their art--wastes no time, bursting out of the gates with still another national smash, "So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star." Spotlighting the jazzy trumpet of Hugh Masekela, this paean to outrageous rock stardom was a highlight of the Byrds' appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival, possibly the most thrilling gathering of the musical tribes, ever. Every bit as exciting was "Have You Seen Her Face,"...

                                          Byrds, The Bundle!
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                                            Five must have Byrds LPs in one vinyl bundle! Includes the following albums:Mr. Tambourine Man - LP 5197Sweetheart Of The Rodeo - LP 5215Sanctuary - LP 5061The Notorious Byrd Brothers - LP 5201Live At Royal Albert Hall 1971 - LP 5189The Byrds burst upon an already fertile pop/rock music scene in the spring of 1965 with a stunning retooling of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man" that changed everything. The debut album of the same name that followed, featuring mindblowing folk-rock gems like "The...

                                            Byrds, The - Eight Miles High / Why - 7" Single
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                                            “EIGHT MILES HIGH” b/w “WHY” - THE RARE RCA STUDIOS VERSIONS ORIGINAL MONO MASTERS!!! ON GOLD VINYL! During an action-packed Byrds tour of the UK in August 1965, ideas began to form in Gene Clark’s mind for a new song. After germinating for several weeks, he began to put his thoughts on paper during the band’s U.S. tour in November 1965. Traveling from gig to gig, David Crosby’s cassettes of Ravi Shankar and John Coltrane provided the tour bus soundtrack. As Clark continued writing the song...