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Celebrate five decades of The Byrds' 1968 classic
Limited edition 180-gram gatefold LP on blue and green swirl vinyl
Mastered by Friday Music's Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering
Plated and pressed at RTI!
Liner notes from The Byrds' Chris Hillman, plus rare photographs!
The sixth album by the Byrds was originally released August 30, 1968, on Columbia Records.
A Harvard drop-out, Gram Parsons met Byrds bassist Chris Hillman at an unromantic Hollywood bank, coerced him into joining the Crosby-less band in Nashville, and, amidst quiet feuding with Roger McGuinn, made what is deniably one of the Top 20 country records of all time.
The masterwork kicks off with their hit "You Ain't Going Nowhere" and follows with the brilliant "I Am A Pilgrim", featuring Chris Hillman. More choice material abounds thanks to Gram Parsons with his signature works "Hickory Wind" and "One Hundred Years From Now."
No noteworthy reviewer is naïve enough to claim Sweetheart of the Rodeo was the first country-rock album ... (indeed) there was no "first" country-rock record. Country has always rocked. When Hank Williams sang, "I'll never get out of this world alive," he paved the way for Sid Vicious. If anything, Sweetheart is vastly less rocking than Merle Haggard's late-60s albums — Parsons was simply the first to disseminate the rock to North Hollywood and Keith Richards' mansion, writes Pitchfork.
The actual album is a blindingly rusty gait through parched weariness and dusted reverie. It's not the natural sound of Death Valley or Utah, but rather, a false portrait by people who wished it was, which makes it even more melancholy and charismatic.
Friday Music proudly presents on 180-gram translucent blue and green swirl audiophile vinyl, the 50th Anniversary Edition of The Byrds' Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering, the LP is pressed at R.T.I. and is featured in a stunning gatefold cover.
To celebrate this limited edition album, we are also including recent liner notes from Chris Hillman along with some very rare photos from The Byrds archives at Sony.
|1. You Ain’t Going Nowhere|
|2. I Am A Pilgrim|
|3. The Christian Life|
|4. You Don’t Miss Your Water|
|5. You’re Still On My Mind|
|6. Pretty Boy Floyd|
|7. Hickoy Wind|
|8. One Hundred Years From Now|
|9. Blue Canadian Rockies|
|10. Life In Prison|
|11. Nothing Was Delivered|