February 5, 2015

The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man (1965)


In an era dominated by the surprise arrival of British rock groups the Americans had to scramble quick from the days of Elvis (aka the original Black rock) to catch up and make some great music of their own. British invasion fan Bob Dylan was the first to do it on a massive scale, but the Byrds really bridged the pond. The Byrds cover like five Dylan songs on this album, but the harmonies are not far from what the Beatles and the Who were doing (think Substitute), as you can see right off the bat with the title track's hypnotic vocals. Granted these harmonies are a little rougher and the American folk influence makes this a unique listen. I do think the tracks could have some unused potential and there are some milder points. Mr. Tambourine Man is a massively influential album for everything from 60s psych rock, garage rock, mod, and 80s jangle pop.

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Mr. Tambourine Man