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Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
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Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
 
Limited 'Millennium Edition' reissue of classic 1968 album in a deluxe heavyweight miniaturized LP sleeve complete with inner sleeve and a Japanese-style obi strip on the spine. 11 tracks. Individually numbered. 1999 rel...  more »

     
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All Artists: Byrds
Title: Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Msi Music/Super D
Original Release Date: 1/4/2005
Re-Release Date: 7/17/2002
Album Type: Import
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Oldies, Folk Rock, Country Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Sweetheart of the Rodeo, Sweetheart of the Rodeo
UPCs: 4571191051301, 5099749521827, 643346005713, 808885003419, 457119105130

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Limited 'Millennium Edition' reissue of classic 1968 album in a deluxe heavyweight miniaturized LP sleeve complete with inner sleeve and a Japanese-style obi strip on the spine. 11 tracks. Individually numbered. 1999 release.

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Landmark album
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 05/31/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album was considered revolutionary when it was originally recorded - a rock band recording a country album with a rock edge - but it was so influential that nobody hearing it now will think there is anything revolutionary about it.Bob Dylan wrote two of the songs - You ain't going nowhere and Nothing was delivered - while there are also covers of songs by soul singer William Bell (You don't miss your water) and Woody Guthrie (Pretty boy Floyd).Gram Parsons contributed two songs - One hundred years from now and Hickory wind. He also wrote Lazy days, which was recorded for the original album but not included on it. This is added as one of several bonus tracks, some of which feature Gram as lead singer instead of Roger McGuinn.The remaining tracks are covers of country songs that had previously been recorded by (among others) George Jones and Merle Haggard.

Not long after this album was recorded, Chris Hillman and Gram Parsons left and formed the Flying Burrito brothers. The music here set the pattern for that band and other country-rock bands such as Poco and the early Eagles music. But in the new millennium, mainstream pop, rock and country music all seem far removed from this album. Modern singers and bands doing music of this type are classified as alt-country. Although the term alt-country covers many different styles, the influence of this album is obvious in many alt-country singers and bands.The music here is excellent on its own merit. It was not very successful at the time but has grown in status with the passage of time."
Masterpiece
Richard Malitz | Buffalo Grove, IL | 01/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Let me start this review saying this: I did NOT like country music when I bought this album. I bought it thinking it would be a good "starter" album if I wanted to check out country. Well, not only did I like this album, I love it. It is the best Byrds album to me, and yet it is 100% country. There is basically no connection to the classic Byrds sound, unless you count McGuinn and Hillman's vocals. With new member Gram Parsons, he took the band into country heaven. I have always liked pedal steel guitar, and on this album, it is on every song! It is heaven to listen to. The 2 Dylan covers are my favorite Dylan covers the band has done. While Parsons only sings on 3 cuts on the album (due to contractural problems his vocals were taken off some songs)the new CD reissue has the original versions with him singing lead vocals. Now you can compare One Hundred Years From Now and The Christian Life to the originals. The best part is both versions of both songs are great. You also get some additional bonus tracks and an awesome instrumental featuring pedal steel vs. Clarence White, who's regular guitar playing is amazing. Remember, this is 100% country, and some of the finest music I have heard. Hearing McGuinn, Hillman, and Parsons sing lead on separate tracks showcases 3 amazing voices. I love Parson's voice the best, he is pure country, and it blows me away at how young he was. I was expecting to see 4 hippies in 1968 with long hair and beards on the cover. Wrong, they look like 4 clean cut college kids! You must buy this album, I did on a whim and I can't get enough. One more reason to buy this CD, this is my first review, and I had to mention THIS CD out of over 600 that I own!"
Country-rock classic
TimothyFarrell22 | Massachusetts | 06/29/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"There are only two Byrds originals on this album, the rest of the songs being covers of classic country and roots songs. However, don't make you write this album off. The Byrds always had the best covers of other peoples' songs, and this album is a testament to that fact. Despite the fact that at the time the Psyche-Rock crowd and the Country crowd were two warring camps, the Byrds tried to bring both of them together the same way they had done with Folk. The result? A commercial flop that only over time proved to be an incredibly influential album. It was quite a daring move at the time to bring together the two styles of music, and this album proved they were more related than most people beleived at the time period. Another reason for the lack of acclaim for the album at the time was that it didn't sound a lot like the Byrd's earlier albums. Unfortunatly, the band used this as the template for a good amount of their subsequent albums, which may be the reason they tumbled downhill so quickly. The last great Byrds release, and an essential recording."