Exit: David Crosby and Michael Clarke
Enter: Gram Parsons and Kevin Kelley
Exit: Rock - folk - psychedelic music
Yes, The Byrds take a U-turn here, surprising friend and enemy by bringing out a country album. Well, to be exact, the first country-rock-album. The Byrds are still the Byrds, and their harmonic singing style is still intact, but typical country tunes are added and yes, even my big friends The Louvin Brothers are covered. Yay!
Given my dislike for country, trading your musical style for country music is not the best move to keep me a fan. However, this album turned out to be probably their most influential one (not considering the idea they gave to Bob Dylan to use an electric guitar), because it is at the base of Americana, Country-Rock and Alt. Country movements in music.... this in the middle of a psychedelic rock environment where country music was for older guys who preferably had spent some time in jail (Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash,. …