My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: The Notorious Byrd Brothers was recorded during the second half of 1967 and was released in 1968. David Crosby was fired during the recording of this album, which still includes songs written by him as well as recording sessions he took part in.
What I think: The album really has two types of songs on it, on one side you have really experimental, psychedelic, electronic songs (“Natural Harmony” and “Space Odessey” are two of them). On the other side you have the folksy and country style Byrds (“Draft Morning” and Change is Now” are two). Not surprisingly based off of my past reviews, I’m not really a fan of the experimental stuff. The folksy/country sound is great and really highlights what will come with their next album. Also, the sort of hybrid experimental/country track “Old John Roberston” is really cool with the phaser built over more traditional songs.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? Personally, this is my least favorite Byrds album and I would exclude it. Reading the albums Wikipedia page, though really shows me how influential it was/is on experimental and electronic music (it was one of the first recordings to feature a Moog synthesizer, panning and phaser sounds)
Rating (Out of 5): 2.5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (98/123)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 80%