The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man - Review
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As far as the makers of this glorious debut were concerned, Rock n Roll was now firmly dead. Hark the jingle-jangle revolution. Let’s call it Folk Rock. It was a beautiful sound, baked in Californian sunshine, but delivered by an unsmiling raggle-taggle bunch of scruff-bags. At this time, they had a clear trademark sound, thanks to Roger McGuinn’s commanding jangle on the twelve-string Rickenbacker guitar, Chris Hillman’s melodic bass playing, and the complex harmony work, usually between McGuinn, Gene Clark and David Crosby. Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan become radio friendly when channelled through The Byrds. Usually this would be a very bad sign, but not so in this instance. Six originals (one of which was penned by Jackie DeShannon) and six covers (including an amazing four of Bob Dylan) made for a perfect balance; exciting in the new with the added warmth of the familiar. The mind boggling cover of Vera Lynn’s “We’ll Meet Again” excepted of course…

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