Album no. 94/1001
Our mates The Byrds are back for their THIRD album on this list thus far – is it too many? Some would say yes.
At this point, The Byrds had already tasted stardom with their overnight success from Mr Tambourine Man, then fell out of the public’s affections after Fifth Dimension – so this album sees them clawing their way back into the limelight.
This album also includes one of The Byrd’s biggest hits – ‘So You Want To Be A Rock N Roll Star’ – which has been covered by everyone from Pearl Jam, Patti Smith and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, to Roxette (YES).
Have you listened to this album before?
CL: No. But I’m heading in feeling slightly more reserved. The Byrds let me down last time. I don’t want that to happen again. I want another Mr Tambourine Man please.
NK: I had no idea The Byrds had so many albums, especially not where they had written the songs themselves. I have never listened to this and I am not optimistic.
CL: So it’s not exactly Mr Tambourine Man standard. But it’s definitely not Fifth Dimension rubbish either. I’d say this is actually a pretty inoffensive listen. There are definitely some good little tracks. Little is a key word here – most of the songs only go for 2 and a half minutes – so that’s always nice. I really like ‘Thoughts and Words’, but ‘So You Want To Be A Rock N Roll Star’ is a good opener as well.
NK: DEFINITELY not as bad as Fifth Dimension. Inoffensive is a good word for it. ‘So You Want To Be a Rock’N’Roll Star’ is my pick. It’s like a really toned down version of Oasis. We will get around to them, but they’re a long way off.
CL: Having said all that though, ‘Mind Gardens’ is fucking awful. Don’t crowbar some Shakespeare into your song. That’s not alright.
NK: Seconded. ‘My Back Pages’ is a good song, but shock horror, this version isn’t as good as Dylan’s original. Bloody The Byrds.
When would be the best time to listen to this?
CL: I’d say when you only have a limited time and can only listen to the first 7 tracks.
NK: If you’re trying to convince somebody that no, really, The Byrds had loads of albums!
Why has this album been included on the list?
CL: I mean, I personally don’t think it’s been necessary to include this many albums by The Byrds on this list. We’ve already had 2 and there’s still 2 more to go! That’s FIVE. That’s a lot. Did this album really need to be included? I’m not sure what this one’s bringing that the other ones haven’t already. This is a mystery.
NK: Are you sick of the guitar sound yet? We’ve had three albums of this jangly Rickenbacker nonsense. Two more to come, jesus.
Will you be listening again?
CL: Hmmm. I didn’t hate the songs. I’ll strongly consider it, but I won’t be rushing out to put it on again.
NK: The songs aren’t bad, but they’re not really good either. I will not be listening to this.
Listen to Younger Than Yesterday on Spotify or buy it in iTunes.