proof that pipes aren’t required. what a crazy mix of a natural voice and that rickenbacker. still stunning.
As a player who, prior to being in the Byrds, had been a session musician, Roger was the ONLY member of the Byrds allowed to play when they recorded the album.proof that pipes aren’t required. what a crazy mix of a natural voice and that rickenbacker. still stunning.
This is not true.As a player who, prior to being in the Byrds, had been a session musician, Roger was the ONLY member of the Byrds allowed to play when they recorded the album.
The rest of the recording was done by the Wrecking Crew.
Whoa...!!!!I bought the first Byrds album when it was released, one of the first records I ever bought, and have been a fan ever since.
McGuinn is quite obviously the man.
A young wombat (circled) Byrd watching on Mt Tamalpais 1967. (Hugh Masekela sat in with the band)
Right you are. In this case my memory was faulty...This is not true.
Roger was a professional musician but not a "Session Man" (Crosby, Hillman, and Gene Clark were also professional folk singers when they started the band). It was only on the "Mr Tambourine Man" single and "I Knew I'd Want You" that the band (except McGuinn) was replaced by the wrecking crew.
Although the band's musicianship improved following the recording of their debut single, it was assumed by both Columbia and the band's management that their entire debut album would be recorded with session musicians. The band, however, had other ideas and insisted that they be allowed to perform the album's instrumental accompaniment themselves. By the start of recording sessions for the album, Melcher felt satisfied that the group had polished their sound enough to be able to produce professional sounding backing tracks and the Byrds were allowed to record the rest of the Mr. Tambourine Man album without any help from session musicians. However, a persistent and widely circulated rumor about the album is that all of the playing on it was done by session musicians. This misconception is likely due to confusion between the "Mr. Tambourine Man" single and the album of the same name. Hillman has stated that the contrast between the more polished sound of the two tracks featuring session musicians ("Mr. Tambourine Man" and "I Knew I'd Want You") and the sound of the rest of the album is quite noticeable.
I hate having to use Wikipedia as my source because its so cliche (its on the internet so its got to be true). But this myth of the session men on the first album was first dispelled in the 60s when I was first a fan and yet somehow continues to this day.
My favorite era of The Byrds. They definitely were a tight oufit in the 70's with more guitar. In this era I always thought Clarence White was the bonafide gunslinger in the band with McGuinn doing his chimey thing with the Ric...And one of the early makers of what we call "jam band" music today, for which he gets too little credit.