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In the Beginning (The Byrds album)

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In the Beginning (The Byrds album)

Compilation album by The Byrds
ReleasedAugust 1988
RecordedMid-1964 - November 1964
StudioWorld Pacific Studios, Los Angeles, CA
GenrePop , folk rock
Length38 : 13
LabelRhino
ProducerJim Dickson

Release on June 21 1965, Byrds ' debut album, Mr. Tambourine Man, marks the beginning of the Folk-rock revolution. In just a few months, Byrds had become a household name, with a single and a smash-hit album that marry ringing guitars and backbeat of British Invasion with the harmonies and lyrical depth of Folk to create an entirely new sound. Perhaps someone else could have listened to the bright guitar lines of the Beatles ' Ticket To Ride and To Bob Dylans ' original Mr. Tambourine Man and had idea of somehow combining the two, but neither of those recordings existed when Byrds Roger McGuinn devised his group's new sound. Newly signed to Columbia Records, Byrds had access to an early demo version of Mr. Tambourine Man even before their label-mate Bob Dylan had had a chance to record it for his own upcoming album. On January 20 1965, they entered studio to record what would become the title track of their debut album and, incidentally, only Bob Dylan's song ever reached 1 on the US pop charts. Aiming consciously for vocal style in between Dylans and Lennons, McGuinn sung lead, with Gene Clark and David Crosby providing complex harmony that would, along with McGuinn's jangly electric 12-string Rickenbacker guitar, form the basis of Byrds ' trademark sound. That sound, which would influence countless groups from Big Star To Bangles in decades to come, had an immediate and profound impact on Byrds contemporaries, and even on artists who inspired it in the first place. Wow, Man, you can even dance to that! Was Bob Dylans reaction to hearing what Byrds had do with Mr. Tambourine Man. Just days before the hugely influential album of the same name was released to the public on June 21 1965, Dylan himself would be in New York recording studio with an electric guitar in his hands, putting finishing touches on Like Rolling Stone and setting the stage for his controversial Dylan go electric performance at Newport Folk Festival just one month later.

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In Beginning compiles demos, some of which were previously unreleased, that were recorded during 1964 at World Pacific Studios in Los Angeles, before the band had secured a recording contract with Columbia Records. Material dating from the band's pre-fame rehearsal Sessions at World Pacific had previously appeared on the 1969 album Preflyte, but in Beginning provides a more comprehensive overview of this period than earlier compilation. During preparation for the album, Rhino Records elected to include as many previously unreleased versions of songs as possible, rather than simply duplicate the contents of Preflyte album. As result of this, of seventeen tracks that make up in Beginning, only five are exactly the same recordings that were included on the earlier compilation album. In Beginning also includes six alternate takes of songs that appear on Preflyte. In addition, album also features alternate versions of both sides of the one-off single that the group released on Elektra Records in 1964; primitive acoustic demo of Only Girl I Adore which had previously been released on Early LA various artists compilation; previously unreleased Early version of it's No Use; and two recordings of previously unreleased song tomorrow Is Long Ways Away. Noting the album's emphasis on newly released material, Byrds' biographer Johnny Rogan commented that in Beginning took brave decision to include as many alternate takes as possible, irrespective of their quality, and concluded that the CD captures the very genesis of Byrds. Music historian and journalist Richie Unterberger, writing for Allmusic website, has described the music on the album as excellent, though more tentative and less polish than their 'official' Columbia work. However, Unterberger also complains that some of the alternate takes are inferior to those on the original Preflyte album. Upon release, in Beginning garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, but failed to reach the Billboard Top Pop Albums Chart or UK Albums Chart. The album is currently out of print and has been supplanted by two exhaustive double CD compilations, Preflyte Sessions and Preflyte Plus.

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AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

Blip in Byrds ' discography that could easily be miss, as all of the songs from these pre-Mr. Tambourine Man sessions are also found much more widely available in Beginning. Byrds fans really need to track this down, though, because six of 11 cuts are actually entirely different versions than ones that appear on in Beginning, and in some cases differences are substantial. You show Me, in particular, appear here in a bare-bones, almost acoustic version with a heart-wrenching Gene Clark vocal; this is the sound of the Byrds at their very birth in nest. It's matter of taste, but take of she Has Way and Here Without You on Preflyte are clearly superior to ones used in Beginning, though the arrangements are very similar. Originally released on the small Together label, it was reissued on Columbia a few years later; Columbia pressing is much easier to find, can still be easily found in used stores, and has enough otherwise unavailable quality material to make the search worth the effort.

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