The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider
The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider
The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider
The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider

The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider

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John York, vocals, bass

Gene Parsons, vocals, drums, guitar, five-string banjo

Clarence White, vocals, lead guitar

Roger McGuinn, vocals, guitar, synthesizer


1 LP, Gatefold Cover

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : RTI

Label : Friday Music

Original Label : Columbia

Recorded June 17 - August 26 1969 at Columbia Studios, Hollywood

Engineered & mixed by Jerry Hochman

Produced by Terry Melcher

Remastered by Joe Reagoso With Kevin Gray

Originally released in 1969

Reissued in 2012



Side A :

  1. Ballad of Easy Rider
  2. Fido
  3. Oil In My Lamp
  4. Tulsa County
  5. Jack Tarr the Sailor


Side B :

  1. Jesus Is Just Alright
  2. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
  3. There Must Be Someone (I Can Turn To)
  4. Gunga Din
  5. Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)
  6. Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins


Reviews :

"If Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde found Roger McGuinn having to re-create the Byrds after massive personnel turnovers (and not having an easy time of it), Ballad of Easy Rider was the album where the new lineup really hit its stride. Gracefully moving back and forth between serene folk-rock (the title cut, still one of McGuinn's most beautiful melodies), sure-footed rock & roll ("Jesus Is Just All Right"), heartfelt country-rock ("Oil In My Lamp" and "Tulsa County"), and even a dash of R&B (the unexpectedly funky "Fido," which even features a percussion solo), Ballad of Easy Rider sounds confident and committed where Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde often seemed tentative. The band sounds tight, self-assured, and fully in touch with the music's emotional palette, and Clarence White's guitar work is truly a pleasure to hear (if Roger McGuinn's fabled 12-string work seems to take a back seat to White's superb string bends, it is doubtful that any but the most fanatical fans would think to object). While not generally regarded as one of the group's major works, in retrospect this release stands alongside Untitled as the finest work of the Byrds' final period." AllMusic Review by Mark Deming 



Ratings :

AllMusic : 4 / 5 , Discogs : 3,83 / 5

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