Friday, June 10, 2011

The Byrds - Selden, NY 1970

The Byrds – Selden, NY 1970

Suffolk County Community College, Selden, NY – November 11, 1970

Roger McGuinn - guitar/vocals
Clarence White - guitar/vocals
Skip Battin - bass/vocals
Gene Parsons – drums/vocals

Audience Recording

1. Lover Of The Bayou (3:53)
2. You Ain't Going Nowhere (3:15)
3. You All Look Alike (3:07)
4. Well Come Back Home (3:46)
5. Black Mountain Rag (0:50)
6. Willin' (2:59)
7. Take A Whiff (On Me) (3:13)
8. Nashville West (2:29)
9. Jesus Is Just Alright (3:11)
10. Turn Turn Turn (1:56)
11. Mr Tambourine Man (2:16)
12. Eight Miles High (13:51)
13. Hold It (1:12)
14. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star (3:03)
15. Mary Don't You Weep (3:55)

Artwork Included

Thanks to David for the original files


Rocking--Byrd said...
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Steve said...

I found this concert to be more consistent in quality than the previous one (3 days earlier)--they had a good night and the audience was appreciative. The tape is edited so that the songs flow into each other without much chatter. The setlist is 60% later Byrds (post-Hillman). I prefer when they did the later stuff--the only early song I ever liked was Mr Spaceman, especially on Untitled. You Ain't Going Nowhere is also consistently good in all the concerts I've heard. But apart from that, give me the new stuff (except for Well Come Back Home). A comment on You All Look Alike--it's very different from the Untitled version, which I always thought was a rather slight song except for the mandolin and fiddle. The album version, featuring McGuinn's voice, is a more accoustic song, with downplayed vocal harmonies, while here it is thumpingly electric, with strong vocal harmonies and Battin as lead singer (he wrote the song). I like the live version better, but it's still a slight song. Black Mountain Rag, along with Soldier's Song in other concerts, is always a crowd pleaser, and is meant to showcase Clarence's phenomenal flat-picking. Great stuff. Nashville West is fast and slick but also rather slight. Jesus is Just Alright is interesting due to Clarence's interaction with Roger on the mid-song 12-string guitar break--they didn't do that enough, in my opinion. Listen to the lovely break in Just a Season--that's another example of what I mean. My opinion on the versions of the two greatest hits has not changed--they altered the songs unfavorably. Mary Don't You Weep would have made a nice concluding song to an album like Ballad of Easy Rider. All in all, a nice concert to listen to. A couple of questions for David. How big was the venue, and how many people were present? Are these recordings from concerts you actually went to? If so, how did the audience respond? Thanks for providing these wonderful shows, and to R--B for posting them one after another. It's an embarrassment of riches for an old fan like me.

Rocking--Byrd said...

New link 2012-07-24