Friday, April 27, 2012

The Byrds - Fillmore West, August 16, 1970 (with Kathi McDonald)

The Byrds – Fillmore West 1970

Fillmore West, San Francisco, CA – August 16, 1970

Roger McGuinn (guitar, vocals)
Gene Parsons (drums, harmonica, vocals)

Clarence White (guitar, vocals)

Skip Battin (bass, vocals)

With guest Kathi McDonald (vocals on track 6)

Soundboard Recording

1. Lover Of The Bayou (3:53)
2. You Ain't Going Nowhere (3:37)
3. Well Come Back Home (7:25)
4. My Back Pages (2:25)
5. B.J. Blues (0:33)
6. Baby What You Want Me To Do (with Kathi McDonald on vocals) (2:50)
7. He Was A Friend Of Mine (3:18)
8. Take A Whiff (On Me) (3:29)
9. Soldier's Joy - Black Mountain Rag (2:04)
10. Wheels On Fire (6:14)
11. It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding) (2:28)
12. Ballad Of Easy Rider (2:24)
13. Jesus Is Just Alright (3:10)
14. All The Things (4:08)
15. Nashville West (2:14)
16. Turn Turn Turn (2:23)
17. Mr Tambourine Man (2:12)
18. Eight Miles High (13:46)
19. Hold It (1:30)
20. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star (3:14)
21. Mr Spaceman (2:57)
22. Amazing Grace (3:27)

Artwork Included


Rocking--Byrd said...
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burritoman said...

Many thanks for this one and the previously posted Manchester show

Rufus said...

Thanks for the Fillmore and Manchester shows. Great to see you again.

Steve said...

A very enjoyable concert, with a good selection of songs and some very good performances. Unlike some other concerts I've heard, the Byrds' vocals stand out clearly in this recording. In others, the harmonies are often turned down low, as if they didn't want to make it too obvious they didn't sound like the original Byrds. Here the harmonies stand out loud and clear, and they often sound quite nice, if a little rough. One exception is when McGuinn sings falsetto. He can sing high harmonies well enough, but when he goes into falsetto he sounds horrible. A surprise is Kathi McDonald's vocals on Baby What You Want Me to Do. Great stuff! She even inspires Gene Parsons to do a little bit more bluesy singing than he usually does on this song. Gene had a good voice, better than White's or Battin's, and I wonder why he sang so few leads. But he certainly dominates Jesus Is Just Alright. As for the old songs, I never liked the way they did MTM or TTT, and my opinion hasn't changed. Mr. Spaceman, however, really rocks, and their version is, in my opinion, superior to the original and to the later versions after the Byrds broke up for good. Finally, Amazing Grace is a fine way to end a concert--a soulful, a capella 4-part harmony one rarely heard on the later albums. This concert, with its clear, out front vocals, highlights an under-appreciated aspect of this lineup. Thanks for making this available.

Rocking--Byrd said...

New link 2014-04-16

Doug said...

Thanks so very much!