Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Byrds – Winterland, San Francisco – December 9, 1967

The Byrds – Winterland, San Francisco – December 9, 1967

Roger McGuinn – guitar, vocals
Chris Hillman – bass, vocals
Michael Clarke - drums

1. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better (2:08)
2. Satisfied Mind (2:35)
3. Have You Seen Her Face (1:13)
4. My Back Pages (1:50)
5. Milestones (5:25)
6. Baby What You Want Me To Do (3:12)
7. Renaissance Fair (1:45)
8. Eight Miles High (3:29)
9. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star (2:37)

Artwork Included


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

Well, wasn't this a surprise! I'd never heard the original Byrds as a trio, and all things considering, they're pretty good. Hillman provides a strong bass line in order to make up in part for the lack of a second guitar, while Clarke provides much energy. McGuinn is confident enough to have a long guitar solo in 'Milestones' while playing with much verve and skill on both 6- and 12-string guitars. He also does all the leads, and some of the high harmonies as well. But you can tell something's missing. The original Byrds always had a dense sound, but here they don't, despite McGuinn's attempts to exploit the Rick to its maximum. The vocals, too, suffer, as Chris' voice isn't strong enough to be heard well. The sound is at the mercy of the tape recorder, but it's not bad considering the recording is 45 years old! Was the second show taped? Now that would be another treat. Thanks for the upload--it's a delight to listen to.

Romuald said...

Strange that Clarke is present here. I thought he left (or was made to leave) amidst acrimony. Anyone more information about this ?

Rocking--Byrd said...

Clarke left in November 1967 but was re-hired for the December 1967 concerts. He left again at the end of the tour and was replaced by Kelley in January 1968.

david said...

depending on who you read, Clarke either left and was rehired ( C. Hjort's book ), or he stayed till late December and was then asked to leave by McGuinn and Hillman.This seems to be the more valid senario, not only from contemporary magazine articles( especially a Jan.68 interview with mcGuinn in Hit Parader, where he recounts this episode), but also substantiated by interviews in Johnny Rogan's fine books.While missing from 1/2 of Notorious, he continued to play live gigs throughout this entire period with the band.He was replaced for certain songs because he basically couldn't cut it on the tunes, or was disinterested. It seems Rogan has a good grasp of this period; I'd recommend his book for further refence.

doc said...

Yikes! Is this a treat, or what? Looking forward to giving this a close listen.

thymecube said...

Mike Clarke was still drumming with them for the Smothers Bros show with Gene clark back in and that was 10/22/67. So where was Gene at this point? Was he already out again? Would be really interesting to hear one of the few live shows done with Gene back in the group....anyone aware of any out there?
The amazing thing to me is that we are still discovering Byrds recordings of all types 40 plus years on. Winn's movie and tape finds and even a recording from the infamous Tonight Show which was so long thought to have been destroyed. How fortunate that the Byrds came into their own just at the time that recording technology was just finding its way into the hands of the masses. That makes me hopeful for all those MIA songs and projects may still be out there and come to light.

Rocking--Byrd said...

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