Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Byrds – Lenox, MA 1971

The Byrds – Lenox, MA 1971

Lenox Arts Center, Lenox, MA – July 31st, 1971

Roger McGuinn
Clarence White
Gene Parsons
Skip Battin
Jimmi Seiter
Terry Melcher

Soundboard Recording

1. So You Want To Be A Rock 'N' Roll Star (3:12)
2. Mr Spaceman (3:08)
3. Pale Blue (2:34)
4. I Wanna Grow Up To Be A Politician (2:33)
5. Glory, Glory (4:29)
6. Bugler (3:24)
7. Soldier's Joy - Black Mountain Rag (1:40)
8. Mr Tambourine Man (3:50)
9. Pretty Boy Floyd (3:07)
10. Jamaica Say You Will (4:10)
11. Citizen Kane (2:53)
12. Lazy Waters (4:01)
13. Chestnut Mare (5:41)
14. My Back Pages (1:57)
15. B.J. Blues (1:42)
16. Baby What You Want Me To Do (2:53)
17. Jesus Is Just Alright (2:57)
18. Hold It (1:48)
19. Eight Miles High (13:12)

Artwork Included


Rocking--Byrd said...
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Kilby said...

Well this is intriguing.

Pale Blue, Glory, Glory are having a rare outing. Acoustic versions of Bugler and Jamaica Say You Will.

Is that a little friction between Mcguinn and Gene Parsons at the start of Pretty Boy Floyd?

Lazy Waters sounds half decent.

Proves they could mix up a little when they wished to.

Thanks Rockingbyrd.

david said...

thanks RB. Agree with Kilby, this show is a nice break from the all too familiar set list of these years.Too bad they didn't mix it up more often: wasn't like they didn't have enough songs ! Love these shows from my state, as well.

Steve said...

A very pleasant surprise, one of the best of the recent uploads. The star of the show is stripped-down Byrdmaniax, with great versions of Glory Glory, Pale Blue, Jamaica Say You will and Citizen Kane. I've always liked that last song, but hearing it in its bare-bones version I keep wondering why the Byrds didn't insist on recording Byrdmaniax as a live album. Every song I've heard live from that album is superior to the recorded version. Lazy Waters, from Farther Along, is also better than the recorded version, with the latter's heavy bass and plodding beat annulling the nostalgic mood of the song. The harmonies are present, even in Chestnut Mare. The latter Byrds had some good vocal arrangements on many of their live songs, but for the most part this wasn't reflected in the albums. Byrdmaniax in particular is devoid of group harmonies. The interplay of the guitars is also highlighted here. Often McGuinn's 12-string seems under-recorded, but here it gives more of the traditional Byrds density to the songs. The accoustic section is brilliant, as usual. And yes, there seemed to me to be some tension between McGuinn and Parsons at the beginning of Pretty Boy Floyd (which Parsons played very well on the banjo). The only discordant thing thing was Gene Parson's increasingly hyperactive drumming. Listen to Glory Glory, which Parsons almost ruins. I like the inclusion of seldom-performed songs and wonder why other songs from previous albums were not performed in other concerts, like Gunga Din and Just a Season. A great upload, Rocking--Byrd, and many thanks.

Doug said...

Very cool--thanks much.

dino said...

Finally I could get this one too!
Thanks a lot RB!

Dan Little said...

Great show, definitely one of my new favourites, great mini review as always Steve, I always read 'em..
it's a rare pleasure to hear a few of these tracks performed live, and so well, 'Bugler' is especially well performed by Clarence and stripped back acoustically, thanks for making this available RockingByrd.


doc said...

I agree - great to hear real versions from Byrdmaniax and Farther Along.

paolo said...

I'm listening to this concert and i find that it is real Amazing....
would call it Lenox or would you call it Wallingsford, the fact is that this late Byrds are very intriguing and the presence of songs from their last studio LP is strong. i Always loved the "Farther Along" material and even the "Byrdmaniax" seems better in their live versions...
thanks again for re uploading for me... i really appreciate it...


Rocking--Byrd said...
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Edwin Deas said...

Hi R-B

Please upload this one.
There seems to be confusion (about the Byrds, I find that hard to believe!) as to whether this and another concert in Wallingford CT are actually the same gig with Dinky Dawson messing up the dates. If they are, in fact, two separate concerts, could you up both because I don't have either.

Rocking--Byrd said...


Edwin Deas said...

Thanks R-B
So it is two separate concerts, as confirmed by Mr Hjort.
Thanks again