Monday, April 17, 2017

The Byrds – De Doelen 1970 [July 4, 1970 (first set)]

The Byrds – De Doelen 1970

De Doelen, Rotterdam, The Netherlands – July 4, 1970 (first set)

Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons, Skip Battin

This is the best sounding version of this concert (FM broadcast).

1. Intro (Dutch spoken) (0:34)
2. Lover Of The Bayou (4:18)
3. You Ain't Going Nowhere (3:33)
4. Old Blue (3:35)
5. Well Come Back Home (3:48)
6. My Back Pages (2:37)
7. B.J. Blues (1:00)
8. Baby, What You Want Me To Do (2:51)
9. He Was A friend Of Mine (2:57)
10. Willin' (3:42)
11. Soldier's Joy - Black Mountain Rag (1:18)
12. Take A Whiff (On Me) (4:03)
13. Wheels On Fire (5:59)
14. Hold It (1:13)
15. Outro And Announcements (Dutch spoken) (0:32)

Artwork Included (front, back)

Many thanks to David for providing the files.


Rocking--Byrd said...

Edwin Deas said...

Thanks R-B
I have a De Doelin gig dated June 4 1970. Might be the same gig or they might have played same place in consecutive months. They occasionally did this in Europe. Will check it out.
Thanks again.

Rocking--Byrd said...

Edwin, they were in the recording studios in early June 1970 so the date is definitely July.

Edwin Deas said...

Good to know. Thanks

Steve said...

The beginning of the Golden Age of the Byrds as a touring concert group. The object of this particular tour was to promote the Untitled album and, perhaps, introduce Skip Battin, not everyone's favorite Byrd. Only three of the songs here are from the original six albums, while the rest are from the York Byrds and on. Clarence White has blossomed into the chief musical attraction of the Byrds, and the concert is divided into electric and acoustic sections. The latter Byrds were a fine acoustic group, highlighted not only by White's fine playing, but later by Parson's banjo and harmonica. The harmonies are there, but rough and untutored, so to speak. I've always liked Parson's Willin', and the harmony vocals, but I suppose it was never released because Linda Ronstadt had a version out which really didn't fit a female singer. The musicianship in general is good, but not quite as good as later concerts, where the band members knew each other quite well and sounded really tight. The sound is quite good, except for one part on Wheels on Fire where the lead vocal fades out for a few seconds. But this stuff is 47 years, and it's a miracle to be able to hear it so well. Nice work, RB, and thanks again.

david said...

Would agree with your comments about the acoustic stuff; they did that really well, and probably should have done a longer set. In a more democratic group, Gene Parsons and Clarence White would have been featured more. I think those guys were really the talent in the "new Byrds ". Frankly though, I think the York band was better, for one thing, no Battin, and I think they were tighter and less prone to the excess and overplaying that the Battin group tended to display. Listening to the tapes of that band, they were mixing all sorts of influences. Would have liked to see how that would have developed.

Steve said...

I agree, David. I saw the York version once and there was a lot of variety in the playlist. The harmonies were often quite tight and the playing professional. The Battin Byrds tended to stick to a formula in the concerts, and McGuinn did most of the singing, which I think was a mistake. Later, York did some nice things with Gene Clark, and I think the Byrds would have gone a better route with him as an additional songwriter instead of Skip Battin.

david said...

I wish there were more John York era shows out there. The ones we have are fantastic, but unfortunately there aren't too many. Will concur with you about him with Gene; they complimented each other well. I wish that first "Tribute" lineup with Michael, Danko, Manuel and Roberts had recorded an album of original stuff. Would have been quite interesting I'm sure.

dino said...

...another (great) brick in the wall...
Thanks RB