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The Byrds
Sweetheart Of The Rodeo

  (Item #: byrdssweet_1710_1806) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An outstanding pressing of this seminal classic: nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) on both sides
  • Rich, sweet and musical with a clear, open soundstage, excellent bass and practically no grain or edge
  • An exceptionally tough album to find in the bins these days, let alone with sound this good
  • 5 stars: "If the Byrds didn't do country-rock first, they did it brilliantly, and few albums in the style are as beautiful and emotionally affecting as this."
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The Byrds
Younger Than Yesterday

  (Item #: byrdsyoung_1807) 

Our Price: $169.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER for this early Byrds gem from 1967 - quiet vinyl too
  • It's clear, undistorted, rich and tubey - this sound lets the Byrds jangly folk pop work
  • So You Want to Be a Rock 'N'Roll Star, My Back Pages and Have You Seen Her Face are all here, and sounding wonderful
  • 5 stars: "Time has shown it to be the most durable of the Byrds' albums, with the exception of Mr. Tambourine Man. David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and especially Chris Hillman come into their own as songwriters on an eclectic but focused set blending folk-rock, psychedelia, and early country-rock."
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The Byrds
Fifth Dimension

  (Item #: byrdsfifth_1703_1807) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) grades from beginning to end - this is the right sound for this music
  • Both sides are full-bodied, clean, clear and open with wonderful Sixties Folk Rock energy to spare
  • Many of their classics are here: Eight Miles High, Hey Joe, 5D (Fifth Dimension), Wild Mountain Thyme, Mr. Spaceman and more
  • Allmusic gives it 4 1/2 stars and credits the original material as "some of the first and best psychedelic rock."
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The Byrds
Mr. Tambourine Man

  (Item #: byrdsmrtam_1809) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An exceptionally good sounding copy, earning Double Plus (A++) grades on both sides
  • Lively, balanced and vibrant, with a healthy dose of the Tubey Magical Richness these recordings need in order to work
  • Listen to how breathy Jim (later Roger) McGuinn's vocals are - his vocals are key to the better sounding Byrds records
  • 5 Stars: "One of the greatest debuts in the history of rock ... nothing less than a significant step in the evolution of rock & roll itself, demonstrating that intelligent lyrical content could be wedded to compelling electric guitar riffs and a solid backbeat."
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The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn!

  (Item #: byrdsturnt_1808) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • Outstanding Double Plus (A++) sonic grades on both sides - this is the sound you want for The Byrds circa 1965
  • Rich, clear and present, with much less harmonic distortion - you will have a hard time finding a copy as good as this one
  • One of the better sounding Byrds recordings, with a number of their best songs, including the title track
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...more Bob Dylan covers were included, as well, and "Satisfied Mind" was their first foray into country-rock, a direction they would explore in much greater depth throughout the rest of the '60s."
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The Byrds
Untitled

  (Item #: byrdsuntit_1710_1806) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • A wonderful sounding copy: Double Plus (A++) on the first three sides and a side four that's close enough for rock and roll
  • The sound is rich, full-bodied, and open with impressive transparency and presence - quiet vinyl too (M- on side 3!)
  • Features a 16 minute Eight Miles High on the live disc that just kills - especially on a lively copy like this
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Untitled was always the [later Byrds album] to own, even if you weren't a huge fan."
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The Byrds
The Notorious Byrd Brothers

  (Item #: byrdsnotor_1709x) 

Our Price: $129.99
Sale Price: $99.00 (You save $30.99 / 24%)


  • An excellent pressing with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • Both sides are super rich and full with a huge bottom end and wonderfully present vocals, thanks to engineer Roy Halee
  • A wonderful set of Country Folk Rock songs that are full of magic on a great pressing like this one
  • 4 1/2 stars: "The Notorious Byrd Brothers showed the group continuing to expand the parameters of their eclecticism while retaining their hallmark guitar jangle and harmonies."
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The Byrds
Ballad of Easy Rider

  (Item #: byrdsballa_1712) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • An excellent copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from the first note to the last
  • We're always blown away at just how much further the Top Copies like this one take the music -- a dramatic difference!
  • Both sides are rich and full with plenty of Tubey Magic and lovely present vocals
  • "Ballad of Easy Rider was the album where the new lineup really hit its stride." 4 stars
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The Byrds
Turn! Turn! Turn!

  (Item #: byrdsturnt_1710_) 

Our Price: $79.99

  • Very respectable Hot Stamper grades on both sides - this is the way The Byrds are supposed to sound
  • 4 1/2 stars on Allmusic and one of the better sounding Byrds recordings, with a number of their best songs including the title track
  • "...more Bob Dylan covers were included, as well, and "Satisfied Mind" was their first foray into country-rock, a direction they would explore in much greater depth throughout the rest of the '60s."
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The Byrds
Untitled

  (Item #: byrdsuntit_1710_1) 

Our Price: $69.99

  • Excellent Hot Stamper sound on all four sides of this very good early pressing - reasonably quiet vinyl too
  • Rich and warm with plenty of bass and a lovely musical quality that's missing from many we've played
  • Features a 15 minute Eight Miles High on the live disc that just kills -- especially when you have a big, energetic copy like this
  • Allmusic 4 Stars: "Untitled was always the [later Byrds album] to own, even if you weren't a huge fan. 'Eight Miles High' is the high point, a 15-minute jam that showcases this band's prowess."
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The Byrds
Ballad of Easy Rider

  (Item #: byrdsballa_1710) 

Our Price: $59.99

  • This original 360 pressing earned solid Hot Stamper grades on both sides
  • We're always blown away by just how much further the best copies are able to take the music - what a difference
  • Jesus Is Just Alright is the killer track here and it rocks like you will not believe
  • "Ballad of Easy Rider was the album where the new lineup really hit its stride." Allmusic, 4 stars
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The Byrds - Ballad of Easy Rider

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: byrdsballa_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

The first White Hot copy of this great Byrds album -- 4 stars on Allmusic -- to EVER hit the site, and it's a killer Triple Triple copy! Anyone who has played the typical copy of this album is probably familiar with the dull, lifeless, opaque sound that plagues most pressings. We collect these in bulk (natch) and it's disappointing how mediocre most copies sound.

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The Byrds - Fifth Dimension

Sundazed Debunked

  (Item #: byrdsfifth_sundazed) 



Sonic Grade: D

The best stereo copies are rich, sweet and Tubey Magical -- three areas in which the Sundazed reissues are seriously lacking. (If anyone still cares; we can't be bothered with mediocrities such as this.)

And none of the Columbia monos we've played did much for us either. Congested and compressed, with no real top, who in his right mind could possibly prefer that sound?

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The Byrds - Fifth Dimension

The Red Labels Can Rock

(More Accurately, Some of Them Can)

  (Item #: byrdsfifth_2014) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

There was not another Red Label that could hold a candle to this copy in our recent shootout, and no 360 label copy could either. It's the exception that proves the rule.

Does it have 100% of the Tubey Magic of the best 360 Label copies? Maybe not, but it has quite a healthy dose, and it does so many things so much better than any of the tube-mastered originals we played that it was simply no contest. There was nothing that communicated the music remotely as well as this Red Label copy did.

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The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man

A Sundazed Heavy Vinyl Winner!

  (Item #: byrdsmrtam_scorecard) 



Sonic Grade: B

This is probably the best of all the new [2006] Sundazed mono reissues. I never thought I would hear a Sundazed record with this kind of richness and sweetness. It reminds me of a good 360 pressing, and that has virtually never happened before. Side one is a tad better than side two, which is slightly brighter than it should be. But both sides are exceptionally good considering the modern mastering.

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The Byrds - Mr. Tambourine Man

What to Listen For

  (Item #: byrdsmrtam_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises with advice on what you should be listening for when critically evaluating your copy (or ours) of the album.

Want to hear what the best copies of Mr. Tambourine Man can do? Play Chimes of Freedom, one of the best sounding tracks on side two, if not THE best. Listen to how breathy Jim (later Roger) McGuinn's vocals are. Byrds records almost never sound like that.

I Knew I’d Want You is another one that sounds amazingly Tubey Magical on the best pressings.

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The Byrds - The Notorious Byrd Brothers

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: byrdsnotor_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

The sound is big and rich throughout, with excellent transparency and clarity. The vocals are breathy and present and the bottom end is superb. Most copies out there are too murky and/or blurry to make sense of, but this one sounded just about right to our ears. The guitars have that "jangly" sound that you want to hear on a Byrds record. You'd have to have a lot of clean pressings around to have decent odds of finding one that sounds this good and plays this quietly!

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The Byrds - theart Of The Rodeo

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: byrdssweet_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Two stunning sides -- a Red Label side one and a 360 side two! The instruments here have more texture, the bass has more weight and the soundfield has more depth than on any other sides we played in our shootout. Pull together enough copies and you might find one this good, but based on our experience you'll face some pretty long odds finding any that can compete with this.

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The Byrds - Turn! Turn! Turn!

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: byrdsturnt_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

This Columbia 360 label pressing has AMAZING SOUND ON BOTH SIDES and the vinyl is about as quiet as any of these 360 Label pressings can be found!

It took us a long time, but we pulled together enough clean copies for a big shootout, and these two great sides were head and shoulders above the competition. The sound is natural, lifelike and realistic with serious immediacy and plenty of rock and roll energy.

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The Byrds - Untitled

Our Shootout Winner from 2016

  (Item #: byrdsuntit_2016) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

WOW! The best pressing to ever hit the site, and it's Triple Plus (A+++) on ALL FOUR SIDES. The overall sound is really rich, full-bodied, and open with impressive transparency and presence. Features a 16 minute Eight Miles High on the live disc that just kills -- especially on a lively copy like this.

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The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday

Sundazed Mono Debunked

  (Item #: byrdsyoung_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

We can’t recommend this title. It’s thin, flat and dead in the midrange, with little of the magic of the originals. I suppose if you can’t find anything better, it will do in a pinch...

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The Byrds - Younger Than Yesterday

Our Shootout Winner from 2015

  (Item #: byrdsyoung_2015) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

It ain't easy to find great sounding copies of this album on decent vinyl, but we managed to get a hold of a hot one here. White Hot in fact. Not only that, but the vinyl's pretty darn quiet! The sound is very tubey with excellent transparency and serious immediacy.

Most Byrds’ records are far from audiophile demo discs. However, what the best originals and '70s reissues give you is relatively good sound.

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The Byrds in Mono

How Do They Sound?

  (Item #: byrdsmono) 



Practically none of the MONO pressings of The Byrds' albums that we've played in shootouts over the course of the last few years has impressed us much, none that I can recall anyway.

Congested and compressed, with no real top, who in his right mind could possibly tolerate that kind of sound on modern equipment?

Although, to be fair, we've stopped buying them, so there may actually be a good copy or two out there in used record land that we haven't heard. In our defense, who really has the time to play records with so little potential for good sound?

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The Byrds

  (Item #: _byrds) 


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