Monday, 13 June 2016
The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo (1968)
* there's always the possibility that I'm remembering this completely wrong; it has been twenty years now!
All I knew of The Byrds up until then was their debut album - still good in its own way, but by 1968 Jim McGuinn was Roger, and was rebuilding The Byrds from the ground up. Initially planning a comprehensive history of American music, along came Gram Parsons and an immersion in pure country. Sweetheart Of The Rodeo is completely on-point in its song choices - alongside Woody Guthrie, Merle Haggard and the Louvin Brothers sits brand new material from a mythic session that Bob Dylan was then deep in the midst of, and a couple of stunning songs from Parsons himself. One Hundred Years From Now is where it's at, folks - one of my all-time favourite Byrds songs.
Nobody knows what kind of trouble we're in; nobody seems to think it all might happen again