Tuesday, January 03, 2006
The Byrds- Triad
Crosby had been irritating the band for a number of months, hanging out with the Airplane, the Springfield and generally being pushy. McGuinn found 'Triad' tasteless while contributing his immacualate 12 string. The Byrds competed with each other to get their material onto their albums, Crosby's 'Lady Friend' is a good example of a song which had to fought for. A brassy 'hurrah' of a song, it showcases what made The Byrds so special and particularly Crosby's spirited vocals. Eventually Crosby had to go.
The Byrds- Lady Friend
Apologies for getting all 'Johnny Rogan' on you's but the story of The Byrds is a fascinating one, while I think McGuinn basically invented one of rock music's hallmark sounds my favourite Byrd will always be David Crosby.
'Timeless Flight' by Johnny Rogan is an essential rock read
The Notorious Byrd Brothers was Crosby's last album as a Byrd (not counting reunions), buy it here