Saturday, May 7, 2016

The Heart of Rock & Soul # 981 The Byrds

'Swimming in echo and phasing, with a guitar sound (and solo) out of Jackie DeShannon via Love, high Beach Boys harmonies, and some of the hottest, trebliest percussion of its day, 'Feel a Whole Better' is the one early Byrds record on which their L.A. roots showed more clearly than their genuflections in the direction of Dylan and/or the Beatles. Meaning it belongs as much or more to producer Terry Melcher than to Gene Clark, even though Clark was maybe the most unregenerate rocker in the group. Either way, this great band never again got quite so down and dirty as it does here, on the flip side of its second side (a pedestrian rendition of Dylan's 'All I Really Want To Do').

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