The Byrds Another Dimension 10" Vinyl (2 Discs) (Mono)
Now heavily influenced by the earth-shaking creations of two master musicians
- John Coltrane and Ravi Shankar - the Byrds began recording their new single,
"Eight Miles High" and "Why," along with tracks for their upcoming album Fifth
Dimension at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. Growing more confident by the day in
their studio acumen and songwriting skills, the Byrds logged long nights of
hypnotic in-studio jamming, then hammered the white-hot magma into songs that
will live forever.
McGuinn's solos soared as never before, his technique now fusing the familiar,
melodic overtones of the Rickenbacker 12-string with a powerfully new staccato
dissonance absorbed from the majestic saxophone of John Coltrane. Michael
Clarke's drumming never sounded better, his Elvin Jones - like cymbal splashes
and rolling-tom thunder driving the band like an atomic generator approaching
critical mass. Chris Hillman's swooping bass lines took on a McCartney-esque
timbre that filled in every corner of the canvas with bold, melodic strokes. But
it was perhaps David Crosby, playing in a brashly percussive way no one had ever
heard before from a rhythm guitarist, who best digested and interpreted the
Eastern influences of the day: the ragas and talas of Ravi Shankar. Crosby's
contribution to Fifth Dimension was as outspoken and defiant as the man,
A creative zenith in the Byrds' career, these fascinating sessions deserve
closer scrutiny than they've previously been afforded. Alternate instrumental
takes and extended experimental workouts give essential insight here into the
songs' final versions. Also included are early versions of songs before the
addition of any studio "sweetening" - strings, percussion or sound effects. To
top things off, we've included a small handful of unique finds that give a
"fly-on-the-wall" glimpse into the creation of one of the most important records
of our time.
• Limited edition: deluxe gatefold double 10" vinyl 33 1/3 release.
• Unheard recordings & alternate versions of recordings from the legendary Fifth
• Contains photos from & the transcription of the Byrds press conference, circa
1966, featuring Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Byrds publicist Derek Taylor.
1. Eight Miles High
4. John Riley I
5. 242 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)
6. Psychodrama City
7. John Riley II
8. Wild Mountain Thyme
9. Hey Joe (Where You Gonna Go)
10. I See You
11. What's Happening?!?!
12. Captain Soul (30 Minute Break)