The Byrds

History of the Byrds

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This double-LP set -- a release of Columbia Records' British division -- was once the gold standard for a comprehensive Byrds anthology: excellent sound, 28 songs (including previously unanthologized singles and B-sides and notable album tracks) covering their whole history with Columbia, and a gatefold sleeve that contained the Pete Frame family tree on the group and its offshoots. A choice U.K. import throughout the 1970s and early '80s, it's still the best vinyl compilation ever assembled on the group and, when coupled with Murray Hill Records' Never Before and the Preflyte album, could easily comprise a key part of a great Byrds collection for those not enamored of CDs.

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