The Byrds

Chimes of Freedom

Composed by Bob Dylan

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One of the great songs from Bob Dylan’s early career, “Chimes Of Freedom” has not been subject to many successful cover versions; many artist’s make the song sound impossibly ponderous and boring. Bruce Springsteen performed a wonderful, up-beat version of the song in concert, and The Byrds gave the song a rather routine, but nevertheless successful reading, turning the song from a folk ballad into a chiming rock song. Roger McGuinn tackles the complex imagery of the song with admirable gusto, although it does lack a certain emotional depth that the original possesses. The song is one of the Byrds’ finest recordings of a Dylan composition – it’s enjoyable and doesn’t compromise too much of the original sentiment.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Mr. Tambourine Man 1965 Friday Music
The Byrds' Greatest Hits 1967 Friday Music
Sweetheart of the Rodeo 1968 Sony BMG 3:23
The Byrds 1973 Flashback Records / SOI
X2: Mr. Tambourine Man/Sweetheart of the Rodeo 1975 Legacy 3:55
Monterey International Pop Festival: June 16, 17, 18, 1967 197?
Various Artists
Salvo 4:42
No Image 1990 Discarios
The Byrds Play Dylan [1995] 1995 TriStar Music
Definitive Collection 1995 Columbia 3:51
The Monterey International Pop Festival, June 16-17-18, 1967 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 4:42
Full Flyte (1965-1970) 1998 Raven 3:52
Ultimate Byrds 1998 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 3:50
Live at the Fillmore West February 1969 2000 Floating World 3:23
The Byrds Play the Songs of Bob Dylan [European Import] 2001 Columbia 3:24
The Byrds Play Dylan [2001] 2001 Columbia/Legacy 3:24
12 Dimensions: 1965-1972 2002 Columbia
The Very Best of the Byrds 2002 MSI Music Distribution 3:51
No Image 2002 Timeless 3:52
The Essential Byrds 2003 Columbia / Legacy 3:51
The Collection [Sony] 2004 Sony Music Distribution 3:51
Very Best of the Byrds [2006] 2006 Pair
Sweetheart of the Rodeo/Live at the Fillmore 2006 Sony BMG
There Is a Season 2006 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy / Sony BMG 3:54
Monterey International Pop Festival [Razor & Tie] 2007
Various Artists
Razor & Tie 3:22
The Byrds Play Dylan: Collections 2008 Sony BMG 3:53
Original Album Classics [2008] 2008 Columbia 3:55
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 3:55
Setlist: The Very Best of the Byrds Live 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music 3:09
Original Album Classics 2013 Legacy 3:55
Turn! Turn! Turn! The Byrds: Ultimate Byrds Collection 2015 Sony Music
Turn Turn Turn: Musical Documentary Blueline / IMV / Laser Media
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