The Byrds

Citizen Kane

Composed by Kim Fowley / Skip Battin

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Another oddity on the Byrds' canon from the Byrdmaniax album that probably would have been better left unrecorded, "Citizen Cane" is a whimsical, almost ragtime/pop look at old Hollywood and its celebrity legacy. It's difficult to figure out how this was chosen for the record, but it strangely does have a certain period charm. However, the top-heavy arrangement doesn't help matters any here, and there is no sign on the recording that this is indeed by the same band that recorded "Mr. Tambourine Man" or even songs like "Chestnut Mare."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Byrdmaniax 1971 Columbia
The Best of the Byrds: Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 1972 Columbia 2:36
No Image 1973 CBS Records
12 Dimensions: 1965-1972 2002 Columbia
Very Best of the Byrds [2006] 2006 Pair
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 2:37
Original Album Classics [2012] 2012 Columbia / Sony Music
Straight for the Sun 2013 Let Them Eat Vinyl
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