The Byrds

Here Without You

Composed by Gene Clark

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Another Gene Clark highlight on the Mr. Tambourine Man album, "Here Without You" is another example of his incredible songwriting abilities at a young age (he was only about 19). In this mid-tempo and very melancholy ballad, Clark's use of imagery (city streets, meeting people, etc.) is perfect and makes it a very good illustration of the Los Angeles that he was experiencing. With its Beatles-inspired melody, it was one of the more perfect examples of the Byrds' early style. A fine, early alternate version can be found on Preflyte (or In the Beginning on Rhino).

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Mr. Tambourine Man 1965 Friday Music
The Byrds 1973 Sony Music Distribution 2:39
X2: Mr. Tambourine Man/Sweetheart of the Rodeo 1975 Legacy 2:40
In the Beginning 1988 Rhino 2:26
Have a Nice Life 1994
Various Artists
Risky Business / Sony Music Distribution 2:36
Preflyte 2001 Poptones (UK)
Set You Free: Gene Clark in the Byrds 1964-1973 2004 Raven 2:29
There Is a Season 2006 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy / Sony BMG 2:39
Original Album Classics [2008] 2008 Columbia 2:40
This Is Us: Songs from Where You Live 2009
Various Artists
Hear Music 2:39
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 2:40
Original Album Classics 2013 Legacy 2:40
Turn! Turn! Turn! The Byrds: Ultimate Byrds Collection 2015 Sony Music
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