The Byrds

It Won't Be Wrong

Composed by Harvey Gerst / Roger McGuinn

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Originally titled "Don't Be Long," "It Won't Be Wrong" went through several changes between this Preflyte version and the strident version that eventually appeared on Turn, Turn, Turn in late 1965. Either way, it's a great example of the band's overall exuberance, combining folk chord changes with a powerful rock & roll beat and rhythm. The band used a third version as a B-side (billed as the Beefeaters) for a late-1964 Elektra single, but this version (available on In the Beginning) captures the innocence and fury of the young musicians in a great, shining light.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Turn! Turn! Turn! 1965 Friday Music
The Byrds' Greatest Hits 1967 Sony Music Distribution
The Byrds 1973 Sony Music Distribution 2:01
Original Singles, Vol. 1 (1965-1967) 1980 Columbia
In the Beginning 1988 Rhino 2:01
No Image 1990
Various Artists
Collection [Castle] 1992 Castle Music Ltd.
Ultimate Byrds 1998 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 1:57
Birdy 1999 Akarma
No Image 1999
Various Artists
No Image 2002 Timeless 1:59
The Essential Byrds 2003 Columbia / Legacy 1:59
Very Best of the Byrds [2006] 2006 Columbia 1:58
There Is a Season 2006 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy / Sony BMG
Collection [BMG/Camden] 2007 Sony Music Distribution 1:59
Original Album Classics [2008] 2008 Columbia 2:01
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 2:01
Original Album Classics 2013 Legacy 2:01
Turn! Turn! Turn! The Byrds: Ultimate Byrds Collection 2015 Sony Music
Lee Jeans Living Rock Concert 1969 2015 All Access 2:12
In the Studio [Bootleg]
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