The Byrds

Mr. Spaceman

Composed by Roger McGuinn

Song Review by

A slightly strange foray into bluegrass territory, “Mr. Spaceman” is nevertheless a fine record, and one of The Byrds most popular during the 1960s, although it has not dated as convincingly as many other items of the groups output from the period. Essentially a song about escape, the song is clearly influenced from the “hippie” movement of the late 1960s, and lines such as “Hey Mr. Spaceman/Won’t you please take me along” are clearly indebted to this late 60s time period. Although lyrically dated, therefore, “Mr. Spaceman” certainly has its charms – the melody is gorgeous and musically, it’s extremely competent. There’s certainly not another song in The Byrds’ catalogue quite like it, and it has a certain quirky charm that repays repeated listens.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Fifth Dimension 1966 Friday Music
The Byrds' Greatest Hits 1967 Friday Music
Untitled 1970 Legacy 3:07
The Byrds 1973 Flashback Records / SOI
No Image 1973 CBS Records
Original Singles, Vol. 1 (1965-1967) 1980 Columbia
No Image 1990 Discarios
20 Essential Tracks from the Boxed Set: 1965-1990 1991 BMG / Sony Music Entertainment
No Image 1992 Sony Music Distribution
Definitive Collection 1995 Columbia 3:04
Full Flyte (1965-1970) 1998 Raven 2:10
Ultimate Byrds 1998 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 2:10
No Image 2002 Timeless 2:10
The Essential Byrds 2003 Columbia / Legacy 2:10
Hey, Mr. Spaceman 2003
Various Artists
Music for Little People 2:11
Singers and Songwriters: The Folk Years 2003
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
The Collection [Sony] 2004 Sony Music Distribution 2:10
Very Best of the Byrds [2006] 2006 Columbia 2:10
There Is a Season 2006 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy / Sony BMG
Flower Power: Wild World 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:11
Live at Royal Albert Hall 1971 2008 Sundazed 2:57
Original Album Classics [2008] 2008 Columbia 2:12
Playlist: The Very Best of the Byrds 2008 BMG / Sony Music
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 3:07
Setlist: The Very Best of the Byrds Live 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music 2:53
Greatest Hits from Outer Space 2013
Various Artists
Original Album Classics 2013 Legacy 2:12
Straight for the Sun 2013 Let Them Eat Vinyl
Avalon Ballroom, San Francisco, November 2, 1968 2014 Keyhole Records
Fun in Frisco 2016 Zip City 3:26
The Boston Tea Party 2016 Iconography 3:21
Eight Miles High: The Best Of The Byrds Camden / Camden International 2:11
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