The Byrds

Set You Free This Time

Composed by Gene Clark

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After helping pioneer folk-rock with his Beatles/Dylan songwriting synthesis, Gene Clark made an artistic quantum leap with this song, which was released on the Byrds' Turn, Turn, Turn album in late 1965. On this song, Clark took his emotional, melancholy tone poem style to unheard of heights, with a more densely packed verse style that was up in the rarefied air of Bob Dylan's finer songs of the period. Another exploration into the author's consciousness at the time of a breakup, the song also has a vague country feeling, primarily due to the melody and Clark's own magnificent blues harp playing. The song was also released as a single, but proved to a be a bit advanced for 1965 radio.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Turn! Turn! Turn! 1965 Friday Music
The Byrds' Greatest Hits 1967 Sony Music Distribution
Original Singles, Vol. 1 (1965-1967) 1980 Columbia
Definitive Collection 1995 Columbia 2:50
The Essential Byrds 2003 Columbia / Legacy 2:50
The Collection [Sony] 2004 Sony Music Distribution 2:50
Set You Free: Gene Clark in the Byrds 1964-1973 2004 Raven 2:50
No Image 2005 Magic
There Is a Season 2006 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy / Sony BMG 2:51
Original Album Classics [2008] 2008 Columbia 2:52
The Complete Columbia Albums Collection 2011 Columbia / Legacy / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment 2:52
Original Album Classics 2013 Legacy 2:52
Turn! Turn! Turn! The Byrds: Ultimate Byrds Collection 2015 Sony Music
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