The Byrds

Flight Pattern

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This is an interesting and entertaining bootleg, assembling for listeners' enjoyment not a series of outtakes or unfinished songs but, rather, various studio and live recordings by the band that have been legitimately extant at various points, but simply never available for purchase. In addition to the two tracks done for Elektra Records as "the Beeefeaters," these include "The Times They Are a Changin'" from the television show Hullabaloo, "Turn Turn Turn," "The Bells of Rhymney," and "Mr. Tambourine Man" from The Big TNT Show, which come out a lot better as audio tracks than they do as seen in the movie. Even the pair of outtakes included from Younger Than Yesterday, early versions of "Thoughts and Words" and "Everybody's Been Burned," fit in well where they're placed, though it's the finished songs that take precedence; apart from the familiar Swedish radio appearance from 1967, listeners get the group's complete performance from the Monterey International Pop Festival, which includes such seldom-heard numbers as "Lady Friend," "Renaissance Fair," and "Have You Seen Her Face." The CD is filled out with a pair of outtakes from Gene Clark's 1970 vintage Roadmaster album, which was so close stylistically to the Byrds' sound that it might have passed for material from one of the group's albums.