The Byrds

In the Studio

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Comprised of alternate versions, false starts, and backing tracks of songs from The Byrds' first three LPs, you're not going to turn to this for casual listening. But as academic documents of major groups go, this is first-rate, with 70 minutes of music, sparkling sound, and a chance to hear the group polishing their material in the studio. No radically different takes or arrangements surface, but aficionados will be especially interested in the appearance of the backing track to "Stranger In A Strange Land," a long-rumored Byrds original that had never even appeared on bootleg before.

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