Various Artists

Time Between: A Tribute to the Byrds

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A superior lineup of contributors helps make Time Between: A Tribute to the Byrds one of the better homages of its kind. There are two versions of this CD, an eight-song edition that ends with "Wild Mountain Time" by Nigel & the Crosses, an alias for the duo of Robyn Hitchcock and Peter Buck, and a 19-song disc that ends with "Hickory Wind" by Richard Thompson, Clive Gregson, and Christine Collister. Everything on either version is worthwhile, especially the psychedelic renditions of "Change Is Now" and "Draft Morning" by, respectively, Giant Sand and the Chills, while Dinosaur Jr. adds a crunching "Feel a Whole Lot Better."

But what makes the 19-song version really cool, however, is the spaced-out "It Happens Each Day," a song that only entered the official Byrds cannon when it was discovered in the late '80s, as done by Static (who also contribute a version of "Lady Friend"); and Thin White Rope's high-wattage, heavy metal rendition of "I Knew I'd Want You." Miracle Legion's "All the Things" is also sublimely beautiful in its lean, rootsy glory, and the Primevals' "Tribal Gathering" gets a wonderfully eerie, ominous harmonica- and crunchy guitar-and-feedback-laden performance, before Thompson and company regale us with their mandolin-driven "Hickory Wind."

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