The Byrds

The Bells of Rhymney

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“The Bells of Rhymney” is a folk traditional, seemingly performed by every folk performer of the 1950s and 1960s. It proved to be irresistible to The Byrds, who, at the outset of their career, wanted to prove to their folk roots to their new audience. Although there have been several fine version of the song, The Byrds’ is not one of them, and the song appears hopelessly suited to the folk-rock style of the group. The song does contain some beautiful harmonies from the group, although this is by no means an isolated occurrence. It’s easy to understand why McGuinn turned to such material, but it’s a song rather than other aspects of the performance that doesn’t seem to fit.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Mr. Tambourine Man 1965 Legacy / Columbia 3:33
The Byrds' Greatest Hits 1967 Columbia / Legacy 3:30
Folk [Friedman] 1994
Various Artists
Friedman Fairgfax 3:30
Definitive Collection 1995 Columbia 3:33
Ultimate Byrds 1998 Legacy / Columbia 3:31
Take Two 2001 Sony Music Distribution 3:32
Very Best of the Byrds [2006] 2006 Sony Music Distribution