Friday, December 10, 2021

VA - The Sound Of Byrds (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3


VA - The Sound of Byrds (A Butterboy Compilation) CD1+CD2+CD3

The Byrd sound is a combination of Jangly Guitar sounds (McGuinn’s Rickenbacker 12-string) and the strong vocal harmonies of the Byrds which is what really defined their sound.

The Jangle or jingle-jangle is a sound typically characterized by un-distorted, treble-heavy electric guitars (particularly 12-strings) played in a droning chordal style (by strumming or arpeggiating). The sound is mainly associated with pop music as well as 1960's guitar bands, folk rock, and 1980's indie music. It is sometimes classed as its own subgenre, jangle pop. Music critics use the term to suggest guitar pop that evokes a bright mood.  Despite forerunners such as the Searchers and the Everly Brothers, it was the Beatles and the Byrds who are commonly credited with launching the popularity of the jangle. The name derives from the lyric "in the jingle-jangle morning, I'll come following you" from the Byrds' 1965 rendition of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man". Although many subsequent jangle bands drew significantly from the Byrds, they were not necessarily folk rock as the Byrds were.  Since the 1960s, the jangle sound has crossed numerous genres, including power pop, psychedelia, new wave, post-punk, and lo-fi. In the 1980's, the most prominent bands of early indie rock were jangle pop groups. (Wikipedia)

In 2018, Guitar World contributor Damian Fanelli cited McGuinn's "distinctive 12-string Rickenbacker jangle" as among the "most influential and imitated guitar sounds of the past 53 years." It was McGuinn’s Rickenbacker 12-string, but what really defined their sound was their vocal harmonies. Four of the five original members (McGuinn, Gene Clark, David Crosby, and Chris Hillman) were superb vocalists, as were most of the members that drifted through over the years. Like CSN&Y after them, the vocal harmonizing and songwriting played a far bigger role in their sound than the admittedly fine guitar work by Stills on the one hand and McGuinn on the other.

Here are 60 tracks by other artist who carry on that Byrdsy sound. Enjoy!






Track lists


01 Fraternal Order of the All Space and Time 3:25

02 Shack Byrds Turn to Stone 3:52

03 Jayhawks Stumbling Through the Dark 2:26

04 Dentists Strawberries Are Growing in My Garden (And It's Wintertime) 3:22

05 Long Ryders Ivory Tower 2:59

06 Psychedelic Psymphony Don't Be Afraid 3:24

07 Flamin' Groovies Take Me Back 2:49

08 Great Scotts That's My Girl (Rotten to the Core) 1:50

09 Lears The Byrd That Couldn't Fly 3:18

10 Rockingbirds Standing at the Doorstep of Love 4:23

11 Primal Scream Gentle Tuesday 3:47

12 Flying Circus She Don't Care About Time 2:28

13 PG Six I've Been Traveling 2:04

14 Ride Natural Grace 4:39

15 Woodys Message From Michael 3:33

16 Squires Go Ahead 2:16

17 Starbyrd Back to the Roots 4:26

18 West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band Transparent Day 2:16

19 Nomads Time Remains 2:08

20 Starry Eyed and Laughing You Ain't Goin' Nowhere 2:48


21 Primal Scream Love You 4:45

22 Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Listen to Her Heart 3:02

23 Beatles If I Needed Someone 2:22

24 Jayhawks Pray for Me 3:39

25 Cosmic Rough Riders Revolution (In the Summertime) 3:25

26 Teenage Fanclub Ain't That Enough 3:44

27 Higher State One is Not and One is Real 2:18

28 Lyme & Cybelle Follow Me 2:29

29 Richard X. Heyman The Drone Song 3:48

30 Starry Eyed and Laughing He Was a Friend of Mine (Previously Unreleased) 2:46

31 Hamilton Streetcar Silver Wings 3:45

32 Young Sinclairs You're Tied 3:21

33 Plimsouls A Million Miles Away 3:34

34 Flying Burrito Brothers Dark End of the Street 3:58

35 Beau Brummels You Tell Me Why 3:05

36 Buffalo Springfield Bluebird 4:19

37 Television Days 3:14

38 Three O'clock Step Out of Line 3:09

39 Space Opera Holy River 5:26

40 Abba Suzy-Hang-Around 3:10


41 Primal Scream Leaves 3:32

42 Jayhawks Save it for a Rainy Day 3:09

43 Bevis Frond He'd Be a Diamond 2:45

44 Rockingbirds Restless 4:42

45 Soft Boys The Queen of Eyes 2:01

46 Dovers She's Gone 2:37

47 Dave & the Customs He Was a Friend of Mine 2:53

48 Love Can't Explain 2:39

49 Elvis Costello (The Angels Wanna Wear) My Red Shoes 2:49

50 East Side Kids Take a Look in the Mirror 2:05

51 Hollies You Need Love 2:34

52 Choir I'd Rather You Leave Me 2:04

53 Cream Dance the Night Away 3:29

54 Roosters One of These Days 2:46

55 Ian Skelly I See You 4:39

56 Pretenders Back on the Chain Gang 3:50

57 Hollies If it Wasn't for the Reason That I Love You 3:15

58 Velvet Crush Time Wraps Around You 4:13

59 Bruce & Terry Four Strong Winds 2:15

60 Starry Eyed and Laughing One Foot in the Boat 4:16




  1. Wow! I wish I would have thought of this connection. Very Cool!

    1. Hi Pol.
      There are some great tunes with that Jangly Guitar sounds.
      I hope you enjoy the choices.


  2. I will listen carefully to these 3 compilations. I always liked the Byrds, and here there are many bands I like, the Plimsouls, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Jayhawks, Television, Pretenders, Primal Scream, Long Ryders, Three O'clock for the artists of the 80's, I also think of Paul Westerberg. I will listen to these 3 Cd's all weekend. Thank you BB for this Byrds tribute. I appreciate it!

    1. Hi Patrick,
      My joy comes from others enjoying the music i post. So I thank you for your comment.
      I hope you will get many occasions to listen to this set.


    2. Been listening to this. Amazing choices! Great job!

  3. Its the Jingle Jangle.......wonderful stuff

    1. Hi Stephen
      ... "In the jingle jangle morning I'll come following you. "... Bob Dylan


  4. How difficult it is to capture the "spirit" of The Byrds!
    Many have tried and very, very few have succeeded.
    I was happy to see "Space and Time" perfomed by "Fraternal Order of the All" at the opening of the album, one of the few songs that succeeds.
    I will listen to this collection with great attention, as the Byrds is without a doubt my favorite US band.
    All the best.

    1. Hi Jose,
      I trust you are well.
      It is a very difficult task but some do it well. My favorite Byrd-sy track is "Space and Time".
      I hope you get enjoyment from this compilation. Some surprises, some possibly questionable and some will make you think.


  5. BB, you already know that I like the majority of the compilations you post, but the ones you create are exceptional and this one is going to be one of my favourites [“You Tell Me Why” by Beau Brummels & Tom Petty’s “Listen To Her”, are two of the reasons for this feeling]
    I wish the best for all of you!!

    1. Hi Manolis,
      I hope this one lives up to expectations.
      Enjoy the weekend ahead.

  6. No love for 'Don't Fear the Reaper' by Blue Öyster Cult. Would have fitted nicely, though. ;-)
    Great comp, as always.

    1. Thanks Peerke,
      Enjoy the selection offered here. Maybe Blue Oyster Cult may appear in other comps.


  7. Thanks Butterboy for another Compilations of your own!!!
    I'm really enjoying this one!

    1. Hi Il Commendatore
      Over 250 self-made compilations with multiple CD's usually 3 pert sets, so far, but as you know can exceed 6 per set at times. Let's see how the next 250 sets go.


  8. Great idea! The influence of The Byrds is incommensurable. But it's very difficult to reach their level of excellency. Looking forward if these ones had succeeded. All the best.

    1. Hi Racati,
      There are many that should delight. I hope you will enjoy these.


  9. Great comp BB. Thanks for this and the other wonderful shares this last month.

    1. Thanks zipper,
      Its is always good to know that the effort is worth it.


  10. Any chance of a re-up? Looks marvelous. Thanks for your immense knowledge and passion!

    1. Hi dictsang,
      New links established, tested and working.