Label: Columbia - CK 65150,Legacy - CK 65150 • Format: CD Album, Reissue, Remastered • Country: US • Genre: Rock • Style: Folk Rock, Country Rock
Various - Silent Night (A Christmas Concert) of the Rodeo is the sixth album by American rock band the Byrds and was released on August 30,on Columbia Records see in music. The album was initially conceived as a musical history of 20th century American popular musicencompassing examples of country music, jazz and rhythm and bluesamong other genres.
Upon its release, the album reached number 77 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, Water Witching - Garden Gate - Dark Harvest failed to reach the charts in the United Kingdom. The initial concept by Roger McGuinn for the album that would become Sweetheart of the Rodeo was to expand upon the genre-spanning approach of the Byrds' previous LP, The Notorious Byrd Brothersby recording a double album overview of the history of American popular music.
But with a U. A candidate was found by Larry Spector, the band's business manager, in the shape of year-old Gram Parsons. Unbeknownst to McGuinn or Hillman, Parsons had his own musical agenda in which he planned to marry his love of traditional country music which he saw You Dont Miss Your Water - The Byrds - Sweetheart Of The Rodeo being the purest form of American music with youth culture's passion for rock.
Following his recruitment, Parsons began to lure Hillman away from McGuinn's proposed concept album idea and towards a blend of what Parsons would later term "Cosmic American Music". Parsons' passion for his country rock vision was so contagious that he even convinced McGuinn to abandon his plans for the Byrds' next album and follow Parsons' lead in recording a country rock album. Between March 9 and March 15,the band, accompanied by several prominent session musicians, recorded multiple takes of eight songs at Columbia Records' recording studios in the Music Row area of Nashville.
The songs that the Byrds recorded for the album included " You Ain't Goin' Nowhere " and " Nothing Was Delivered ", two country-influenced Dylan covers from his then-unreleased Basement Tapes sessions. The band supplemented these older country standards and Dylan covers with a couple of contemporary country songs: Merle Haggard 's maudlin convict's lament, "Life in Prison"; and Luke McDaniel 's "You're Still On My Mind", a sorrowful tale of a heartbroken drunkard failing to find solace at the bottom of a bottle.
Ball, on pedal steel guitar and honky-tonk piano respectively. Lacking any country songs of his own, McGuinn delved into his pre-Byrds folk song repertoire instead, contributing Woody Guthrie 's " Pretty Boy Floyd ", a romanticized portrayal of the real-life folk hero and outlaw. Parsons also brought three of his songs to the recording sessions: "Lazy Days", "One Hundred Years from Now" and " Hickory Wind ", the latter of which had been written by Parsons and former International Submarine Band member, Bob Buchanan, during an early train ride from Florida to Los Angeles.
Upon completion of the Music Row recording sessions, the band ended their stay in Nashville with an appearance at the Grand Ole Opry at Ryman Auditorium introduced by future "outlaw" country star Tompall Glaseron March 15, Nearly as disastrous was the group's appearance on the WSM program of legendary Nashville DJRalph Emerywho mocked his guests throughout the interview and initially refused to play an acetate of "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere".
Hydealthough this recording did not feature Parsons because he had left the band by this time. After returning from Nashville, the band played a handful of concerts throughout the Los Angeles area with the addition of pedal steel guitarist JayDee Maness, who had played on several tracks on the album. In May the band embarked on a short European tour and while in England for concerts at the Middle Earth Club and Blaises, the Byrds met with Mick You Dont Miss Your Water - The Byrds - Sweetheart Of The Rodeo and Keith Richards who both expressed concern over the Byrds' intention to tour South Africa during the summer.
Upon the group's return to Californiapost-production work on the Sweetheart of When You Want To - Scope - Chicago Connection EP Rodeo album was disrupted when Parsons' appearance on the album was contested by Lee Hazlewoodwho contended that the singer was still under contract to his LHI record label.
According to producer Gary Usher:. With the legal problems surrounding Parsons' appearance on the album resolved, the Byrds returned to England for an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall on July 7, Columbia Records launched an accompanying print advertising campaign proclaiming, "This Country's for the Byrds" and featuring the tag line "Their message is all country … their sound is all Byrds. Despite receiving generally favorable reviews from the critics, the country-rock style of Sweetheart of the Rodeo was such a radical departure from the Mr.
Lets Find Out - Various - Hometapes 2010 Sampler previous sound that large sections of the group's counterculture following were alienated by its contents, resulting in the lowest sales of any Byrds album up to that point. They aren't that good. The material they've chosen to record, or rather, the way they perform the material, is simple, relaxed and folky. It's not pretentious, it's pretty. The musician-ship is excellent. It's really very uninvolved and not a difficult record to listen to.
It ought to make the 'Easy-Listening' charts. Among the less favorable contemporary critiques, a Melody Maker reviewer dismissed the album as "Not typical Byrds music, which is rather a pity. It's not the natural sound of Death Valley or Utah, but rather, a false portrait by people who wished it was, which makes it even more melancholy and charismatic.
The Byrds' biographer, Johnny Rogan, has said that the album "stood alone as a work almost completely divorced from the prevailing rock culture. Its themes, mood and instrumentation looked back to another era at a time when the rest of America was still recovering from the recent assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. Released at a time when the Byrds' surprising immersion in the world of country music coincided with their declining commercial appeal, Sweetheart of the Rodeo was an uncommercial proposition at the time of its release.
The album was also influential on the outlaw country and new traditionalist movements, as well as the so-called alternative country genre of the s and early 21st century. Although it was not the first country rock album,  Sweetheart of the Rodeo was the first album widely labeled as country rock to be released by an internationally successful rock act,    pre-dating the release of Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline by over six months. Sweetheart of the Rodeo went on to inspire the name of the s country duo, Sweethearts of the Rodeowho paid tribute to the Byrds' album with the sleeve of their album, Buffalo Zone.
The credits on the original album erroneously include drummer Jon Corneal, who plays only on the outtake "Lazy Days". The eight bonus tracks featured on this reissue include the outtakes "You Got a Reputation", "Lazy Days", and "Pretty Polly", as well as four previously unreleased rehearsal takes and an instrumental backing track for "All You Dont Miss Your Water - The Byrds - Sweetheart Of The Rodeo Have Are Memories".
This version of the album features additional outtakes, rehearsal versions, and the master takes of the songs that had their Parsons' lead vocals replaced, presented here with their Tonights The Night - Various - 70s: The Collection vocals intact.
InSundazed Records released a 7" single featuring previously unreleased alternate versions of "Lazy Days" and "You Got a Reputation" titled "Reputation" on this release that date from the Byrds' March recording sessions in Nashville. The CD reissue contains alternative versions of songs with Parsons singing lead, along with recordings by Parsons' pre- Byrds group, The International Submarine Band tracks on disc two.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the album by The Byrds. For the country music duo, see Sweethearts of the Rodeo. The Byrds. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere. The inclusion of two Dylan songs on Sweetheart of the Rodeo helped to forge a link with the band's earlier folk-rock incarnation. Hickory Wind. The contributions of Lloyd Green and John Hartford, on pedal steel guitar and fiddle respectively, are clearly audible.
You Don't Miss Your Water. The song is also one of three on the album to have had its original Parsons' vocal replaced by Roger McGuinn You Cant Believe It - Various - Realities In Life to release. The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited 2nd ed. Rogan House. Oxford University Press. Jawbone Press. Sweetheart of the Rodeo CD liner notes.
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