Sunday, 30 May 2021

The Byrds - Byrds '69


Alternate album 1969

01 This Wheel's On Fire
02 Child of the Universe
03 Candy
04 Bad Night at the Whiskey
05 King Apathy III
06 Your Gentle Way of Loving Me
07 Old Blue
08 Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man
09 Lay Lady Lay
10 Stanley's Song
11 Nashville West

Another Byrds album and period re-imagined. This time it's 1969's 'Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde'. 

Opinions are split over this album and it was also one of the worst selling. Bob Johnson's poor production didn't help, but the 90's Columbia re-issues cleaned it up a bit.

I thought the main problem was the flow; on this alternate version I've placed all the psychedelic and fuzz toned songs on side 1 and the country material on side 2 (beginning with 'Your Gentle Way of Loving Me').

In addition to this I removed the medley of 'My Back Pages/B.J. Blues/Baby What You Want Me to Do' and included an alternate version of the non album single 'Lay Lady Lay' and the album outtake 'Stanley's Song'.

Other alternate Byrds albums:

Wilco - 21st Century


Bootleg 2001

Disc 1:

01 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
02 Ashes of American Flags
03 I'm the Man Who Loves You
04 Magazine Called Sunset
05 Reservations
06 Kamera
07 Not for the Season
08 Alone
09 Nothing Up My Sleeve
10 Venus Stop the Train
11 Cars Can't Escape
12 Poor Places
13 Won't Let You Down
14 Heavy Metal Drummer
15 Let Me Come Home
16 Woodgrain
17 The Good Part
18 Bob Dylan's 49th Beard
20 More Like the Moon

Disc 2:

01 I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
02 Ashes of American Flags
03 I'm the Man Who Loves You
04 Magazine Called Sunset
05 Reservations
06 Camera
07 Not for the Season
08 Alone
09 War on War
10 Pot Kettle Black
11 Rhythm
12 Poor Places
13 The Good Part
14 Heavy Metal Drummer
15 Handshake Drugs
16 Let Me Come Home [Instrumental]
17 Alone
18 Courduroy Cutoff  Girl [Instrumental]
19 Jesus, Etc. [Live]
20 I'm the Man Who Loves You [Live]

Wilco are not an obvious choice for this blog, but twenty years ago they released their most experimental album 'Yankee Hotel Foxtrot'. Along with it came two bootlegs, 'Engineer Demos' and 'YHF Demos' containing several alternate versions and enough unused original songs for at least another album.

I combined these along with the contemporary 'More Like The Moon' E.P. and a couple of b-sides.

From my own stash of 2000's CDr's.

Various Artists - Spring 2021


01 James Harphem - The Witches and the Grinnygog (Intro)
02 Gabor Szabo - Galatea's Guitar
03 Shelley - The War
04 The House In The Woods - Walk Four - Homeward Bound
05 The Neighb'rhood Childr'n - Long Years In Space
06 Christian Scott a Tunde Adjuah - X. Adjuah (I Own the Night)
07 Bing & Ruth - Police Police Police Police Police
08 James Harphem - The Witches and the Grinnygog (Distorted broadcast)
09 Didier's Sound Spectrum - Spectrum
10 Unknown - Perverse Isabelle - Elle est Prête (Edit)
11 Sunforest - Magician in the Mountain
12 Jesse Sparhawk - Light Cycle/Tetrahedra
13 James Harphem - The Witches and the Grinnygog (Outro)
14 Haruomi Hosono - Original BGM

Throughout the first lockdown of 2021, I watched 'The Witches and the Grinnygog'; a BBC children's television program from 1983. I included the main themes and a piece of the broadcast that had distorted sound.

 'Galatea's Guitar' by Gabor Szabo is some Hungarian jazz folk from 1968. From the album 'In Dreams'.

'The War' by Shelley was the b-side of their only single, 'Please Please Please', from 1966.

The House In The Woods is a pseudonym of Pye Corner Audio. Released on Bandcamp 2020.

The Neighb'rhood Childr'n were San Francisco contemporaries of Jefferson Airplane in 1966/67.

Jazz pal Vincent recommended the Christian Scott a Tunde Adjuah track from 2020.

'Police Police Police Police Police' is New York ambient minimalism from the 2014 album 'Tomorrow Was The Golden Age'.

'Didier's Sound Spectrum' is 2002 Swedish funk.

'Perverse Isabelle' was a 1975 sexploitation film by Jose Benazeraf. The soundtrack composer is unknown. Thanks Escapists Advisor.

Sunforest I've included on many a mix. 1970 hippie psych.

The Jesse Sparhawk track was taken from the 2006 Various Artists album 'Imaginational Anthem - Volume Two'. Released on the Tompkins Square label.

Haruomi Hosono 'Original BGM' was taken from 'BGM 1980-2000'.