Thursday, October 4, 2007

No 178: The Byrds Greatest Hits

Band: The Byrds
Album: The Byrds' Greatest Hits
Why Rolling Stone gets it right: The fifth album by the band was released during the summer of love and gives a nice soundtrack to that period. To be totally honest, I think I'm getting a little Stockholm Syndrome with the Byrds.
Why Rolling Stone gets it wrong: Blah blah greatest hits blah blah lots of albums blah blah Byrds are boomer nostalgia blah blah. You've heard it all before.
Best song: It's a greatest hits compilation, so all the songs are pretty great. I like "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" a lot.
Worst song: See above. "The Bells of Rhymney" isn't on par with the rest of the songs, but it's still great.
Is it awesome?: Well, duh. It's a greatest hits compilation.

Let's make this quick...

Byrds albums on the 500 list - Five
Artists who have more albums on the list - Four
Number of artists with more albums who also have a compilation - Zero

I understand that "The Byrds' Greatest Hits" was released early in the band's time and two of the records on the list were released after "The Byrds' Greatest Hits." But, those first two records' best songs are on "The Byrds' Greatest Hits," so it's a bit foolish to have all thre of those albums on here.

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