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Number 291

The Byrds - Sweetheart of the Rodeo (Columbia CS9670)

Well once they'd upset the entire folk community with their jangly treatment of Dylan songs and traditional folk ballads, by August 1968 the Byrds turned their attention to Country music and released their sixth album Sweetheart of the Rodeo with more than a little help from Gram Parsons, whose influence was crucial to this transition. The album was recorded in both Nashville and Hollywood and is regarded as a forerunner of the Country Rock genre. Although never considered a fully paid up member of The Byrds, Parsons joined original members Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, together with the other sideman drummer Kevin Kelley and contributed a couple of his own songs, Hickory Wind and One Hundred Years From Now, and also took the lead vocal on a couple of others, Merle Haggard's Life in Prison and Luke McDaniels' You're Still on My Mind