June 17, 2014 – 4:43 am

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In The Studio 1965-1966 [Capricorn Recordings, 1CD]

Excellent quality studio recordings (mostly backing tracks) from between January 1965 and May 1966.

This release on Capricorn Recordings appears to be a copy of Journals, Vol 9, a sort of Best Of from the ‘Journals’ mammoth 8-CD project.

Comprising alternate versions, false starts, and backing tracks of songs from The Byrds’ first three LPs, you’re not going to turn to this for casual listening. But as academic documents of major groups go, this is first-rate, with 70 minutes of music, sparkling sound, and a chance to hear the group polishing their material in the studio. No radically different takes or arrangements surface, but aficionados will be especially interested in the appearance of the backing track to “Stranger In A Strange Land,” a long-rumored Byrds original that had never even appeared on bootleg before. -

Thanks to DrBanan for sharing the tracks on the net.

CDR ripped with XLD to FLAC. Files also tested with TLH.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Mr Tambourine Man [1, 2, 19, 20] 7:20 (12.3MB)
Track 02. I Knew I’d Want You [1] 2:12 (3.7MB)
Track 03. It’s No Use [5, 6] 3:28 (5.8MB)
Track 04. The Bells Of Rhymney [1, 2] 4:35 (7.7MB)
Track 05. I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better [1, 2] 4:40 (7.8MB)
Track 06. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue [2-4] 6:46 (11.4MB)
Track 07. The World Turns All Around Her [14, 15] 2:50 (4.8MB)
Track 08. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue [7] 0:45 (1.3MB)
Track 09. It Won’t Be Wrong [5-8] 5:30 (9.3MB)
Track 10. Satisfied Mind [17, 18] 3:14 (5.4MB)
Track 11. Set You Free This Time [1-4, 18] 4:19 (7.2MB)
Track 12. Stranger In A Strange Land [1, 2, 9, 10] 8:20 (14.0MB)
Track 13. Wait And See [23-26] 6:01 (10.1MB)
Track 14. 5D (Fifth Dimension) [18-26] 10:39 (17.9MB)
71 mins

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  1. 29 Responses to “THE BYRDS - IN THE STUDIO 1965-1966”

  2. Thanks for this set! I’m always knocked out by the dates on these songs. 65/66. So far ahead of many of their peers.

    By dngq on Jun 17, 2014

  3. yeah so far ahead they can thank the wrecking crew

    By beatlewig on Jun 17, 2014

  4. Two tracks beatlewig. Two. You can look it up. George would be ashamed of you. “George Harrison wrote that song (If I Needed Someone) after hearing the Byrds’ recording of Bells of Rhymney. He gave a copy of his new recording to Derek Taylor, the Beatles’ former press officer, who flew to Los Angeles and brought it to my house. He said George wanted me to know that he had written the song based on the rising and falling notes of my electric Rickenbacker 12-string guitar introduction. It was a great honor to have in some small way influenced our heroes the Beatles.” Roger McGuinn

    By dngq on Jun 17, 2014

  5. bullshit. only mcguinn played on the first lp..the rest was studio cats.

    By beatlewig on Jun 17, 2014

  6. There are dozens of primary sourced quotes that straighten out the story that you seem to enjoy getting wrong. Here’s just one: Chris Hillman: I guarantee you, you just tell anybody that says it, listen to the record [Mr. Tambourine Man, the Byrds’ first album]. If those are session players, then we must have had the C-level group of ‘em. ‘Cause it is us, and you can tell how we’re playing. It doesn’t stand up to the “Tambourine Man” track, as far as that preciseness. And it’s okay. Because I tend to like the raw edge of the band, as opposed to the slickness of the session date. But hey, whatever, people say all kinds of stuff.

    By dngq on Jun 17, 2014

  7. Looking forward to this one!

    Thank you, Big O.

    By mackdaddyg on Jun 17, 2014

  8. Members of the Wrecking Crew played on the first Byrds single recording, “Mr. Tambourine Man”, because Columbia Records did not trust the skills of Byrd musicians except for Roger McGuinn..
    read it all here and note the list of “C-Level Session players such as Lweon russell and James burton et al”
    chris hillman is trying to rewrite history.

    By beatlewig on Jun 17, 2014

  9. mr tambourine man featuring roger mcguinn and the wrecking crew.

    By beatlewig on Jun 17, 2014

  10. Yes, the Wrecking Crew played on the first single (i.e. 45) recording by the Byrds, ‘Mr Tambourine Man’/'I Knew I’d Want You’. The remainder of the MTM LP is pure Byrds, right on down to Hillman’s famous flub in ‘Spanish Harlem Incident’.
    Hillman isn’t rewriting history. He is the history.

    By Firebyrd on Jun 17, 2014

  11. hillman wasn`t even present when tamb/man was recorded.

    By beatlewig on Jun 17, 2014

  12. Cite your source.

    By Firebyrd on Jun 17, 2014

  13. Trouble is, apart from your own stubborn imagination, you haven’t got anything to back up your claims. Ignorance is bliss.

    By Firebyrd on Jun 17, 2014

  14. Still waiting for you to cite your source.

    By Firebyrd on Jun 17, 2014

  15. just because you don`t believe me doesn`t mean it isn`t true.[got that from darth] watch the Byrd`s under review flick on youtube.I think it might be the third or fourth installment when the wrecking crew guitar player states that neither hillman of clarke were there for tambourine man when it was recorded. go ahead…it`s there..

    By beatlewig on Jun 17, 2014

  16. Thanks BigO for the upgrade. What I had before was from Sugarmegs. Their’s was listed as either the Capricorn set or as Byrds Unsurpassed Masters 1965, The additional track they had was a vocal-only version of Tambourine Man.

    By Job Hunter on Jun 17, 2014

  17. They weren’t there for MTM–the single, the 45 A & B side.
    You’ve misinterpreted what was said and simply doubled down on it. You’ve assumed that he meant the album when he meant the single.

    You should probably do a little more research.

    By Firebyrd on Jun 17, 2014

  18. You said it yourself above: “Members of the Wrecking Crew played on the first Byrds single recording…”
    I trust you know what a single is, right? You’ve contradicted your own argument!

    By Firebyrd on Jun 17, 2014

  19. the byrds were great what is your problem?

    By beatlewig on Jun 17, 2014

  20. tonite on “community signpost” the monterrey pop documentary.

    By cleveland darth amory on Jun 17, 2014

  21. the byrds ??? the monkees ??? did ringo play the drums…did george gently play ??? presentation not talent sold even in the matter what the format the music business was and still is a business.every now and then it connects like the byrds did for me. personally i never knew or cared about who played on what i just cared about the end results…does that make me a bad person ???

    By woodpeckerdeadwood on Jun 17, 2014

  22. does that make me a bad person ???

    yes it doesn`t.

    By beatlewig on Jun 18, 2014

    my two favourite BYRDS !
    but this is nice and I really did enjoy the first lp.

    By dropkick sarge on Jun 18, 2014


    By dropkick sarge on Jun 18, 2014

  25. If only the Byrds had called their first album something else like Flipping The Beatleswig. Then we’d be clear that the single was studio pros with McGuinn and the rest of the songs on the album were performed by the Byrds. The end.

    By dngq on Jun 18, 2014

  26. The Byrds played my high school in L.A. while “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better” was on the charts. They sounded just like their new album.

    By Jonathan King on Jun 19, 2014

  27. More Byrds bootlegs !!!!

    By Sarah Novak on Jun 20, 2014

  28. Sarah Novak, be sure to look up the individuals that were part of the Byrds, particularly Chris Hillman. Various members got together and performed Byrds’ classics, st least 4 at one time. The harmonies many times were great! and the instrumental work - wow!

    By Job Hunter on Jun 23, 2014

  29. Yes thanks I will. I want to get my hands on the 8-cd Set ‘Journal’ that would be awesome!

    By Sarah Novak on Jun 25, 2014

  30. I meant to say “various members got together…up to 4 at one time.”

    By Job Hunter on Jun 25, 2014

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