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Backstage Weekend - The Byrds - Avalon Ballroom 1968

(Never standing still long enough to be pigeon-holed) (This is a repost from last year - but since the handy-dandy Newstalgia House Computer is dea
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(Never standing still long enough to be pigeon-holed)

(This is a repost from last year - but since the handy-dandy Newstalgia House Computer is dead, we have to put these up until it gets back to normal. Bear with us. Gordon)

Something of a change of pace this week. Several years ago I got a collection of tapes in via KSAN-FM in San Francisco. A group of recordings featuring a wide sampling of bands playing live in the Bay Area at various local venues from the mid-late 1960's. Most all of these recordings have been reissued in one way or another either via legit labels or the underground tape circuit.

This particular set, the Byrds from The Avalon Ballroom in November of 1968 is from one of three nights they performed there. From what I have seen, there is a recording available from November 2nd, but I haven't heard it and can't say for sure if this is the same or not (Byrds experts - set me straight).

The Byrds have always been one of my favorite local L.A. bands, having been a fan of theirs since the early days as Americas answer to the British invasion. Unlike a lot of bands from the period, The Byrds were always evolving - going from one area of musical influence to another. It was sometimes frustrating but never boring, and the people coming and going from The Byrds was a virtual who's who in music. But the one constant was Roger McGuinn, whose voice and 12-string guitar were unique and indelible.

So here is a set consisting of "Jesus Is Just Alright" "So You Want To Be A Rock n' Roll Star", "Goin' Back" and "This Wheel's On Fire"

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