On September 14, 1970.

The Byrds - Untitled

On September 14, 1970, “Columbia Records” released “Untitled” the ninth Byrds album.  The double album features live concert recordings from February 28, 1970, at the “Colden Center Auditorium”, Queens College, in New York, and from March 1, 1970, at the “Felt Forum”, in New York, and new compositions, recorded from May 26 – June 11, 1970, at the “Columbia Studios”, in Hollywood, CA. This is the band’s first official release of any live recordings and first appearance on a Byrds’ record of new member Skip Battin, who had replaced the band’s previous bass player, John York, in 1969. The studio material features new composed tracks, self-penned material, including songs composed by Byrds leader Roger McGuinn and “Broadway” theatre director Jacques Levy for a country-rock musical that the pair were developing. The album was produced by Terry Melcher and Jim Dickson.

Personnel:

  • Roger McGuinn- vocals, guitar, Moog synthesizer
  • Clarence White- vocals, guitar, mandolin
  • Skip Battin- vocals, electric bass
  • Gene Parsons- vocals, drums, guitar, harmonica
  • Gram Parsons- backing vocal
  • Terry Melcher- piano
  • Byron Berline- fiddle
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow- pedal steel guitar

Track listing:

Side 1 (live)

  1. Lover of the Bayou – Roger McGuinn, Jacques Levy
  2. Positively 4th Street – Bob Dylan
  3. Nashville West – Gene Parsons, Clarence White
  4. So You Want To Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star – Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman
  5. Tambourine Man – Bob Dylan
  6. Spaceman – Roger McGuinn

Side 2 (live)

  1. Eight Miles High – Gene Clark, Roger McGuinn, David Crosby

Side 3 (studio)

  1. Chestnut Mare – Roger McGuinn, Jacques Levy
  2. Truckstop Girl – Lowell George, Bill Payne
  3. All the Things – Roger McGuinn, Jacques Levy
  4. Yesterday’s Train – Gene Parsons, Skip Battin
  5. Hungry Planet – Skip Battin, Kim Fowley, Roger McGuinn

Side 4 (studio)

  1. Just a Season – Roger McGuinn, Jacques Levy
  2. Take a Whiff on Me – Huddie Ledbetter, John Lomax, Alan Lomax
  3. You all Look-Alike – Skip Battin, Kim Fowley
  4. Well Come Back Home – Skip Battin

 

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