The Byrds Play Dylan

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The Byrds Play Dylan  is the name of two compilation albums by the American rock band The Byrds, one released in 1979 and the other issued in 2002.  The first incarnation of The Byrds Play Dylan was released by Columbia Records in the U.S. in November 1979 and included all thirteen Dylan covers that the band had officially released between 1965 and 1970.  In June 2002, a second compilation bearing the title The Byrds Play Dylan was released, which expanded considerably on the scope of the original album and included a number of alternate versions and live recordings that had not been released by The Byrds during the 1960s and 1970s.  All of the material on the 2002 edition of The Byrds Play Dylan had been previously released, either on The Byrds’ regular albums, on their singles, as bonus tracks on their remastered CDs, or on The Byrds box set.  (More from Wikipedia)

This started a whole parade of 1960’s artists who recorded Bob Dylan songs.  The Byrds alone released five different Bob Dylan songs as singles, starting with “Mr. Tambourine Man” (their first hit song and only their second single).  The 2002 reissue of The Byrds Play Dylan (originally released in 1979) has 20 Dylan songs on it, all recorded during the 1960’s


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Last edited: March 22, 2021