137 – Sweetheart of the Rodeo

137 – Sweetheart of the Rodeo

The Byrds

In the middle, or beginning should I say, of a global Coronavirus pandemic when the instruction from the Government is to ‘Stay at Home’, I have no choice but to resume my 1001 Album Odyssey? Five years in and still on 137!

Here I am with Sweetheart of the Rodeo by The Byrds. A cotton pickin’ Christian (I am Pilgrim, Christian Life) blues album, unrecognisable from previous Byrds albums. This could be because David Crosby was fired from The Byrds and they were under the influence of Bluegrass and Country new recruit Gram Parsons. The album, though subsequently acclaimed, was a huge flop commercially though it said to have influenced the Eagles and Wilco in recent years.

I can’t say this is my bag, and it did remind me of Buck Owens and the Buckaroos, who I recall describing as ‘of their time’. It’s a fairly generous 7, just to get the 1001 thing back on the road in time for Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.

Album – Sweetheart of the Rodeo by The Byrds
Artist – The Byrds
Favourite Tracks – You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere, 100 Years from Now
Released – 1968
Rating – 7
Time – 57′
Tracks – 19
Genre – Country Rock

Source – Qobuz
Player/Streamers/DAC – Auralic Altair G1 with Lightning DS
Amplifier – Roksan K2
Output – KEF R700 with QED Supremus cable
Next Album – 138 – The Mothers of Invention, We’re only in it for the Money

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