Roger McGuinn & Band

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Roger McGuinn & Band
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Studio album by Roger McGuinn
Released June 1975
Genre Rock
Label Columbia
Producer John Boylan
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Robert Christgau C[1]

Roger McGuinn & Band was Roger McGuinn's third full-length solo album and was released in 1975. Recorded in Los Angeles, the album was McGuinn's third attempt to re-establish himself as a significant musical force without the Byrds. As well as McGuinn, the album has musical contributions from Stephen A. Love on bass guitar, Richard Bowden on guitar, David Lovelace on keyboards and Greg Attaway on drums.

Produced by John Boylan, Roger McGuinn & Band was different from McGuinn's previous solo albums in that he allowed the musicians he had assembled to contribute to the songwriting of the album in the name of esprit de corps. Unfortunately, while the band brought a tight, energetic groove to the music on the album, their songwriting contributions resulted in an overabundance of filler material.[citation needed]Referring to the album many years later, McGuinn himself admitted that "A band should be a benevolent dictatorship. Democracy is a great form of government, but it doesn't work in rock & roll."[2]

After the release of the album, McGuinn and the band spent a year touring to promote the record, playing such places as Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall before McGuinn finally dissolved the group.

Roger McGuinn & Band has been reissued on CD a number of times; first by Columbia Records in the early 1990s, with bonus tracks in 2004 by Sundazed Records and coupled with McGuinn's fourth album, Cardiff Rose, by BGO Records in 2007.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Roger McGuinn; except where indicated

  1. "Somebody Loves You" (Stephen A. Love, Allen L. Kemp )
  2. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan)
  3. "Bull Dog" (Richard Bowden)
  4. "Painted Lady" (Greg Attaway, David Lovelace)
  5. "Lover of the Bayou" (Jacques Levy, Roger McGuinn)
  6. "Lisa"
  7. "Circle Song" (David Lovelace)
  8. "So Long" (Richard Bowden)
  9. "Easy Does It"
  10. "Born to Rock and Roll"

Bonus tracks[edit]

2004 CD reissue

  1. "Wasn’t Born To Follow" (live) (Carole King, Gerry Goffin)
  2. "Chestnut Mare" (live) (Jacques Levy, McGuinn)


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Roger McGuinn". Robert Christgau. 
  2. ^ Roger McGuinn & Band (2004 CD reissue liner notes)