The Byrds' Greatest Hits Volume II

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The Byrds' Greatest Hits Volume II
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedMay 15, 1971 (Netherlands)
October 29, 1971
RecordedSeptember 1, October 27, 1965, October 9, 1967 – October 6, 1970
GenreRock, folk rock, country rock
ProducerTerry Melcher, Gary Usher, Bob Johnston
The Byrds chronology
The Byrds' Greatest Hits Volume II
Farther Along

The Byrds' Greatest Hits Volume II is the second greatest hits album by the American rock band The Byrds.[1] It was released in the United Kingdom on October 29, 1971 by CBS Records (see 1971 in music) as a follow-up to the band's first compilation album, The Byrds' Greatest Hits.[2] The album appeared following the band's successful appearance at the Lincoln Folk Festival on July 24, 1971 and may have been issued by CBS as a reaction to the band's previous studio album, Byrdmaniax, having failed to chart in the UK.[2][3]

The album gathered together many of the singles that The Byrds had issued in the UK since the release of their first compilation in 1967,[2] and as a result, it is the first album to feature the band's recording of Bob Dylan's "Lay Lady Lay", which had been issued as a non-album single in May 1969. Most of the tracks on the album were originally released between 1968 and 1971, but the song "The Times They Are a-Changin'" dated from 1965,[4] despite that era of the band's career having already been covered by The Byrds' first greatest hits album.[5]

The Byrds' Greatest Hits Volume II failed to reach the UK Albums Chart[6] but its critical reception was generally warm, with the NME describing the compilation as "an indispensable acquisition for any student of the cream of American rock, particularly of the roots and influences."[2] Nonetheless, a number of contemporary reviews also made note of the album's inaccurate and misleading title, since among the twelve tracks included, only the song "Chestnut Mare" had been a genuine hit in the UK.[2]

The album has never been re-issued on CD and is currently out of print.

Track listing[edit]

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Ballad of Easy Rider" (Roger McGuinn, Bob Dylan) – 2:03
    • NOTE: Bob Dylan is not officially credited as a songwriter on "Ballad of Easy Rider".[7]
  2. "Jesus Is Just Alright" (Arthur Reynolds) – 2:09
  3. "Chestnut Mare" (Roger McGuinn, Jacques Levy) – 5:09
  4. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (Bob Dylan) – 2:35
  5. "I Am a Pilgrim" (traditional, arranged Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman) – 3:42
  6. "Goin' Back" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 3:26

Side 2[edit]

  1. "I Trust (Everything Is Gonna Work Out Alright)" (Roger McGuinn) – 3:19
  2. "Lay Lady Lay" (Bob Dylan) – 3:17
  3. "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" (Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons) – 3:52
  4. "Wasn't Born to Follow" (Gerry Goffin, Carole King) – 2:00
  5. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" (Bob Dylan) – 2:18
  6. "Get to You" (Gene Clark, Roger McGuinn) – 2:39
    • NOTE: The album erroneously credits "Get to You" to Chris Hillman and Roger McGuinn.[8]


  1. ^ Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 551. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.
  2. ^ a b c d e Hjort, Christopher. (2008). So You Want To Be A Rock 'n' Roll Star: The Byrds Day-By-Day (1965-1973). Jawbone Press. pp. 286–287. ISBN 1-906002-15-0.
  3. ^ Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 328. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.
  4. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Turn! Turn! Turn! album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Byrds Greatest Hits album review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-05.
  6. ^ Brown, Tony. (2000). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 130. ISBN 0-7119-7670-8.
  7. ^ Rogan, Johnny (1997). Ballad of Easy Rider (CD booklet). The Byrds. Columbia/Legacy.
  8. ^ Einarson, John. (2005). Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life and Legacy of the Byrds' Gene Clark. Backbeat Books. p. 127. ISBN 0-87930-793-5.