The Byrds Play Dylan

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The Byrds Play Dylan
Compilation album by The Byrds
Released November 1979
Recorded January 20, 1965 – December 8, 1966; December 4, 1968 – July 22, 1969, Columbia Studios, Hollywood, CA
March 9, 1968 – March 14, 1968; April 18, 1969, Columbia Studios, Nashville, TN
March 1, 1970, Felt Forum, New York City, NY
Genre Rock, folk rock, country rock, psychedelic rock
Length 41:39
Label Columbia
Producer Terry Melcher, Gary Usher, Bob Johnston, Jim Dickson
The Byrds chronology
The Byrds
Sanctuary IV
(2002)The Byrds1978
The Byrds Play Dylan
The Byrds Play Dylan
The Original Singles: 1965–1967, Volume 1
The Columbia Singles '65-'67
(2002)The Original Singles: 1965–1967, Volume 11980
Alternative cover
Cover of the 2002 edition
Cover of the 2002 edition

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.[1][2] As their titles suggest, each compilation consists of interpretations of Bob Dylan penned songs, which The Byrds recorded at different stages of their career.[1][3] Neither version of the album reached the charts in the United States or the United Kingdom.[4][5]

The original 1979 release of The Byrds Play Dylan was not, in fact, the first compilation of The Byrds' covers of Dylan's material to have been issued; an earlier, eleven track compilation had appeared in Japan in 1970 under the title The Byrds Sing Dylan.[6] Yet another compilation of The Byrds' interpretations of Dylan's material was released in the UK and Europe as The Byrds Play the Songs of Bob Dylan in 2001.[7]

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, from their debut single "Mr. Tambourine Man" through to their live rendition of "Positively 4th Street".[1][8] However, the track listing of the original American album did not present the songs in chronological order, something that was rectified by The Byrds' biographer Johnny Rogan for its UK and European release in February 1980.[1] The chronological running order used for the European version of The Byrds Play Dylan was retained for all subsequent CD re-releases of the original album. In 2008, the original thirteen track version of the album was re-released with its chronological running order intact, under the augmented title of Collections: The Byrds Play Dylan.[9]

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.[2][10] It also included The Byrds' cover of "Paths of Victory",[2] which had been recorded in 1990 by a reunited line-up of the band featuring original members Roger McGuinn, David Crosby and Chris Hillman.[11] 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.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Bob Dylan, except where noted.

  • NOTE: The following track listing is for the revised, chronological running order that was used on European versions of the original album and all subsequent re-releases of it on CD.

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Mr. Tambourine Man" – 2:21
  2. "All I Really Want to Do" – 2:04
  3. "Chimes of Freedom" – 3:51
  4. "Spanish Harlem Incident" – 1:57
  5. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" – 2:18
  6. "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" – 3:30
  7. "My Back Pages" – 3:08

Side 2[edit]

  1. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" – 2:33
  2. "Nothing Was Delivered" – 3:24
  3. "This Wheel's on Fire" (Bob Dylan, Rick Danko) – 4:44
  4. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" – 4:53
  5. "Lay Lady Lay" – 3:18
  6. "Positively 4th Street" – 3:08

2002 edition track listing[edit]

  1. "All I Really Want to Do" – 2:04
  2. "Chimes of Freedom" – 3:51
  3. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" [1965 Version] – 3:04
  4. "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" – 3:31
  5. "Lay Lady Lay" – 3:17
  6. "Mr. Tambourine Man" – 2:31
  7. "My Back Pages" – 3:08
  8. "Nothing Was Delivered" – 3:24
  9. "Positively 4th Street" – 3:10
  10. "Spanish Harlem Incident" – 1:57
  11. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" – 2:18
  12. "This Wheel's on Fire" (Bob Dylan, Rick Danko)  – 4:44
  13. "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" – 2:33
  14. "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" [Live] – 3:03
  15. "Just Like a Woman" – 3:55
  16. "Lay Lady Lay" [Alternate Version] – 3:18
  17. "The Times They Are a-Changin'" [Early Version] – 1:54
  18. "Mr. Tambourine Man" [Live] – 2:30
  19. "Chimes of Freedom" [Live] – 3:24
  20. "Paths of Victory" – 3:09


  1. ^ a b c d Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. p. 552. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Byrds Play Dylan (2002 edition)". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  3. ^ "The Byrds Play Dylan (2002 edition) review". PopMatters. Retrieved 2010-06-22. 
  4. ^ Whitburn, Joel. (2002). Top Pop Albums 1955-2001. Record Research Inc. p. 122. ISBN 0-89820-147-0. 
  5. ^ Brown, Tony. (2000). The Complete Book of the British Charts. Omnibus Press. p. 130. ISBN 0-7119-7670-8. 
  6. ^ "The Byrds Sing Dylan - Japanese LP product information". Esprit International Ltd. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  7. ^ "The Byrds Play the Songs of Bob Dylan review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  8. ^ "The Byrds Play Dylan album information". Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  9. ^ "Collections: The Byrds Play Dylan review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-20. 
  10. ^ a b Fricke, David (2002). The Byrds Play Dylan (CD booklet). The Byrds. Columbia/Legacy. 
  11. ^ Rogan, Johnny. (1998). The Byrds: Timeless Flight Revisited (2nd ed.). Rogan House. pp. 439–440. ISBN 0-9529540-1-X.