The Original Singles: 1967–1969, Volume 2
|The Original Singles: 1967-1969, Volume 2|
|Compilation album by The Byrds|
|Producer||Gary Usher, Bob Johnston|
|The Byrds chronology|
The Original Singles: 1967–1969, Volume 2 is a compilation album by American rock 'n' roll band The Byrds. Originally released in 1982, it offered, for the first time, all of the mono single versions of the Byrds' singles released between 1967 and early 1969. The tracks on the album are laid out chronologically by release date of the single, and features the A-side first, then the B-side. For example, the album opens with the "My Back Pages" single, which had that on the A-side and "Renaissance Fair" on the B-side. The next single was "Have You Seen Her Face" with "Don't Make Waves" on the B-side, and so forth.
Because The Original Singles: 1965-1967, Volume 1 failed to achieve the success hoped for in the U.S. market, Volume 2 was only released in Europe, though it's obvious that the package was intended for U.S. release originally because, as with Volume 1, the single A and B sides that were used correlate with the U.S. single releases. Singles released abroad sometimes had different A and B sides. This album was released on LP in 1982 and has never seen a release on CD, though recordings of the vinyl circulate among Byrds traders as the album still contains certain things that are not available anywhere else. According to The Byrds' biographer Johnny Rogan, CBS approached him to compile a third volume for the UK market but as Rogan recalled, "I told them they were scraping the barrel, not least because there were not enough singles to make up a full 16-track compilation".
All tracks are in mono. They were all previously released on 45 RPM singles and most of them were also released on the Byrds' LPs Younger Than Yesterday, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, Sweetheart of the Rodeo and Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde.
- "My Back Pages" (Bob Dylan) - 2:35
- "Renaissance Fair" (David Crosby, Roger McGuinn) - 1:54
- "Have You Seen Her Face" (Chris Hillman) - 2:33
- "Don't Make Waves" (Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman) - 1:36
- "Lady Friend" (David Crosby) - 2:36
- "Old John Robertson" (Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn) - 1:53
- "Goin' Back" (Carole King, Gerry Goffin) - 3:27
- "Change Is Now" (Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn) - 3:24
- "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" (Bob Dylan) - 2:50
- "Artificial Energy" (Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke) - 2:21
- "I Am a Pilgrim" (traditional, arranged Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman) - 3:41
- "Pretty Boy Floyd" (Woody Guthrie) - 2:36
- "Bad Night at the Whiskey" (Roger McGuinn, Joseph Richards) - 3:24
- "Drug Store Truck Drivin' Man" (Roger McGuinn, Gram Parsons) - 3:44
- "Lay Lady Lay" (Bob Dylan) - 3:19
- "Old Blue" (traditional, arranged Roger McGuinn) - 3:22
- The mono mix of "Don't Make Waves" made its first album appearance on this compilation, although it can now also be found on the Sundazed compilation The Columbia Singles '65-'67 and on the Japanese Original Singles A's & B's 1965-1971 compilation. In addition, a stereo remix of the song is available as a bonus track on the 1996 CD re-issue of Younger Than Yesterday.
- "Lady Friend" was only released as a single and was never included on any Byrds studio album.
- The single version of "Old John Robertson" is an entirely different mix to the one found on The Notorious Byrd Brothers album.
- The mono single mix of "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" was never released on a Byrds studio album, since its parent album, Sweetheart of the Rodeo, was the first Byrds' album to be mixed exclusively in stereo. The album was issued in a mono variation in the UK, but all eleven album tracks are stereo-to-mono fold-down mixes. This means that "You Ain't Going Nowhere" on the UK mono version of Sweetheart is a fold-down of the stereo mix instead of the unique mono mix found on the single.
- "Lay Lady Lay" was only released as a single and never appeared on a Byrds studio album.