Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Byrds Ballad of Easy Rider

Ballad of Easy Rider is the eighth album from the influential folk rock group The Byrds, released in October of 1969 on Columbia Records, catalogue item CS 9942 in stereo. It peaked at #36 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums during a chart stay of seventeen weeks, a substantial improvement over its predecessor, but not in the United Kingdom where it only made it to #41. A single released ahead of the album, "Ballad of Easy Rider," peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100. It is the second album featuring the new line-up of Roger McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons and John York.

1. "Ballad of Easy Rider" (Bob Dylan/Roger McGuinn) – 2:00
2. "Fido" (John York) – 2:40
3. "Oil in My Lamp" (Gene Parsons/Clarence White) – 3:13
4. "Tulsa County" (Pamela Polland) – 2:49
5. "Jack Tarr the Sailor" (trad. arr. Roger McGuinn) – 3:31
6. "Jesus Is Just Alright" (Arthur Reynolds) – 2:10
7. "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" (Bob Dylan) – 4:53
8. "There Must Be Someone (I Can Turn To)" (Vern Gosdin/C. Gosdin/Rex Gosdin) – 3:29
9. "Gunga Din" (Gene Parsons) – 3:03
10. "Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)" (Woody Guthrie/Martin Hoffman) – 3:50
11. "Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins" (Zeke Manners/S. Seely) – 1:41

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