0607. The Byrds
The Notorious Byrd Brothers
Some people shouldn't be allowed to take cover photos. A (half-)naked
guy in one window and a horse in another just doesn't ring nice.
So, a couple of years after the psychedelia started with Fifth Dimension and here they've found their form.
Too bad they had to ruin it all by turning square just a couple of months later with Sweetheart Of The Rodeo. That was a move noone could have expected even though Wasn't Born To Follow and a couple of others have a strong country vibe.
Strangely, the form they found here also was bandwise a very tattered one to produce such a whole sound - two of the members quit, one who'd left two albums earlier returned for a couple of weeks (co-writing a track, but this time not one of the best) and a general mess of difficulties.
But getting an album where the songs play nice with each other even though they're as disparate as country, psychedelia and jazz (at times in the same song) was probably doomed to come at a cost.