Spin Control

December 10, 2006



The Byrds, "There Is a Season" (Columbia/Legacy)

Critic's rating: 3 stars The most obvious evidence that the box set well is running dry may be Columbia's second Byrds box: The label initially charted the Los Angeles band's course from chiming folk-rock through jangly psychedelia to progenitors of alternative country in back in 1990, and the original "Byrds Box Set" is still a fine overview. Totaling four discs and 99 songs, the new additions here include a DVD of 10 previously unseen TV performances, though they're all lip-synched, so there isn't really much to get excited about. On the other hand, the Byrds remain one of the most influential but most often overlooked American bands of the '60s, and every serious rock fan needs one great career overview in his/her collection, if not all of the individual albums. For the new initiate, this is as good a place to start as any.