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Turn! Turn! Turn! – The Byrds

The Byrds Turn! Turn! Turn!

Turn! Turn! Turn!

(1965), 7/10
Turn! Turn! Turn! is essentially a repeat of the formula of Mr. Tambourine Man, harmonised electric folk music. It’s obviously not as fresh the second time around, but there are still plenty of strong songs. The most notable is the title track, where The Byrds give Pete Seeger’s ‘Turn! Turn! Turn!’, based on the Biblical book of Ecclesiastes, the full Byrds treatment, with luscious harmonies and chiming guitar.

Again, there are more strong songs from Gene Clark – ‘The World Turns All Around Her’ particularly – while one of his best Byrds songs is relegated to a bonus track – ‘She Don’t Care About Time’, with McGuinn playing a solo that’s a straight lift from Bach. But there are  more weak points that their debut; the cover of Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin” feels redundant, and their version of American folk song ‘Oh! Susannah’ is gimmicky.

There’s plenty to like on Turn! Turn! Turn! if you enjoyed The Byrds’ debut album, but it feels like a slightly paler copy.

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