Album Oriented 91: The Byrds and Sly & the Family Stone

We begin with Erich’s peerless mastery of Jesus-based musicals. First up: Erich presents the Byrds’ 1968 album Notorious Byrds Brothers. Topics covered include the under-celebrated Roger McGuinn, authenticity, and David Crosby’s pro-threesome song, “Triad,” which is as creepy as it sounds. Daniel then explores Sly & the Family Stone’s experimental 1971 release There’s a Riot Goin’ On. Record company greed, peer-to-peer sharing, and re-releases enter the mix. And Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1969? It is not, repeat not, Bryan Adams. In large part because he was 9 years old and did not release an album.

We begin with Erich’s peerless mastery of Jesus-based musicals. First up: Erich presents the Byrds’ 1968 album Notorious Byrds Brothers. Topics covered include the under-celebrated Roger McGuinn, authenticity, and David Crosby’s pro-threesome song, “Triad,” which is as creepy as it sounds. Daniel then explores Sly & the Family Stone’s experimental 1971 release There’s a Riot Goin’ On. Record company greed, peer-to-peer sharing, and re-releases enter the mix. And Erich’s Mid-Year Kicker Pick from 1969? It is not, repeat not, Bryan Adams. In large part because he was 9 years old and did not release an album.

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Author: Daniel Nester

Essayist, journalist, poet, editor, and teacher.

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