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

Daniel Nester latest book is the poetry collection Harsh Realm: My 1990s, due out in 2022. His previous books include Shader, a memoir; How to Be Inappropriate, a collection of humorous nonfiction; and The Incredible Sestina Anthology, which he edited. His first two books, God Save My Queen: A Tribute and God Save My Queen II: The Show Must Go On, are collections on his obsession with the rock band Queen. He edits Pine Hills Review, the literary journal of The College of Saint Rose, in Albany, NY, where is also a professor of English.

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