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Format: CD
Label: Sundazed
Catalog: 6234
Rel. Date: 02/21/2006
UPC: 090771623423

Preflyte
Artist: Byrds
Format: CD
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''Preflyte'' is a compilation album by the American folk rock band The Byrds and was released in July 1969 on Together Records (''see'' 1969 in music). The album is a collection of demos recorded by The Byrds (then named The Jet Set) at World Pacific Studios in Los Angeles during 1964, before the band had signed to Columbia Records. As such, the music on the album predates the release of The Byrds' debut single for Columbia, a cover version of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man", which topped the charts in America and the United Kingdom during 1965. The album's title is a deliberate misspelling of pre-flight, meant to emulate the misspelling of "birds" that the band had used for their name. In 2001, Sundazed Records released an expanded, double CD compilation of tracks from the World Pacific era, titled ''The Preflyte Sessions''.

''Preflyte'' peaked at #84 on the ''Billboard'' Top LPs chart upon its initial release and even managed to outsell The Byrds' most recent studio album, ''Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde''. It was less successful in the United Kingdom, however, where it failed to enter the UK Albums Chart when it was issued there in 1973. The album was later reissued in America by Columbia Records and again managed to chart, this time reaching #183. The album is notable for including a number of previously unreleased songs that had not been recorded by The Byrds during their stint on Columbia Records. In addition, the album also includes early demo versions of the songs "Here Without You", "You Won't Have to Cry", "I Knew I'd Want You", and "Mr. Tambourine Man", all of which appeared in re-recorded form on the band's 1965 debut album. - Wikipedia

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