Artist: The Byrds Album: Turn! Turn! Turn! Genre: Folk-Rock Originally this album was released on Vinyl in December 1965, however I've only heard the 1996 Columbia Release of this album, which is presented as a 20-Bit Digital Re-Master using Sony's Trademarked Super Bit Mapping (SBM) system, which seems to make the album sound good, though please feel to compare the original Vinyl which is in "360 Sound" Stereo if you think it sounds superior! At the time Turn! Turn! Turn! was released, The Byrds were a 5-piece band featuring Jim McGuinn Leading on 12-String Guitar and Vocals, Gene Clark playing Tambourine and Vocals, David Crosby on Rhythm Guitar and Vocals, Chris Hillman on Bass Guitar and Vocals and Michael Clarke on Drums. The Original Album is presented on this CD in the same order as the original Vinyl and also includes the original Linear Notes as well as a 1996 perspective look at the album from David Fricke and the CD includes a series of Bonus Tracks which includes alternative versions of a couple of the songs from the Turn! Turn! Turn! album as well some Rare tracks and Singles all made around the time the original album was released but never included with the album. So now to the Track Listing: 1. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) 2. It Won't Be Wrong 3. Set You Free This Time 4. Lay Down Your Weary Tune 5. He Was A Friend Of Mine 6. The World Turns All Around Her 7. Satisfied Mind 8. If You're Gone 9. The Times They Are A-Changin' 10. Wait And See 11. Oh! Susannah The Bonus tracks added to the 1996 CD Release being: 12. The Day Walk (Never Before) 13. She Don't Care About Time 14. The Times They Are A-Changin' 15. It's All Over Now, Baby Blue 16. She Don't Care About Time 17. The World Turns All Around Her 18. Stranger In A Strange Land Personally I found this album to be quite interesting and while people generally regard The Byrds as a group well known for performing songs written by Bob Dylan, on this particular occassion, The Byrds seemed to be struggling with the Dylan songs. Two Dylan songs were on the original album - "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'", "Lay Down Your Weary Tune" seems to be a wonderful example of the Byrds in Full Flight and doing a Dylan Song, however "The Times They Are A-Changin'" seems to be the weakest link on the entire album, my theory here is the song suffers from a 5-piece band, though it's hard to say cause it could be the approach on it too, for instance it was a song which at one point was going to be considered as a Byrds Single, and as the Bonus Tracks show there is an Alternative Take on the song in there, so perhaps the song was over rehersed and as a consequence only just made it to the album. Another song which was done during this Byrds line-up was another Dylan song "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", however wasn't considered seriously enough to be considered for the album and would later make a come back in a entirely different form for "The Ballard Of Easy Rider". When one listens to this version from 1965 though, one gets the feeling that The Byrds were trying to make a Folky-Pop song! But the album offers some other wonderful tracks with Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season), It Won't Be Wrong, Set You Free This Time, Lay Down Your Weary Tune, He Was A Friend Of Mine, The World Turns All Around Her, Satisfied Mind, If You're Gone, Wait And See and Oh! Susannah with Gene Clark contributing 3 songs to the album (Set You Free This Time, The World Turns All Around Her & If You're Gone), in addition the bonus tracks offers some more of Gene Clark's Gems with "The Day Walk (Never Again)" and "She Don't Care About Time" which was the B-Track Side to "Turn! Turn! Turn! ...". One of the interesting facts about this album is while the album was originally done in "360 Sound Stereo", "Turn! Turn! Turn! ..." is presented here in it's Mono form. Not sure why, perhaps it was felt this is a fantastic song as it stood and to remix a Stereo copy would suffer, as a Single it's B-Track side "She Don't Care About Time" is also in Mono, however Bonus Tracks has revealed a Stereo version of the song which also offers an interesting Harmonica, Guitar Solo on it. Not sure why some of these Bonus Tracks weren't included on the original vinyl - "She Don't Care About Time" and "The Day Walk (Never Before)" to me are a couple of wonderful songs, perhaps the feeling was Gene Clark had already had 3 songs on the album, to make it 5 would perhaps be pushing on his expectations too much. As it was this would be the Final album for Gene Clark either because he found himself too much in the spotlight or he couldn't travel by plane from earlier trauma he witnessed when he was younger. Having said all that, I reckon "Turn! Turn! Turn!" is a wonderful album, the leading track probably overshadows the rest of the album a little bit, though it could have been worse, though thankfully I feel that for the time it was issued, it was an album much welcomed and respected as well as offering a very distinct folky sound to their music. 4 Out of 5.