In 1973 there was a short lived reunion of all five original Byrds. The one LP they produced never registered on my radar. The story goes that each of the songwriting Byrds (Crosby, McGuinn, Clark, and Hillman) withheld their best materials for their own solo projects. Drummer Michael Clarke brought along two Neil Young songs.
A few years ago I chanced upon their cover of an at-that-point unrecorded Neil Young nugget. (See the Sky) About to Rain is a miraculous song and this performance captures Neil's sense of loss and yet also succeeds as a Byrd's number. When the wall of chiming guitars and mandolin enters at 2:40 the bliss becomes heavenly.
See the sky about to rain,
broken clouds and rain.
Locomotive, pull the train,
through my brain.
Signals curling on an open plain,
rolling down the track again.
And Bryan Ferry Can Go Fuck Himself Too.
10 hours ago