David Crosby - ByrdWatcher 1998
When we got together for the Byrds
reunion, I was throwing my weight around too much.
I was definitely throwing my weight around too much, and I'm sure that it
pissed everybody off. We made a much better record than we were credited
with, but I didn't help. You know, I was sort of, [Goes into blowhard
voice] "Well, I'm the guy in the big group and I'll just... we'll do it my
way." It was stupid.
BW: Hillman has mentioned in interviews that maybe, in the spirit of
detente, nobody wanted to be too tough on anybody else's stuff. Everyone
was a little too nice to each other, maybe.
DC: There might have been some of that, yeah. I still think that, you
know, Chris and I and Roger have... you know, unfinished chemistry there.
Roger McGuinn - ByrdsFlyght
The outtakes from the reunion
album ended up on my first solo album. I don't think there are any other
David Crosby - Musicangle 2004
DC: I think that's a greatly underrated record (The
Byrds reunion album 1973) because I thought there was some beautiful stuff
on there. Gene Clark doing the Neil Young song?
'See the Sky About To Rain'.Yea, beautiful. And I
thought our version of "Laughing" was beautiful. I thought it was a
beautiful record, man. Some people love it, some people don't.
David Crosby - John
Einarson 'Mr. Tambourine Man', 2005
the Neil Young songs were the strongest on that album. Gene's right. We
should have played more together before. There were Byrds on the record
but they didn't play together.
Chris Hillman - John
Einarson 'Mr.Tambourine Man', 2005
Sky About To Rain' and 'Full Circle' were probably the best tracks on the
record. Gene's stuff was the best. The rest of us, I'll be honest, I
contributed my worst material because I was getting ready to do a solo
record, 'Slipping Away', and I was saving all my good stuff and
contributed this throwaway stuff that was awful.. Crosby's stuff was
sketchy and Roger had 'Born To Rock & Roll', which was terrible, yuck. But
Gene's stuff was strong. His reading of 'See The Sky' was great. But we
didn't have any direction, nobody at the helm.
Gene Clark - John Einarson
'Mr.Tambourine Man', 2005
really got together, the five of us, and seriously did a Byrds reunion.
Never happened. Everyone telephoning in their parts. So it didn't have the
essence it really needed. It may never happen again.
Gene Clark - Barry Ballard
(The reunion attempt was like) having a fresh wound.
You're still too sensitive. It's like having a divorce and then trying to
get back together in six months. The underlying hurt and emotional things
are still there and still very fresh.