The Notorious Byrd Brothers

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An old stone house in Topanga Canyon, just above Malibu, California, was the location for the cover of “The Notorious Byrd Brothers” album by The Byrds. The same location was used on the back of Linda Ronstadt’s debut solo album “Hand Sown… Home Grown”.

Home GrownOn the Byrds album, the primary members of the band can be seen left to right: Chris Hillman, Roger McGuinn, and Michael Clarke. The other members of the band are not pictured anywhere else in the original packaging. It’s interesting to think that they would have had a horse in the picture instead of one of the other guys. But there were a lot of egos at play in that band, so it’s not surprising that David Crosby and the others are not pictured.

Different versions of Linda Ronstadt standing or sitting in front of the building have been used as the back cover of various re-issues of the Hand Sown… Home Grown album and CD as well as on the original pressing.

647 Old Topanga Rd From recent real estate listing

647 Old Topanga Rd From recent real estate listing

Private Residence
647 Old Topanga Canyon Rd
Topanga CA 90290

 

The Notorious Byrd Brothers

Tracks:

Side One:
Artificial Energy
Goin’ Back
Natural Harmony
Draft Morning
Wasn’t Born to Follow
Get to You

Side Two:
Change Is Now
Old John Robertson
Tribal Gathering
Dolphin’s Smile
Space Odyssey

Personnel:

Roger McGuinn – vocals, lead guitar, Moog synthesizer
David Crosby – vocals, rhythm guitar, guitar, electric bass
Chris Hillman – vocals; electric bass, guitar, mandolin
Michael Clarke – drums
Gene Clark – backing vocals

The Byrds Discography

1965 – Mr. Tambourine Man
1965 – Turn! Turn! Turn!
1966 – Fifth Dimension
1967 – Younger Than Yesterday
1968 – The Notorious Byrd Brothers
1968 – Sweetheart of the Rodeo
1969 – Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde
1969 – Ballad of Easy Rider
1970 – (Untitled)
1971 – Byrdmaniax
1971 – Farther Along
1973 – Byrds

Hand Sown … Home Grown

Tracks:

Baby, You’ve Been on My Mind
Silver Threads and Golden Needles
Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad
A Number and a Name
Only Mama That’ll Walk the Line
The Long Way Around
Break My Mind
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight
It’s About Time Chip Douglas
We Need a Whole Lot More of Jesus (And a Lot Less Rock & Roll)
The Dolphins

Personnel:

Linda Ronstadt – Vocals, Finger Cymbals
Ken Edwards  – Acoustic guitar
Pete Childs – Acoustic guitar
Bob Kimmel – Acoustic guitar
Cyrus Faryar  – Acoustic guitar, bouzouki
John T. Forsha -Acoustic & electric guitar
James E. Bond, Jr  – Bass
Billy Mundi – Drums

Linda Ronstadt Discography

1969 – Hand Sown … Home Grown
1970 – Sold Purse
1972 – Linda Ronstadt
1973 – Don’t Cry Now
1974 – Heart Like a Wheel
1975 – Prisoner in Disguise
1976 – Hasten Down the Wind
1977 – Simple Dreams
1978 – Living in the USA
1980 – Mad Love
1982 – Get Closer
1983 – What’s New
1984 – Lush Life
1986 – For Sentimental Reasons
1987 – Canciones de Mi Padre
1989 – Cry Like a Rainstorm, Howl Like the Wind
1991 – Mas Canciones
1992 – Frenesí
1993 – Winter Light
1995 – Feels Like Home
1996 – Dedicated to the One I Love
1998 – We Ran
2004 – Hummin’ to Myself