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Released: June 21, 1965

Rating: 4.448 (average of 20 ratings)

Genre: rock > folk

Quotable: “One of the greatest debuts in the history of rock” – Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Mr. Tambourine Man (Dylan)
  2. I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better (Clark)
  3. Spanish Harlem Incident (Dylan)
  4. You Won’t Have to Cry (Clark / McGuinn)
  5. Here without You (Clark)
  6. The Bells of Rhymney (Davies / Seeger)
  7. All I Really Want to Do (Dylan)
  8. I Knew I’d Want You (Clark)
  9. It’s No Use (Clark / McGuinn)
  10. Don’t Doubt Yourself, Babe (DeShannon)
  11. Chimes of Freedom (Dylan)
  12. We’ll Meet Again (Charles / Parker)

Total Running Time: 35:38


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated --


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 6
peak on U.K. album chart 7

Singles/ Hit Songs:

  • Mr. Tambourine Man (4/12/65) #1 US, #1 UK
  • All I Really Want to Do (6/14/65) #40 UK, #4 US

Notes: A CD reissue added “She Has a Way,” the instrumental “You and Me,” and alternate versions of “I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better,” “It’s No Use,” “You Won’t Have to Cry,” and “All I Really Want to Do.”


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Mr. Tambourine Man
The Byrds
“One of the greatest debuts in the history of rock, Mr. Tambourine Man was nothing less than a significant step in the evolution of rock & roll itself, demonstrating that intelligent lyrical content could be wedded to compelling electric guitar riffs and a solid backbeat. It was also the album that was most responsible for establishing folk-rock as a popular phenomenon, its most alluring traits being Roger McGuinn's immediately distinctive 12-string Rickenbacker jangle and the band's beautiful harmonies” (Unterberger).

“The material was uniformly strong, whether they were interpreting Bob Dylan (on the title cut and three other songs, including the hit single All I Really Want to Do), Pete Seeger (The Bells of Rhymney), or Jackie DeShannon (Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe). The originals were lyrically less challenging, but equally powerful musically, especially Gene Clark's I Knew I’d Want You, I’ll Feel a Whole Lot Better, and Here Without You; It’s No Use showed a tougher, harder-rocking side and a guitar solo with hints of psychedelia” (Unterberger).

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Related DMDB Links:

Previous Album: Preflyte (archives: 1964) The Byrds’ DMDB page Next Album: Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965)
Gene Clark’s DMDB page Michael Clarke’s DMDB page David Crosby’s DMDB page Chris Hillman’s DMDB page Roger McGuinn’s DMDB page

Last updated April 7, 2008.