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Released: February 6, 1967

Rating: 4.379 (average of 21 ratings)

Genre: rock > folk

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star (Hillman / McGuinn)
  2. Have You Seen Her Face (Hillman)
  3. C.T.A. – 102 (Hippard / McGuinn)
  4. Renaissance Fair (Crosby / McGuinn)
  5. Time Between (Hillman)
  6. Everybody’s Been Burned (Crosby)
  7. Thoughts and Words (Hillman)
  8. Mind Gardens (Crosby)
  9. My Back Pages (Dylan)
  10. The Girl with No Name (Hillman)
  11. Why (Crosby / McGuinn)

Total Running Time: 35:29


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 24
peak on U.K. album chart 37

Singles/ Hit Songs:

  • So You Want to Be a Rock and Roll Star (1/9/67) #29 US
  • My Back Pages (3/13/67) #30 US
  • Have You Seen Her Face (5/22/67) #74 US

Notes: A CD reissue added “It Happens Each Day,” “Don’t Make Waves,” “Lady Friend,” “Old John Robertson,” and alternate versions of “My Back Pages” and “Mind Gardens.”


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

Younger Than Yesterday
The Byrds
Younger Than Yesterday was somewhat overlooked at the time of its release during an intensely competitive era that found the Byrds on a commercial downslide. However, time has shown it to be the most durable of the Byrds' albums, with the exception of Mr. Tambourine Man. David Crosby, Roger McGuinn, and especially Chris Hillman come into their own as songwriters on an eclectic but focused set blending folk-rock, psychedelia, and early country-rock. The sardonic So You Want to Be a Rock & Roll Star was a terrific single; My Back Pages, also a small hit, was the last of their classic Dylan covers; Thoughts and Words was a flower-power anthem Renaissance Fair, Have You Seen Her Face, and the bluegrass-tinged Time Between are all among their best songs. The jazzy Everybody’s Been Burned may be Crosby’s best composition, although Mind Gardens is one of his most excessive” (Unterberger).

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Related DMDB Links:

Previous Album: Fifth Dimension (1966) The Byrds’ DMDB page Next Album: Greatest Hits (compilation: 1965-67)
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.