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The Byrds: Untitled (CBS 66253); Preflyte (Together Records ST-T-1001)

Geoffrey Cannon, The Guardian, 13 November 1970

FEW MUSICIANS have mastered the 16-track recording machine. The abstract discipline it imposes on anyone faced with reducing all its available tracks to two, too often creates a dry, cerebral, and unresolved music. And at the moment it looks as though some of the most skilled rock musicians feel this way. I'd guess that they are learning how to adapt to quadraphonic (four track) sound, which will impose even more complex problems (except Brian Wilson, the creative leader of the Beach Boys, who has already made quadrophonic tracks).

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