October 1st, 1965 - The Byrds released "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)" as the first single and title track from their upcoming album. The song was first released by folk group The Limeliters, however, it was written by folksinger Pete Seeger in the late 1950's. In writing the song, Seeger lifted the majority of the lyrics directly from the Book of Ecclesiastes. Due to the fact that Seeger only wrote the line "Turn, Turn, Turn", he donates nearly half the royalties of the song. http://gaslightrecords.com/reviews/tracks/
Strewn with socially conscious prose and a thoughtful tone that’s equal parts moody and positive, Turn! Turn! Turn! captures both the political and musical climate of the hour it was conceived. Ever the sonic scientists, the Byrds went onto pioneer psychedelia, followed by country rock. Not only were they one of the most adventurous bands of the ’60s, but their influence is as strong now as it was then.
Crisp, smart and exuding empathy, Turn! Turn! Turn! is the ultimate folk-rock memento, designed to stimulate the mind, grip the heart and sing along with.
Penned by vocalist and tambourine player Gene Clark, “The World Turns All Around Her,” with its sparkling sheen and needle-sharp hooks, counts as a definite crown jewel, while a pair of his subsequent songs, “If You’re Gone” and “Set You Free This Time” are stark ballads aching with regret. Composed by vocalist and guitarist Jim (who switched his name to Roger in 1967) McGuinn, “It Won’t Be Wrong” rocks to an urgent edge, while Jim and vocalist and guitarist David Crosby co-authored the ultra-catchy “Wait And See” that combines bright and lively Merseybeat melodies with a characteristic folk rock flavor. http://somethingelsereviews.com/2015/11/12/byrds-turn-turn-turn/