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Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies - The American Metaphysical Circus Album

Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies - The American Metaphysical Circus Album
Performer: Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies
Genre: Electro / Rock
Title: The American Metaphysical Circus
MP3 album size: 2759 mb
FLAC album size: 1493 mb
Style: Folk Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental
Country: US
Released: 1969
Catalog number: MS 7317
Label: Columbia Masterworks


1You Can't Ever Come Down
Backing Vocals – VickieBacking Vocals, Composed By – Joseph ByrdLead Vocals – Susan de Lange
2The Sing-Along Song (Reprise)
Composed By – Joseph ByrdVocals – Joseph
3The Sing-Along Song
Composed By – Joseph ByrdVocals – Joseph
4 American Bedmusic I - Four Dreams For A Departing President
5The Elephant At The Door
Backing Vocals – Joseph, VickieComposed By – Joseph ByrdLead Vocals – Susan
6 The Southwestern Geriatrics Arts And Crafts Festival
Composed By – Joseph ByrdLead Vocals, Voice [Electronic Voice] – Victoria Bond
8Gospel Music
Composed By – Joseph ByrdPerformer – The J. Hunter Byrd Gospel Band
9Leisure World
Composed By – Joseph ByrdComposed By [Copy] – Alan Metter Lead Vocals – VickieVoice [Announcer] – Ernie Anderson
10 Gospel Music For Abraham Ruddell Byrd III
11Mister 4th Of July
Lead Vocals – Christie ThompsonWords By, Music By – Joseph Byrd, Lisa Kindred
12Moonsong: Pelog
Composed By – Joseph ByrdLead Vocals – Susan
13Patriot's Lullabye
Composed By – Joseph ByrdLead Vocals – Vickie
14 The Sub-Sylvian Litanies
15Nightmare Train
Composed By – Joseph ByrdLead Vocals – Joseph
16Invisible Man
Lead Vocals – JosephMusic By – PotWords By, Music By – Joseph Byrd


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
A 26792Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies The American Metaphysical Circus ‎(CD, Album, RE)One Way Records A 26792US1996
MS 7317Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies The American Metaphysical Circus ‎(LP, Album)Columbia MasterworksMS 7317Canada1969
ACAM 8144Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies The American Metaphysical Circus ‎(CD, Album, RE)AcadiaACAM 8144UK2007
MS 7317Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies The American Metaphysical Circus ‎(LP, Album, RP)Columbia MasterworksMS 7317USUnknown
MS 7317Joe Byrd And The Field Hippies The American Metaphysical Circus ‎(LP, Album, RP, Ter)Columbia RecordsMS 7317USUnknown


  • Artwork [Cover Art]Peter Schaumann
  • Bass TromboneChuck Bennett
  • Classical GuitarMichael Whitney
  • Consultant [Audio Repoduction]Paul Welborne
  • Cornet, TrumpetDon Kerian
  • Electronics [Electronic Instruments]Richard Durrett
  • Engineer [Recording], Engineer [Remixing]Bob Breault
  • Engineer [Remixing]Sy Mitchell
  • Flugelhorn, TrumpetEd Sheftel
  • Flute, Piccolo Flute, Producer [Assistant Producer]Dana Chalberg
  • GuitarTed Greene
  • Musical AssistanceRoger Phillip
  • Organ, Synthesizer [Electronic], Vocals, Conductor, Producer, Arranged ByJoseph Byrd
  • Percussion [I], DrumsJohn Clauder
  • Percussion [II], DrumsGregg Kovner
  • Piano, Harpsichord, ConductorPot
  • Saxophone, Clarinet, FluteFred Selden, Tom Scott
  • Saxophone, FluteMeyer Hirsch
  • Supervised By [Production Supervisor]John McClure
  • TablaLarry Kass
  • Trombone [Tenor], TubaRay Cappocchi
  • VocalsChristie Thompson, Susan de Lange, Victoria Bond


This is the original first pressing on the grey Columbia Masterworks label and Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute press.


  • Matrix / Runout (Side A Label): XSM 150419
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): XSM 150420
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): o XXSM150420-1D IT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B): o XXSM150419-1H IT
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A): o XXSM150419-1H IT
  • Matrix / Runout (side B): o XXSM150420-1C IT


  • Record Company – Columbia Records
  • Manufactured By – Columbia Records
  • Manufactured By – CBS Inc.
  • Published By – Pot and Benjamin
  • Mastered At – Customatrix
  • Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute


Nice stereo imaging and soundstaging at the right volume and that deep bass is present and full as it should be.
High frequency passages are sibilant free and controlled.
Not much can be complained about and even the vinyl is quieter than the recording hiss, at least from the Terre Haute plant in the 70s.
Find yourself any copy with these matrixes in clean condition and enjoy.
I would still be very curious to hear what some label like Sundazed could do for this album if employing Kevin Gray like on their fantastic The USA reissue.

Equipment Used:
Rega RP1 with Nagaoka MP-110 Cartridge
Cyrus 2 Amplifier
System Fidelity SF-3050 Tower Speakers
Custom made HQ Speaker Cables
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