(Byrds) The Hillmen – The Hillmen 1969 bluegrass LP with Chris Hillman


A copy of the self-titled 1969 LP The Hillmen, featuring Chris Hillman of the Byrds.

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Offered for sale is an original U.S. pressing of the bluegrass LP The Hillmen, featuring Chris Hillman of the Byrds.

About this copy: This copy of The Hillmen is an original U.S. pressing on the Together Records label.

The cover is VG+, with slight general wear.  A date (“2-5” has been written on the front cover.  On the back cover, call letters “KGCC” and “FOR DJ USE” have been stamped with a rubber stamp.

The disc is M-, aside from faint scuffs from the inner sleeve the record shows no signs of play.  “KGCC” has been stamped on one label.

A nice copy of a scarce LP.

Background: The Hillmen is the only album released by the California bluegrass group of the same name.  The album was recorded in 1963 and 1964, with the hope that it would be released by Elektra Records, but by the time the album was completed, the folk and bluegrass movement had faded in the wake of the British Invasion.

The LP was finally released on the small Together Records label in 1969, probably to capitalize on the fact that one of the group’s members, Chris Hillman, had become famous as a member of the Byrds and another, Vern Gosdin, had become a success as a country singer.

Allmusic.com gave The Hillmen a 4 1/2 star review:

Before there were the Byrds, the Bluegrass Cardinals, and the Desert Rose Band, there were the Hillmen, a young and earnest bluegrass band with a taste for the high and lonesome sound of Bill Monroe and the faux-folk lyrics of Bob Dylan. …The band covers “Barbara Allen,” a British folk song that Joan Baez had recently made popular in the U.S., and two Dylan tunes; those song choices and a somewhat fuzzy recorded sound combine to make this album something of a period piece, but it’s a fun one. Fans of Gosdin and Hillman, especially, will get a solid retro kick out of this disc.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Together
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1969
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in