By 1969, the Byrds had already been through the Gram Parsons-fired country rock innovations of SWEETHEART OF THE RODEO, and had just lost Chris Hillman, the last original member except for Roger McGuinn. McGuinn was involved in so many extracurricular activities that he found little time to compose new material for EASY RIDER. His sole writing credit is the stellar title tune, co-written with Dylan for the famous biker film that gives this album its name (disliking the film, Dylan removed his name from the song). Fortuitously, McGuinn's taste in cover material and the compositional abilities of his bandmates more than made up for his lack of new material. McGuinn continued his experiments with combining old and new on an imaginative version of the traditional "Jack Tarr The Sailor", laced with synthesizer at a time when that instrument was barely being utilised in rock. Gene Parsons kicks in with one of the finest tunes of his career, "Gunga Din", a self-referential country-rocker that recalls the band's recent musical past. The balance of the album is a mixture of gentle folk-rock (Dylan and Woody Guthrie covers) and unabashed weirdness (the interstellar experimentalism of "Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins". All of it is eminently listenable.