Not to compete with the current lineup of The Byrds, who were signed to Columbia, the reunion band was identified without the definite article and was identified as “Byrds.” “Full Circle” was the first single to be released from the album; however, its chart performance was limited, as it peaked at #109. Although a critical failure, the album was initially a commercial success and debuted on the album charts at #20. The band blamed album’s inherent problems on the project not their being able to congeal since the five had not played together in six years.
Add to this a short recording window of six weeks and the reality that Clark, Crosby, McGuinn, and Hillman may not have provided their best material for the album saving it for other projects. The critics were also distraught that no Dylan songs appeared on the album; however, two Neil Young and one Joni Mitchell compositions were recorded.
As expected, Gene Clark sang the double tracked lead vocals on “Full Circle.” As with earlier Byrds’ recordings, David Crosby provided the high harmonies. The jewel of this song, however, is Chris Hillman’s mandolin playing – a perfect complement to Roger McGuinn’s acoustic guitar. “Full Circle” sounds as good today as it did 40 years ago in 1973.