Thunderbyrd is American singer-songwriter and guitarist Roger McGuinn's 5th solo studio album, released in 1977 on the Columbia Records label. Following the success of his 1976 album Cardiff Rose, McGuinn intended to make another album in collaboration with its producer Mick Ronson. This project however never materialized. Instead he put together a new band, Thunderbyrd, and recorded this album with them.[3]

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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 1977
StudioWally Heider Studios, Haji Sound
ProducerDon DeVito
Roger McGuinn chronology
Cardiff Rose
McGuinn, Clark & Hillman
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB[2]

The album contains four original compositions by McGuinn and his old songwriting collaborator Jacques Levy. It also includes a version of Tom Petty's "American Girl", originally a hit the year before from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers's eponymous debut album.

Thunderbyrd was not well received by critics or record buyers and was to be McGuinn's last solo album until 1991's Back from Rio.

Track listingEdit

  1. "All Night Long" (Peter Frampton, Mick Gallagher) – 4:19
  2. "It's Gone" (Jacques Levy, Roger McGuinn) – 3:57
  3. "Dixie Highway" (Levy, McGuinn) – 3:29
  4. "American Girl" (Tom Petty) – 4:30
  5. "We Can Do It All Over Again" (Barry Goldberg, Mentor Williams) – 4:44
  6. "Why Baby Why" (Darrell Edwards, George Jones) – 3:48
  7. "I'm Not Lonely Anymore" (Levy, McGuinn) – 3:07
  8. "Golden Loom" (Bob Dylan) – 4:07
  9. "Russian Hill" (Levy, McGuinn) – 5:03


  • Roger McGuinn – vocals, guitar
  • Rick Vito – guitars, vocals, dobro, harmonica
  • Charlie Harrison – bass, vocals
  • Greg Thomas – drums, percussion


  • Marty Grebb – keyboards
  • Tom Scott – saxophone solo on "American Girl"
  • Janis Oliver-Gill, Kristine Oliver-Arnold, Jennifer O'Neill – background vocals on "We Can Do It All Over Again"
  • Bruce Barlow – bass on "It's Gone" and "Russian Hill"
  • Steve Forman – percussion on "Russian Hill"


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: M". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 7, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Sandova, Andrew (1991). Born to Rock and Roll (CD booklet). Columbia. p. 10. CK 47494.