1976 Roger McGuinn – Cardiff Rose

Cardiff Rose is a solo studio album by American singer/songwriter and ex-The Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn, released in 1976. The album, produced by Mick Ronson, was recorded on the heels of Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue 1975 tour, in which both McGuinn and Ronson had participated. The album includes a pirate tale “Jolly Roger”, a song about King Arthur’s “Round Table”, and a classic version of Joni Mitchell’s “Dreamland”.

Stylistically, the album varies from traditional sounding folk and sea chanty music (such as the aforementioned “Jolly Roger”) to hard, gritty rock tunes strongly influenced by the burgeoning punk rock movement (such as “Rock and Roll Time”).


1  Take Me Away (Jacques Levy; Roger McGuinn) 03:02
2  Jolly Roger (Jacques Levy; Roger McGuinn) 04:57
3  Rock And Roll Time (Bob Neuwirth; Kris Kristofferson; Roger McGuinn) 02:47
4  Friend (Roger McGuinn) 02:08
5  Partners In Crime (Jacques Levy; Roger McGuinn) 04:52
6  Up To Me (Bob Dylan) 05:37
7  Round Table (Jacques Levy; Roger McGuinn) 04:07
8  Pretty Polly (Traditional) 03:16
9  Dreamland (Joni Mitchell) 05:21
10  Soul Love (David Bowie) 03:04
11  Dreamland (Live) (Roger McGuinn) 05:29



BassRob Stoner
DrumsHoward Wyeth
GuitarRoger McGuinn
GuitarMick Ronson
GuitarDavid Mansfield
Steel GuitarDavid Mansfield
BanjoDavid Mansfield
MandolinDavid Mansfield
OrganMick Ronson
OrganDavid Mansfield
PianoMick Ronson
AccordionMick Ronson
AutoharpMick Ronson
RecorderMick Ronson
ViolinDavid Mansfield
SaxKim Hutchcroft
PercussionRob Stoner
PercussionHoward Wyeth
PercussionMick Ronson
PercussionDavid Mansfield
Background VocalsRob Stoner
Background VocalsMick Ronson
Background VocalsTimothy B Schmit
VocalsRoger McGuinn

Liner Notes

Producer – Mick Ronson
Producer (Assistant) – Al Hersh, David Mansfield
Arranged By – Roger McGuinn (Track 8)
Engineer – Gary Ladinsky
Engineer (Assistant) – Rick Smith

Design – Jeff Smith

Recorded At – Record Plant, Los Angeles
Mastered At – Kendun Recorders