10 Songs, 33 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the brilliant supergroup-before-their-time Buffalo Springfield were very much on their way commercially after their 1966 debut, they’d already begun to splinter by this follow-up the next year. It’s a beautiful thing, too, because you hear tensions rise in the tunes, both internally and externally (Nam-era culture in Los Angeles); it gives the songs poignancy. Yet despite the somewhat problematic recording process (Neil Young was out the door, and bassist Bruce Palmer was absent for most of the sessions due to drug charges), this album is cohesive and worthy of uninterrupted listens from start to finish. Highlights include Furay’s dobro-enhanced “A Child’s Claim to Fame” (a country rocker that foreshadows Furay’s future in Poco), Neil Young’s gorgeous and majestic “Broken Arrow” and “Expecting to Fly” (both feature haunting arrangements by Jack Nitzsche), Stephen Stills’ guitar-hyped psych rockers “Blue Bird” and “Rock & Roll Woman” (the latter features an uncredited cowrite by future Stills partner David Crosby), and the album’s hit: the driving and sexualized Stonesy anthem “Mr. Soul,” which Young said he penned in all of five minutes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the brilliant supergroup-before-their-time Buffalo Springfield were very much on their way commercially after their 1966 debut, they’d already begun to splinter by this follow-up the next year. It’s a beautiful thing, too, because you hear tensions rise in the tunes, both internally and externally (Nam-era culture in Los Angeles); it gives the songs poignancy. Yet despite the somewhat problematic recording process (Neil Young was out the door, and bassist Bruce Palmer was absent for most of the sessions due to drug charges), this album is cohesive and worthy of uninterrupted listens from start to finish. Highlights include Furay’s dobro-enhanced “A Child’s Claim to Fame” (a country rocker that foreshadows Furay’s future in Poco), Neil Young’s gorgeous and majestic “Broken Arrow” and “Expecting to Fly” (both feature haunting arrangements by Jack Nitzsche), Stephen Stills’ guitar-hyped psych rockers “Blue Bird” and “Rock & Roll Woman” (the latter features an uncredited cowrite by future Stills partner David Crosby), and the album’s hit: the driving and sexualized Stonesy anthem “Mr. Soul,” which Young said he penned in all of five minutes.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
44 Ratings
44 Ratings
WatchGuy ,

What can you say... Finally!!!

Great to see the whole LP on iTunes after all these years. I picked this up the day it was released back in 1967... it blew me away then and still does now. One of the finest LP's cut in the '60s and certainly the best Buffalo Springfield album hands down... although their first LP was (and is) a total classic. This record certainly doesn't need me to sing its praises, it is so beyond even being called "classic" at this point it isn't even funny. If you were in your teens or twentys in 1967 you know every song on this record... what more can you say? A wonderful example of the times, the generation(s) it represented and where our country was at the time. No more need be said from my perspective.

Faunce13 ,

STELLAR

Just picked this up for five bucks at work,let me tell you it blew me away! I never knew too much of Buffalo Springfield nor the history of there releases. According to watch guy this is a classic and it has tight playing diverse harmonies and fine production. If your a fan of MMJ or Wilco give this a spin and see how way ahead of there time!

Susieilove ,

1967

I wish I could go back in time and hear this album for the first again.

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