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EDITORS’ NOTES

Buffalo Springfield even started as a supergroup, despite being a group of then-unknowns. The band's timely and prophetically haunting hit "For What It's Worth" was a potent introduction to a young Stephen Stills, while Neil Young, the group's other powerhouse, sang two of his five contributions. (Richie Furay filled in admirably on "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" and the breathtakingly enigmatic first single "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing," especially.) When Young did take the microphone, it was for the cynical-beyond-its-years "Burned" and the likely self-fulfilling "Out of My Mind." The band claimed that this album didn't catch its live energy, and the compact and mannered "Go and Say Goodbye," "Sit Down I Think I Love You," and "Everybody's Wrong" do feature skilled harmonies ahead of their adventurous musical chops, which are parceled out more lightly here than was true of the group at the time. However, as a debut album from 1966, Buffalo Springfield is a powerful first step from a legendary band.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Buffalo Springfield even started as a supergroup, despite being a group of then-unknowns. The band's timely and prophetically haunting hit "For What It's Worth" was a potent introduction to a young Stephen Stills, while Neil Young, the group's other powerhouse, sang two of his five contributions. (Richie Furay filled in admirably on "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" and the breathtakingly enigmatic first single "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing," especially.) When Young did take the microphone, it was for the cynical-beyond-its-years "Burned" and the likely self-fulfilling "Out of My Mind." The band claimed that this album didn't catch its live energy, and the compact and mannered "Go and Say Goodbye," "Sit Down I Think I Love You," and "Everybody's Wrong" do feature skilled harmonies ahead of their adventurous musical chops, which are parceled out more lightly here than was true of the group at the time. However, as a debut album from 1966, Buffalo Springfield is a powerful first step from a legendary band.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

79 Ratings

Foundational Music

CallMeRaincheck,

In this album, you are not only listening to a few eternal compositions, but also some very foundational music. It's not so much that Buffalo Springfield were pioneering in what they did, but that they broadened this breed of rock and roll in such a tremendous way. It was also the blossoming of these individual artists which not only directly gave us Crosby Stills and Nash, Neil Young, Poco, Loggins and Messina, but indirectly a list too long to mention here. I hear a lot written historically about innovation and this one or that one being responsible for the creation of Country Rock, but I see it more as a golden thread running from Ireland to the hills of Appalachia through Old Time, Blues, Country Western, Elvis, Buddy Holly, The Everlys, The Byrds... all of these and ten thousand others who made that golden rope stronger, broader and infinitely more intricate. Not to mention its many branches. We thank God for all of them, and for this review I suggest that you don't miss this section of that great genre. One cannot talk Country Rock or Folk Rock without a long discussion of Buffalo Springfield prominent in the discussion.

One of the best albums

zeppelinfloyd69,

this is an amazing album. Of course, "for what its worth" is the best song here, but there is also Hot Dusty Roads, Out of my Mind, Pay the Price, etc. Overall, I think its a good buy.

About Buffalo Springfield

Apart from the Byrds, no other American band had as great an impact on folk-rock and country-rock -- really, the entire Californian rock sound -- than Buffalo Springfield. The group's formation is the stuff of legend: driving on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay spotted a hearse that Stills was sure belonged to Neil Young, a Canadian he had crossed paths with earlier. Indeed it was, and with the addition of fellow hearse passenger and Canadian Bruce Palmer on bass and ex-Dillard Dewey Martin on drums, the cluster of ex-folkys determined, as the Byrds had just done, to become a rock & roll band.

Buffalo Springfield wasn't together long -- they were an active outfit for just over two years, between 1967 and 1968 --but every one of their three albums was noteworthy. Their debut, Buffalo Springfield, including their sole big hit (Stills' "For What It's Worth"), established them as the best folk-rock band in the land barring the Byrds, though Springfield was a bit more folk and country oriented. Again, their second album found the group expanding their folk-rock base into tough hard rock and psychedelic orchestration, resulting in their best record. The group was blessed with three idiosyncratic, talented songwriters in Stills, Young, and Furay (the last of whom didn't begin writing until the second LP) yet they also had strong and often conflicting egos, particularly Stills and Young. The group, who held almost infinite promise, rearranged their lineup several times, Young leaving the group for periods and Palmer fighting deportation, until disbanding in 1968. Their final album clearly shows the group fragmenting into solo directions.

Eventually, the inter-personal tensions and creative battles led to a perhaps inevitable split, starting with Young's departure for a solo career. He would later reunite with Stephen Stills in Crosby, Stills, & Nash, joining the trio once a decade for various projects. In addition to CSN, Stills released solo albums and worked with a nother band, Manassas. Initially, Jim Messina and Richie Furay stayed together, forming the country-rock group Poco, but Messina left after three albums to team up in a duo with Kenny Loggins. Furay himself left Poco and teamed with Chris Hillman and JD Souther in the Souther Hillman Furay Band before pursuing a solo career. Rumors of a Buffalo Springfield reunion circulated for years -- Young even hinted at it with the song "Buffalo Springfield Again" --and it finally happened in the fall of 2010. Young, Furay and Stills reunited as Buffalo Springfield for a pair of shows at Young's annual Bridge School Benefit in the fall of 2010. It wasn't a complete reunion, since Palmer had died in 2004 and Martin passed in 2009, but the three singers used bassist Rick Rosas and drummer Joe Vitale to fill in. The same configuration played six concerts in the spring of 2011, but reportedly did no studio work. ~ Richie Unterberger & Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • FORMED
    1966

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