12 Songs, 32 Minutes

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
78 Ratings
78 Ratings
CallMeRaincheck ,

Foundational Music

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.

zeppelinfloyd69 ,

One of the best albums

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.

ROCK DUDE! ,

im dismayed

this is a great album, top notch, i think Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It is the best song but thats just me
im really sad though that a lot of people still havent discovered buffalo springfield. this is a prime band, young and stills together in a band and they are not arguing! whats not to like? hopefully someday they will receive the following from fans that they deserve

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