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Box Set [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Buffalo SpringfieldAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Biography

Biography by Richie Unterberger

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 ... Read more in Amazon's Buffalo Springfield Store

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Box Set + Last Time Around + Deja Vu
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 17, 2001)
  • Original Release Date: 1966
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Elektra / Wea
  • ASIN: B00005LB50
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,210 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. There Goes My Babe (demo)
2. Come On (demo)
3. Hello, I've Returned (demo)
4. Out Of My Mind (demo)
5. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (demo)
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Down Down Down (remix)
2. Kahuna Sunset
3. Buffalo Stomp (raga)
4. Baby Don't Scold Me
5. For What's Worth
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Hung Upside Down
2. Good Time Boy
3. One More Sign (demo)
4. The Rent Is Always Due (demo)
5. Round And Round And Round
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. For What It's Worth
2. Go And Say Goodbye
3. Sit Down I Think I Love You
4. Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing
5. Hot Dusty Roads
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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Though they're recognized as a seminal influence on American rock music (variously fostering the careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, CSN&Y, Richie Furay, Poco, and even Loggins & Messina), L.A.'s Buffalo Springfield were perpetually star-crossed by personal squabbles and legal travails during their two-year tenure. Even this extensive four-disc overview was delayed for a decade by disagreements among the Springfield alums. Arranged chronologically, the set offers up a wealth of previously unreleased demos by band mainstays Young, Stills, and Furay, mostly spare acoustic performances (a number of which didn't make the final cut on the band's three albums) that challengingly deconstruct the Springfield's savory blend of folk rock, blues, country, and psychedelia. Young's work is a particular revelation; his songs reveal a wizened, often weary mindset that belies the fact he wasn't yet 21 at the time of the band's inception. Disc 4 is devoted to complete, digitally remastered versions of the band's first two albums (the debut in Young and Stills's original, preferred mono mix), which makes for convenient listening, even if it duplicates much of the previous three discs. There's also a complete absence of live tracks; that's unfortunate, as the band's stage performances have achieved legendary status. Still, this anthology is filled with gratifying surprises, from Young's always revealing work to Stills's roots-conscious craftsmanship (and quirky collaborations like their unreleased Beach Boys-meets-Folkways instrumental "Kahuna Sunset") to Furay's sweet pop tenor. --Jerry McCulley

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175 of 183 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High on Quality, Low on Value July 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This seems to be the type of box set where the audience is predetermined. If you're not a Buffalo Springfield fan by now, surely no major radio stations are playing much else besides For What It's Worth to win you over. But if you are someone who's unsure of whether to buy this or not, be forewarned: it's not a real great value. For the full price of a four-disc set, you get about 22 demos, six remixes, and most (but not quite all) of the material on the Springfield's three albums. As for me, I'm a huge Neil fan, so I had to have it regardless, but I was a little annoyed at several things, from the way the sticker on the box describes the fourth disc as a "bonus" disc (I'm paying for it, aren't I?) in which 21 tracks are repeated from the first three discs, to the chintzy single-ply paper inserts in the individual jewel boxes, to the lack of commentary from Neil or anyone else in the band about the tracks in the booklet. You could probably purchase the three Springfield albums for ten or fifteen dollars less than the cost of this box. If you don't need the demos, or if you have one or two of the original albums on disc already, that might be a better way to go.Some of the demos are interesting, and you can hear what later became Country Girl on CSNY's Deja Vu here as Down, Down, Down. But Rhino usually gives you much more bang for your buck. Let the buyer beware.
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88 of 90 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Huh?!? August 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Two years. Three albums. A four-disc retrospective. It wouldn't seem possible to get a more comprehensive treatment of a band's career than that promised by Buffalo Springfield's unimaginitively titled BOX SET. But in fact the producers of this gorgeously packaged, extensively annotated and beautifully remastered misfire have achieved the impossible by crafting an anthology at once bloated and incomplete.
Far more legendary as the incubator of the careers of Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay than for its own output - which included exactly one hit ("For What It's Worth") and a lot of highly influential but woefully underappreciated material besides - Buffalo Springfield could and should have had the mother of all box sets, one containing every note the band ever released as well as plenty of alternates, outtakes and demos. Instead, BOX SET gives us, in the course of its first three discs, all but FOUR of the group's released numbers (these being the original, nine-minute version of Stills' "Bluebird" as well as three tracks from the 1968 LAST TIME AROUND LP). Since none of the CDs runs much over an hour, this is absolutely inexcusable. Alternates and outtakes are fine; but when a band's entire catalogue could easily fit on two discs, to leave a handful of songs off a four-disc anthology is just...well, choose your favorite adjective.
Padding things out instead is a wealth of previously unreleased material, including arguably too many solo demos by Young and transitional recordings which document the Springfield's disintegration into its various members' subsequent careers. Much of this is great stuff, though some of it is rather difficult to call Buffalo Springfield.
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65 of 69 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is this a record company rip-off project...? October 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
That's the only explanation I can think of that's plausible. I have no idea if any of the former band members were involved in this release -- I can only hope they would have more integrity than to be a part of this.

First of all, I'll state that Buffalo Springfield was one of my very favorite bands from the 60s -- in a time of rich musical expansion and experimentation, they showcased some of the most imaginative, poetic AND melodic songwriting around. They combined intelligence with well-written pop tunes, incorporating influences from folk, country, blues and just plain rock-n-roll into their music. I gave this 3 stars for the sheer integrity and lasting qualities that make their music so special -- if some thought had gone into the compiling and packaging of this set, it could have easily rated more than the 5 start limit.

When I saw the release of this set some time ago, I mentally put it on my 'to buy' list -- I was certain that it would be an indespensable part of my collection. I couldn't have been more mistaken.

Some of the reviews below have cited some of the same factors that disappointed me so much -- mainly, why in the world would over half of their final studio album be left out? Why would the 4th disc in the set be made up of tracks that had already been included on discs 1 - 3? The tracks from the first album that are repeated are labeled 'mono version' -- but even on headphones, I can't tell any difference between them and the tracks that are unlabeled (which I would assume are supposed to be stereo). There are quite a few demo tracks included here (most of which are of dubious quality at best) -- but no live tracks. The live shows this band did were legendary -- surely somewhere there exist re-workable tapes of some of these performances...?
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Having always been very curious about Buffalo Springfield, mainly from the few teaser songs included on Neil Young's Decade, and from of course hearing ("For What It's Worth"), I had pinpointed them a band that I needed to investigate more for about 5 years. I also was aware of the backlog of unreleased material that they had recorded as an act, and was primed for a box set release (or at least a lengthy double album) release of their material for years).
Then just before Christmas, this Box Set hits the market. So I figured I would give it a try, I mean I knew I would like the majority of the music--being a considerable fan of both Steven Stills and Neil Young's post Buffalo work.
I put each of the cd's in, and was amazed at first. This band was perhaps one of the strongest and most experimental (in the folk/country/rock genre) that has ever been assembled. I mean the music on all 4 of the cd's is spell-binding. It may take a few listens to get into, but once you do you are hooked.
The first cd, features a bulk of well executed and superb demos. Mostly consisting of unreleased songs or early versions of songs that will turn up drastically different in their later versions. It's hard to surpass any of the material on the first disc. All of the demos are superb, my favorites being "Come On", "We'll See" and surprisingly to myself at least, a plaintive "Baby Don't Scold Me". After the first 10 songs of demos are finished, we reach the actual versions of what would become their debut, Buffalo Springfield. And this disc, as well as the set itself will prove, that from the get-go this band was amazing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars School for Buffalo Springfield fans.
I don't like Buffalo Springfield, but I knew that going in. I got it to understand them. Now I understand them very well. There's lots of good material here. Read more
Published 15 days ago by billfish
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, for what it's worth....
Having been a Buffalo Springfield fan since day one, I bought this for the unreleased stuff. For me it was worth it. If you are new to them, it will be Totally worth it!
Published 2 months ago by Carl Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Where’s the Real “Bluebird?”
I’ve refrained from purchasing this based on reviews stating it does *not* have the jamming, Young-Stills nine-minute version of “Bluebird… which I covet. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Cy Bolton
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great
Buffaloo Springfield was one of the most important and excellent rock'n'roll-band from them 60'es - and all those very very skilled and important outtakes, demo's etc. Read more
Published 6 months ago by KL
4.0 out of 5 stars Opportunity missed
Two essential (IMO) things are missing:

1) Not all of the 3rd album Last Time Around is here. Granted, it wasn't as good as the first two, but still .... Read more
Published 7 months ago by PGB
1.0 out of 5 stars Fairly worthless compilation
Of all the work that probably went into this extensive set the first thing that comes to mind is that most of us have two working ears. There is way too much MONO! Read more
Published 7 months ago by jukeboxexpress
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Collection
I ordered this as a pre-order. & it has, to my knowledge, all their material. Since I only had their greatest hits, I was glad to get this set. Comes in a 4 cd jewel case. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Elwin Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars buffalo springfield lives
More than I expected,I had all three of their LP's so I know the music and the the offspring i.e. Stills, Young and Poco with Richie Furhey . Read more
Published 16 months ago by james aloyosis
1.0 out of 5 stars Love Buffalo S. Hate Crass commercialism
1st there are a lot of demos which are never better than the finished songs on the original albums. 2nd there is a dreadful repeat of songs which are suppose to be better in mono... Read more
Published 21 months ago by stan menshic
4.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Vivid Overview of Buffalo Springfield's Brief Lifespan
The main complaint usually given to Buffalo Springfield's box set treatment (titled "Box Set" - and why not? Read more
Published on July 13, 2012 by Bud Sturguess
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