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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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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 (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,484 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

Customer Reviews

I almost didn't buy this box for that very reason.
Robert J. Conway
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.
E. Seifert
You can pick one out and really have a good listen.
Mason Williams

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

186 of 194 people found the following review helpful By E. Seifert on 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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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Luhrs on 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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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful By Larry L. Looney on 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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By majoyenrac on March 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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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