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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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  • Audio CD (October 3, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atco
  • ASIN: B000002IAI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,420 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. For What It's Worth
2. Go And Say Goodbye
3. Sit Down I Think I Love You
4. Nowaday's Clancy Can't Even Sins
5. Hot Dusty Roads
6. Everybody's Wrong
7. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong
8. Burned
9. Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It
10. Leave
11. Out Of My Mind
12. Pay The Price

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Their legendary 1967 debut, featuring For What It's Worth !


Although the Byrds receive more credit (and perhaps rightfully so), Buffalo Springfield, in some respects, were just as responsible for the country-rock and singer/songwriter explosion that continued through the full flight of the Eagles and later mutated into '90s neo-country. This 1966 debut reveals the precocious songwriting talents of both Neil Young and Stephen Stills; check out Stills's Beatlesque "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" and Young's weird (for '66!) but classic "Burned." Their next album, Again, is widely considered their best effort, but this is an excellent debut, made even stronger with the addition of their hit, the single-only "For What It's Worth." The CD offers both stereo and mono versions of each track. --Bill Holdship

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I had forgotten just how good these guys were.
susie q
This such a wonderful album the beginning of Stills and Young both wrote most of the songs some great songs that would become some classic songs of the time.
Some of the best interplay between Stephen Stills and Neil Young, setting up a tease of what would become CSN&Y.
Jeffrey Riedy

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By William M. Feagin on July 31, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Those who have an original vinyl copy of this album will remember the "liner notes," i.e. a collection of the various band members' favourite colours, favourite places, their zodiac signs and random thoughts (the comment about Stephen Stills showing up in his "profile"). When I began to delve into classic rock of the '60s in my teens (20 years too late, I have often lamented), this was one of the albums I picked up...yes, an actual LP. I used to have quite a collection of those, although it might not rival some...

In 1997, when the new remaster was released with the mono and stereo versions of the album put together on one CD, I rediscovered this album in all its glory. It's not perfect--what debut album is?--but it was pretty damned good for a first record (can't say that for all of them). The remaster featured the mono version Atco originally released in December of '66, which featured a different running order--"Leave" was track 3, side 1, and "Baby Don't Scold Me" appeared as track 5, side 2. The latter was a nice little song with Steve and Richie Furay sharing lead vocals, including an instrumental quote from the Beatles' "Day Tripper" (the familiar riff). And as the notes on the remaster indicate, mono was how the band intended this album: "We never had a chance at the stereo," they say, indicating that their producers (Charles Stone & Brian Green, IIRC) snapped up that chance for themselves; they proceeded to remix the album, removing "Baby Don't Scold Me" and replacing it with the band's big hit, "For What It's Worth," which became track 1, side 1, and "Leave" relegated to the position of track 5, side 2. That version, released as Atco SD33-200A in April of '67, is the one I bought some 20 years later on vinyl, and makes up the second half of the remastered CD.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Evan Rhea on November 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Buffalo Springfield is the debut, self-titled album of a sixties band consisting of Neil Young (lead guitar-vocals), Stephen Stills (2nd lead guitar- vocals), Richie Furay (rhythm guitar-vocals), Dewey Martin (drums), and Bruce Palmer (Bass Guitar), later replaced by Jim Messina. This record was made in 1966 and debuted in mono with "Baby Don't Scold Me", which was replaced by "For What It's Worth" in the stereo version.

This record is a great introduction to what the group had to come. Their first production portrayed, more than any other album, the folk-rock style of music that Buffalo Springfield was accustomed to (and excellent at making). It is full of easy to listen vocals and guitar playing. During this first phase of the band, Richie Furay was the lead singer in most of the songs. This was at a time when Neil Young was unsure about his voice, so of Young's four songs on the album, ("Burned", "Out of My Mind", "Flying on the ground is Wrong", and "Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It") Richie Furay sang the latter two of them. Stephen Stills' "For What It's Worth" is no doubt the group's most popular song, rated the 63rd greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. There are also a few other great songs by Stills on this record. Since this album was their first, it was an ambitious piece. It was also made during a time when the group was going strong; this is not the case in the group's last album. This piece of work is full of awesome guitar playing, as one would think from a band with four guitar players. Four songs from this album were included in the greatest hits album, but a few others could have been added without question. Many people compare Buffalo Springfield with the more popular Byrds.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Now, this is the type of reissue I'd like to see more of. The album is presented in the mono and stereo mixes, with the first version of the album (featuring "Baby Don't Scold Me," an unremarkable but fine track) being the mono version and the second version (featuring "For What It's Worth" instead of "Baby Don't Scold Me"). This album is mostly notable for some of Neil Young's earliest songwriting, including the well-known classic "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing." Well worth it for diehard Springfield fans, but casual fans and the curious might prefer the older, stereo-only CD, if only because it's cheaper.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jokerman1983 on April 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Buffalo Springfield was neither the first vehicle for nor the first group to record and release works by founding members Richie Furay, Stephen Stills, and Neil Young. Rather, it was a sounding board and a starting point for a new direction in rock and the beginning of stardom for its aforementioned members (and even later, Jim Messina of Loggins and Messina fame). Stephen Stills would emerge as the group's main songwriter but, as with Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, he would soon be surpassed for quality of work by peer and colleague Neil Young. The dynamics between the two are simultaneously famous and infamous, yet the mutual admiration and inspiration is evident on this and all future Stills-Young projects.

Emerging at a time when The Beatles had led the British rock brigade into America, and the US had replied with the Dylan-inspired folk rock of The Byrds and The Mamas and The Papas, The Buffalo Springfield would introduce more of a country flavor to the spectrum (a la The Band, latter-day Byrds, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and The Flying Burrito Brothers). Like The Band, Springfield would include both Americans and Canadians, just as CSNY would add an Englishman and former Hollie to the mix. Not necessarily making this a melting pot, it does bring to the fore different cultural elements and an innovative blend of ideas.

This release serves as an appropriate crash course to the form, both in its advantages and disadvantages, and as an excellent introduction to the musical careers of Stephen Stills and Neil Young (Furay's light not shining quite as brightly even though he would achieve some standard of success with Poco). As the saying goes, "the best is yet to come!"
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