SD 33-200-A Buffalo Springfield
Produced by Charles Greene and Brian Stone
Released on October 1966
US CHART POSITION #80
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B attle lines were being drawn, somewhere between The Beatles and Bob Dylan, with bands like Buffalo Springfield and The Byrds leading the charge in the late ‘60s. Although their breakthrough was still months away (Stephen Stills’ “For What It’s Worth”), it was clear that this Buffalo was a breed apart from the rest of the herd. The band had two talented songwriters (Stills, Neil Young), two distinctive lead guitarists (Stills and Young again) and three capable singers (including Richie Furay, who takes lead half of the time). The album is split largely between Steve (side one) and Neil (side two), with Stills leaning more toward folk/blues and Young showing a real facility for psychedelic pop songs (“Flying On The Ground Is Wrong,” “Out of My Mind”). The end result is like finding The Beatles’ Rubber Soul on the bottom of cowboy boots. That’s not to suggest that Buffalo Springfield is so sure-footed as all that; there are times when The Monkees are an equally valid reference point. The social consciousness and acid wit would come with time, Stills and Young content here to write clever love songs like “Sit Down I Think I Love You” and “Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It” (my favorite track on here). The darkest moment may be “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing,” an ambitious but not wholly effective attempt at some sort of grand statement from Young (“Broken Arrow” from their next album didn’t fare any better). Today, the music of Buffalo Springfield is relegated to a dusty corner of the great hall of rock & roll, a somewhat blurry snapshot of music as it mutated from pop to psychedelic folk to country rock. Note that in 1971, when the album was reissued in stereo, “For What It’s Worth” replaced the opening track “Don’t Scold Me.” That track, along with the entire original mono mix, was added in a 1997 expanded reissue.

SD 33-200-A back cover
SD 33-200-A back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. DON'T SCOLD ME
  2. *FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH    (Stephen Stills)    2:37
  3. GO AND SAY GOODBYE    (Stephen Stills)    2:19
  4. SIT DOWN I THINK I LOVE YOU    (Stephen Stills)    2:30
  5. NOWADAYS CLANCY CAN'T EVEN SING    (Neil Young)    3:26
  6. HOT DUSTY ROADS    (Stephen Stills)    2:47
  7. EVERYBODY'S WRONG    (Stephen Stills)    2:22
  8. FLYING ON THE GROUND IS WRONG    (Neil Young)    2:48
  9. BURNED    (Neil Young)    2:14
  10. DO I HAVE TO COME RIGHT OUT AND SAY IT    (Neil Young)    3:00
  11. LEAVE    (Stephen Stills)    2:42
  12. OUT OF MY MIND    (Neil Young)    3:05
  13. PAY THE PRICE    (Stephen Stills)    2:35

CREDITS

RICHIE FURAY -- rhythm guitarist, lead and backing vocals
DEWEY MARTIN -- drummer, backing vocals
BRUCE PALMER -- bass guitarist
STEVE STILLS -- 2nd lead guitarist, lead and backing vocals
NEIL YOUNG -- lead guitarist, lead and backing vocals
"Doc" Siegel -- recording engineer
Tom May -- recording engineer
Ivan Nagy -- photos
Sandy Dvore -- album design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US October 1966 Atco LP SD 33-200-A mono version
US 1971 Atco LP SD 33-200-A stereo w. track replacement(*)
US October 3, 1989 Atco CD/CS SD 33-200  
US 1997 Elektra CDX 62080 incl. original album mix

 

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