Buffalo Springfield (album)

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For the box set of the same name, see Buffalo Springfield (box set).
Buffalo Springfield
Studio album by Buffalo Springfield
Released Original Release: 5 December 1966
Re-Release: 6 March 1967
Recorded July - September 1966 in Los Angeles, California
Genre Folk rock,[1] pop[2]
Length 35:34
Label Atco
Producer Charles Greene, Brian Stone
Buffalo Springfield chronology
Buffalo Springfield
(1966)
Buffalo Springfield Again
(1967)

Buffalo Springfield is the self-titled debut album by folk rock band Buffalo Springfield, released in late 1966. It was originally released in both mono and stereo versions as Atco (SD) 33-200, but when the single "For What It's Worth" became a hit, the album was re-released as Atco (SD) 33-200A adding it but dropping "Baby Don't Scold Me". "Baby Don't Scold Me" has never been reissued in stereo: all CD releases feature only the mono mix.

The album was produced by the group's managers, Charles Greene and Brian Stone, each of whom had minimal experience as a record producer, and the band was generally unhappy with the sound of the album and felt that it didn't reflect the intensity of their live shows.[3] The band asked Atco for time to re-record the album, but the label, not wanting to miss the Christmas holiday season, insisted that the record be released as it was. However, the label did give Stills and Young permission to personally mix the mono version of the LP themselves, and the Buffalo Springfield have long insisted that their mono version was superior to the stereo version.

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Track listing[edit]

Original release, Atco (SD) 33-200 (5 December 1966)

  1. "Go and Say Goodbye" (Stephen Stills) – 2:20
    • Recorded July 18, 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stephen Stills.
  2. "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" (Stills) – 2:32
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills, Richie Furay.
  3. "Leave" (Stills) – 2:42
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills.
  4. "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" (Neil Young) – 3:25
    • Recorded July 18, 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Furay.
  5. "Hot Dusty Roads" (Stills) – 2:50
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills.
  6. "Everybody's Wrong" (Stills) – 2:23
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills.
  7. "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" (Young) – 2:40
    • Recorded September 10, 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California and September 11, Columbia Recording Studio, Hollywood, California. Lead vocal: Furay.
  8. "Burned" (Young) – 2:16
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Neil Young.
  9. "Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It" (Young) – 3:01
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Furay.
  10. "Baby Don't Scold Me" (Stills) – 3:04 (omitted on the Atco reissue)
    • Recorded September 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills.
  11. "Out of My Mind" (Young) – 3:05
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Young.
  12. "Pay the Price" (Stills)– 2:36
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills.

Re-issue, Atco (SD) 33-200A (6 March 1967)

  1. "For What It's Worth" (Stills) – 2:37 (substituted for "Baby Don't Scold Me" from the original release)
    • Recorded December 5, 1966, Columbia Recording Studio, Hollywood, California. Lead vocal: Stills.
  2. "Go and Say Goodbye" (Stills) – 2:23
    • Recorded July 18, 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills.
  3. "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" (Stills) – 2:34
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills, Furay.
  4. "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" (Young) – 3:28
    • Recorded July 18, 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Furay.
  5. "Hot Dusty Roads" (Stills) – 2:51
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills.
  6. "Everybody's Wrong" (Stills) – 2:29
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills.
  7. "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" (Young) – 2:40
    • Recorded September 10, 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California and September 11, Columbia Recording Studio, Hollywood, California. Lead vocal: Furay.
  8. "Burned" (Young) – 2:18
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Young.
  9. "Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It" (Young) – 3:06
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Furay.
  10. "Leave" (Stills) – 2:45
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills.
  11. "Out of My Mind" (Young) – 3:09
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Young.
  12. "Pay the Price" (Stills) – 2:36
    • Recorded August 1966, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stills.

In 1997, Buffalo Springfield was remastered and issued with two versions on the same CD, the mono tracks from Atco 33-200 first, then the stereo tracks from SD 33-200A. Not contained were the stereo mix of "Baby Don't Scold Me" from Atco SD 33-200 or the mono mix of "For What It's Worth" from Atco 33-200A. Strangely, "Burned" has also never been issued in stereo for unknown reasons. It redundantly appears twice on this CD in mono.

Personnel[edit]

Buffalo Springfield

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Charles Greene, Brian Stone
  • Engineers: Tom May, Doc Siegel, James Hilton, Stan Ross
  • Mixing: Buffalo Springfield, Charles Greene, Brian Stone
  • Remastering: Stephen Stills, Neil Young
  • Digital mastering: Tim Mulligan
  • Digital transfers: John Nowland, Daniel Jones
  • Design: Sandy Dvore
  • Photography: Henry Diltz, Ivan Nagy

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1967 Pop Albums 80

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
August 1966 "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" / "Go And Say Goodbye" Pop Singles 110
November 1966 "Burned" / "Everybody's Wrong" - -
January 1967 "For What It's Worth (Stop, Hey What's That Sound)" / "Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It" Pop Singles 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Great Moments in Folk Rock: Lists of Author Favorites". www.richieunterberger.com. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  2. ^ Johnny Rogan (released on 9/18/2007). "Neil Young: 1966-1975". Under Review. 3:50 minutes in.
  3. ^ McDonough, Jimmy. Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. New York: Anchor, 2003, p. 181