Buffalo Springfield Again

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Buffalo Springfield Again
Studio album by Buffalo Springfield
Released 30 October 1967
Recorded January–September 1967, Los Angeles, California
Genre Folk rock,[1] psychedelic rock,[2] hard rock[3]
Length 34:07
Label Atco
Producer Richie Furay, Jack Nitzsche, Stephen Stills, Neil Young
Buffalo Springfield chronology
Buffalo Springfield
(1966)
Buffalo Springfield Again
(1967)
Last Time Around
(1968)

Buffalo Springfield Again is the second album by Buffalo Springfield, released in October 1967.

Production[edit]

The recording of this album has been described by some as being tense and protracted[citation needed], because Young was often absent and the band was unable to keep a permanent bass player. (The group's first bass guitarist, Bruce Palmer, spent much of the sessions detained on drug charges.) A number of Los Angeles session players also make appearances.

Among the notable tracks are Young's minor hit, "Mr. Soul". The album also includes two orchestral experiments Young produced with Jack Nitzsche, a Phil Spector associate: "Expecting to Fly" and "Broken Arrow". Both tracks were intended for solo release, and feature Young only, backed by session players (though Furay overdubbed a harmony vocal on the latter).

Stephen Stills contributed four tunes, among them "Rock and Roll Woman", a song co-written by an uncredited David Crosby and allegedly featuring Crosby on backup vocals. This song is probably the first collaboration between Stills and Crosby. Simultaneous tension in Buffalo Springfield, The Byrds, and The Hollies would eventually result in the formation of Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [4]
Rolling Stone (Favorable) [5]
The Village Voice A–[6]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 188 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mr. Soul" (Young) – 2:48
    • Original recording January 9, 1967, Atlantic Studios, New York, New York. Additional recording April 4, 1967. Lead vocal: Neil Young. Backing vocal and guitar: Richie Furay, Steve Stills.
  2. "A Child's Claim to Fame" (Furay) – 2:09
    • Recorded June 21, 1967, Columbia Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Richie Furay. Dobro: James Burton.
  3. "Everydays" (Stills) – 2:38
    • Recorded March 15, Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stephen Stills. Bass: Jim Fielder. (Bruce Palmer absent.)
  4. "Expecting to Fly" (Young) – 3:39
    • Recorded May 6, 1967, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Neil Young. Arrangement: Jack Nitzsche. (Rest of group absent.)
  5. "Bluebird" (Stills) – 4:28
    • Recorded starting April 4, 1967, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stephen Stills. Bass: Bobby West. Banjo: Charlie Chin. (Bruce Palmer absent).
  6. "Hung Upside Down" (Stills) – 3:24
    • Recorded June 30 & September 1–5, 1967, Columbia Recording Studios & Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Richie Furay (verses), Stephen Stills (choruses).
  7. "Sad Memory" (Furay) – 3:00
    • Recorded September 5, 1967, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Richie Furay. Electric lead guitar: Neil Young. Acoustic guitar: Richie Furay. (Stills, Palmer, and drummer Dewey Martin absent.)
  8. "Good Time Boy" (Furay) – 2:11
    • Recorded August 1967, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Dewey Martin. Reports differ on whether drummer Martin actually played drums on this track, or whether it was played entirely by session musicians, including the Memphis Horns.
  9. "Rock & Roll Woman" (Stills) – 2:44
    • Recorded June 22-August 8, 1967, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Stephen Stills. Background vocal: David Crosby (disputed; he is, however, an uncredited co-writer of the melody.) Guitar: Doug Hastings.
  10. "Broken Arrow" (Young) – 6:11
    • Recorded August 25 & September 5–18, 1967, Columbia Recording Studios & Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Neil Young. Piano, organ: Don Randi. Guitar: Chris Sarns.

Personnel[edit]

Buffalo Springfield

Additional personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Richie Furay, Jack Nitzsche, Stephen Stills, Neil Young
  • Recording Engineer: Jim Messina, Bruce Botnick ("Expecting to Fly" and "Bluebird")
  • Mastering: Tim Mulligan
  • Design: Loring Eutemey
  • Illustrations: Eve Babitz
  • Liner notes: Buffalo Springfield

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard
(North America)
Year Chart Position
1968 Pop Albums 44
Singles - Billboard (North America)
Year Single Chart Position
June 1967 "Bluebird" / (1:59 edit) / "Mr Soul" Pop Singles 58 September 1967 "Rock And Roll Woman" / "A Child's Claim To Fame" - -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Great Moments in Folk Rock: Lists of Author Favorites". www.richieunterberger.com. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Buffalo Springfield Biography by Richie Unterberger". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ Peter Buckley, The Rough Guide to Rock, (Rough Guides, 2003), ISBN 1843531054, p.147.
  4. ^ "Richie Unterberger review of Buffalo Springfield Again". Allmusic. 
  5. ^ Rolling Stone: Vol 1. No. 3, December 14, 1967, p. 19
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 20, 1976). "Christgau's Consumer Guide to 1967". The Village Voice (New York). p. 69. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  7. ^ [1][dead link]