Buffalo Springfield (album)

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Buffalo Springfield
Buffalo Springfield - Buffalo Springfield.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 5, 1966
March 6, 1967
RecordedJuly 18 – September 11, 1966
Studio
  • Gold Star Studios, Los Angeles, California
  • Columbia Recording Studio, Hollywood, California
Genre
Length32:54
LabelAtco
Producer
  • Charles Greene
  • Brian Stone
Buffalo Springfield chronology
Buffalo Springfield
(1966)
Buffalo Springfield Again
(1967)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]

Buffalo Springfield is the eponymous debut album by the folk rock band Buffalo Springfield, released in December 1966 on Atco Records. It peaked at #80 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart. It is the first album to feature the songwriting of future stars Stephen Stills and Neil Young.

Background and content[edit]

Buffalo Springfield were formed in early 1966, playing their first gig at The Troubadour club in Hollywood in April of that year. An initial single that appeared on this album, Young's "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" sung by Richie Furay, failed to reach the national charts but made the Top 40 locally in Los Angeles during August. This album was recorded in the summer of 1966 at Gold Star Studios where Phil Spector created his "Wall of Sound" and Brian Wilson produced recordings by The Beach Boys, including Pet Sounds the same year. Young sings lead on only two of his five compositions, Furay singing lead on the other three.

The album was produced by the group's managers, Charles Greene and Brian Stone, both of whom had minimal experience as record producers. The group was reportedly unhappy with the sound of the album, feeling that it didn't reflect the intensity of their live shows.[4] The band asked Atco for time to re-record the album, but not wanting to miss the Christmas holiday season the label insisted that the record be released as it was. However, they did give Stills and Young permission to personally mix the mono version of the album themselves, and the members of the band have long maintained that their mono version is superior to the stereo version.[citation needed]

Buffalo Springfield was originally released in both mono and stereo versions as Atco SD 33-200. The inner sleeve contained band profiles of each member in the mode of those for Tiger Beat. Recorded the day the LP was released and issued soon after, the band's new single by Stills "For What It's Worth" became a national hit, making the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in March 1967.[5] For the second pressing of March 6, 1967, the album was reissued as Atco SD 33-200A with the hit as the lead track, dropping "Baby Don't Scold Me" and slightly reconfiguring the running order. "Baby Don't Scold Me" has never been reissued in stereo; all compact disc releases feature only the mono mix.

The album was remastered in HDCD and reissued on June 24, 1997 with two versions on one disc, the mono tracks from Atco 33-200 first with the stereo tracks from SD 33-200A following. 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 disc in mono.[citation needed]

Recording sessions took place at Gold Star Studios in Los Angeles from July 18 to September 11, 1966, with "For What It's Worth" recorded at Columbia Studios in Los Angeles on December 5, 1966.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
1."Go and Say Goodbye" (July 18)Stephen StillsRichie and Steve2:20
2."Sit Down, I Think I Love You" (August)Stephen StillsRichie and Steve2:32
3."Leave" (August)Stephen StillsSteve with Richie2:42
4."Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" (July 18)Neil YoungRichie with Steve and Neil3:25
5."Hot Dusty Roads" (August)Stephen StillsSteve with Richie2:50
6."Everybody's Wrong" (August)Stephen StillsRichie with Steve and Neil2:23
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
1."Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" (September 10)Neil YoungRichie with Steve and Neil2:40
2."Burned" (August)Neil YoungNeil with Richie and Steve2:16
3."Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It" (August)Neil YoungRichie with Steve and Neil3:01
4."Baby Don't Scold Me" (August)Stephen StillsRichie and Steve3:04
5."Out of My Mind" (August)Neil YoungNeil with Richie and Steve3:05
6."Pay the Price" (August)Stephen StillsSteve with Richie2:36
March 1967 pressing side one
No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
1."For What It's Worth" (December 5)Stephen StillsSteve with Richie and Dewey2:40
2."Go and Say Goodbye" (July 18)Stephen StillsRichie and Steve2:20
3."Sit Down, I Think I Love You" (August)Stephen StillsRichie and Steve2:30
4."Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" (July 18)Neil YoungRichie with Steve and Neil3:24
5."Hot Dusty Roads" (August)Stephen StillsSteve with Richie2:47
6."Everybody's Wrong" (August)Stephen StillsRichie with Steve and Neil2:25
March 1967 pressing side two
No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
1."Flying on the Ground Is Wrong" (September 10)Neil YoungRichie with Steve and Neil2:40
2."Burned" (August)Neil YoungNeil with Richie and Steve2:15
3."Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It" (August)Neil YoungRichie with Steve and Neil3:04
4."Leave" (August)Stephen StillsSteve with Richie2:42
5."Out of My Mind" (August)Neil YoungNeil with Richie and Steve3:06
6."Pay the Price" (August)Stephen StillsSteve with Richie2:36

Personnel[edit]

Buffalo Springfield
Production personnel

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (United States)

Year Chart Position
1967 Pop Albums 80

Singles - Billboard (United States)

Year Single Chart Position
August 1966 "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" / "Go And Say Goodbye" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 110
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" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 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 (September 18, 2007). "Neil Young: 1966-1975". Under Review. Music Video Distribution. 3:50 minutes in.
  3. ^ Buffalo Springfield at AllMusic
  4. ^ McDonough, Jimmy. Shakey: Neil Young's Biography. New York: Anchor, 2003, p. 181
  5. ^ Google Books archive Billboard March 25, 1967 Hot 100 chart retrieved 25 March 2017