Buffalo Springfield Again

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Buffalo Springfield Again
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Studio album by Buffalo Springfield
Released November 18, 1967[1]
Recorded January 9 – October 3, 1967, Los Angeles, California
Genre
Length 34:07
Label Atco
Producer Various as below
Buffalo Springfield chronology
Buffalo Springfield
(1966)
Buffalo Springfield Again
(1967)
Last Time Around
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone(favorable)[6]
The Village VoiceA−[7]

Buffalo Springfield Again is the second album by Buffalo Springfield, released on Atco Records in November 1967. It peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200. In 2003, the album was ranked number 188 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[8] The album was included in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[9]

Background[edit]

Unlike the band's debut album, which had been recorded fairly quickly during the summer of 1966, recording for this album took place over a protracted nine-month span during 1967. Several factors may have contributed to this, including that bassist Bruce Palmer had been deported in January and had re-entered the United States illegally to continue working with the band, and guitarist Neil Young had quit and rejoined the group on several occasions, notably absent for the band's appearance at the famed Monterey Pop Festival where David Crosby substituted in his place at the request of guitarist Stephen Stills.[10][11]

The album features the first recordings of songs written by guitarist Richie Furay, who had not contributed any material to the band's debut album. Also unlike the previous record, which had been recorded in its entirety by the band proper, session musicians appeared on various tracks as indicated on the album's inner sleeve. Palmer's deportation issues necessitated the contributions of outside bass players; during one of the times that Young had left the band, he had booked a studio to record "Expecting to Fly," with the outside musicians under the impression it was for a Neil Young solo project rather than for Buffalo Springfield.[12] Phil Spector Wrecking Crew associate Jack Nitzsche provided the musical arrangements for "Expecting to Fly"; it does not feature any members of the Springfield. Nitzsche would continue to work with Young through the early 1970s on both his solo debut album and his best-selling Harvest, also becoming a member of Young's backing bands Crazy Horse and The Stray Gators.

The album includes an early country rock track by Furay, "A Child's Claim to Fame." The track "Rock and Roll Woman" allegedly includes vocals by Crosby, who also allegedly had a hand in its composition; whether true or not, Stills acknowledges the genesis of the song was from jamming with Crosby.[13] Young's extended piece "Broken Arrow" begins with a snippet of "Mr. Soul" in possibly a live version and sung by someone other than Young, possibly drummer Dewey Martin. The back cover of the album includes a lengthy list of people thanked as influence and inspiration; some may be musicians appearing but uncredited. The album is dedicated to Barry Friedman, and listed as a York/Pala production. The album was remastered for compact disc in HDCD and reissued on June 24, 1997.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mr. Soul" (Neil Young) – 2:48
    • Recorded April 4, 1967. Lead vocal: Neil Young. Backing vocal and guitar: Richie Furay, Steve Stills.
  2. "A Child's Claim to Fame" (Richie Furay) – 2:09
    • Recorded June 21, 1967, Columbia Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocal: Richie Furay. Dobro: James Burton.
  3. "Everydays" (Stephen 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 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, October 3, 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
Uncredited possible additional personnel
Production personnel

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard
(United States)
Year Chart Position
1968 Pop Albums 44
Singles - Billboard (United States)
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" Pop Singles 44
December 1967 "Expecting To Fly" / "Everydays" Pop Singles 98

References[edit]

  1. ^ Neil Young Archives discography no retrieval date
  2. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Great Moments in Folk Rock: Lists of Author Favorites". www.richieunterberger.com. Retrieved 2011-01-26. 
  3. ^ "Buffalo Springfield Biography by Richie Unterberger". Allmusic. 
  4. ^ Peter Buckley, The Rough Guide to Rock, (Rough Guides, 2003), ISBN 1843531054, p.147.
  5. ^ "Richie Unterberger review of Buffalo Springfield Again". Allmusic. 
  6. ^ Rolling Stone: Vol 1. No. 3, December 14, 1967, p. 19
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 20, 1976). "Christgau's Consumer Guide to 1967". The Village Voice. New York. p. 69. Retrieved June 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ [1] Archived January 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  10. ^ Casetext website United States v. Palmer retrieved 26 March 2017
  11. ^ Goldmine Magazine conversation with Richie Furay retrieved 26 March 2017
  12. ^ Google Books website Kupernik, Harvey. Neil Young: Heart of Gold retrieved 26 March 2017
  13. ^ Rolling Stone magazine website retrieved 26 March 2017