Last Time Around

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Last Time Around
Buffalo Springfield - Last Time Around.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 30, 1968
RecordedFebruary 1967 — April 1968
GenreFolk rock, psychedelic rock, country rock
ProducerJim Messina
Buffalo Springfield chronology
Buffalo Springfield Again
Last Time Around
Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield

Last Time Around is the third and final studio album by the American folk rock band Buffalo Springfield, released in July 1968. It featured Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Dewey Martin, Bruce Palmer, and Jim Messina, who also worked as producer and a recording engineer.[1]


Last Time Around was released to fulfill contractual commitments.[citation needed] By the time it was completed the group had functionally disbanded, with the cover photo of the group consisting of a montage and the five original members only recording together on one track, "On the Way Home".

Original bassist Bruce Palmer only appears on "On the Way Home". His face is shown on the back cover photo montage with a humorous, partially obscured, "mad" sign aligned, due to Palmer resembling Alfred E. Newman in the shot.

The lyrics to "The Hour of Not Quite Rain" were the result of an August 1967 contest run by Los Angeles radio station KHJ. Entrants would write a poem to be set to music and recorded by the Buffalo Springfield. The prize was $1000 plus publishing royalties. The winning entry was written by Micki Callen.[2]

The album contained songs that were very important to the authors. Neil Young has performed both "I Am a Child" and "On the Way Home" in concert throughout his career, the latter both solo and with CSNY, the Transband and the Bluenotes. "Kind Woman" became one of Richie Furay's best known tunes; he performed it with Poco and throughout his solo career. Stephen Stills merged "Questions" with a new song, "Carry On", which became the opening track on Déjà Vu and was a major part of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young's concert repertoire.

Critical reception[edit]

In a contemporary review for Rolling Stone, Barry Gifford called Last Time Around Buffalo Springfield's "most beautiful record" and "a final testament to their multi-talent".[3] Robert Christgau, writing for Esquire, called it a "beautiful farewell album" of "countrified music", in which "country elements are incorporated into a total style".[4] Richie Unterberger was less enthusiastic in a retrospective review for AllMusic. He found Young's songs for the album "outstanding", but believed Stills' songwriting was a decline from the group's previous albums.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side one
  1. "On the Way Home" (Young) – 2:25
    • Recorded November 15-December 13, 1967, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Vocals: Richie Furay, Neil Young; bass: Bruce Palmer; piano: Neil Young.
  2. "It's So Hard to Wait" (Furay, Young) – 2:03
    • Recorded March 9, 1968, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocals: Richie Furay.
  3. "Pretty Girl Why" (Stills) – 2:24
    • Recorded February 26 & May 1967, Sound Recorders, Hollywood and Atlantic Studios, New York City. Lead vocals: Stephen Stills; bass: Jim Fielder.
  4. "Four Days Gone" (Stills) – 2:53
    • Recorded late 1967-early 1968. Lead vocals and piano: Stephen Stills, lead guitar solo: Neil Young
  5. "Carefree Country Day" (Messina) – 2:35
    • Recorded late 1967-early 1968. Lead vocals: Jim Messina.
  6. "Special Care" (Stills) – 3:30
    • Recorded January 3–20, 1968. Sunset Sound, Hollywood. Lead vocals, pianos, B3, guitars, bass: Stephen Stills; drums: Buddy Miles.
Side two
  1. "The Hour of Not Quite Rain" (Callen, Furay) – 3:45
    • Recorded late 1967-February 1968. Lead vocals: Richie Furay.
  2. "Questions" (Stills) – 2:52
    • Recorded February 16, 1968, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Vocals, guitars, bass guitar, Hohner clavinet: Stephen Stills; drums: Jimmy Karstein.
  3. "I Am a Child" (Young) – 2:15
    • Recorded February 5, 1968, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocals: Neil Young; bass: Gary Marker.
  4. "Merry-Go-Round" (Furay) – 2:02
    • Recorded February 16-March 1968, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocals: Richie Furay; bass: drums: Jimmy Karstein. Harpsichord, calliope, bells: Jeremy Stuart.
  5. "Uno Mundo" (Stills) – 2:00
    • Recorded February–March 1968, Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocals: Stephen Stills.
  6. "Kind Woman" (Furay) – 4:10
    • Recorded February–March 6, 1968, Atlantic Studios, New York City & Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, California. Lead vocals: Richie Furay; pedal steel guitar: Rusty Young; bass: Richard Davis.(not Dickie Davis)


Buffalo Springfield
Additional personnel
  • Buddy Miles - drums (6)
  • Jimmy Karstein - drums (8,10)
  • Gary Marker : bass (9)
  • Jeremy Stuart - harpsichord, calliope, bells (10)
  • Rusty Young - pedal steel guitar (12)
  • Richard Davis - bass (12)
  • unidentified - horns (1), saxophone, clarinet (2), drums (4), bass, drums, harpsichord, orchestra (7), piano, drums (12)


  • Producer: Jim Messina
  • Engineers: Adrian Barber, Phil Iehle, Jim Messina


Chart (1968) Peak
Billboard Pop Albums 42


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  3. ^ Gifford, Barry (August 24, 1968). "Last Time Around". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 1968). "Secular Music". Esquire. Retrieved December 19, 2017.
  5. ^ Unterberger, Richie. "Last Time Around - Buffalo Springfield". AllMusic. Retrieved December 19, 2017.