Buffalo Springfield [Box Set]

Buffalo Springfield [Box Set]

by Buffalo Springfield


The plainly named Box Set -- that's the actual title -- contains four CDs by a band that made only three albums in their brief lifetime. It goes without saying that this has a lot of great music, and is an essential purchase for fans of this phenomenal 1960s folk-rock-psychedelic band, containing no less than 36 previously unreleased demos, outtakes, and previously unissued mixes. It's the unreleased stuff that holds the most interest, especially since even on their outtakes, Buffalo Springfield were often superb. Songs like "Neighbor Don't You Worry," "Down Down Down" (which contains seeds of both "Broken Arrow" and the Neil Young solo standout "Country Girl"), "We'll See," and "My Kind of Love" are actually up to the standard of many of the songs that made it onto the official albums. Although acoustic demos of various Young, Stills, and Furay songs are not as strong, they are always at the least pleasant, and often show intriguing, unsuspected sentimental pop and folk leanings. Alternate versions of great songs, such as "Hung Upside Down" and a piano-only "Four Days Gone," are substantially different from the fully arranged familiar versions, yet worthwhile performances in their own right. At the same time, this box -- which, other than the last disc, sequences the material in the chronological order it was recorded -- is not all it could have been. First of all, for some reason, this does not have everything the band ever released. Not only are a few songs from Last Time Around missing (including one of Richie Furay's best moments, "In the Hour of Not Quite Rain"), but the nine-minute version of "Bluebird" (available on the two-LP Buffalo Springfield compilation) and the Neil Young-sung take of "Down to the Wire" (which came out on his Decade collection) are also absent. First-rate songs from Last Time Around, including "On the Way Home," "Pretty Girl Why," and "Four Days Gone," are represented by different demos and remixes, though it would have been easily possible to include the official final versions too. Worst of all, disc four is comprised solely of all the material from the group's brilliant first two albums -- which would not be cause for criticism, except that identical versions of every one of them (except for "Mr. Soul" and "Baby Don't Scold Me") also appear at some point in the course of the preceding three discs. This bizarre repetition is doubly galling both because that space could have been used for remaining Last Time Around absentees, and because other quality unreleased material, both studio and live, is known to exist, and is far more hungrily desired by fans eager to purchase a box set in the first place. Fortunately you can still (almost) complete the Springfield discography by buying Last Time Around itself. The sound is very good, and on the rarities, notably superior to bootlegs (such as the famous Stampede) on which some of the songs have previously surfaced. The 82-page booklet, primarily comprised of vintage clippings, is nice too, even if specific details and anecdotes about the unreleased songs in particular would have been good. As good as it is, though, this could have been one of the greatest rock box sets of all time, if only a saner approach to presenting the band's complete official albums, and more rarities, in one place had been employed.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2013
Label: Atco
UPC: 0081227973216
catalogNumber: 74324
Rank: 249250


Disc 1

  1. There Goes My Babe
  2. Come On
  3. Hello, I've Returned
  4. Out of My Mind
  5. Flying on the Ground Is Wrong
  6. I'm Your Kind of Guy
  7. Baby Don't Scold Me
  8. Neighbor Don't You Worry
  9. We'll See
  10. Sad Memory
  11. Can't Keep Me Down
  12. Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing
  13. Go and Say Goodbye
  14. Sit Down I Think I Love You
  15. Leave
  16. Hot Dusty Roads
  17. Everybody's Wrong
  18. Burned
  19. Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It
  20. Out of My Mind
  21. Pay the Price
  22. Down Down Down
  23. Flying on the Ground is Wrong
  24. Neighbor Don't You Worry

Disc 2

  1. Down Down Down
  2. Kahuna Sunset
  3. Buffalo Stomp (Raga)
  4. Baby Don't Scold Me
  5. For What It's Worth
  6. Mr. Soul
  7. We'll See
  8. My Kind of Love
  9. Pretty Girl Why
  10. Words I Must Say
  11. Nobody's Fool
  12. So You've Got a Lover
  13. My Angel
  14. No Sun Today
  15. Everydays
  16. Down to the Wire
  17. Bluebird
  18. Expecting to Fly
  19. Hung Upside Down
  20. A Child's Claim to Fame
  21. Rock & Roll Woman

Disc 3

  1. Hung Upside Down
  2. Good Time Boy
  3. One More Sign
  4. The Rent Is Always Due
  5. Round and Round and Round
  6. Old Laughing Lady
  7. Broken Arrow
  8. Sad Memory
  9. On the Way Home
  10. Whatever Happened to Saturday Night
  11. Special Care
  12. Falcon Lake (Ash on the Floor)
  13. What a Day
  14. I Am a Child
  15. Questions
  16. Merry-Go-Round
  17. Uno Mundo
  18. Kind Woman
  19. It's So Hard to Wait
  20. Four Days Gone

Disc 4

  1. For What It's Worth
  2. Go and Say Goodbye
  3. Sit Down I Think I Love You
  4. Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing
  5. Hot Dusty Roads
  6. Everybody's Wrong
  7. Flying on the Ground is Wrong
  8. Burned
  9. Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It
  10. Leave
  11. Out of My Mind
  12. Pay the Price
  13. Baby Don't Scold Me
  14. Mr. Soul
  15. A Child's Claim to Fame
  16. Everydays
  17. Expecting to Fly
  18. Bluebird
  19. Hung Upside Down
  20. Sad Memory
  21. Good Time Boy
  22. Rock & Roll Woman
  23. Broken Arrow

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buffalo Springfield   Primary Artist
Jim Messina   Bass
Buddy Miles   Drums
Skip Spence   Kazoo
Steve Stills   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Conga,Electric Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vibes,Group Member
Neil Young   Organ,Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Richard Davis   Bass
Don Randi   Organ,Piano,Harpsichord
James Burton   Dobro
Gloria Jones   Choir, Chorus
Dewey Martin   Drums,Vocals,Group Member
Jack Nitzsche   Electric Piano
Bruce Palmer   Bass,Group Member
Richie Furay   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Jim Gordon   Drums
Cyrus Faryar   Percussion
Hal Blaine   Drums
Charlie Chin   Banjo
Merry Clayton   Choir, Chorus
David Crosby   Background Vocals
Jim Fielder   Bass
Patrice Holloway   Choir, Chorus
Doug Hastings   Guitar
Brenda Holloway   Choir, Chorus
Jim Horn   Clarinet
Carol Kaye   Bass
Shirley Matthews   Choir, Chorus
Harvey Newmark   Bass
Gracia Nitzsche   Choir, Chorus
Dr. John   Piano
Gary Marker   Bass
Russ Titleman   Guitar
Jimmy Carstein   Drums
Bobby West   Bass
Chris Sarns   Guitar
Jeremy Stuart   Calliope,Harpsichord,Bells
Jesse Hill   Drums,Timpani
American Soul Train   Horn

Technical Credits

Buffalo Springfield   Producer
Jim Messina   Producer,Engineer
Van Dyke Parks   Composer
Steve Stills   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Neil Young   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Remixing,Source Recordings
David Briggs   Source Recordings
Dewey Martin   Composer,Executive Producer
Jack Nitzsche   Arranger,Producer
Richie Furay   Composer,Producer
Tom May   Engineer
Yves Beauvais   Source Recordings
Joel Bernstein   Tape Research,Photo Courtesy
Bruce Botnick   Engineer
Gary Burden   Art Direction
Eric Eisner   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Producer
Charles Greene   Producer
Jim Hilton   Engineer
Bruce Kunkel   Composer
Tim Mulligan   Remixing
Elliot Roberts   Direction
Stan Ross   Engineer
Doc Siegel   Engineer
Armin Steiner   Engineer
Brian Stone   Producer
Bruce Tergesen   Engineer
Bill Lazarus   Engineer
Pete Long   Essay
Eve Babitz   Collage
Joey Helguera   Source Recordings
Jenice Heo   Art Direction
Bruce Cannon   Memorabilia
William E Brittan   Engineer
Jean Camber   Archival Assistant,Drawing
John Hausmann   Production Support
Ross Myerling   Engineer
Francis Kohler   Photo Courtesy
Ken Viola   Essay
Scott Oxman   Photo Courtesy
Jef Michael Piehler   Source Recordings
American Soul Train   Horn Arrangements

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Buffalo Springfield [Box Set] 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
AMG reviewer Richie Unterberger sums this set up pretty well. Especially irritating is the exclusion of the 9 minute Bluebird jam that was released on a 1973 2 LP anthology of the band. To be honest,I think i would purchase that album again if it ever came out on CD. A lot of the solo acoustic demos here don't thrill me. They were probably included to salve the outsized egos of Stills and Young. Neil's demos are the most interesting. I suspect that, as long as the two broken arrows are living, a definitive Springfield summary is only a pipe dream.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, the remastering: it's as good as it gets, on decent equipment you will think you are next to the kick drum on many of the tracks, and just on the other side of the glass for the quieter tracks. Redundant: I'll say, I fail to see how incredibly similar renditions of several songs (For What It's Worth and Blue Bird especially) appear on 2 of the 4 discs...makes you think this COULD have been a 3 disc set, and cheaper! One other quibble, is the discs are short by box-set standards, hardly taking the available 80 min available per CD. Oh, and if they had to have 2 mirror images of Bluebird, why not just the ''single'' version along with the missing-in-action 9 minute version of the only on vinyl retrospective. It's a major league over-looking. Wonderful: yes it is! The demos are GREAT for demos, not the trash often on such sets. Especially Neil's, like having him just play something new for you. The zillions who own CSNY Deja Vu, will marvel at how Questions (the 2nd half of Carry On), and Down Down Down were ''borrowed'' from the Springfield set, and made even more delightful by CSNY. Also Special Care and 4 Days Gone, appear in mature form on Stephen Stills Live, and the demo My Angel, made it in pristine edition on SS's Stills CD. It's like watching your family grow up; audio bliss. Take the time to absorb the Latin, Country, Rock and Pop/Folk that this shooting star of a band put on tape way back when and YOU will see what I mean. Like Buddy Holly, Buffalo Springfield was ahead of it's time, and maintains a classic grace with age! Thanks Boys! Now get back to work on CSNY2K Live!!! We can't wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great box set, even if there is a lot of redundancy. Yes they have been remastered, and for the most part, render excellent sound, but if you A-B them with the old vinyls, you will immediately discover that about two thirds of the box set, for the most part, is done in mono, and lacks the sparkle of it's LP counterparts. A remastering goof, or an attempt to clean up what is admittedly on some tracks, not the greatest original mastering - I don't know. There was certainly room on the four 80 minute CD's to present both renderings - when available. I am aware that a lot of the demos here were originally done in mono, but I'm referring to the tracks that made it to the original LP's in stereo. The accompanying booklet was excellently illustrated and somewhat justifies the high price of the set. The whole package pretty well sums up the life - and afterlife of this phenomenal but short lived group. If you are a Springfield fan, old or new, this is a worthwhile offering, but you should also consider the other four albums by this group, which are also available on CD. If you have the original vinyls, don't throw them away - yet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Buffalo Springfield were a 5 member band that arrived on the pop music scene in 1966. When I first heard their debut single on AM radio: "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" I immediately felt that this record would go Top Ten nationally-possibly even #1 !! Well, it didn't! Matter of fact, the single bombed and never made the Billboard Hot 100 at all. This was amazing to me, especially considering that Tommy James & The Shondells' "Hanky Panky" went to #1 on Billboard that same year. Go figure! Now, after "For What It's Worth" rocketed to #7 nationally I thought the Buffalo Springfield could do no wrong. As hard as it might be for some to deal with--"commercial success" in the record business DOES tend to cause a band to stay around awhile. Waiting close to six months to release a follow-up to "For What It's Worth" was a big mistake. AM radio in the '60s was all about the moment. Waiting half a year to give radio a follow-up to a big hit is a disasterous move. And "Bluebird", as creative as it tried to be was NOT the side to push. The flipside: "Mr. Soul" could easily have reached the Billboard Top 20. "Bluebird" stalled at #58. Then came the Stills' penned "Rock & Roll Woman" probably the best song on the radio at the time. It hit #44...so Atco Records follows this gem with the Neil Young sung "Expecting To Fly"? Any wonder why this whining, opera piece only reached #98 on Billboard? Ok, my point being: The Buffalo Springfield never reached the chart successes of their peers, The Byrds mainly due to totally misguided release patterns & singles choices. This Box Set represents the cream of a band that should have been...and sadly COULD have been on a paar with The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. They were incredible song writers & performers but were basically passed over in their time.