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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Why Buffalo Springfield didn't click.

    BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD AGAIN is the definitive Buffalo Springfield album.
    Back in late 1966 when I first heard Buffalo Springfield's first single, "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" I assumed it would go Top 10 nationally and maybe even reach #1. Well it didn't!
    It didn't even crack Billboard's Hot 100. This I could not understand for this Neil Young composed tune was a classic and way ahead of it's time.
    After their next single, "For What It's Worth" went all the way up to #7 on Billboard I felt Buffalo Springfield could do no wrong.
    Unfortunately Atco Records decided to push "Bluebird" instead of it's "B" side, "Mr. Soul". As creative as "Bluebird" tried to be it wasn't the side to plug. It stalled in the lower 50s nationally. "Mr. Soul" could have easily cracked the Top 20.
    Next came what many feel was the best Buffalo Springfield song ever: "Rock N' Roll Woman". It did really well; so what does Atco Records do? They follow it with a syrupy, whining operatic piece sung by Neil Young, "Expecting To Fly". Well it didn't fly!
    Atco Records made several mistakes in their handling of Buffalo Springfield. The biggest was after "For What It's Worth" soared to #7 nationally, they waited 6 long months to service radio stations with a follow-up single. '60s radio was of the moment. Waiting half a year to follow a hit single is disastrous. Also their choice of singles was off mark.
    Buffalo Springfield had the sound and song writing skills to be on a paar with The Beatles or The Rolling Stones. Sadly they were passed over causing it's members to part ways......way too soon.

    Bobby Lauser

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