Buffalo Springfield [Box Set]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/29/2013
  • Label: Atco
  • UPC: 081227973216
  • Catalog Number: 74324
  • Sales rank: 13,828

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 There Goes My Babe (1:47)
  2. 2 Come On (1:27)
  3. 3 Hello, I've Returned (1:38)
  4. 4 Out of My Mind (2:44)
  5. 5 Flying on the Ground Is Wrong (3:11)
  6. 6 I'm Your Kind of Guy (1:07)
  7. 7 Baby Don't Scold Me (2:07)
  8. 8 Neighbor Don't You Worry (2:31)
  9. 9 We'll See (4:11)
  10. 10 Sad Memory (2:53)
  11. 11 Can't Keep Me Down (2:10)
  12. 12 Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing (3:28)
  13. 13 Go and Say Goodbye (2:24)
  14. 14 Sit Down I Think I Love You (2:34)
  15. 15 Leave (2:46)
  16. 16 Hot Dusty Roads (2:54)
  17. 17 Everybody's Wrong (2:27)
  18. 18 Burned (2:19)
  19. 19 Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It (3:05)
  20. 20 Out of My Mind (3:08)
  21. 21 Pay the Price (2:40)
  22. 22 Down Down Down (2:15)
  23. 23 Flying on the Ground is Wrong (2:43)
  24. 24 Neighbor Don't You Worry (2:25)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Down Down Down (2:46)
  2. 2 Kahuna Sunset (2:56)
  3. 3 Buffalo Stomp (Raga) (3:53)
  4. 4 Baby Don't Scold Me (3:27)
  5. 5 For What It's Worth (2:43)
  6. 6 Mr. Soul (2:47)
  7. 7 We'll See (2:47)
  8. 8 My Kind of Love (2:34)
  9. 9 Pretty Girl Why (2:29)
  10. 10 Words I Must Say (1:16)
  11. 11 Nobody's Fool (1:34)
  12. 12 So You've Got a Lover (3:10)
  13. 13 My Angel (3:51)
  14. 14 No Sun Today (2:04)
  15. 15 Everydays (2:43)
  16. 16 Down to the Wire (2:28)
  17. 17 Bluebird (4:32)
  18. 18 Expecting to Fly (3:48)
  19. 19 Hung Upside Down (4:30)
  20. 20 A Child's Claim to Fame (2:13)
  21. 21 Rock & Roll Woman (2:45)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Hung Upside Down (3:30)
  2. 2 Good Time Boy (2:18)
  3. 3 One More Sign (2:05)
  4. 4 The Rent Is Always Due (3:06)
  5. 5 Round and Round and Round (3:40)
  6. 6 Old Laughing Lady (2:43)
  7. 7 Broken Arrow (6:18)
  8. 8 Sad Memory (3:04)
  9. 9 On the Way Home (2:30)
  10. 10 Whatever Happened to Saturday Night (2:10)
  11. 11 Special Care (3:35)
  12. 12 Falcon Lake (Ash on the Floor) (4:22)
  13. 13 What a Day (2:22)
  14. 14 I Am a Child (2:24)
  15. 15 Questions (2:57)
  16. 16 Merry-Go-Round (2:05)
  17. 17 Uno Mundo (2:04)
  18. 18 Kind Woman (4:15)
  19. 19 It's So Hard to Wait (2:08)
  20. 20 Four Days Gone (3:46)
Disc 4
  1. 1 For What It's Worth (2:43)
  2. 2 Go and Say Goodbye (2:24)
  3. 3 Sit Down I Think I Love You (2:35)
  4. 4 Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing (3:28)
  5. 5 Hot Dusty Roads (2:54)
  6. 6 Everybody's Wrong (2:31)
  7. 7 Flying on the Ground is Wrong (2:43)
  8. 8 Burned (2:19)
  9. 9 Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It (3:04)
  10. 10 Leave (2:45)
  11. 11 Out of My Mind (3:08)
  12. 12 Pay the Price (2:41)
  13. 13 Baby Don't Scold Me (3:13)
  14. 14 Mr. Soul (2:52)
  15. 15 A Child's Claim to Fame (2:13)
  16. 16 Everydays (2:43)
  17. 17 Expecting to Fly (3:46)
  18. 18 Bluebird (4:36)
  19. 19 Hung Upside Down (3:31)
  20. 20 Sad Memory (3:04)
  21. 21 Good Time Boy (2:17)
  22. 22 Rock & Roll Woman (2:49)
  23. 23 Broken Arrow (6:14)
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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
Mac Rebennack 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
The 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
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
James Hilton Engineer
Francis Kohler Photo Courtesy
Ken Viola Essay
Scott Oxman Photo Courtesy
Jef Michael Piehler Source Recordings
The American Soul Train Horn Arrangements
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