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, maintaining the rating in a 2012 revised list. The album was included in Robert Christgau's "Basic Record Library" of 1950s and 1960s recordings—published in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies (1981)—and in Robert Dimery's 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. It was voted number 165 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums in 2000.Wikipedia
“Buffalo Springfield Again” by Buffalo Springfield (1967) One of the more interesting results of this project of seriously listening to a random album each day is that sometimes I discover that the music of my youth is not as good as I thought it was. This album is an example. Buffalo Springfield, featuring the great Stephen Stills and the even greater Neil Young, was not a uniformly excellent band. This album (lacking any cohesive unity) has some songs that shouldn’t have made the cut. Don’t get me wrong; it’s good. It’s just not that good. The songs that were not included on later compilation albums (“Retrospective” and Young’s “Decade”) were omitted for good reason. These less than stellar tracks roughly coincide with the list of those written and sung by Richie Furay (“A Child’s Claim to Fame”, “Sad Memory”, and “Good Time Boy”), plus the Stills songs “Everydays” and “Hung Upside Down”. They just don’t fly. Why are these tracks only ‘okay’? In my view, the use of rhyme is contrived; themes lack passion; and performance imperfections are right up front and uncompensated. They were operating outside their comfort zone. If this album were played at a party in 1968 (stoned or not) these weaker songs would provide opportunity for a bathroom break, or arranging one’s ride home, sooner rather than later. Now the good stuff on this album (“Mr. Soul”, “Expecting to Fly”, “Bluebird”, “Rock & Roll Woman”, and “Broken Arrow”) is very good indeed—approaching classic status. But I just don’t want young people seriously listening to form the impression that fans of Stills and Young (like me) are completely crazy, even if we used to be. 3/5
This is an interesting album for me. I'm on the record as being anti-Neil Young and yet here's the band that kind of launched Young's career and... it's good. Perhaps that's because Buffalo Springfield is better known as the precurser to Crosby, Stills & Nash (later to become Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young). It's extremely folksy, a little bit rock, and overall just a chill record. I neither loved nor hated it. Was going to give it 4 stars but Neil Young barfed all over track 4 with a solo track (thereby negating the positive influence of Stephen Stills) that was pure crap. But THEN I hit track 6 (Hung Upside Down) which was really good (sick fuzz paired with bright, shimmery electric guitar tones.... so good) and then I hit track 8 (Good Time Boy) which was even better so it got back up to a 4 again.
In which Neil Young can't help but demolish his bandmates, such is the majesty of his talent. Not that their songs are bad. 'A Child's Claim to Fame' and 'Hung Upside Down' are ambitious and whimsical, but in the shadow of Young's tracks they look decidedly comfortable--happy to sit in a safe space. 'Good Time Boy' is the only song as assaultive as Young's, but its ersatz Redding vibe--complete with The American Soul Train horn section--makes it look a little feeble in comparison. Young, meanwhile, pumps his guitar, wrings the neck of mystical lyricism, and pays homage to nothing and nobody. On 'Expecting to Fly', he slows down to stand god-like beside his peers, the strings and marching drums like a chorus of angels surrounding him. As ever, he sounds like he's singing out of the back of his head. As ever, it's eerily beautiful.
Much too slow for me, nothing stands out or is that compelling. No more folk/psychedelic rock 2021
Excellent album - Bluebird is definitely one of my faves. Super cool 12-string and fuzz use with guitars and amazing harmony vocals.
This is...really good? Even if, pervert that I am, I prefer the version of 'Mr Soul' that appears on Neil Young's lamented electro-rock album Trans. How did they get away with that 'Satisfaction' riff though? And were Sam & Dave's legal team sniffing about when they heard 'Goodtime Boy'? No matter though, there's great variety here and all of it sounds fantastic. Good playing, interesting arrangement choices, some superb vocal performances. I went into this thinking it would be all quite fey and folksy, and I've been roundly disabused of that notion. Might buy this in a physical format.
I've forgotten just how good some of these songs are: Mr. Soul--we all need to stand in front of the mirror and recite these lyrics. NY said it took 5 minutes to write, after a serious epilepsy attack, while in the hospital. He's a genius. Follows up/ends with the surreal Broken Arrow, in case you didn't get his message/theme the first time around. Haunting. Rock n Roll Woman--allegedly about Grace Slick, but really a metaphor for us all. Expecting to Fly: Once again: haunting, beautiful, can't believe there was so much infighting behind this album. Many more thoughts...I need more time with this one.
Ein wenig einschläfernd
3.9 - I found this album tough to rate. I listened to it 3 times this week and I'm still not quite confident in my assessment. Of its 10 tracks, I think the first 7 feel the most polished and coherent. Taken by themselves, these tracks are amazingly accomplished. "Bluebird" sounds more like a mini-symphony in 3 movements, clocking in under 5 minutes. "Mr. Soul" shows great swagger and hard rock sensibilities. "Expecting to Fly" is cinematic and ethereal with swells of string and brass, set off by Neil Young's breathy tenor. The acoustic solo breakdown in the middle of "Bluebird" rocks hard. Along the way, they cram in so many subtle flourishes, and interesting sounds. The album ends on a lull. "Good Time Boy" is an exercise in white soul that falls flat. "Rock & Roll Woman" is all cliché. "Broken Arrow" contains great promise as another opus of several movements but doesn't quite come together. What I also miss is a true standout hit to help anchor me.
It was alright. More folky than psychy. 5/10
Fantastic album, love Neil Young
Es ist erkennbar die Quelle von vielen was ich an NY liebe und mittlerweile auch hasse. Die Liebe überwiegt
Expected it to not be that great but wow it really surprised me. All really good. 5 stars easily.
The only thing that wrong with this is that I can’t rate it a 6 out of 5. Stupendous album.
Sempre necessário escutar Neil Young.
I've never heard this record before but I'll listen again...on acid, mannnnnnn! Seriously though, I'll listen again. The record starts at 100 mph. Vocals within a few seconds of the music starting. And those fuzzy psychedelic leads are my jam. Adding the backdrop of bouncing basslines is so good. I love Neil Young and he makes this band for me. There is a lot of variety too. From psych-rockers to country ballads. I like that. Clear that this band was a super group that helped launch a handful of solo careers. David Crosby has a nice voice but he's insufferable. Highlights: "Mr. Soul" is a great first track; harmonies on "Everydays;" The orchestral arrangements on "Expecting to Fly;" The freeform nature (and heavy/excellent acoustic guitar compression) on "Bluebird;" "Hung Upside Down" has a great drowsy summer feel; I feel like I could write something about every song. So, maybe the whole record is a highlight. Yeah, that sounds great. EXTRA NOTE: So far, this record has been the best pleasant surprise for me.
great album neil!
Quote impressed with this album. Never listened to it, though it has two CSNY members in it. Quote eclectic, it ranges from Neil Young rock to Steven Stills rock, to folk, to country, to epic to R&B. Also has a good mix and sounds great. Mostly 5s. A couple 4s. 5.
Awesome never knew the name before but loved the guitar and drums and recognized Broken Arrow. Would definitely want to give another listen.
This was great, it's exactly what I loved about the Stephen Stills album and what I often missed in Neil Young's Solo albums: the edge, provided by the guitar and riffs that were probably provided by Stills. It's a perfect length album with a wide array of songs, slow, mid tempo, fast, quiet, heavier. It's easy listening with a rock edge, what's not to love
4.5/5. Actually noticeable musical inspirations, and good flow. Kinda slept on Bud Spring ngl
Absolutely loved it!
Wonderful. Some dull moments, but otherwise great, low-key, well-performed.
This album was dope, it was truly all over the place. Some songs make me want to frolic and be barefoot, some make me wanna boogie, and some make wanna sob (expecting to fly, specifically). I think the order of this album flowed really nicely too. 9/10
Surprisingly better than expected. Not sure why I've always pushed this album aside. Everydays is fantastic!
Awesome album. "Everydays" live version really stood out to me, will be listening to more Buffalo Springfield and checking out each members solo stuff. Didn't know Stills and Young were in it until reading the Spotify 'About' page.
Very pretty album. Lyrically it is strong, musically it is strong. Variation between more electric songs and more folk songs. Excellent work.
I love this album, especially Neil Young's contributions - some of the best and most creative work of his career.
Buffalo Springfield has not been a group I have pursued but given the member always knew I should. I instantly was impressed. The opening track “Mr. Soul” immediately piqued my interest. “A Child’s Claim to Fame” is a great country sounding track with a cool little guitar part I love. Then it gets a little psychedelic with “Everydays”. Neil Young then takes the helm again in “Expecting to Fly,” which had a dreamy, ethereal quality. Then we plunge into “Bluebird” - Stephen Stills at his best with a really cool banjo ending. In the first five tracks we are already served a smorgasbord of some great sixties sounds prepared by experts. Well worth the ride already. The rest of the album continues as one might expect from musicians of this caliber. It’s almost embarrassing that one group held all this talent. It isn’t a surprise to me that they were barely holding together as a group. You can hear them pulling in different directions. But at this moment they put together something really special.
I love me some Stephen Stills. This is lovely. Top notch!
I very much enjoyed this album. I totally got into the rock vibe of the 60s that this group was putting out!
9/10 super fun album there’s some really, really great stuff here
The Beatles and the stones 😉. Mr Soul is a very catchy opening song and reminds me of some songs of the Stones, the second song could have been from the four fabs themselves 😉. And broken arrow, another great song, has also a structure that reminds to the Beatles. A real classic rock album, that i like very much 😉.
Again it this album really isn’t for me, however some of the songs were quite upbeat which I liked. Even though I favored the upbeat songs more, my favorite song of the bunch is Sad Memory. The lyrics for the songs are quite beautiful and the soft strumming of the guitar fits beautifully.
7/10 FT: sad Memory
Very nice and I liked it
Es un disco muy agradable Y fácil de escuchar. Diría que incluso es un poco corto, y deja con ganas de escuchar más. Algo que me llamó la atención del disco y del grupo es que las canciones son muy diversas, desde el rock hasta el jazz y quizá un poquito de folk. Todas las canciones muy bien ejecutadas. Este es otro caso de esos grupos que por alguna razón no son tan populares (no en México al menos), a pesar de haber hecho cosas interesantes. Noto similitudes con artistas como Roy Orbison o los BeeGees; sin duda hubo algo de influencia entre ellos.
Buffalo Springfield rips--I don't know why I've slept on them for so long. Maybe because everything the members went on to do--besides Young--tends to be pretty "sleepy"? CSN/CSNY is technically excellent, to be sure, but I'm not often in the mood for that "Saturday morning with a cup of coffee" sort of music. This album is great though! The closing track "Broken Arrow" doesn't quite hit for me, but it's ambitious in a Beatles-esqe way I find charming. Like an America "A Day In The Life". Less Albert Hall, more Nashville Skyline.
3.5| Cada canción creo que suena mucho a quién la compuso (en orden de aparición): Diamond (3 canciones) las de mejor lírica; Furray (4 canciones) las más 'normales' en cuanto música y letra, las más fáciles de digerir; Stills (3 canciones) las más complicadas, raras, tediosas, experimentales o que al menos me gustaron menos. 3.5 que sube a 4 porque me parece bastante bueno el disco pese a 3 canciones que de plano no me gustaron. Mr Soul y Broken Arrown me dejaron pensando que si a Young no le gustaba ser famoso, pues lo hubiera dejado de ser y ya. Dato curioso: Bluebird perdió mi atención y pensé que ya había empezado Hung Upside Down, pero era el final de Bluebird. Songs: Mr Soul, A Child's Claim to Fame, Rock & Roll Woman, Broken Arrow
It sounded like everything that came before it and everything that came after it. Most of it sounded like if the singing of The Beatles met the guitar of The Rolling Stones. But overall very pleasant and I liked the genre of music that it was a part of. Would definitely listen to again on my own even though no songs really really stood out to me.
3.5 | Disco muy interesante, de Buffalo Springfield realmente sabía más sobre su importancia que por su música (junto con The Byrds los verdaderos orígenes de la ola folk y por ser semillero de Neil Young y Stephen Stills). Escuche el disco a ciegas y no hay otra forma de decirlo, no tiene cohesión ni se siente como un trabajo con una visión o idea. Después al leer me di cuenta que en efecto cada quien al parecer escribió sus canciones por su lado y desde ese tiempo ya como banda tenían muchos problemas. Curiosamente las tres canciones escritas por Richie Furay, sin saberlo de inicio, me parecieron totalmente olvidables y de sobra (en especial Sad Memory que tiene una letra pendeja de amor idiota con nivel de niño de secundaria que tiene su primera novia). Curiosamente también, o quizá no tanto, Richie Furay fue quien no despunto a nada posterior a la disolución de la banda. Sobre las otras canciones abriendo con Young y un blues maravilloso que recuerda a los Rolling pasando a folk, rock, psicodelia... solos realmente deliciosos y cerrando con Young de nuevo y Broken Arrow con un experimento entre estilos, en vivo y estudio muy al estilo Beatles. Las canciones de Stills destacan por su música más, las de Neil Young por sus letras y las de Furay... mejor saltárselas. Me parece que tanto Neil Young solo como Crosby Stills Nash fueron mejores proyectos pero aun así, e incluso con la falta de cohesión y sintiéndose más como un Greatest Hits que un album con sentido propio, e incluso con esas 3 canciones malas, el disco es excelente.
Nice folk rock song. Good jumping off point for similar songs
Started off strong and I was thinking "easy 4!" but the back half sagged and brought it down to a 3.5. I'll still give it a 4 overall, but its just squeaking by.
couple interesting tracks and good. would listen again
A really great album for listening through and through. Without singles, but just good stuff. A copy on vinyl would possibly be desirable. Certainly return back for another listen.
Another album that reminded me of the albums my parents used to play. Really enjoy Stills and Young without listening to them too much so was good to hear. 3.5 rounded up.
Enjoyed this album
Calm upbeat folky rock
This and Jefferson Airplane have really just confirmed that I'm into psychedelic rock. I really should learn more about this era. Like I had no idea that Neil Young and Stephen Stills was in Buffalo Springfield.
Erstmalig gehört! Aber super album!
Yay, finally, dadrock. No excessive guitars.
really liked the diverse voices and folk sounding music. Will listen to again.
This album is cool!
Actually a good album. Some just weren’t my style but other than that a solid record
Unreal walking bass on Everydays. Goes for a walk then chills for a while. Great acoustic fingerstyle solo on bluebird. Love the bass tone on Hung Upside Down. Some songs come and go without leaving much of an impression, Sad Memory particularly Broken Arrow is amazing, even if I don't fully get what he's talking about. Great song writing and imagery. Overall some high highs and no real dud tracks. Only one that I don't love is Sad Memory.
About as 60s as it gets, but in a good way
One of the best blues albums
Oooooh I have to thank Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas for this Album. I get so emotional when seeing the movie, and also hearing this Album.
All good and certainly the scratch for that classic hippie era itch. To me the Neil Young songs are just on a higher level to the rest.
Good production and great, compact jamming. Many good musicians jamming together. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Expecting to Fly, Bluebird
This was hugely entertaining and will listen to again
Young Neil + Stephen Stills = Less refined CSN&Y magic
A little too out there, but flashes of brilliance
SOOO good, experimental 70s masterpiece
Goood. Liked one song in particular
1967 Genre: Folk rock; psychedelic rock; hard rock;
This was alright.
Band's second album. Folk rock / psychedelic rock with a bit of country. Released in 1967 by Atco.
Perfectly formed psych-folk-pop.
Better than I thought it'd be. I only knew "For What It's Worth" before this album, I've learned they have quite a variety of sounds. Worth the listen.
TIL Buffalo Springfield was an American rock band formed in Los Angeles, California by Canadian musicians Neil Young, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin and American musicians Stephen Stills and Richie Furay.
4/5. it's damn good, I want to give it 4.5
A joy to listen to.
Of course I recognise the genius of For What It's Worth but I knew little else from BS. And what a revelation this was didn't expect such a wide variation of styles whilst still epitomising mid-60's music.
A simple elegance to this album, easy listening, nothing fancy.
A good example of the emerging country/folk/rock inflected Laurel Canyon sound. This album was pleasant enough, but nothing about it really sticks with me. If anything, it's an interesting look into the careers of Neil Young and Stephen Stills before they became famous in their own right.
Great album with a lot of variety to it. Starts off with Mr. Soul that has a good rock beat to it with Neil Young signing. Bluebird/Rock and Roll Woman are great and I love Good Time Boy (R&B feeling to it). If I could give it a nine I would out of 10. 4 because there are a couple songs that are a bit weak.
The best Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young that I've seen on this list until now. This is not absolutely perfect for me, but it's a kind of rock n' roll that I like very much. Rock, Country, and Blues at the exact level.
Never heard all of the tracks on this album before. It's excellent.
This album is like the bridge between folk and psychedelica without being a blend of the two. I don't know if that makes sense to anybody else. Best track: Hung Upside Down
First time listening to this album, really enjoyed it. Not all songs but some great ones on there. Would listen to again.
With the exception of Mr. Soul, this was all new to me and I really liked it.
I really dig it
Picos altos seguidos canciones que bajonean. Al final en promedio resulta un buen disco, muy disfrutable.
Great 60s album
Psychedelic country and folk rock
Très bon old school rock'n'roll. L'album s'écoute très bien et la présence de Neil Young dans le band vient clairement rajouter quelque chose.
veisla maður mjög sáttur með þetta, uppáhalds lagið mitt er Sad Memory, ahh, verð víst að gefa enn eina 4-star einkunn... því miður ekki alveg fimma
So much Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young on here! I did enjoy this one though. Lots of variety: horns, organ, woodwind as well as the folky guitar rock I was expecting. Better that The Byrds for sure.
Buffalo Springfield was most notable for helping launch Neil Young's career. Buffalo Springfield Again is without doubt a very good album, though Young's contributions were kind of minimal with two of his tracks recorded solo, but it does contain one of Young's great tracks, Mr. Soul. To not take away the contribution of the other members of the band, the record suffers from inconsistency and wasn't quite as great as I remember. That being said, this is an important piece of 60's rock history that is the beginnings of something greater (CSN&Y and Neil solo), that can't be denied.
Country rock usually doesn't resonate with me as much, but this album is super great! There are a lot of varied influences. The album flows well but each song manages to sound distinct. It has aged well. Favorites: Expecting to Fly, Bluebird, Sad Memory, Broken Arrow