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Buffalo Springfield Again

Buffalo Springfield

1967

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Buffalo Springfield Again
Album Summary

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.

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3.19

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11947

Genres

  • Rock
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Psychedelic Rock

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Mon Jun 14 2021
3

“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

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Thu Dec 17 2020
4

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.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
1

Much too slow for me, nothing stands out or is that compelling. No more folk/psychedelic rock 2021

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Wed Jul 14 2021
5

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.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

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.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

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.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
5

Excellent album - Bluebird is definitely one of my faves. Super cool 12-string and fuzz use with guitars and amazing harmony vocals.

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Sun Apr 04 2021
5

Expected it to not be that great but wow it really surprised me. All really good. 5 stars easily.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
5

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.

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Thu Mar 14 2024
5

Wow. This is SOOOO far ahead of its time. Blues, funk, rock - all together with Neil’s nasal whine. Absolutely loved it. A buried treasure (for me)

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Thu Mar 14 2024
4

"Buffalo Springfield Again" is the second album by Canadian-American rock band Buffalo Springfield. Folk rock, pyschedelia, country folk and hard rock are the classified genres but they go deeper into other ones as well. The album was recorded over nine months in LA and NYC and was fraught with dysfunction with essentially each member producing their own material independently. The band is Stephen Stills (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Neil Young (vocals, guitar), Richie Furay (vocals rhythm guitar), Bruce Palmer (bass) and Dewey Martin (drums, vocals). Commercially, the album hit #44 in the US and, critically, is considered a classic of the pyschedelic era. A "dirty sounding" Neil Young guitar opens "Mr. Soul." Young said he was trying to get that Stones' "Satisfaction" sound. And he does. Layered guitars. A great pyschedelic song. It's about Young's personal problems with fame and disregard for rock fandom. Young also penned and sung "Expecting to Fly" with the famous LA Wrecking Crew as his back-up band. With strings, this is actually baroque pop. Don't count out the power of the band when they come together and we get that on Stephen Stills' "Bluebird." Young with electric guitar riffs and Stills matching him on the acoustic guitar. Great finger picking. It's a love song about Judy Collins and not the last song about Judy Collins that Stills would be involved in. Still delivers another rocker in "Hung Upside Down." Great guitar again and great vocal harmonization with Stills and Furay. It's Furay's turn with the ballad "Sad Memory." His vocals are in the forefront with guitars in background. "Rock & Roll Woman" is the song that best highlights the distorted guitar of Young combined with the vocal harmonies of Stills and Furay. A song that is apparently about Grace Slick. This album covers a lot of ground right away with a pyschedelic rocker going to a country rock song to a jazzy-folk song and finally to baroque pop. There's also a ballad thrown in later. The pyschedelic rockers are classics. This albums hints to where each of the vocalists would go next: Young's electric guitar riffs to his solo material and with Crazy Horse, Stills' acoustic guitar and harmonies to CSN(Y) and Furay's more country rock to Poco. If you like any of those groups (and most of you do), this an album to listen to and enjoy.

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Wed Sep 01 2021
3

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.

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

An album that shows the genius behind Stephen Stills and Neil Young. Why? Because Richie Furay's songs suck. For reference, he wrote "A Child's Claim to Fame", "Sad Memory", and "Good Time Boy"... awful songs. "Everydays" and "Hung Upside Down" are ok songs by Stills, but they're pretty weak, and my appeal is mostly to their unique sound: the jazz in the former, and the psychedelic fuzz in the latter. Now that the weak ones are out of the way, the other half of the songs are pretty solid. Stills really killed it with psychedelic rock "Bluebird" and "Rock and Roll Woman" which are the catchiest and appeal to a pop album. But the star is Neil Young as always. Starts off with a blues banger "Mr. Soul." For his other two songs, I noticed that in most cases, the highly experimental psychedelic sounds fall flat. But not here. "Expecting to Fly" and "Broken Arrow" are really well crafted and fit right in with the rest of the album. The former is highly structured while the latter has these really interesting transitions that somehow work. So glad that they're dispersed so I always have something to forward to between the bad songs.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
3

This was pretty good. I liked the Neil Young songs more than the Richie Furay or Steven Stills songs. 3 stars.

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Sat Oct 07 2023
3

Buffalo va encore faire honte à toute la salle de concert, clamant à qui veut l'entendre "eh tu veux les voir les grosses couilles de Buffalo ?!". La famille Spingfield est décidemment incorrigible...

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Sat Oct 07 2023
3

Un album pas dégueu contre toute attente. J'étais pourtant déjà prêt à lui chier dessus rien qu'au titre et à la pochette.

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Thu Mar 07 2024
3

I don’t have much to say. The good songs are actually really good. The bad ones are awful. This is possibly the actual definition of a 3-star album.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
2

It was alright. More folky than psychy. 5/10

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Thu Mar 04 2021
5

Fantastic album, love Neil Young

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Thu Jul 15 2021
5

Es ist erkennbar die Quelle von vielen was ich an NY liebe und mittlerweile auch hasse. Die Liebe überwiegt

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Mon May 10 2021
5

The only thing that wrong with this is that I can’t rate it a 6 out of 5. Stupendous album.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
5

Sempre necessário escutar Neil Young.

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

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.

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Fri Nov 12 2021
5

Awesome never knew the name before but loved the guitar and drums and recognized Broken Arrow. Would definitely want to give another listen.

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Mon Dec 06 2021
5

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

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Tue Dec 14 2021
5

4.5/5. Actually noticeable musical inspirations, and good flow. Kinda slept on Bud Spring ngl

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

Wonderful. Some dull moments, but otherwise great, low-key, well-performed.

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Thu May 12 2022
5

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

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Surprisingly better than expected. Not sure why I've always pushed this album aside. Everydays is fantastic!

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

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.

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Mon Nov 14 2022
5

Very pretty album. Lyrically it is strong, musically it is strong. Variation between more electric songs and more folk songs. Excellent work.

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Mon Jan 09 2023
5

I love this album, especially Neil Young's contributions - some of the best and most creative work of his career.

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Tue Jan 10 2023
5

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.

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Tue Jan 10 2023
5

I love me some Stephen Stills. This is lovely. Top notch!

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Tue Jan 10 2023
5

I very much enjoyed this album. I totally got into the rock vibe of the 60s that this group was putting out!

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Sat Feb 11 2023
5

9/10 super fun album there’s some really, really great stuff here

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Thu Mar 09 2023
5

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 😉.

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Wed Dec 13 2023
5

Excellent early material that was the genesis of other bands

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Sun Jan 07 2024
5

Amazing. I never knew they had such a jazz vibe.

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Thu Jan 25 2024
5

It was pretty good, the band is good, but these weren't the best of their songs. I listened to the whole thing anyway. Real instruments and voices, not synthesizes stuff.

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Fri Jan 26 2024
5

This reminded me of yacht rock! I love yacht rock. I also appreciated that every song was so different. It kept the album fresh and interesting.

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Fri Feb 09 2024
5

This was a great example of late 60s folk/pop. Loved every second and with it was longer actually.

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Mon Mar 04 2024
5

I really liked this album. All of the songs worked well together. Nice sounding vocals. One song that was interesting in an experimental, this is an experience type song. But not that far from the rest of the album so it wasn’t too jarring. Really liked it 5/5

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Fri Mar 15 2024
5

Admittedly I find Buffalo Springfield a bit boring to listen to. I hadn’t listened to this album before, but some of the songs were pretty good, with “Mr. Soul,” “Bluebird,” and “Sad Memory” being my favorites. As I got near the end, I was pretty certain this was going to get a 4 from me. But then “Broken Arrow” comes on and, wow, what a song! I immediately connected with it, and it drew me in more than any other song on the album. Still not totally sold on Buffalo Springfield, but I’m definitely sold on this album.

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Sun Apr 28 2024
5

Not all the tracks stand up with their original shine, but Bluebird, Mr Soul, Expecting to Fly, and especially the stellar Broken Arrow secure this album’s place in the pantheon.

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Tue Sep 15 2020
4

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.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

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.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
4

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.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

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

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Sat Feb 13 2021
4

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.

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

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.

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Mon Feb 15 2021
4

Nice folk rock song. Good jumping off point for similar songs

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

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.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

couple interesting tracks and good. would listen again

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Mon Apr 12 2021
4

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.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

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.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
4

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.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
4

Erstmalig gehört! Aber super album!

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

Yay, finally, dadrock. No excessive guitars.

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Tue May 11 2021
4

really liked the diverse voices and folk sounding music. Will listen to again.

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Sun May 02 2021
4

Actually a good album. Some just weren’t my style but other than that a solid record

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Fri May 07 2021
4

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.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

About as 60s as it gets, but in a good way

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

One of the best blues albums

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Thu Jun 10 2021
4

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.

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Mon Aug 09 2021
4

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.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
4

Good production and great, compact jamming. Many good musicians jamming together. (7/10) Favourite Tracks: Expecting to Fly, Bluebird

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

This was hugely entertaining and will listen to again

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

Young Neil + Stephen Stills = Less refined CSN&Y magic

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Mon Aug 16 2021
4

A little too out there, but flashes of brilliance

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Wed Sep 01 2021
4

SOOO good, experimental 70s masterpiece

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Goood. Liked one song in particular

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

1967 Genre: Folk rock; psychedelic rock; hard rock;

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Tue Sep 28 2021
4

Band's second album. Folk rock / psychedelic rock with a bit of country. Released in 1967 by Atco.

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Thu Oct 14 2021
4

Perfectly formed psych-folk-pop.

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