The band themselves were displeased with this record, feeling that the production did not capture their on-stage energy and excitement. Yet to most ears, this debut sounds pretty great, featuring some of their most melodic and accomplished songwriting and harmonies, delivered with a hard-rocking punch. "For What It's Worth" was the hit single, but there are several other equally stunning treasures. Stephen Stills' "Go and Say Goodbye" was a pioneering country-rock fusion; his "Sit Down I Think I Love You" was the band at their poppiest and most early Beatlesque; and his "Everybody's Wrong" and "Pay the Price" were tough rockers. Although Neil Young has only two lead vocals on the record (Richie Furay sang three other Young compositions), he's already a songwriter of great talent and enigmatic lyricism, particularly on "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing," "Out of My Mind," and "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong." The entire album bursts with thrilling guitar and vocal interplay, with a bright exuberance that would tone down considerably by their second record. [Some reissues present both mono and stereo mixes of the album, and include "Baby Don't Scold Me" (which was on the first pressing of the record, but was soon replaced by "For What It's Worth").]
Performance CreditsBuffalo Springfield Primary Artist
Jim Messina Bass,Vocals
Steve Stills Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Neil Young Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals
Dewey Martin Drums
Bruce Palmer Bass,Bass Guitar
Richie Furay Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jim Fielder Bass
Doug Hastings Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsNeil Young Composer
Tom May Engineer
Charles Greene Producer
Doc Siegel Engineer
Brian Stone Producer
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Buffalo Springfield based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
The opinion of professional reviewers notwithstanding, the journey was downhill from here for the Springfield not only as a band, but creatively, as well. Not to say that the balance of their work was without merit, just that their later efforts lacked the freshness and originality of this album. Everything they ever did should be on the high side of recommended, if not outstanding. "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" is the finest song Neil Young ever wrote and Richie Furay's vocals do it justice as no one else's could. Stephen Stills demonstrates for the first time that he was just born musical ... if he dropped his guitar, the sound that it makes hitting the ground would be better than 99% of what has been recorded so far in the music industry. The bass and drums are a cohesive and integral part of the entire album and don't sound as if they were added "in the mix." In short, this album is one of my Top Ten Albums of all time, ranking up there with "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs," "Don't Fight It," "Manassas," and "Bad Out There." If "Kind Woman" were on this album, it would be the best album ever recorded ... by anyone.
It's a shame that the sound of this record is so outdated, otherwise catchy. Neil Young's splendid "Flying on the Ground is Wrong" is what i would regard as Buffalo Springfield at their peak. The album's worth buying for that tune alone, really.