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Biography by Richie Unterberger

Apart from the Byrds, no other American band had as great an impact on folk-rock and country-rock -- really, the entire Californian rock sound -- than Buffalo Springfield. The group's formation is the stuff of legend: driving on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay spotted a hearse that Stills was sure belonged to Neil ... Read more in Amazon's Buffalo Springfield Store

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  • Audio CD (21 Mar 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002IAZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,040 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  7. Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
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BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD Retrospective - The Best Of Buffalo Springfield (1988 UK 12-track CD issue of the 1969 compilation album includes For What Its Worth Bluebird Rock & Roll Woman and Expecting To Fly picture sleeve with outer card picture slipcase)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 12 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
The group recorded three albums during their three years together, but one (Stampede) was never officially released. A fourth album (Last time around) was assembled from leftover tracks after the group disbanded. Their second original album (Again) is easily the best of the three officially released and several of its tracks are included here. Within a general acoustic rock style, there is plenty of diversity including folk, pop and country influences and this eclectic mix illustrates the clash of styles within the group.
Stephen Stills and Neil Young provided most of the group's song although they never wrote together. Of Stephen's songs, the highlights include For what it's worth (their only major hit - it made the American top ten), Bluebird (about Judy Collins), Rock and roll woman (about Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane) and Go and say goodbye. Of Neil's songs, my favorites are Mr Soul, Broken arrow and Expecting to fly. The other songs are all great including one by Richie Furay, Kind woman.
Neil Young and Stephen Stills went on to form Crosby Stills Nash and Young with ex-Byrd David Crosby and ex-Hollies Graham Nash. Richie Furay and Jim Messina went on to form Poco, an important country-rock group that survived many line-up changes of its own.
Ultimately, Buffalo Springfield are more famous as the launching pad for the careers of its members than for the music they made together, but their best music, included in this set, is certainly worth a listen.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By katrina_marina on 29 April 2010
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I bought this after watching a BBC documentary on Crosby, Stills Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, The Eagles and others.
I heard that amazing first track with its haunting minimalist, instantly recognisable: 'Stop, hey what's that sound, everybody look what's going down.' It put the song in context of USA during Vietnam, race riots and heavy-handed police tactics.
Then I was blown away by 'Broken Arrow', my first introduction to Neil Young.
There are hints and signs of harmonies that will come together in Crosby Stills Nash & Young. Memorable and spine-tingling as it juxtaposes romantic and political sensibilities. You often hear: 'You had to be there Man' in order to understand the context of music, but this really brings history to life.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Mar 2000
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This collection is from the short lived but massively influential Buffalo Springfield. Buffalo Springfield, if you have not heard of them, were the group that spawned Stephen Stills and the incredible Neil Young. Much like their later work this collection has fine melodies married with intelligent lyrics and is a essential buy for all those who have enjoyed their music through the years.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Selby on 24 Jan 2002
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This is the ultimate chillout collection, pure and simple. Buffalo Springfield ooze rock and roll, with a soulful, moody edge. Tunes like 'For what it's worth' and 'Broken arrow' are classics that everyone will instantly recognise. Buffalo Springfield are and remain a very influential band, and everyone who has heard of Neil Young should check this early stuff out. A great compilation album, well worth the purchase.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Harvey on 19 Nov 2009
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Neil Young never really belonged in the Springfield. Some of his songs like 'Broken Arrow' were two years ahead of anything Stephen Stills contributed, but that is precisely why the band was so desperate to keep him. Take away Young's input and you have Hollies style sixties pop with a spoonful of Byrds style pop folk. Neil gave them an edge, one foot in the next decade; but like every collaborational venture Shakey ever lent himself to, it could only ever be temporary. He and Stills were not collaborators in the tradional sense, they each brought their seperate work to the communal table, rather like Lennon and McCartney, but unlike John and Paul's earlier work, Stills and Young's respective outputs sounded like music from two different bands. Stephen was the heart of the band but Young was its mind, and he demanded at least equal shares of the leadership spoils. This collection proves it, Young got six cuts, Stills five, and Richie Furay got the last slot with 'Kind Woman'.

If Stephen's 'For What It's Worth' was the bands signature, Young's songs were the promise of greater things to come, and on stage (particularly TV guest slots) the obvious difference in styles was exploited for all it was worth. Stills contritely played cowboy to Young's Red Indian; it was never a long term strategy, Neil never looked comfortable in that ridiculous Buffalo Bill jacket, and the gunslinger routine during 'For What It's Worth' made light of the song's anti war message. (Would Dylan perform 'Tangled Up In Blue' dressed in a Smurf costume?
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By Dont_50 on 17 Jun 2014
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I have always been a Neil Young fan and had not listen to much Buffalo Springfield so after reading biography I decided to listen to some and really enjoyed it.
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the same as steppenwolf,i love both,i never get tired of this compilation of songs,my favourites: all of them! but if i have to narrow down the choice i would go for..... for what it's worth,mr soul bluebird,on the way home and nowadays clancy can't even sing
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