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on 22 March 2017
Everything is oke :-)
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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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on 29 April 2010
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on 3 December 2011
This is a collection of Buffalo Springfield recordings but is one of those compilations that create a powerful feel and character such that it stands in its own right as a classic album - in much the same way as does Relics by Pink Floyd. I have the band's other albums, which I find patchy and at times dated - reflecting the experimental nature of their music and the developing individual styles. However, Retrospective is just one relentless mind blowing statement of quality and creativity that made a lasting impression when I first heard it and easily stands the test of time. The presence and contribution of Steve Stills, Neil Young, David Crosby, Rusty Young and the amazing bass playing of Jim Messina are well documented in the other reviews. The latter two went on to form Poco. If you like Retrospective then I would suggest next try the first CSN album, Neil Young's first solo album, Steve Stills' eponymous solo debut or listen to Poco's first two albums - a very under-rated band that was influential in developing the whole country rock fusion style. Nothing wrong with their subsequent umpteen albums either though their style changed as the band members came and went over many years. Also try Steve Stills slightly later work with Manassas. Retrospective is an album that I still play and enjoy regularly. It represents a huge milestone in the evolution of modern music and a lasting monument to the first dynamic blooming of the stellar talents that went on to drive CSN&Y, the Byrds, etc.
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on 19 November 2009
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 commanded 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?) The chalk and cheese nature of Young's relationship with other band members was also much in evidence; vocalist and occasional writer Richie Furay did his best to apply his more conventional pop sensibilities to 'Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing' without having the remotest idea what he was singing about. If he'd asked, Young would have probably offered his stock response to such enquiries: "It means whatever you want it to mean man".

I think Buffalo Springfield was an excellent name, its great mid-western vastness nicely reflecting the widely differing styles of its joint leaders. I also think the band was influential, but I don't think this compilation really does the Springfield justice. It's a nice enough taster with important inclusions like 'For What It's Worth', the supposedly Stones inspired 'Mr Soul' and the epic 'Broken Arrow', and you may later be tempted to sample other Young/Stills ventures like Crosby Stills Nash and Young, but considering this compilation gets a fancy name like 'Retrospective' it lacks some great songs. The first album alone was brimming with cracking stuff like 'Burned', 'Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It' and 'Pay The Price'; none got a look in here. What might have been a better proposition would have been a double album, or one of those 'twenty best' single disc compilations. But since they only made three albums you may as well skip this and buy the lot; it won't exactly break the bank.
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on 16 March 2000
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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on 24 January 2002
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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on 3 September 2013
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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on 14 November 2016
Always have loved Neil Young and saw this cheap so though I'd give it a go.
I always thopught that Neil Young left this band to go on to bigger and better things.
Based upon this,he did!!
The stongest track is the best know 'For What Its Worth'
Other than that,it all tended to wash over me a bit and is quite forgettable.
I doubt that this will get played much
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on 17 June 2014
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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