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Buffalo Springfield Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. There Goes My Babe (demo)
2. Come On (demo)
3. Hello, I've Returned (demo)
4. Out Of My Mind (demo)
5. Flying On The Ground Is Wrong (demo)
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Down Down Down (remix)
2. Kahuna Sunset
3. Buffalo Stomp (raga)
4. Baby Don't Scold Me
5. For What's Worth
See all 21 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Hung Upside Down
2. Good Time Boy
3. One More Sign (demo)
4. The Rent Is Always Due (demo)
5. Round And Round And Round
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. For What It's Worth
2. Go And Say Goodbye
3. Sit Down I Think I Love You
4. Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing
5. Hot Dusty Roads
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Buffalo Spring is a 4-disc box set that traces the short yet influential career of Buffalo Springfield. Fronted by two of the most mercurially talented musicians and composers of their generation--Stephen Stills and Neil Young--Buffalo Springfield's career lasted just 25 months from April 1966 to May 1968. Their legend has long been sealed by two classic albums, the eponymous debut and Buffalo Springfield Again. Both are here in their entirety on the final CD of this set, but the real revelation is spread over the other 3 discs, which feature a total of 36 previously unreleased tracks. The demos for Buffalo favourites and songs that were later recorded for post-Springfield albums are an astonishing testimony to the intense creativity and sheer brilliance that powered the band. The highlights are everywhere--Stills's beautiful "So You've Got a Lover Now", Richie Furay's exuberant "What A Day", Young's "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong". Fans have long known that despite their short career, Buffalo Springfield ranked alongside the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys as major 1960s players. Now everyone else does too. --Gavin Martin

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Repackaging of this excellent 2001 four CD box. Buffalo Springfield was Neil Young, Steve Stills, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin. This set takes the listener through the band's chronological journey - testimony that their prolific and esteemed output within two short years far outshone what some groups barely achieve in a lifetime. Featuring demos, alternates, outtakes and studio masters, this four disc compendium is a must-have for any fan of this seminal band, whose influence cannot be overestimated.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buffalo Springfield Rocks!! Aug. 3 2001
Format:Audio CD
All in all, this is a truly worthy compilation along the lines of the Byrds' 4-CD box set from 1990.
Like everyone else, I, too, find it a bit redundant that CD #4 has "Buffalo Springfield" and "Buffalo Springfield Again" as those albums are readily available separately.
In addition, I'm a little disappointed that the "real", original version of "Bluebird," which appears on the CSNY/Buffalo Springfield/Poco "Roots" bootleg, and Neil's lead vocal version of "Down to the Wire" are not included. No REAL collection of their work is complete without these two essentials.
Furthermore, it contains no concert material. The "Stampede" bootleg contains several songs from their January 1968 Whittier High School concert ("Pay the Price," "Nobody's Fool," "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing," "Rock & Roll Woman"). Surely they could have resurrected some concert material -- poor sound quality isn't necessarily a bad thing; this is an instance where the adage "if there's no alternative, there's no problem" should apply.
Nonetheless, the first three CD's give one a great glimpse into the creativity and originality of Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Neil Young during their formative years and how it influenced CSN, CSNY, Manassas, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Poco, Souther-Hillman-Furay Band, et al.
Furay's acoustic demo of Nobody's Fool is heads above the versions that appear on Poco's "Pickin' Up the Pieces" and "Poco" albums. Furay's rendition of "Can't Keep Me Down" is every bit as good as the retitled "Can You Feel It, Too," which appears on Poco's "From the Inside" album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity (revised) Dec 26 2013
By PGB
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I originally wrote this before listening properly to every track. I have finally had the opportunity to do so.

Comments:

1) Not all of the 3rd album Last Time Around is here. Granted, it wasn't as good as the first two, but still .... the decision to omit, especially, "... Not Quite Rain" and the final release version of "Pretty Girl Why" was an unfortunate one, as these two songs were of high quality. They could have easily fitted LTA into the set in its entirety. Neil Young, for whom I have the greatest respect, had a major hand in this box set compilation; he had had little involvement with Last Time Around, so he may have seen some of its tracks as dispensable. Still .... I highly recommend you get "Last Time Around" for the several essential songs that are MIA.Last Time Around. It's pretty inexpensive these days.

2) The 9:00 version of Bluebird (with the terrific jam in the middle) was not included. Even though many have commented that they're no longer "relevant," jams like this are a relic of the times. I would argue that Springfield itself is a "relic", and if you want an archive of a seminal band, virtually everything they did was significant, especially when we consider how important the individul members (at least Still, Young, and Furay) became. Possible reason for its omission of this Stills showpiece: the Stills-Young rivalry, which certainly was a factor back then, and it may persist even today. The long version only appears on an early 70s 2-LP compilation (called "Buffalo Springfield", creatively enough - I still have a copy).
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3.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity March 4 2013
Format:Audio CD
I love Buffalo Springfield, one of the great lost bands in the history of rock and roll, but I didn't buy this box when it came out and I wouldn't buy it now. (Not that I could, probably, because it's out of print and very expensive to buy used.) The three complete Buffalo Springfield albums including both mono and stereo versions of the first album could have fit on two CD's with room to spare leaving two CD's for the demos and rarities. But, in answer to some other reviewers, any blame will have to be attributed to Neil Young because he is responsible for the way this box was put together. I'm no lover of record companies but in this case they're off the hook.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Acid??? Dec 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
Whenever I pay 50+ bucks for an exhaustive box set, I feel obligated to look at the purchase with a far more discerning critical eye than standard 14 dollar CD purchase. It's hard to be forgiving when the retail price is so high. That being said, this 4 CD collection will be the best sounding Buffalo Springfield you will ever hear. Neil Young was the right person to supervise the remastering of this project and he has done a great service to fans who have patiently waited for years the remastering to be completed. Perfectionism may be a pain in the posterior, but at the end of the day, you have Neil Young to thank for the cleaning the collection of Springfield's master tapes. The master tapes were probably in pretty bad condition after 35 years on someone's shelf and remastering them was time consuming, labor intensive process.
Here's my complaint. The actual chronology may be correct but there is a confusing mix of demos, remixes, outakes and unreleased songs that destroy the continuity of the original three albums. "Buffalo Springfield", "Buffalo Springfield, Again" and "Last Time Around" are the holy grail of our youth and should not be tampered with by anyone, even Neil Young. The order of the songs on those albums are so firmly imprinted in my subconscious mind that each time I hear a song out of order, I break out in a cold sweat, begin screaming, "Revisionist history!!!", before the enevitable grand mal seizure strikes. We're talking about sacred ground here, Neil!!!
It would have been far better to present the first three Buffalo Springfied albums in separate jewel cases with the orginal order of songs and the original artwork, than parking a jumbled mess of demos on the same CDs as the final takes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars For fans only
Buffalo Springfield was a great classic rock act, but sadly, they never really got the credit they deserved. Read more
Published on July 18 2004 by Rocker_Man
4.0 out of 5 stars what an awesome collection of talent this was
I don't understand Neil Young's choices for the box set, especially some of the duller demos and the many repeated stereo tracks (I appreciate having the mono version of their... Read more
Published on Oct. 22 2003 by G. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Artistic intent
This Box set took 10 years to assemble, 8 of those were spent locating the best possible source tapes. Neil Young compiled the box. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2003 by Mason Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars THE USUAL COMPLAINT
The music on this disc rates five stars. The sound on Disc Four is breathtaking, and the demos are pure gold, especially for those interested in the evolution of a songwriter (Neil... Read more
Published on July 14 2003 by Michael
2.0 out of 5 stars Less CAN be more.
I've always liked these guys, but this is a mess: table scraps, studio banter, amplified clicks and pops. Read more
Published on July 10 2003 by "woodstockvet"
3.0 out of 5 stars Stampede it is not.
Stampede was the legendary lost album by Buffalo Springfield, which supposedly had some fine tracks, such as Neighbor Don't You Worry, Sell Out, Down To the Wire, and many other... Read more
Published on June 5 2003 by Robert Cossaboon
3.0 out of 5 stars Arguments, fights, broken noses...you gotta love Springfield
I could compare this set to a set like the Beatles Anthology...so I will. The anthology is what this set should be.. Read more
Published on Dec 29 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars WARNING -- READ BEFORE YOU BUY!!!
This box set was a huge disappointment. Not because of the music (which is excellent), but because it is not comprehensive (some key songs are missing) and all the songs on the... Read more
Published on Oct. 17 2002 by R Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Extra points for mono
Just wanted to point something out that's been mentioned in other reviews -- the reason for songs included on 1,2 & 3 turning up a second time on 4 is because those are the... Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2002 by Johnny Lawrence
3.0 out of 5 stars For a band that was great live, why no live material?
Read the previous reviews and you'll get the general drift, of which I am in agreement. CDs 1-3 are very, very good and worth owning. Read more
Published on Oct. 12 2002 by J. Polsgrove
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