180g 5LP Box Set Includes Mono Mixes for Buffalo Springfield and Buffalo Springfield Again: All Content Newly Remastered from the Original Analog Tapes Under the Auspices of Neil Young
When Canadian transplants Neil Young and Bruce Palmer intersected with Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Dewey Martin on the Sunset Strip in 1966, one of the truly great Los Angeles bands was born: Buffalo Springfield. Taking their name from a steamroller they'd seen parked on a street, the quintet emerged as folk-rock/country-rock leaders during their tumultuous two-year existence. Before playing its final show on May 5, 1968, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers released three studio albums on ATCO during an intense, creative burst.
Those albums - Buffalo Springfield (1966), Buffalo Springfield Again (1967), and Last Time Around (1968) - have been newly remastered from the original analog tapes under the auspices of Neil Young for the new boxed set: What's That Sound?: Complete Album Collection. The 5LP collection (limited to 5,000 copies) includes stereo mixes of all three records, plus mono mixes for Buffalo Springfield and Buffalo Springfield Again. The albums - available for the first time ever on 180-gram vinyl - are presented in sleeves and gatefolds that faithfully re-create the original releases.
Buffalo Springfield played their first show together in 1966. The same year, the band recorded and released its self-titled debut, which included the iconic protest song, "For What It's Worth," featuring lyrics as poignant now as they were then, in addition to standouts like "Burned," "Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It," and the band's first single, "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing."
The group spent the first half of 1967 making Buffalo Springfield Again, which was the first album to feature songs written by Furay ("A Child's Claim To Fame"). Stills and Young both contributed some all-time classics with "Bluebird" and "Rock And Roll Woman" from Stills, and "Mr. Soul" and "Expecting To Fly" from Young.
When Last Time Around came out in July 1968, the band members were in the midst of transitioning to new projects: Stills famously joined David Crosby and Graham Nash in CSN; Young went solo; and Furay started Poco with Jim Messina, who produced Last Time Around and played bass on two of the songs. Highlights abound on the album with Young's "I Am A Child," Furay's "Kind Woman" and Stills' "Uno Mundo."