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Star Collection Buffalo Springfield

30 Nov

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This compilation of Buffalo Springfield tracks came out on an anonymous budget label (Midi) in 1972 and I bought it (possibly from Woolworths), at around that time and despite the naff sleeve.  I’d already bought ‘Harvest’ by Neil Young (see April 27th post), had taped a copy of ‘After the Goldrush’ and wanted to hear more but was too mean to shell out for Mr Young’s two earliest solo records or his CSNY group recordings! This then was the cheapskate alternative – a collection of  work from his first band – which also featured Stephen Stills.

I’d never heard anything by Buffalo Springfield on UK radio and I think the original three albums ( from 1966, ’67 and ’68) had been deleted by the record company at that point so I was taking a gamble with £1.50 (maybe even less) but it turned out pretty good value for money!

The record contains eleven tracks – five by Young, three by  Stills and two by Richie Furay. All of them with that distinctively sixties sound when US rock music wasn’t ashamed of displaying its pop roots and  when pop music was flirting with psychedelia and a heavier sound. There’s plenty of Byrds-like jangling guitars among this collection. None of the tracks are bad at all and most have lasted very well over the years. The better of Furay’s pair is ‘A Child’s Claim to Fame’ , while the outstanding Stills track is the ominous ‘For What It’s Worth’ followed closely by ‘Rock’n’Roll Woman’.  It’s the Neil Young tracks that make it for me though: Both ‘Mr Soul’ and ‘Burned’ are up there among his best and ‘Out Of My Mind‘ is pretty good too.

Since buying this, I’ve acquired the band’s first two albums but haven’t seen the final one (‘Last Time Around’) to buy yet – but it’ll probably join them in due course.