Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Buffalo Springfield 1966-1968

Two years. Three records. Remarkable stuff, especially within the context of its times. And it holds up quite well. Folk-rock-country-Americana-soul-psych.

So how to enjoy it? If you've got a turntable and can collect the three original LPs, who'd blame you? You could download them, too, if you want. There's also the 1969 Retrospective single LP that's a joy, and available in all the usual formats. The four-CD box is just overkill.

But the 1973 double-LP Buffalo Springfield, which takes the original three records down to two, is just about the right amount of editing. Never available in CD or any other digital format. I suppose you could look up the track listing and then build it yourself, but that's a drag.

This was a great band. Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Messsina would go on to produce tons of great music after this. This was before all that, and just as good. 

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