45 Years Ago: ‘Buffalo Springfield Again’ Album Released
By the time Buffalo Springfield started recording their second album during the first half of 1967, the five members were barely speaking to each other. Neil Young wasnât around much. Their bass player was battling drug problems. And a series of studio musicians was called in to help shape the three main writersâ songs.
âBuffalo Springfield Again,’ which turns 45 Nov. 18, indeed sounds like the work of three distinct songwriters at times. But thereâs also a unity to the recording that pulls the trio of styles — Youngâs psychedelia, Stephen Stillsâ folk and Richie Furayâs country — into a mix that often sounds like rock ânâ rollâs splintered future. Like so many other albums that came out in the banner year of 1967, âBuffalo Springfield Againâ opens popular music to a world of possibilities.
Two of Youngâs best early songs bookmark the album: the opening âMr. Soulâ and the closing six-minute freak-out âBroken Arrow,â a feast of sounds tied together with various studio tricks. In between are four songs by Stills (including âBluebirdâ and âRock âNâ Roll Woman,â two of his finest), three by Furay and one other by Young (âExpecting to Fly,â which was released as a single the following year).
Buffalo Springfield would make one more album (1968âs âLast Time Aroundâ) before calling it quits and members would branch off into other projects, most notably Stills with Crosby, Stills & Nash, Furay with Poco and Young as a solo artist. But âBuffalo Springfield Againâ is the moment where three young artists found their voices and brought them together in a fractured work that sounds remarkably cohesive.
Â Listen to Buffalo Springfield’s ‘Broken Arrow’