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Buffalo Springfield

  • Buffalo Springfield [Atco, 1966]
  • Buffalo Springfield Again [Atco, 1967] A-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Buffalo Springfield [Atco, 1966]
[CG80: Rock Library: Before 1980]

Buffalo Springfield Again [Atco, 1967]
In terms of influence and concentrated talent, this is clearly the most important white group to come out of California in the '60s, but the '70s haunt them. Jim portends Loggins, Richie portends Poco, Stevie portends Manassas, and Neil portends both genius and portentousness--ain't hindsight grand? This is a seminal record, the original studio-hopping sessionman El Lay elpee, and except for Neil's "Broken Arrow"--which portends Harvest--represents some of the best singing, playing, and songwriting any of the principals ever did. But only Neil's "Mr. Soul" entirely transcends the professional care of the production. A-

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