It's sometimes claimed that Buffalo Springfield had more talent than The Byrds (yeah, right!) and even that they were an American Beatles (!!), but only two members had any real musical talent. They were Stephen Stills and Neil Young, who later formed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, along with an egomaniac basehead and some innocous English chap (as for Buffalo Springfield's Richie Furay being a major talent. What, with Poco? Give me a break!!).
Buffalo Springfield were never particularly innovative or groundbreaking, merely a very good country-pop band that tried to rock out on occasion. This debut is their masterpiece, mainly because (a) they had the good taste and sense not to let Furay anywhere near the songwriting credits, and (b) they mainly stick to sugary somewhat smarmy pop jingles (Stills) and sad cowboy tunes (Young).
Because Young was unsure of himself as a singer, he handed over too many of the vocal parts to Furay's generic country croak. But Young penned the best songs - the wonderfully Brit-poppy "Burned", and the lyrically obscure but undeniably sad "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing".
Stills' smarmy love songs like "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" (done a jillion times purtier by the Mojo Men around the same time), are mostly pleasant and melodic, and then there's his riot-on-Sunset-Strip classic "For What It's Worth", that replaced the slightly bluesy rocker "Baby Don't Scold Me" (after the former became a hit single).
The reissue contains the mono and stereo versions back-to-back (the mono sounds slightly better), thereby returning "Baby Don't Scold Me" back to its rightful place on the original release. After this album's release, these formerly innocent American/Canadian heartland kids became rich L.A. Rock stars, and started snorting cocaine and fraternising with hundreds of eager groupies.Rated:
by Reviewer: Creative Noise
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