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Buffalo Springfield - S/T Box Setdotdotdotdot
artworkAll I can say is, it's about bloody time! 4 CD's of Buffalo Springfield tracks, from early acoustic demos and unreleased takes, to stereo and mono versions of the first two albums, and then even more. An incredible book, and sterling sound. Not only was this one of the first super groups (a term that later emerged), they also produced fresh music that was melodic, harmonic, emotional, and very well crafted.

All this seemed either inevitable or impossible because of the disparate styles of the members. They would nearly croon and they would rock, and all with incredible magnetism. For fans, this is way past due.

For the uninitiated, this is an essential education. For me, the thrill of the unreleased instrumentals "Kahuna Sunset" and "Buffalo Stomp" were tantalizing additions to the box. Original members Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Ritchie Furay are backed by original drummer Cyrus Faryar as well as Dewey Martin. Also here is Jim Messina, fresh from his surf band the Jesters.

My only complaint is the omission of the full length "Blue Bird," with it's original hard rockin' second part, which was replaced for release with the banjo heard on the Buffalo Springfield Again album. A must have impeccably significant release.
Picks: Kahuna Sunset, Buffalo Stomp

Track by Track Review


Kahuna Sunset dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I never thought I'd hear Buffalo Springfield do a surf instro, but here it is. Tribal drums and Hawaiian guitar, a fine melody, shore break and birds calling, and surfisms throughout. Completely amazing! This previously unreleased track written by Stephen Stills and Neil Young, and was recorded in September 1966 at Gold Star. The band was in fine form, and the track is nothing short of charming and innocent.

Buffalo Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Buffalo Stomp" is more like you'd expect from Buffalo Springfield. Vibrato edge, rhythmic intensity, somewhat psychedelic, and a bit on the jam side. This track sports a hypnotic relentless motion, cool feedback, great drama, and delicate intensity. Cyrus Faryar's drums are amazing,m as is Neil Young's relentless feedback. It's a band composition. Also from the September '66 Gold Star sessions. Goodness!