Buffalo Springfield is also the name of Buffalo Springfield's first album, which was released in December, 1966 on ATCO; it was re-released in February 1967 to include "For What It's Worth", which was recorded after the rest of the album, released as a single, and had reached the #7 position on the singles charts. To make room (Ha! The album clocks in at 33 minutes.), "Baby Don't Scold Me" was deleted; it recently appeared again on the box set.
Despite the presence of Stills and Young, this is not a preview of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young; Steve Stills was still defining his idiom on this recording debut, and Neil Young had more confidence in his guitar than in his voice -- Richie and Steve sing all but two songs, including Neil's.
- FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH STEVE WITH RICHIE & DEWEY (By Stephen Stills; Ten East, Springalo & Cotillion, BMI. Time: 2:37)
- GO AND SAY GOODBYE RICHIE & STEVE (By Stephen Stills; Ten East, Springalo & Cotillion, BMI. Time: 2:19)
- SIT DOWN I THINK I LOVE YOU RICHIE & STEVE (By Stephen Stills; Screen Gems-Columbia, BMI. Time: 2:30) Just a silly love song. The Mojo Men recorded it, too, and got all the radio action.
- NOWADAYS CLANCY CAN'T EVEN SING RICHIE WITH STEVE & NEIL (By Neil Young; Ten East, Springalo & Cotillion, BMI. Time: 3:26)
- HOT DUSTY ROADS STEVE WITH RICHIE (By Stephen Stills; Ten East, Springalo & Cotillion, BMI. Time: 2:47)
- EVERYBODY'S WRONG RICHIE & STEVE WITH NEIL (By Stephen Stills; Ten East, Springalo & Cotillion, BMI. Time: 2:22)
- FLYING ON THE GROUND IS WRONG RICHIE WITH STEVE & NEIL (By Neil Young; Ten East, Springalo & Cotillion, BMI. Time: 2:48)
- BURNED NEIL WITH RICHIE & STEVE (NEIL ON PIANO) (By Neil Young; Ten East, Springalo & Cotillion, BMI. Time: 2:14)
- DO I HAVE TO COME RIGHT OUT AND SAY IT RICHIE WITH STEVE & NEIL (NEIL ON PIANO) (By Neil Young; Ten East, Springalo & Cotillion, BMI. Time: 3:00)
- LEAVE STEVE WITH RICHIE (By Stephen Stills; Ten East, Springalo & Cotillion, BMI. Time: 2:42)
- OUT OF MY MIND NEIL WITH RICHIE & STEVE (By Neil Young; Ten East, Springalo & Cotillion, BMI. Time: 3:05)
- PAY THE PRICE STEVE WITH RICHIE (By Stephen Stills; Ten East, Springalo & Cotillion, BMI. Time: 2:35)
Formatting of the credits has been reproduced as closely as possible because there are some interesting things to notice here.
Steve owns the larger portion of writing credits -- 7 songs to Neil's 5 and none for Richie, who would contribute 3 tunes to the next album, Buffalo Springfield Again. This might have been a case of who was ready, or it might have been a result of the infighting for which the band was notorious.
The track list includes the vocal credit for each song, ordered in such a way as to indicate not merely who sang on the track, but also the relative importance of each voice. The word "with" indicates a subordinant voice, while the "&" denotes equal voices in either lead or harmony. Thus, the credit "NEIL WITH RICHIE & STEVE" means that Neil sang lead, while Richie and Steve sang harmony. On a record that featured three guitar players in addition to four singers, the band's focus on the vocal parts is a clear statement on where the personality of a band was thought to reside in the days just before the advent of the "guitar hero" and extended soloing in rock. The focus changed before the release of Buffalo Springfield's next album.
The back of the album featured a list of hometown, personality traits, astrological sign, and favorite things and colors for each of the members of the band. Before Crawdaddy! (at an amateur level) and Rolling Stone (at the professional level) began publishing serious journalism about rock music, this kind of list-making was the bread and butter of fan magazines like 16 and Tiger Beat. Original absence of capitalization has been preserved, but the lists have been staggered down the page in a show of mercy toward users of monitors set at a low resolution.
dewey martin, drummer
heartbeat of the group
steve stills, 2nd lead guitar
"steve is the leader,
but we all are"
richie furay, rhythm guitarist
a true friend
open and alert
yellow springs, ohio
neil young, lead guitarist
brown and green
leather and suede
deep and dark
hot and cold
wild sense of humor
bruce palmer, bass guitarist
the unknown factor
If you like any '60s pop music at all, you should buy this record; it features some of the best music available at that time.