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Buffalo Springfield – Again (1967)

November 17, 2020

[Album 809/1001]

“I’ll be honest.. fellas, it was sounding great. But.. I could’ve used a little more cowbell. So.. let’s take it again..”
– Christopher Walken, the SNL ‘Cowbell’ skit

With Buffalo Springfield, it’s not a case of more cowbell.

Instead, at least with their album, Again, I’ll take it as is.

But…I could’ve used a little more Neil Young.

Sure he provides the lead vocals on the bookends (Mr. Soul & Broken Arrow, incidentally, the two most memorable tracks) and another along the way…but I could’ve used a little more.

Which, as someone who only recently warmed up to Mr. Young’s voice, until recently that would certainly not have been the case!

So to the rest of the band (in an attempted Christopher Walken-esque tone):

When I listened to Again, fellas, it was sounding great.

But…I could’ve used a little more Neil.

It appears, unlike the Skynyrd lyric, I hope Neil Young will remember, a Kingston man DO need him around anyhow!

…..

Verbalize the Positive

I quite enjoyed participating in last week’s episode of The LeBrain Train – thank you Mike / Sarca / Kevin for the fun chat!

From → 1960s

16 Comments
  1. I think it could have used a little less Richie Furay. Still a really good record though.

    • It’s funny, I’ve heard the album a few times, and have very little memory of some of those mid-album, non-Neil tracks.

      • Stills stuff is way ahead of Furay’s stuff IMO – Rock ‘n’ Roll Woman, Hung Upside Down, and Bluebird are all great. Young’s Expecting To Fly is my favourite though.

  2. Neil’s contributions are a definite highlight, eh? 🙂

  3. You went above and beyond the call of duty with the graphs fella thats for sure. I hope you will make a return to do it down the road as well.
    Kudos to Wendy for keeping the kids busy during DAD’s rock talk!
    ALL HAIL THE GRAPH WIZARD!

  4. Well, there’s a lot of other Neil in the world, but yeah, this one could use more of him too! Interesting you only recently warmed to him – what brought that about? A particular album or song? Some inborn Canadianness that kicked in biologically? You did a GREAT job on the graphs, man, though at the time I thought you could’ve had your own list too, added to the data! I understand now you had your hands full just keeping up with the data you had…

    • WHy the delayed Neil appreciation? Perhaps a little of all the above!
      At first, I knew he wrote good songs but I just couldn’t get past the voice…and after a while, the imperfect voice became the big selling point.
      Cheers, Aaron – if there’s a Top 11 for a CanCon group like The Hip / Sloan at some point, I’ll try to multi-task!

      • My lovely wife is the same – she can’t handle his voice but she knows they’re good songs. She not invested enough to let it become a selling point, though… if there’s ever a CanCon Top 11 I might need to bow out – make me choose only 11 Hip or Sloan songs? Haha impossible.

  5. That show was such a blast to do with you, Geoff! The previous Buffalo Springfield album is much better with Stills and Young writing all of the tunes. If I remember correctly, this one was thrown together with stuff they wrote of the road. They didn’t even record much of it together.

    • And likewise, Kevin!
      Interesting to hear about the recording context – I would normally think that I’d prefer the full group dynamic. With the exception of my favourite Beatle album (the white album), much of which was recorded without all 4 present at the same time!

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