Listen – Buffalo Springfield – Everydays – MP3
I should get things started by mentioning that I’ve begun the 2008 Pledge Drive over at Funky16Corners. Lest you wonder why I mention it here, know that the server space where all the F16C files reside is also home sweet home to all the files here, so too the rising tide lifts all Funky16Corners related boats.
I’m coming off a cool weekend, which was capped off with an unexpected digging trip (picked up some very cool garage, pop and freakbeat 45s, which will all end up here eventually) as well as some tasty funk and soul for F16C.
The track I bring you today is one of my faves by my second favorite (behind Love) US band of the 60’s, that being the Buffalo Springfield.
The conventional wisdom – as it is – is that the Buffalo Springfield is worth your time because they gave birth to a number of groups, mainly Crosby Stills Nash and Young (Stephen Stills and Neil Young from the Springfield), Poco (Richie Furay) and, believe it or not, Loggins and Messina (Jim Messina being the last bass player in the group).
I’m here to let you in on the fact that that is all well and good but if you’re missing out on the three amazing albums they made in their short time together, you are depriving yourself of some of the finest, most innovative music created during the late 60’s.
I first got into the Buffalo Springfield back when I was in high school (mid 70’s) and picked up the two-LP ‘Retrospective’ set (which if you can find it features alternate/extended mixes of a couple of tunes). I bought it for ‘For What It’s Worth’ but immediately fell in love with the rest of the sounds.
Here was a band that took folk rock as a jumping off point and blended in country, jazz, psychedelia and pure rock almost seamlessly. That may sound like quite a stylistic laundry list, but rest assured, the end result is sublime.
The tune I bring you today ‘Everydays’ is one of the more interesting tracks on their brilliant second LP ’Buffalo Springfield Again’. The tune is built on a jazzy frame, but branches out with the fuzz guitar and a great vocal by Stephen Stills. If all you’d ever heard was ‘For What It’s Worth’, ‘Everydays’ might come as something of a shock (especially if you’d seen any of the many pictures like the one above in which the band look like refugees from a hippie western).
The music of the Buffalo Springfield, to be appreciated properly should be listened to with much of the related work that came after (CSN, CSNY, Stills and Young solo work, Poco) , in which you can see their many influences diverge (especially since Stills recycled some lyrics/musical themes from the Springfield on CSNY records).
Do yourself a favor, if you can still find it, grab the Buffalo Springfield boxed set that came out a few years ago, which includes most of their studio material as well as a bunch of amazing demos and otherwise unreleased material.
I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you later in the week.