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When I spotted this record at Revolver Records in Pensacola, I knew I had to take it home.
The first song on this 1973 Buffalo Springfield compilation album is “For What It’s Worth,” also known as the coolest song ever written. You heard that, too, right?
This track is likely the one Buffalo Springfield is most known for and my favorite.
I think it’s time we stop, children, what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
— “For What It’s Worth”
The first time I heard it was during my older sister’s dance recital. I was 10 or younger, but I still latched onto the catchy chorus and pleasant tone.
Stephen Stills’ song may not have originally been meant as antiwar, but that’s the message many stood behind. The chant stands the test of time.
Buffalo Springfield, a folk-rock band (for the most part) was composed of Stephen Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay. So, basically, Buffalo Springfield is what happens when you throw some of the best songwriters on stage together and name them after a brand of steamroller.
This compilation album was released after the group split up in 1968 and doesn’t differ significantly from “Retrospective: The Best of Buffalo Springfield.” It’s a cheerful blend of folksy storytelling and Beatles-esque harmonies with a touch of The Doors.
In other words, it’s oh so ‘60s.
I think what most surprises me about the record is the song length. Although it features a nine-minute version of “Bluebird,” many of the songs fall short of three minutes, which actually means nothing to me. But, I thought it was worth mentioning.
This album has more than 20 songs, but I’ll share a few favorites.
I’m predictable, and I like the popular ones such as “Sit Down, I Think I Love You,” a charming, straightforward love song; “Mr. Soul,” a rockin’ track that meanders around topics of fame and identity; and “Broken Arrow,” which sounds like the Neil Young I know and love. Side note: Broken Arrow is the name of the town in which I grew up.
I enjoy the growly vocals in “Hung Upside Down,” jazzy vibes in “Pretty Girl Why” and the dangerous tone of “Special Care.”
“Rock and Roll Woman” is my second favorite Buffalo Springfield song. Some people say the lyrics refer to drugs. Stills said Jefferson Airplane’s Grace Slick inspired them, according to Rolling Stone Magazine.
I often think music is mostly about finding yourself. When I hear this song, I want to be the “Rock and Roll Woman.”
Here’s a woman that you ought to know
And she’s coming, singing soft and low
Singing rock and roll, she’s a joy to know
— “Rock and Roll Woman”
Buffalo Springfield seems like an appropriate artist to turn to during the divisive political climate and tumultuous global setting. There is something to be said for the nature references, peaceful lyrics and allusions toward simpler times.
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