They played together from 1966-1968, just under two years, and after releasing three albums decided to call it quits.
Of course, later everyone would wonder “who was this super-band”? How could this group of pot smokers go on to become Crazy Horse, Loggins & Messina, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young?
Their first eponymous album was released in December of 1966, and comes off as a bit Monkey’s-esque, after all, Stephen Stills only joined the band named for a mid-western steamroller after failing to be cast in the hit TV show. Stills’ ground-shaking anthem For What It’s Worth was written only weeks before the first album was released and therefore didn’t make the initial pressing. Only after the song became a top-10 hit did Atco (an Atlantic Records subsidiary) re-release the album in a restructured format with For What It’s Worth as the introductory track.
November 1967 marked the release of Buffalo Springfield’s second album, Again. This became the album that would most clearly define the band as Mr. Soul, Bluebird, and Broken Arrow each received significant positive attention.
Alsa, the band would not last long beyond the success of Again. Bruce Palmer was permanently replaced by Jim Messina after Palmer was deported to Canada on drug charges in January of 1968. Although recording was completed for the final album, Last Time Around, by March, the band officially split before its completion after yet another drug bust. It would take a concerted effort by Messina and Richie Furay before Last Time Around would be released in July.
Despite their broken home approach to recording, Buffalo Springfield became on of the most influential California-Rock/Folk bands of the late-70s and, without gaining commercial success, managed to substantially increase their fame long after breaking up.
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