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"CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL" - BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD -"BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO" FEATURING THE ALBUM "AGAIN" BY BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVE - EPISODE # 57 -THE CAPTAIN EXPLORES HIS COVE OF 8 TRACKS TREASURES FOR YOUR DELIGHT

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“CAPTAIN BILLY’S MAGIC 8 BALL” – BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD – “BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DOFEATURING THE ALBUM “AGAIN” BY BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD IN HIGH DEFINITION WITH NARRATIVEEPISODE # 57

“BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD AGAIN by Buffalo Springfield (ATCO, 1967)

This band has acted out one of the longest running soap operas in rock n roll history, and on this set, the band’s second, the dramatic through line is rising, and the edges of fellowship are already frayed. Neil Young had been absent at Monterey Pop, so Stills enlisted David Crosby to fill in. Young was trying to work on a solo project with Jack Nitzsche, while Stills and Crosby collaborated on “Rock and Roll Woman”. Of course, later, Crosby, Stills, and Nash caught fire. Then, as everybody knows, Neil was invited to join that outfit, a family which he, like an absent father, has abandoned several times over the years while chasing his muse. Richie Furay, (later of Poco, and The Souther, Hillman, Furay Band), finding an opening, gets his chance to debut here as a writer, contributing “A Child’s Guide to Fame,” “Sad Memory” and “Good Time Boy”. This was a super group whose ability to compromise wasn’t so super.

In fact, here, each member of the group is planting his own flag, songwriting-wise, and there is no unity in evidence. Session musicians are employed throughout, and perhaps the jobbed-in Wrecking Crew members are supplying the main cohesive element. The album is considered a classic, climbing to #44 on the Billboard charts, simply because the impressive individual talents displayed on it are greater than the sum of the collective whole. The personnel line up stands for something akin to the “begats” of the Bible: “So and so begat this one, and whozits begat that one…” etc. because one can trace the beginnings of the entire era of 1970s Singer-Songwriter Rock from this Rosetta Stone. And, as I listen to this cart, I don’t feel like I’m hearing a group, but rather, a showcase of individuals vying for my attention.


By Rich Buckland 05/15/2022 04:52 PM

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