Offered for sale is a U.S. mono pressing of Buffalo Springfield by Buffalo Springfield.
This is the 1967 version that contains “For What It’s Worth” and features a different mix from the more common stereo version.
About this copy: This copy of Buffalo Springfield is a 1967 pressing on the Atco label.
The cover is VG+, with slight general wear. There is a tiny punch hole in the lower right-hand corner. It’s so small we almost missed it. There is a hype sticker on the cover that says, “Including Their Big New Hit FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH.”
The original Atco inner sleeve is included.
The disc is VG++ with a couple of faint scuffs from the original paper inner sleeve, but no significant marks The disc appears to have only been played a couple of times.
A very nice copy of a terrific LP that is quite hard to find in mono.
Background: Buffalo Springfield is widely regarded as one of the more influential groups of the 1960s, but when their first LP was released in December of 1966, the album, catalog number 33-200, sold poorly.
This was largely due to the lack of a hit single to drive sales of the album. The first single, “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing,” stalled at #110 on the charts.
In January, 1967, the band released the song “For What It’s Worth” and the song reached #7 on the Billboard charts. Atco Records decided to add “For What It’s Worth” to the album, but in the process, they removed the song “Baby, Don’t Scold Me” and rearranged the order of the songs on the album.
New pressings, released in March 1967, were assigned a new catalog number, 33-200A. Sales of the album improved, and the album eventually peaked at #80 on the album charts.
The rare mono version of the album was mixed personally by Stephen Stills and Neil Young and represents how they thought the album should sound. The mono version concerned them more as that was the version that was likely to be heard on the radio.
The now common stereo version was mixed by studio personnel without the band’s involvement.
Allmusic.com gave Buffalo Springfield a 4 star review:
The band themselves were displeased with this record, feeling that the production did not capture their on-stage energy and excitement. Yet to most ears, this debut sounds pretty great, featuring some of their most melodic and accomplished songwriting and harmonies, delivered with a hard-rocking punch…. The entire album bursts with thrilling guitar and vocal interplay, with a bright exuberance that would tone down considerably by their second record.
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