Stop, children, what's that sound? On June 29, Rhino will revisit the catalogue of Buffalo Springfield in a new 5-CD or 5-LP box set. What's That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection includes the band's three albums as originally issued between 1966 and 1968 - Buffalo Springfield, Buffalo Springfield Again, and Last Time Around - as newly remastered from the original analog tapes under the supervision of Neil Young. This set is being released in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the band's final concert (pre-2010 and 2011 partial reunions).
The 1966 debut album of Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin included the band's first single, Young's "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" as well as other favorites like Stills' "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" and Young's "Flying on the Ground Is Wrong." When Stills' "For What It's Worth" became a hit single, it was added to the second pressing of the LP, replacing "Baby Don't Scold Me." (Both songs are included in this box set, though a stereo mix of "Baby Don't Scold Me" is absent.)
The Springfield spent the opening months of 1967 working on Buffalo Springfield Again. Whereas Stills and Young were the only writers on Buffalo Springfield, the band's sophomore album featured three songs penned by Furay including "A Child's Claim to Fame." Stills and Young contributed more future classics including the former's "Bluebird" and "Rock and Roll Woman," and the latter's "Mr. Soul" and "Expecting to Fly."
But by the time of Last Time Around's release in July 1968, the band members were already moving on. Jim Messina, with whom Richie Furay would form Poco, produced the album and played bass on a couple of tracks; Bruce Palmer only appeared on one song. Other guest musicians including Buddy Miles and Rusty Young (also soon to join Poco) appeared. Buffalo Springfield went out with a bang, however, thanks to songs like Young's "On the Way Home" and "I Am a Child," Furay's "Kind Woman," and Stills' "Uno Mundo."
The new collection boasts the original stereo mixes of all three albums, plus the mono mixes of Buffalo Springfield and Buffalo Springfield Again. Additionally, the new remasters will be available on digital download and streaming platforms, while high resolution streaming and downloads will be released through the Neil Young Archives. The vinyl edition, limited to 5,000 units, has the same contents as the CD version. Each album has been pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed in sleeves and gatefolds recreating the original Atco releases. However, neither edition of What's That Sound? contains any bonus material, so fans are advised to hold onto Rhino's rarities-packed 2001 box set.
Rhino has quoted Neil Young about this release: "What's That Sound is the greatest BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD COLLECTION ever. Remastered from the original analog tapes, it's guaranteed to sound better than any earlier edition of this great and influential music. NYA was overseeing the remastering process. I have heard it and this is the best it can be! It sounds amazing! If you love Buffalo Springfield, this is the ultimate collection to have."
What's That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection is due from Rhino on June 29. You'll find pre-order links below!
CD 1 & CD 2: Buffalo Springfield (Atco 33-200/SD 33-200, 1966) (Mono/Stereo)
- "Go And Say Goodbye"
- "Sit Down I Think I Love You"
- "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing"
- "Hot Dusty Roads"
- "Everybody's Wrong"
- "Flying On The Ground Is Wrong"
- "Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It"
- "Baby Don't Scold Me" (only on mono mix)
- "Out Of My Mind"
- "Pay The Price"
- "For What It's Worth"
CD 3 & CD 4: Buffalo Springfield Again (Atco 33-226/SD 33-226, 1967) (Mono/Stereo)
- "Mr. Soul"
- "A Child's Claim To Fame"
- "Expecting To Fly"
- "Hung Upside Down"
- "Sad Memory"
- "Good Time Boy"
- "Rock And Roll Woman"
- "Broken Arrow"
CD 5: Last Time Around (Atco SD 33-256, 1968)
- "On The Way Home"
- "It's So Hard To Wait"
- "Pretty Girl Why"
- "Four Days Gone"
- "Carefree Country Day"
- "Special Care"
- "The Hour Of Not Quite Rain"
- "I Am A Child"