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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Stephen Stills Looks Back at Buffalo Springfield | Rolling Stone

Buffalo Springfield

"What's That Sound?" is the upcoming June 29th release of Buffalo Springfield's first two LPs in both stereo and mono as five-LP or five-CD packages. The set has dramatically improved sound by Neil Young and engineer John Hanlon.

From interview Stephen Stills Looks Back at Buffalo Springfield: 'I Have No Regrets' | Rolling Stone by Andy Greene:
What do you think about this new set?
Stephen Stills: I gotta say that I think they did it when they were free and I was off with Judy the last time. They forgot to to tell me. The first I heard of it was when I got the notice that you were going to interview me last night.

You haven't heard it?
No. I have not. They will have it in my hands shortly. I heard they fought with the first album a lot because, basically, we had four tracks and four knobs. Engineers back then at Gold Star and places like that were very conservative and they wouldn't push the equipment. The Beatles did OK with four tracks and we were trying, but we found our best mixes back then to be the mono. When Neil and [producer/engineer] John Hanlon tried to spread it out they ran into some very strange separations.

Do you think the first album sounds better in mono or stereo?

I'll be able to tell you in a couple of days when I hear it. The thing was, I went up to the rehearsal of the Buffalo Springfield get-together [in 2010] and they were playing the record. I walked in and it was appallingly fast. I couldn't believe it. I said, "I can't listen to that!" Pro Tools has a thing in it where you can feed the record into and slow it down without changing the record a bit, plus it does really wonderful things to the bass. I hope they employed that because songs like "Go and Say Goodbye" and the shuffle called "Leave" got really heavy and Stones-y because that's the way we played it live, but we went into the studio and [drummer] Dewey [Martin] counted everything off and Dewey was from Nashville, so you do the math. [Laughs]
Full interview at Stephen Stills Looks Back at Buffalo Springfield: 'I Have No Regrets' | Rolling Stone by Andy Greene (thanks Eran!)

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At 6/01/2018 10:14:00 AM, Blogger Peacelover Doc said...

Archive are still free on June 1st

At 6/01/2018 02:02:00 PM, Blogger acidfrank said...

i wonder if this will include anything from the "Missing Herd" comps?

At 6/02/2018 01:32:00 AM, Blogger Jim said...

Like I'm sure many of you I've got the Buffalo Springfield box set so will listen to reviews here to determine if it is going to be that big an improvement in sound to buy the new one. Weird how Stephen didn't know about it till after it was done and hadn't heard it yet when he did the interview with Rolling Stone.

I, for one, would like to hear the the Canterbury House tapes done at Neil's second appearance at the Ann Arbor, Michigan location. Long ago I worked as the office manager of the medical wing of the Canterbury House outreach that ran on a sliding fee scale but that was way after the musical wing had shut down.

Now, they really can't find the Buffalo Springfield recordings, that Bill Graham did for pretty much everyone else, that is part of Wolfgang's Vault now...both audio and film?
They had a kind of fickle touring reputation with all the line-up issues so booking them would be based more on liking them than a purely business point of view.

The Springfield were legendary live and Bill Graham ignored them from his own archive point of view? Here are the touring dates and I'd estimate with early and late shows there would be close to two dozen opportunities for Bill Graham Presents to record.

Got a lot of posters from the Bill Graham presents days at the Fillmore Auditorium, Fillmore West, Cow Palace...some of these shows were as headliners!

At 6/02/2018 06:59:00 AM, Blogger Babbo B. said...

@acidfrank: It's just the remastered studio albums, BS and BS Again in both stereo and mono, plus Last Time Around (five discs/LPs).

At 6/02/2018 12:11:00 PM, Blogger wsanjose01 said...

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At 6/02/2018 07:06:00 PM, Blogger thrasher said...

Thanks Jim for the trip down memory lane w/ Buffalo Springfield and Bill Graham.

Those Fillmore posters really show what a trip that whole scene was back in the day.


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