The Buffalo Springfield’s second album simply titled Buffalo Springfield Again, would be their greatest. Garnished with flowers and surreal images Buffalo Springfield Again would be provide a California country- rock slant to the summer of love. David Crosby of the Byrds is credited with vocals on this album but I can't figure out which track he's on. If anyone knows please email me. This album is a coming of age for the Springfield, as they provide their best recorded performance. "They saw themselves as having virtually no competition other than the Beatles or Rolling Stones and expected nothing less than the very pinnacle of success." During the recording of this album Palmer was deported for drugs and was missing for some of the sessions. Young was at odds with the way the group went after fame and briefly quit the band before they were schedueled to play on the Tonight Show. This was partially due to Youngs "nerves". He was an epileptic and sometimes had to run off stage mid-song when he felt a seizure coming on. Young would be back but he missed the Springfield's set at the Monterey International Pop Festivel with David Crosby filling in for him.This period saw the beginning of Young’s long-time collaboration with producer Jack Nitzsche on songs like Expecting to fly, and Broken Arrow. Nitzsche was seen as many to be the Yoko Ono of the Springfield, providing an outlet for a reclusive Young. Neil even hid in Jack's son's room once after a fight with Stills, who had taken Young's prized Gestch White Falcon to get Young to come back.
Although this was the best time musically for the Springfield they were growing farther apart individually. Stills and Furay and Martin always got along but they clashed with Young and Palmer. Martin was also given a song to sing on this record, Good Time Boy. Written by Furray to satisfy Martin's desire to sing which was originally a condition of his joining the group. This album also contains my favorite song, Mr. Soul! Released as a single with Bluebird, Mr. Soul soon became the group's big rocker when they played live. Recodings for Mr. Soul began in NYC with an "unknown" producer who the band loved. He was refered to as "the red-haired guy" in Neil Young's biography, Shakey. (which is a must have for any true Springfield, CSNY, or Young fan) This producer directed the band in a way that produced, what is to be the greatest version of Mr. Soul. At the time of the recording Young was skeptical so he went against Stills opinion and overdubed a backwards electric guitar solo over a different take that would be the on the album. Years later Young heard the original version from NYC and admittd to Stills that he was right and the previous version was way better. Neil Young is suposed to be releasing a series of 8 disc archives cd's in early 06.With these tracks will be a bunch of unreleased Springfield material. Hopefuly we will get to hear the other Mr. Soul. It would also be good to hear an offical release of Youngs's song Sell Out which is available on an (unofficial?) Buffalo Springfield cd of the same name. Sell Out, originally titled The Greatest Song in the World, is one of the greatest songs I have ever heard in my life and for the life in me I can't figure out why it was not released on Buffalo Springfield Again like it was suposed to have been. The recording I have sounds like a finished studio version with a bit of tape hiss. It sounds finished and awsome so why did'nt it come out? If anyone knows please email me. I think Sell Out would have become a classic 60's song and made the Springfield even more famous.