Rhino to Release on June 29th Buffalo Springfield's "What's That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection"

Rhino releases on June 29th What's That Sound? The Complete Albums Collection Buffalo Springfield's three studio albums newly remastered, sourced from the original analog tapes under Neil Young's "auspices". The boxed set will be available on five CDs, or as a limited to 5000 copies 180g LP edition. Though the group released but 3 LPs, the set includes the mono editions of Buffalo Springfield and Again. The date celebrate's the group's final live concert 50 years ago.

The CD set sells for $39.98. The LP set for $114.98. The still relevant (or maybe more relevant than ever) "For What It's Worth", released as a single and not included on the original release of the group's first album but later added as the opener with "Baby Don't Scold Me" omitted with minor track order changes is here as the final song on side two in order to preserve the original album's running order (including "Baby Don't Scold Me").

The set will also be available in "high resolution" streamed or downloaded at Neil Young's Archives. The original artwork has been "faithfully reproduced" and yes, the records are "sourced from the original analog tapes" according to Chris Bellman, who cut lacquers. When CB says it that way it means" from tape".

"Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Richie Furay, Bruce Palmer and Dewey Martin played their first show together as Buffalo Springfield in 1966. The same year, the band recorded and released its self-titled debut, which included the iconic protest song, “For What It’s Worth,” featuring lyrics as poignant now as they were then, in addition to standouts like “Burned,” “Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It,” and the band’s first single, “Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing.”

"The group spent the first half of 1967 making Buffalo Springfield Again, which was the first album to feature songs written by Furay (“A Child’s Claim To Fame.”) Stills and Young both contributed some all-time classics with “Bluebird” and “Rock And Roll Woman” from Stills, and “Mr. Soul” and “Expecting To Fly” from Young.

When Last Time Around came out in July 1968, the band members were in the midst of transitioning to new projects: Stills famously joined David Crosby and Graham Nash in CSN; Young went solo; and Furay started Poco with Jim Messina, who produced Last Time Around and played bass on two of the songs. Highlights abound on the album with Young’s “I Am A Child,” Furay’s “Kind Woman” and Stills’ “Uno Mundo.”

5000 copies at $114.98? Better order yours ASAP. I think this will sell-out quickly. You can listen to the remastered "For What It's Worth" here but you'll need an account with Apple Music, Spotify or Smile.

tparker14's picture

If this was done under Neil Young's "auspices", does that mean he loaned them a safety copy of the master tape to use to cut the lacquers?

Michael Fremer's picture
I've visited Chris Bellman's room at Bernie Grundman's when he was working on other Neil projects and I had my hands on master tapes from Neil's vaults. He sends Chris (at Bernie Grundman mastering) original master tapes. That's what was used here. Originals, not copies.
tparker14's picture

Does Neil Young own the rights to Buffalo Springfield's masters?

TommyTunes's picture

Thanks for the heads up, ordered. I have originals and reissues and never was impressed with the sound quality, hopefully this will right some wrongs.

goblin141's picture

December 31, 1966 i took 3 friends to Hollywood a for New Years eve cruise. The traffic was so heavy that my 61 VW was getting hot so i parked and we began walking the streets. It was typical Hollywood bizarre.

We were 18 and 19 years old so the Whiskey A Go Go and other great bars where unavailable to us. We came to the Hullabaloo Club which was open to our 18 and over crowd. It was about 10 pm and the headline group was a British group that i dont remember. I was the only on working and had the $20 admission for each of us.

We heard a couple of groups that i dont remember. At 11 pm a group started playing and i was blown away by all of the songs they played. High energy group who sang and played better then i had heard in sometime. My friends, all musicians themselves, were bored and what to leave and take the 2 hour drive home.

2 months later their last song played that night, For What Its Worth, was released. I bought that of course and still have it and the great memory.

Roy Martin's picture

...at the original Fillmore in SF. Three bands. Two sets. Seven hours of music. Opening acts were Freedom Highway (never heard from again although they did a terrific version of Dylan's "Oxford Town") and the Steve Miller Blues Band (with the two-guitar lineup with Curley Cooke on rhythm).

Headliners were Buffalo Springfield and even after over 50 years of concert-going I'm pretty sure they were the best live band I ever saw. For the second show encore they did a 30-minute version of "Maggie's Farm."

I had my issues with Bill Graham over the years but you could not beat the value. For $3.50 you got the music and everyone left with a poster of the show and an apple.

So yeah. I ordered the box.